Our latest mixed use AUD project went in front of the ABR for its first look this week and was very warmly received. The project will provide three new rental units and a ground floor commercial space within a mostly 2 story structure. We presented colored floor plans, elevations, a perspective view and a study model along with photos of the area. The ABR members liked the style, size and location of the project and felt it was appropriate for the neighborhood. This is a great first step for the project! Now we can get to work on the more detailed drawings and continue to refine the design.
Our client had initially hired another Architect to put together a design for the site and after many months and several reviews, the planning department and the ABR still could not support the project as designed. It got even worse as we found out that the design was way over the clients construction budget and could not be built.
The client then contacted us because they liked our Funk Zone Lofts and Lama Dog projects and asked us to step in and start from scratch. We were honest with them and let them know that the project would need to be scaled back both for the City’s design review process and to meet the project budget. We removed one rental unit which allowed the project to be mostly 2 stories with a small third story and split the project into 2 separate buildings. We proposed a simple modern Mediterranean design without complicated details or expensive finishes. All of this reduces the budget dramatically. Splitting the building up gives the client the option of phasing the construction and completing the build out on their schedule.
We are excited to see how this project progresses! Stay tuned
Mixed Use Perspective
We are happy to announce that Satellite Wine Bar is now open for biz!
Located at 1117 State St in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara this little wine bar is making a big impact thanks to the owner Drew and his incredible knowledge of all things wine and beer. They currently serve wine and beer along with a small lunch and dinner menu. Its a fun intimate space with big doors opening out onto State St. offering great people watching. Go check it out!
Here is a snippet from the owner:
Satellite SB is a restaurant, wine bar, and fine wine shop. We have a globally focused list featuring small production wines from across the globe and here in Santa Barbara.
We offer courses in wine through the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) and are the only permanent home of wine education in Santa Barbara!
We are excited to see that Satellite Wine Bar is getting close to opening! This is a project within the Impact Hub of Santa Barbara that should be a great addition to this area of State Street. They plan on serving a good selection of wines and food from nearby restaurants, I imagine it will be a great spot for both lunch and dinner and great for people watching.
You can read more about it here
5 New Reasons to Eat in Santa Barbara
by LA Weekly Magazine
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“A third new restaurant to open recently in the Funk Zone, the Nook is the eat to Lama Dog Tap Room’s drink. Bright and airy, long communal tables fill the refurbished shipping container, and there’s a patio, too, that’s perfect for pets. It’s just one of the community gathering spots inside 120 Santa Barbara Street’s Waterline, an industrial warehouse that’s been freshly re-envisioned as a place for food, beer, wine and an artisan collective.”
Exciting stuff to see our local eateries getting some out of town coverage! We hope to continue this trend with some upcoming projects, stay tuned.
More coverage of our Waterline project in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone
Check it out here as Noozhawk covers the opening of the Guilded Table Artist Collective which shares the space with Lama Dog Tap Room, The Nook, Topa Topa Brewery and Fox Wine Co.
The Guilded Table is a place for artisans and artists to create their work within the Funk Zone. We that this support of the arts community is a critical component of the fabric of the community and helps to maintain the authenticity that draws so many people to the Funk Zone. I hope you have a chance to come and check out the popular space at 120 Santa Barbara St, stay for a drink and some food!
We’ve been visiting the construction site of our Santa Barbara Mesa Beach House design and wanted to share a few photos of the progress.
Below you can see the stages of construction that have happened over the course of a few months.
beach house foundation and existing house
Above you can see the portion of the existing house that remains and the formwork for the foundations of the addition. The addition is happening mainly in the front yard so access hasn’t been a problem.
beach house foundation
After the foundation and slab were poured and cured the framers start their work on the ground floor. Below you can see the corner window element and the how all the structure works together to achieve this.
beach house corner window
The next time we visited they had the second floor framing underway and the start of the roof framing. The project seems like it goes at warp speed during this phase and suddenly the form of the house is apparent.
beach house second floor view
We always knew that there would be a ocean view but you never really know until you get up there. In this case what a great surprise to find beautiful views looking out toward the channel islands from the master bedroom.
Here is the current view of the project from the street, quite a change for this little house. Check back in for more photos soon!
Some kind words about our latest creation in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone The Nook and Chef Norbert are featured in this months 805 Living. Its great to see Norbert and his crew getting the recognition they deserve, they are consistently putting out great innovative food like lobster mac’n cheese (my kids favorite). When you pair this great food with the beer and wine options provided by Lama Dog you have a combination that is hard to beat, a fact that many people agree with judging by the crowds! The Waterline will be adding Topa Topa Brewing and a wine tasting room for Blair Fox Wines in the next few months!
Photo by Paul Wellman
Here’s a little article on a very cool wine import and retail company that we helped to get their facility up and going! We hope they continue to grow and expand. Thanks to Ashley & Vance Engineering for the help
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“Industry Wine Merchant is designed to function like a “bespoke ordering system,” in which Trupiano and Erickson will begin to learn their customers’ tastes and budget. But it must go both ways to work. “We want them to get to know our palates just like we’ve gotten to know our importers’ palates,” said Trupiano.
Currently, they offer more than 300 selections, though both would like to grow that number past 1,000 in the years to come. They have both extreme luxury offerings, such as the $2,500 Domaine Leroy Richebourg Grand Cru 2009, as well as great values, such as $15 Chablis from Christophe et Fils and $16 Malat Grüner Veltliner from Austria.”
The travel publisher, Matador Network includes The Water Line, The Nook and Lama Dog Bottle and Tap Room in one of the must visit spots in Santa Barbara! Check it out below! Then head down to the Funk Zone and enjoy some great food and drinks!
16 unforgettable moments you’ll experience in Santa Barbara, CA
“The Waterline, located in the Funk Zone, is a one-stop shop for enjoying Santa Barbara’s local merchants and artisans. Start your afternoon at Topa Topa Brewing or Lama Dog for some of Santa Barbara’s best craft beers, then head to Nook for a late lunch or dinner — try their rockfish soft tacos, seafood burgers, or purple potato waffles with fried chicken. You can walk off your meal by checking out the talent at The Guilded Table, an artist collective with tons of private studios and a large common space where artists, craftspeople, photographers, jewelers, and designers come together to collaborate and share their work with the public.
The best part? The team at the Waterline works together to make their various tasting and dining menus cohesive and complementary, so going from spicy jidori chicken wings to a strong IPA makes perfect sense.”
Phase one of The Waterline project opened in May of 2016 which includes an eatery The Nook and Lama Dog taproom and bottle shop. The two businesses share a portion of two old warehouse buildings located at 116 and 120 Santa Barbara Street in the Funk Zone of Santa Barbara.
So far the public response has been overwhelming and these projects have been featured in the following publications.
Waterline Project Rises in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone with Collection of Beer, Wine, Food and Art
For us at KMA the payoff for us is seeing our clients successfully open their business and exceed even their best projections. We couldn’t be happier for them and it has been great seeing them thrive. It’s important that customers are attracted to the space that we have created but it’s equally significant when our clients are excited to work In the kitchen or behind the bar. Recently, in an interview, Norbert – 30+ year veteran to the restaurant world – was quoted as saying “This is the first really happy place I’ve worked in a long time,” which to us is all we can hope to create.
I’d like to think one reason for this happiness is the way we positioned the kitchen and created transparency to allow Norbert to see the customers reactions and to allow the customers to see the action on the cook line. Additionally a mix of ages young and old sitting together at the communal table or the wide open bar creates a richer experience for everyone. We’ve had many people tell us that “it just feels good in here.” The energy of the customers and Pete’s and Norbert’s love of their craft mixes to create a space where everyone wants to be and come back for more. We hope you have had a chance to visit and try The Nook and Lama Dog, let us know what you think!
photo by John Goodman