If you’ve been following along on Instagram you know we found our new house in Santa Barbara! Jeff’s face said it all when he first saw the ocean view – we found what we were looking for. We are so excited to put our stamp on this property. Let me show you around and let you in on all of our plans.
Front Garden & Entry
Our new home is a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 1950’s ranch style in the Riviera area of Santa Barbara. The front of the home is more secluded which gives us lots of options for our front door as well as added windows that allow light in without having to worry about privacy. My first project will be to paint the house white. No surprise there I’m sure. ;) Down the line I plan to swap the small square windows above the garage (in my bedroom) to larger windows and I’d also like to add black shutters. I may rearrange the windows in the guest room (the large window on the corner pictured above) as well. Lots of fun changes!
The current front and side garden has a large hedge perimeter that includes a variety of greenery for privacy and other tropical plants throughout. I prefer more of an English garden so I will slowly transition that as well. I do love the rock retaining walls and can’t wait to plant more flowers and hedges in those spaces too.
I love the layout of this front living room. Everything from the high ceilings, beams and steps to the backyard speak to me! I plan on redoing the fireplace to something similar to the one in my current home. I’m also planning to narrow the bookshelves and taking them all the way up to the ceiling. I’ll also add cabinets below for storage. Moving over to the slider I would eventually like to switch out the large slider to either large folding doors or something a little more open. What do you think?
The kitchen is the heart of our home so it’s going to be the first major renovation that we tackle. Our contractor said that we should be able to bump the ceilings up a foot and a half which will help open the space. We’re also having an architect come by this week to see if we can push the wall with the window on it back a few more feet to add more square footage. We will move the fridge to the opposite wall where the narrow pantry/cabinet currently sits. When all is said and done I plan to have the layout of this kitchen mirror our current home. (I love our kitchen layout enough to duplicate it!) We are planning to have custom cabinets built that will go all the way to the ceiling vs this look. I’ll also be switching out the small window for a larger window to allow for more light and that beautiful view. I’m also including a similar style hutch like the one in my current kitchen on the back wall for dishes and serveware. I love having a glass piece anchoring the opposite wall. Not only will it house my favorite dishes but it will also provide added light and storage.
Read more about our Pleasanton kitchen here :)
Backyard & Deck
The best part of this home is the incredible view. I can’t wait to spend warm nights entertaining friends on this deck! We do plan on expanding this deck to the full length of the house so it’s accessible from our bedroom and the guest room. The windows will be switched out to french doors to allow for access to the back and more light. I love french doors in a bedroom.
Another added bonus to this house is that the area beneath it was made for storage, this will be great for all of my Christmas decorations. ;)
One area that is not pictured is a large flat side yard that sits to the right of the house. This open space is large enough for a pool or even a large formal garden. Jeff would love to have a few vegetable beds that he can use for cooking. It’s a completely blank canvas right now, let me know if you have any other thoughts on what we should add!
A light bright bedroom is so important to me! This bedroom is large and I love the ceiling detail. Also, having so many windows is a huge bonus. Once the deck is expanded the large windows will become french doors. We will have to get creative with closet space as there is no closet in this room. (please share any advise you have!) The bath is smaller than most, but like any home buying experience you have to have give and take, and we don’t mind this trade-off.. plus, with the right contractor and design team we might be able to find some room! Otherwise the room is a good size, the only changes I plan on making are cosmetic. Floors, paint and new closet system.
Here’s the guest room! I plan on changing the window arrangement but I’m not sure how, possibly framing the bed on either side? Please share any suggestions you might have :)
I’m so excited for Jeff, he is finally going to have an office with a view! Something he’s always wanted. :) Eventually we’ll change this small window out for a large door of some sort so he can enjoy an even bigger view.
I hope you found our new house in Santa Barbara to be as charming as we do. I can’t wait to wish you all a good morning with this gorgeous view in the background! Thank you all for joining me on this journey and sharing your advise. This community has brought me so much and pushed me to become more than I ever imagined. I wouldn’t be here without all of you so thank you!