The original 1956 home was completely reconstructed (demolished and completely rebuilt) in 2014-2015.
Casa Fortuna is the quintessential Santa Barbara home, inspired by its most famous architect and designer G.W. Smith and Lutah Riggs and modeled after Casa del Herrero down to the original grillwork design at the front of the house manufactured by Raul Flores, the ironsmith/artisan for many G.W. Smith homes.
The owners assembled a team of experts in Spanish revival including Dan George, general contractor for some of the most beautiful estates in Montecito. Brian B. Miller Design brought ideas to life and his expertise on Spanish revival homes is unparalleled. Finally, Monica Senn (interior designer) was able to marry the elements of the home with the elements of nature resulting in a harmonious flow between the interior and exterior of Casa Fortuna.
Casa Fortuna embraces the beauty of nature and brings those elements into the home. There are recurring elements of stars, flowers, diamonds, and birds.
As you face the front of the home, to the right of the main entry is the Casa del Herrero iron grill created by Raul Flores, ironsmith for many G. W. Smith Spanish colonial homes. This may be opened to serve as an emergency exit for Bedroom #2. The grill contains floral elements, which you will see throughout the home. The plaster grille to the left of the main door is also seen on many G.W. Smith homes. The diamond geometric design matches the diamonds seen on the custom made wooden garage door.
The shutters are custom made 2-inch thick cedar wood manufactured by Architectural Millworks in Santa Barbara and are the exact same color as that seen on Casa Del Herrero windows. Not only are the shutters functional, but the shutter dogs and hardware are from an original G.W. Smith home.
For the driveway, rustic pavers with the Old World charm were chosen by the team. Underneath the driveway is an intricate permeable-paver water percolation system that meets Tier 3 water requirements. In addition, the front yard has a mandatory rain garden underneath the landscape for Tier 3 requirements, which “cleans” the rainwater with specially selected plant roots. Plants were chosen by Jamie Pierce, landscape architect who served on the Santa Barbara Single Family Design Board (similar to Brian Miller, the designer). Plants in the front and backyard were chosen for its endemic and drought resistant nature. Drip irrigation is provided for water conservation requirements.
At the entryway of Casa Fortuna hangs a beautiful Moroccan star light fixture. The custom 2¼-inch thick, hand-distressed knotty Alder front door was engineered with wide planks and speak-easy with custom clavos and speakeasy ironwork.
Past the entry, straight ahead in the Living Room is a custom-made Adobe-lite gas fireplace including custom inlay tiles (NS Ceramics) in the shape of diamonds, mimicking the diamond theme of the exterior of the house. The fireplace consists of ceramic “glass,” and not tempered glass; hence, the fireplace is functional and warms the living room.
The 8-inch walls have that Old World charm with cat’s paw texturing and bullnose corners with hand-pinched patterns along the windows and corners of rooms. Beautiful Ensenada tiles are seen throughout the home. These are very different from typical Saltillo tiles. Hand-made Ensenada tiles are typically found in G.W. Smith homes; moreover, they do not need regular polishing, nor regular maintenance. Ensenada tiles are extremely durable because they are kiln-dried multiple times for strength. Gold-yellow sand grout was chosen for the floor tile.
Lime washed solid ceiling beams were created by Augustine Painting. Hand-distressed knotty Alder interior doors were chosen for authenticity to Spanish revival homes.
Fourteen foot wide Marvin Ultimate custom-clad, window-paned French sliding doors open up to the magnificent views of the large oak, lavender, and mountains.
The lime-washed, distressed by hand, solid wooden beams in the living room extend into the kitchen and dining room. The kitchen is an open style concept with a large custom-made Provence blue island with a Carrera marble top separating the kitchen from the dining area. A custom-made Spanish-style chandelier hangs in the dining room where you can enjoy the scenery through the large steel arched window.
The kitchen tile design is reminiscent of Casa del Herrero with some of the same tiles used as a backsplash against the La Cornue range. All cabinetry, refrigerator, dishwasher panels and fume hood are custom-made by Marten Walker. The star-shaped refrigerator handles and cabinet knobs are handmade as well. The kitchen accessories are chrome color from Grohe.
The kitchen has a Miele integrated refrigerator, Miele dishwasher, Miele multi-functional speed oven, and a four stage reverse osmosis water system.
A La Cornue CornueFe cobalt-blue oven with a vent-a-hood, and custom made La Cornue "La Flamberge" rotisserie complete the kitchen.
All tiles in the home are from NS Ceramics with design by Nola Stuckey and Monica Senn.
The same lime washed solid wooden beams are seen in the master bedroom.
Marvin Ultimate French sliding doors perfectly frames the glorious oak, which is home to a large population of avian friends.
You awaken to the sound of many songbirds, including acorn woodpeckers, finches, mockingbirds, blue jays, hummingbirds, etc. Thus, the bird motif is seen throughout the bedroom, from custom-made pillows to bird crystal figurines to glass coasters. This room is a bird lovers’ delight.
Steps outside the master bedroom have NS tiles; a dwarf orange tree is outside the master bedroom window in an Eye of the Day ceramic planter, and provides glorious fragrances during the springtime.
Custom knotty Alder doors with hand distressing.
The cobalt blue and white tilework is striking in this bathroom especially in the shower. Tile installation is by Lloyd Pozzato. The custom shower enclosure is from JNL Glass Inc. and consists of 1/2" Starphire tempered glass with oil-rubbed bronze hardware to match the Grohe shower and faucet hardware. A ventilation system serves the shower area and closet.
Custom-made bathroom cabinetry is by Marten Walker who also built the shelving in the en suite closet. The marble seen in the kitchen is also used for the countertops.
Accessories such as the cabinet knobs, towel rings/rack, and toilet paper holder have the same floral design seen in the Casa del Herrero metal grille outside. The toilet is by Toto, which is a low- water usage toilet for water conservation.
Closet doors and bedroom doors are custom made Alder wood with hand distressing. Bedroom #3/Study has a closet nook for a safe.
The powder room was modeled after one of the bathrooms in Casa del Herrero with the classic G.W. Smith tile backsplash. Present is the diamond, star and flower motif.
This is the only room with a slightly different floor tile pattern and includes small cobalt blue diamond tiles interspersed among the regular Ensenada tiles.
The sink cabinet has a star pattern on the front. Finally, the flower motif is seen in the custom-made towel ring/rack, toilet paper holder, and a custom hand-painted floral sink by Nola Stuckey.
The wall-mounted faucet is from Grohe and shower hardware from Newport Brass for the deep soaking bathtub. The toilet is from Toto.
The exterior trellis off the Living Room is made from steel and the solid pillars were created by a local plaster artisan.
Two fountains with NS Ceramic tiles provide a tranquil setting amongst glorious mountain views and Riviera-Parma Park scenery. Dwarf citrus plants (Lisbon Lemon, Eureka Lemon, Meyer Lemon, Bearss Lime, and Kaffir Lime) are nestled in Eye of the Day ceramic planters. A stone staircase and iron railing provides easy access to the natural lower level backyard area.
The Moroccan patio table with cobalt blue stars is from Pine Traders Antiques.
Garage Door is a hand distressed cedar solid wood door. A leased entire home water softener is in the garage along with an “on-demand, never run out of hot water” Takagi and Rheem system.
2-piece Mission tile roof Sedona blend coloration with classic tile boosting.
In addition to perimeter French drains and hydrologist/civil engineering for rainwater, required rain gardens, and permeable driveway systems, the crawl space underneath the home has water proofing and drainage system that was designed and constructed by general contractor, Dan George.
Plants were chosen for species endemic to CA, and for drought tolerance and water conservation. Eye of the Day large ceramic pots have been used throughout the front and back of the home.
: Exterior walls, interior walls, ceiling, and floor insulation installed to keep the home cool during summers, and warm during winters. An ultra-high efficiency gas heat system (97%) heats the home through Raul Flores HVAC duct metal grills. Average monthly electric bills are ~45$, and gas bills ~15$ due to high efficiency systems, thick adobe-style walls, and insulation throughout the home.
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