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Santa Barbara Home Design Before and After project photos


Santa Barbara California European DesignSpanish Home Designer Jeff Doubet Before + After photos of Santa Barbara Home Design projects.

Jeff is also the author of the new coffee table book Creating Spanish Style Homes : Before & After - Techniques - Designs - Insights available now at Amazon

Click direct link above to see 8 page preview, book reviews, as well as current pricing.

Scroll down to see a few examples of Jeff Doubet before and after projects.



New Construction Spanish Style Architecture


Directly above: Project owner and Designer Jeff Doubet enjoy their friendship and a fireside chat after successfully creating a rural European, Old World charm newly constructed project.

Situated on top of a private knoll, the new building has a timeless and historic feel to it... something the owner and his wife had dreamed of creating for their 14 acre organic olive ranch.



This page highlights a few examples of my designs for homes in the Santa Barbara and Montecito, California area.

Since the book came out in October of 2018, many readers have become clients in all parts of California, as well as Arizona, Texas and Florida. I enjoy helping clients see potential in their homes and landscapes!

If you would like to improve your own home and landscape- please contact me to schedule an affordable initial consultation.


Santa Barbara Home Designer transformations and resources

Scroll through a few examples of Jeff Doubet Santa Barbara Home Design projects on this page.

Santa Barbara Spanish Revival Home

I highlight the transformation of a small tract house in Santa Barbara into this beautiful Spanish home (right) on pages 22 - 25 of my new book.


The homeowner sought ways to improve a 1960's tract home (directly below).








Santa Barbara Home Designer Before + After Image

For this transformation, I proposed cutting back roof eaves, adding a Spanish tower with a signature medallion and custom arched entry.

Thick plaster cornice eave detailing, Santa Barbara sandstone garden walls, 2 piece Mission tile roof were some of the other suggestions that made a great impact.

The homeowners General Contractor masterfully built this home with classic Santa Barbara style!

I am very proud of what we accomplished.




Santa_Barbara_Spanish_Revival_Home_ResourcesThis small Montecito Spanish home won a National design award in 2017.

In my book, I share the original design rendering for the concept as well as information on how this fixer upper became what it is today.

Early on, the investor owner and his realtor sought simple improvements to maximize the appeal of this Montecito fixer. I specialize in designing small Spanish Colonial Revival homes and Spanish garden landscapes.




For the flip, I proposed simple and cost effective Spanish Colonial Revival architectural detailing and authentic surface embellishments to this home that had good bones.

On the concept rendering I specified all the details. Remarkably, the final project turned out nearly identical as that sketch.

These sketches are very helpful for landscape crews, as well.




Spanish Colonial Revival Renovation Santa Barbara CAHistoric West Beach, Santa Barbara

A realtor introduced me to the owners who sought quality details for their Spanish home renovation and addition.

I provided artistic, conceptual renderings... ideas for authentic Santa Barbara Spanish detailing (interior and exterior) and landscape.

On pages 28 - 33 of my book (see direct link above) I share never before seen photos of the process of how this home was constructed.





Spanish Colonial Revival Restoration Before and After Santa Barbara Home Designer


As you can see in this before photo, the fixer home already had a lot of charm.

If the owner did not want the additional bedroom with covered deck above, I know I could have proposed other simple improvements to elevate this original 1940s Santa Barbara Spanish home in a prime beach neighborhood.








best Spanish Colonial Revival home designers imagesThe owner builder of this Santa Barbara home desired to transform the 1960's fixer into a classic, red tile Santa Barbara Spanish Style home.

My conceptual design services included floor plan design, elevation renderings and landscaping.

On pages 40 - 49 of my book I share a wide variety of construction photos of how Casa Corazon, a signature home design was built.

It was a great collaboration with the owner and his team, which spanned four (4) years to develop this very special property.






Spanish Revival homes before after photos


Before it ultimately became Casa Corazon, the owner/builder of this beautiful Santa Barbara Foothills property sought to transform this very tired and boring 1960's fixer ranch style home.

The owner wanted to make it a classic, red tile Santa Barbara style home.

Designer Jeff Doubet's creativity was utilized during the conceptual floor plan and elevations stages, and after the architect developed the working drawings and permit applicatoin, Jeff came back during the construction phase to follow through with art direction of the specialty finishes and consult on the aesthetic, artistic materials that got built into the project.





Spanish_Colonial_Revival_Design_in_Santa_BarbaraA new Santa Barbara Spanish Colonial Revival duplex conceptually designed by Santa Barbara home designer Jeff Doubet.


The owner had purchased a tear down, near East Beach (see before photo below).


I developed conceptual design renderings for the floor plan and elevations.


The owner then worked with their architect to refine the artistic conceptual ideas and develop the technical drawings.

Their general contractor masterfully built this work of art.

Just steps from one of Santa Barbara's most pristine beaches, I highlight this project on pages 52 - 53 of my book.

I show a variety of the design iterations I created of this duplex as it went through the different design phases and the Santa Barbara Architectural Review Board and Planning Commission process.







For the new 3 story Santa Barbara Spanish Colonial Revival duplex ABOVE

this is the "BEFORE" photo which shows the story poles that were erected for the planning stage of the project.

I shot this image before the small tear down home was removed.

The project is in a beach neighborhood with a nice collection of hotels.

In the early stages of the design process, I enjoyed visualizing "what could be" for this property owner.

I wanted to help them maximize their investment in this prime Santa Barbara California location.






Santa Barbara style pool cabanasA Santa Barbara style pool cabana concept design by Jeff Doubet. Since 2011 I have been designing a lot more pool cabanas, and I share a variety of my sketches for them in my book.

Here, the owner was seeking ideas for a Spanish Colonial Revival pool cabana design that would compliment their main house.





Santa Barbara style pool cabana designers


the land the Santa Barbara style Spanish pool cabana (ABOVE) was placed.

Family and friends now enjoy beautiful mountain views and sunsets from this relaxing oasis.






Spanish Revival Estate Casa Corazon Santa Barbara CA


"Casa Corazon" : A custom Spanish Revival home created by owner builder Danny Vickers + designer Jeff Doubet.


Danny hired me to design conceptual floor plans, elevations, landscape design and then worked with his architect to develop working plans and obtain permit.

The 4 year project, along with construction photos of the entire process of building is featured in my book.

The direct link to the book is at the top of this page.



Casa Corazon Santa Barbara Before and After


I am very proud of what we accomplished with this project. This is the BEFORE photo of the front of Casa Corazon before the team transformed it.











Modest_Santa_Barbara_Spanish_Home_DesignsThis fixer home originally had a wood shake roof (see BEFORE photo below). The owner wanted to replace it with 2 piece Mission tile roof.


I sketched a concept for a new entry tower, Santa Barbara sandstone capped walls, old world plaster and an authentic carriage garage door.

A local architect developed the working drawings, and a high end general contractor crafted this beautiful home.

On pages 224 - 225 of Creating Spanish Homes, I share the step by step process of how the entry tower and transformation of this home took place.



Spanish Revival Tower Santa Barbara

Here is the BEFORE photo for the project above.

As you can see, the entry tower made a big difference, as well as all of the other details including the classic red tile roof.

If you have a tired home and landscape that needs vision, please give me a call.

In my book I have over 200 design renderings of projects throughout California, as well as examples in Arizona, Texas and Florida.

If you are seeking an idea book, I think you would really like Creating Spanish Style Homes, available now on Amazon.

Just type the title or my name Jeff Doubet into their search box.





Montecito Spanish Hacienda Home Renovation


Author and local Santa Barbara home designer Jeff Doubet has been helping clients visualize the potential in their fixer upper properties since 2001.

And outdated 1970s tract house in Montecito became this beautiful Spanish Hacienda style home.

The owners sought design ideas and sketches to create a warm and inviting approach to an inner courtyard with a charming new entry tower, beyond.

If you have a project you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to call.



Montecito CA Before and After


This is the BEFORE photo for the project above. The homeowner and their Santa Barbara general contractor removed the modern Asian style gate + arbor to make way for the Jeff Doubet designed new Spanish tile roof garden passage, which frames the new, upgraded Spanish front entrance- beyond.








California_Spanish_Revival_Homes_Santa_BarbaraBeing a home designer based in Santa Barbara, I enjoy specializing in Spanish style homes and landscape design.

This is another home I feature in my Spanish home design book.

Sweet and French lavender, coastal sage, white iceberg roses, and rosemary were some of my plant choices for this Montecito home and landscape design.









This is the BEFORE photo for the project above. It was a simple flip project for a local realtor team working with an investment group.

Simple changes can make a big difference.










Spanish Style Homes Design Resource


In the book

Creating Spanish Style Homes : Before & After - Techniques - Designs -Insights

author Jeff Doubet shares a wide variety of designer tips and tricks for making authentic Spanish home details such as this custom wall grille.

Available at Amazon, just type in the book title or Jeff Doubet into their search box and you will find current pricing of the book, as well as an 8 page preview of it.

Thank you for your support!

As a bit of personal trivia: the book took me 2.5 years and 3,800 hours to make. If you like some of the things on share on my website, I think you will love my book:)







classic Montecito Cottage designers

A transformed Montecito Ranch fixer.

As a local Santa Barbara home designer and consultant I also consult and design other styles of homes and landscapes.

Feel free to click through other pages on this website to learn more, but here are a few examples.

For this project, I was introduced to the real estate investor through a top realtor in town.

Design ideas for an inviting outdoor living space included gravel patio, teak furniture and quality fountain.


Lavender, boxwood and citrus trees were some of my proposed plants...


Montecito California fixers


This was the BEFORE photo I shot.

One of the things I proposed for this Montecito fixer was to remove the cheap aluminum shade structure and rotting wood deck.

This allowed me to design a more wide open, but intimate back yard- giving it a graceful country house look and feel.

See photo directly above.






Santa Barbara Cottage with Arched WindowAnother quality local Santa Barbara home redesign by Jeff Doubet.

Originally from back East, the home owner wanted to upgrade her home with shake siding and other classic details.


I created a design, and her architect and general contractor took it from there.

Directly below, the BEFORE photo I reinvisioned.




Santa Barbara Fixer Cottage


As you can see, the Before home lacked character and interest. Being on a budget, I needed to recommend things that would make a big visual impact.

A new window package, the cement shake siding and a new color scheme went a long way to improve this home.








The owners of this Campanil Hill, Santa Barbara home were seeking ways to improve the charm and aesthetics of a pool side structure.


I sketched a concept rendering that included a quality copper roof and new pergola. The results are appealing, compared the the BEFORE photo directly below.








I am a firm believer of editing, as much as designing a home and landscape.

Note that I recommended editing the outdated lattice work but retain the location of the pergola.

Simplifying and upgrading the materials of the pergola went a long way to accentuate the other features of this home that always existed.

It just needed some TLC and vision.

What are you wanting to create? Give me a call. I would love to help you visualize.



Santa Barbara Cottage Photos

As with every single design commission I recieve... I help clients see the potential in their homes.


If you would like help with a cottage style re-design,

Please contact Jeff Doubet

Although I have a lot of Spanish style home designs on my website, I also specialize in small cottages that have an Old World European feel to them.

Directly below is the BEFORE photo for this small but attractive home in Santa Barbara, California



Santa Barbara Cottage Fixer

This is the BEFORE photo for the project above.

As you can see, simple changes like a window and door package, upgraded colors and a peaceful new landscape can make all the difference in the world.








Santa Barbara Cottage Style

I regularly work with investors, realtors, home buyers and owners all over California and in parts of Arizona, Texas and Florida.

Working remotely via email, phone and first class mail is easy.

I particularly enjoy helping my clients develop creative ideas for local Santa Barbara and Montecito cosmetic fixers.

It is much easier to take progress photos and record the transformations of the homes I redesign.

I like designing transitional designs as well. Here, a two story with Old World plaster on the lower level, and board and batten on the upper story is what I proposed for this fixer upper (BELOW).



Santa Barbara Traditional Home Cosmetic Fixer

The fixer had a very dismal color palette and yet the home has great bones.

I propose cosmetic upgrades that really turned it around to become an elegant home the owners are proud to live in.











To increase the value of this small Montecito fixer property...


I recommended simple, decorative upgrades that would add to the curb appeal.

Board and batten siding, thick wood shutters and window boxes, a new cupola and soothing paint colors...

Classic plant choices for upgrading the landscape.

BELOW, you can see the mess that needed to be reinvisioned.






This Montecito home needed a lot of TLC, but as you can see... much of the problem was simply the overgrown landscape.

Once that was cleared, it was much easier to see how my redesign would come to fruition.









Fixing up Santa Barbara style cottages


I provided renderings for front and back yard landscaping ideas, cosmetic improvements to create instant curb appeal for this small Santa Barbara style cottage.


The clients were a real estate investor and his realtor... looking for simple ideas that would create emotional appeal to buyers. The home sold right away...





Santa Barbara style fixer cottages


As you can see, much of the charm of this home was buried under trash and overgrown landscape.

A fresh color scheme and a simple, elegant new landscaping became the curb appeal that hit the right emotional buttons for the buyer of this Santa Barbara real estate flip.









"El Sonido Del Mar" (The Sound of the Sea)... an oceanfront, Santa Barbara hacienda style home.

For this project, I developed several concept proposals and the owners with them, their talented general contractor created this beautiful new Hacienda style home.

Distressed rafter tails, 2 piece Mission tile roof, Old World plaster finish...

The BEFORE photo below shows how just reinvisioning materials can make a huge difference.



This is the front facade before the tweaks in materials and finishes were infused.









Home buyers look for help in visualizing improvements that can be made to fixer uppers.


If you are home buyer looking in the Montecito or Santa Barbara area... I am a home consultant who can help you visualize aesthetic changes that can make that fixer upper house a home.

Feel free to contact me for an affordable initial consultation.


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Thank You for taking the time to look at just a sampling of my work with other local Montecito and Santa Barbara clients.


Please contact me if you would like to see my entire portfolio of projects and to discuss your new project!


I am always meeting new and like minded clients that are looking to do something special. I look forward to hearing from you.




Jeff Doubet


*All drawings, sketches, photos and ideas on this website are copyrighted by Jeff Doubet. All Rights Reserved. The hand drawn illlustrations and many of the photos were incorporated into the book.




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