Design Build Firm
Describe the featured project.
This 5-bedroom, 3½-bath, Santa Barbara Spanish-style beauty was created by brothers Patrick Cunningham, AIA, and Michael Cunningham, GC, owner-operators of C&C Partners Design Build, in collaboration with architect Tom Rule, AIA. The clients accompanied Patrick on a walking tour of Santa Barbara to identify the Spanish architectural details of the city’s unique structures so they could then be reflected in the home. Elements such as turrets, coving, eaves, window styles, roof tiles, wrought iron and gutters were all incorporated into the final design. The result is a love letter to Santa Barbara.
The 4,302-square-foot dwelling boasts Brazilian walnut hardwood floors throughout, with Spanish revival-inspired, wrought iron details in doorways, culminating in the gate at the entrance to the dining room. The kitchen features marble countertops, an island with a built-in wine cellar and an antique brick stove alcove. Bathrooms contain Carrara marble and glass tile.
The centerpiece of the backyard is the pergola, which includes seating, fireplace, custom tile artwork inspired by the Van Cleef Alhambra collection, and a mosaic tile wall fountain imported from Morocco. All the elements work together to create a calming space for contemplation or conversation.
What have been your proudest moments during the recent crisis?
We are proud and happy to report that we have been able to keep our entire design-build team together. C&C Partners is a 34-year-old company, and some of our employees have been with us more than 20 years. We have been fortunate to be able to keep them all on board during the lockdown. We have nine people in our office, and everyone has been working from home for the past year. We have introduced new efficiencies such as Zoom meetings and virtual presentations, which we will likely continue using on a limited basis as life returns to normal. We are proud to say we have been providing the same—if not better—design and construction services during this difficult time.
Photographed by Lauren Pressey