Name: David Brown
Location: Lower Eastside — Santa Barbara, California
Size: 900 square feet
Years lived in: 5 years; Owned
The concrete floor—now honed to perfection—and the roll-up door are the only indications that David’s light and bright studio was formerly a garage. With the help of a skillful design team and an able contractor, David transformed the garage into a studio that epitomizes simple indoor/outdoor living. Capitalizing on Santa Barbara’s Mediterranean climate, he’s created an energized home infused with natural light that connects to a carefully considered private patio garden. Inside, lofty ceilings, abundant skylights, and a sparse utilitarian design strategy add to the airy feel of the space, while the pine-paneled walls and the bedroom's wood floors lend warmth and beauty to the space.