The kitchen has always been a central gathering place in any home, a space that meets the basic human needs of food, water, and time spent with family and friends. At its best, the kitchen is a workstation with heating, cooling, workspace, and specialized tools for preparing and sharing culinary creativity.
As the pandemic has closed our favorite restaurants, many of us have become even more familiar with our kitchens, finding fresh flavors in trusted comfort and maybe even whipping up something entirely new.
Over the decades, Giffin & Crane have built and renovated countless kitchens. Here are some of our favorites.
California Cottage: Working with the architect and builders as this renovation evolved, the owners stayed true to their vision of clean, minimalist living spaces. After reinforcing the building with foundations and bracing walls, crews vaulted the kitchen ceiling, installed radiant flooring throughout, and added square footage to the master suite, with patio doors to the garden. Architecture and interiors by Mosaic Architects & Interiors. Photo by Jim Bartsch.
Contemporary Asian: Blending Asian themes with what the owner describes as the best of Craftsman style – long architectural lines, natural color palettes and master craftsmanship – this brand new home featured four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms in the foothills above Santa Barbara. The natural stone exterior ambience also informs the interior spaces, all facing a breathtaking view of the city’s waterfront. Designed by architect Don Pederson, the master suite, kitchen and large room occupy the top floor as guest bedrooms and an open plan living area and billiard room fill the ground floor. Photo by Jim Bartsch.
Montecito Modern Craftsman: Built in the 1940s and updated several times along the way, this classic craftsman offered an expansive layout with enough square footage to accommodate the vast art collection of its new owners. During its complete renovation – with architectural design by Britt Jewett – the house itself has become a work of art, with details handcrafted by some of Santa’s finest cabinetmakers, iron sculptors, stonemasons and other artisans. Barbara. Photo by Jim Bartsch.
Singular Santa Barbara Modern: For this brand new home located in the quiet foothills above the city, tall, curved glass panes guide the gaze along the magnificent expanse of the Santa Barbara Canal. Inside, all living areas are on one level, including three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a wide open living room, kitchen and dining area under high ceilings. Smooth-finished concrete seamlessly connects the home’s main interior gathering spaces to an inviting front patio and infinity pool. The architectural firm Harrison Design led the project, with interior design by Mosiac Architects & Interiors. Photo by Jim Bartsch.
Giffin & Crane has been building custom homes in Santa Barbara since 1986.
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