After a former home was destroyed by fire, the owner of Hall Pardoe Design teamed up with custom home builders Giffin & Crane to build a modest 1,600 square foot home that was completed in late 2013. The home is a testament to the fact that style doesn’t have to be compromised when designing for fire safety. For example, the home is equipped with sprinklers (which is a actually a requirement in many California jurisdictions), steel windows and doors with double-paned tempered glass are incorporated into the design and there is no exterior wood except for a small hatch covering an electrical panel. The roof is constructed from zinc panels which have been acid washed to make them appear weathered and aged, as if they had always been there. The front facade is rather plain for my taste and I don’t understand the makeshift carport but the interiors have a refined simplicity to them that could make anyone feel comfortable in the hills above Santa Barbara.