Groovy Small Cow House - Santa Barbara, CA
There are many things that make Santa Barbara wonderful, and fantastic architecture is high on the list. Fortunately for us, the whimsical, organic work of designer Jeff Shelton is greatly impacting the local landscape. This geometric, loft-style home has Shelton signatures all over it to the delight of the community. And it helps preserve a bit of the history of the neighborhood, too. Said Shelton, “We decided in the first three minutes that we were going to have a baby cow on the roof. We were able to get skateboard artist Court Johnson to design and make the baby cow looking back at its mother on the dairy building down the street as it walks off to school.” Like all of Shelton’s homes, function is enhanced, not hampered, by his skillful design. Along with custom lighting and metalwork this home possesses a balance and efficiency that is easy to love and live in. Soaring ceilings, huge windows, an udderly enormous kitchen, two spacious bedrooms and two bathrooms are joined by a stairway to a haven on the roof. Two levels of rooftop patios provide serene views of the city, the Riviera and all the many amenities of the surrounding Laguna neighborhood.