The Project covered by the Sentinel

The latest issue of The Sentinel covers The Project!

Chef Ramon Velazquez of Corazon Cocina on the cover of the latest issue of the Sentinel. If you haven’t had a chance to dine at this new location please do yourself a favor and stop in, the dishes are incredible.

view of the interior with customers
Corazon’s Mezcal Bar

We initially met Ramon a few years ago when he and his business partner were considering leasing the building formerly occupied by Rebar Coffee and Yankee Noodle. In that meeting we noted that although the location seemed to be ideal none of the previous tenants were able to make it work. This had to do with a combination of factors like the emergence of the Funk Zone, the seemingly endless construction of the California Hotel and the awkward dark interior of the building. Our advice was that in order to be successful this space needed a radical transformation to open it up to State St.. Restrooms would need to be moved, new folding doors and windows would be required. All of this would be expensive on top of the monthly lease. We advised that they should take on a partner, ideally a local brewery that was looking to expand and would be willing to share the space and the costs of the buildout. With that we set the plan in motion, The Project was conceived and we created what you see today with the help of Bottenfield Construction

view into the kitchen
View into Corazon’s Kitchen

Flash forward to today and we believe that initial idea has come to fruition. Now Corazon Cocina and Captain Fatty’s Brewing are consistently packed with customers eating great tacos and drinking great beer. It’s been great to see their success! Click here to read the article

Interior image showing the bar
Captain Fatty’s Bar

Modern Times Opens on State St!

We are proud to announce that Modern Times Beer is now open on State St. in Santa Barbara. This completes the last piece of the puzzle for our Kims Service Dept. project located at 418 State St. Modern Times joins Shaker Mill, Cubaneo and Gear to create a destination multi-tenant project that has something for everyone.

The new Modern Times bar

Modern Times serves great beer but they also offer wine, coffee and incredible vegan food from their kitchen. The interior design is a combination of sleek and colorful with a backdrop of weird and wacky elements.

Modern Times Interior

Our bar design wraps around the tap wall and extends outside thru the folding door creating a great connection to the outdoor patio. Outside you can sit at the bar or a variety of seating options while you drink a beer and eat with friends. You can see the before and after images below. The first time we visited this space we could see the potential hidden behind years of junk and misuse. All the original textures and materials were there we just needed to bring the space to life

Modern Times Patio Now
Patio Area Before

Shaker Mill + Cubaneo covered by the Santa Barbara Independent

A great write up on the recently opened Shaker Mill and Cubaneo bar and restaurant in our Kim’s Service Dept. project on State St. The food and drinks are incredible and we are so happy to see the space jam packed! Do yourself a favor and visit. Our personal favorites are the cubano sandwich and a mojito or the porto guava. Try and grab a seat at the outside bar, it’s a perfect spot for people watching

Shaker Mill and Cubaneo Open!

Our latest restaurant design project located at 418 State St. in Santa Barbara has officially opened! This space is a part of our design for Kims Service Dept. which will also house a retail space and Modern Times Brewery tasting room with restaurant.

Shaker Mill patio seating with indoor outdoor bar

We designed the bar to complement the nearly perfect weather in Santa Barbara, the patio along the sidewalk provides open views into the indoor outdoor bar. The doors and windows slide up and out of the way while the bar top wraps around allowing seating along the patio as well as inside.

The bar seamlessly moves from inside to outside

We created a rounded interior bar to create a station to feature the bartenders craftwork, seating nearly surrounds the bar allowing the customers to see everything that makes the drinks so special.

Just one of the few drinks on the menu

The interior was inspired by elements of Miami Beach and Cuba, wallpaper featuring palm trees and parrots create the backdrop to the scene. Do yourself a favor and visit, the Cubano is excellent

Corazon + Captain Fatty’s Design for the Funk Zone Santa Barbara

Tacos and beer are some of the best things in life, if you could have the best of both why wouldn’t you? Soon you will have the opportunity to have the freshest beer alongside the best tacos in town in the most exciting funk zone neighborhood in Santa Barbara. Below are some progress photos

All torn up inside but soon will be put back together

You can see that it’s a bit of a mess inside right now but we’ve made some big moves to remove much of the awkward spaces and open up the interior to the State St. patio. You can see the beginnings of the Captain Fatty’s tasting bar on the right and the future folding doors beyond leading to the patio.

Check back in for more progress updates soon!

Sierra Madre House Now Under Construction!

It is happening! This hillside home in Santa Barbara is under construction, transforming a dark and dull house into a bright modern home that is designed to take advantage of the views to the ocean and the city below. See here for the future look


The first steps are the demolition of the back of the house and the start of grading, lots of noise, dust and dirt at this point and a bit hard for the owners to see how it will all come together. But as the saying goes, you have to go backwards first before we can go forwards. The contractor and the subcontractors will be working to remove a portion of the concrete slab to make room for the grading equipment to lay the soil back and start the foundations for the lower level.

The expectation is that the construction will take 10 to 11 months to complete, it should take about a month to complete the grading and demolition. Once this is done the work will start on the foundations and various water proofing required for the lower level that is partially buried in the hillside. Then finally the walls can start to be built and this home will start to take its shape.

Check back soon for updates on the construction of this project!



Modern Beach Shack Progress

Our modern beach shack project located here on the Santa Barbara Mesa has been progressing well. After a brief pause while we worked with the owner to include additional changes to the kitchen and the rest of the house the project is coming to a close.

Here is the street elevation as the stain was going on the cedar siding. You can see the thin windows wrapping around the upper floor bringing light in from all sides and the mitered glass corner window in the lower right providing views out into the garden.

street elevation

street elevation

Below is the current view of the rear of the addition. Here you can see the master suite on the upper floor with the deck providing views out to the ocean. On the ground level is the garage which can be used for a number of uses, we included big sliding glass doors on the back wall to help connect this space to the back yard


Here is the view from the living room, the view doesn’t look like much right now but the landscape plan includes plans for a new fence and plenty of planting


This is the new stair leading to the master suite upstairs. We designed this with a thin steel stringer and open treads to try and bring as much light thru the space as possible. To the left you can see the beginning of the installation of the pivoting glass front door.


The master bath tub sits within what we call a wet area meaning that the shower is also within this space. The shower is not enclosed in glass which helps make the space feel larger. There is also the big bonus of being able to see the ocean from the shower.


We are very excited to see this project coming to completion for the owners, hopefully soon they will be moving in and getting a feel for their new home!

Mixed Use Project Gets Warm Reception at First ABR Review

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

Mixed Use Perspective





North Elevation

North Elevation