Off-Grid Guest House by Anacapa

Located in Santa Barbara, California, Off-Grid Guest House is a modern guest house designed in 2017 by Anacapa.

Modern house terrace with a glass facade overlooking green hills.
Modern bedroom viewed through large glass door, with wooden ceiling and concrete walls.
Contemporary dining area with wood ceiling, concrete walls, and large windows.
Contemporary dining space with wooden ceiling and concrete walls.
Modern dining room with large table, unique lighting, and mountain views.
Sleek dining area with wooden ceiling, floor-to-ceiling windows, and
Modern bedroom with wooden walls, a large bed, and floor-to-ceiling windows
Modern room with wooden walls and a concrete accent wall.
A modern glass-walled balcony with chairs overlooking a foggy landscape.
Contemporary glass-walled building shrouded in mist with natural surroundings.
Modern home terrace with glass walls and outdoor seating at dusk.

About Off-Grid Guest House

Embarking on a journey to highlight the harmony between architecture and nature, we explore a modern guest house in California. This residence stands as a beacon of sustainable living and architectural ingenuity, set against the backdrop of one of the state’s last untouched coastal areas.

Eco-Conscious Design in a Pristine Setting

In California’s dwindling undeveloped coastal regions, a modern guest house emerges on a wildlife preserve. It showcases a harmonious blend of residential development and ecological preservation. Nestled on a steep hillside, architects designed the residence to minimize visual and environmental impact. Consequently, the house, with its low profile and green roof, offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and rolling hills. Expansive decks and sliding glass doors enhance the connection to the surrounding landscape.

Innovative Architectural Collaboration

Dan Weber of Anacapa and designer Steve Willson of Willson Design led the project, prioritizing environmental sensitivity. Their commitment to green building practices is evident in every aspect of the design and construction process. This dedication resulted in sustainable systems and mindful material choices, ensuring the guest house respects its natural surroundings.

Off-Grid Living at Its Finest

Situated in a remote area without electricity, the guest house and the owner’s main residence operate completely off-grid. They rely on a photovoltaic energy system for power, employing LED lighting and energy-efficient appliances to minimize energy consumption. The house features a private well and a sophisticated water treatment system, promoting sustainable water use and waste management.

Natural Climate Control

The residence employs innovative methods to maintain comfortable interior temperatures. Radiant floor heating, abundant operable sliding glass for cross ventilation, and an insulating green roof work together to regulate the indoor climate. This green roof not only merges the home with its landscape but also conserves water, underscoring the project’s environmental commitment.

Harmonious Material Selection

The guest house’s design is rooted in simplicity and integration with the natural environment. Materials such as steel, concrete, and glass were chosen for their ability to blend into the landscape and age gracefully. Warmth and character are infused into the space through rich walnut accents and custom furnishings by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design, creating a home that is both elegant and inviting.

The inclusion of a detached garage, subtly integrated into the hillside, underscores the thoughtful approach to preserving the natural beauty of the site. This modern guest house not only stands as a testament to sustainable and sensitive design but also offers a model for future developments in ecologically sensitive areas.

Photography courtesy of Anacapa

Visit Anacapa

- by Matt Watts