A CALIFORNIA HOME DESIGNED WITH SAFETY IN MIND

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.

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4 thoughts on “A CALIFORNIA HOME DESIGNED WITH SAFETY IN MIND

  1. Karen B. says:

    I love the house, apart from the cloth carport. I agree, I would want a little more landscape but maybe the things they planted will grow and in a year or two be spectacular. If people are going to live in high fire danger areas, this is the way to go.
    xo,
    Karen

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    • Reviving Charm says:

      You are right. I’m sure when the plantings mature they will look wonderful and totally distract from the fact that the house lacks more articulation. Regardless, I do love the house and commend them for thinking beyond just “pretty”. But I do wonder about that carport…hmm….

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