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2016 National Award
Commercial Remodel
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Blackbird Architects
Remodelers of Santa Barbara, California

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Adam Sharkey
Blackbird Architects
235 Palm Avenue
Santa Barbara, California 93101

2016 National Award - Commercial Remodel

The goal of this commercial remodel was to transform a former warehouse space into an upscale wine tasting room. The owners sold their original ranch location to move to the accessible and popular urban “wine ghetto”. As the owner aptly describes, “We started with a shoe box. The challenge was how to make it interesting and inviting for our visitors and bring the earthiness of the ranch into this very urban space.”

The process was organic with heavy involvement by all team members and one that evolved with the project. Finish materials include reclaimed Douglas fir originally harvested in 1912, local stone, metal, and a live olive tree – nicknamed “Olivia”. Every inch of the space was modified during the remodel.

Other key elements of the remodel included:

• Instead of a large bar in the main tasting room where guests sample wine, “wine guides” pour at small group tasting tables made with 30 x 40 in. reclaimed Douglas fir slabs. Metal bases filled with diatomite rocks serve as foot rests. Pneumatic castors make tables “floatable” and easily movable.
• Two large skylights impart ample natural light.
• Original concrete floors were polished and left exposed.
• Custom made wood and metal shelves showcase wine and a 19 ft. Douglas fir bench provides additional seating along one entire wall of the tasting room.
• A glass and metal “barn door” separates a space at the rear of the building from the main tasting room for private parties and wine club events.
• An elegant Rumford fireplace, with accent pieces from the original Singer Sewing Machine building in New York, creates the “heart space."