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  • Writer's pictureJen Ganzhorn

California Sun-Kissed Cabinetry in Carpinteria

Sun, sea, sand, and surf inspired our cabinetry design for this beautiful, sustainably built home just steps from the beach in Carpinteria, California.

We had the pleasure of working with David Ferrin of arketype architects, Inc. and his design + build team to create cabinetry for this beautiful and sustainably built home, located just a short walk from Carpinteria’s quaint main street of shops and restaurants, and of course the star of the show — the ocean!

Architect, Design + Build: David Ferrin, archetype architects, Inc.

Millwork Design + Fabrication: Able And Baker

Project Location: Carpinteria, CA

Homeowners: Deborah and Tony

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Sun, Sea, Sand, Surf -- the spirit behind our cabinetry materials palette

Creating a Fully Formed Cabinetry Plan

As is often the case when working with Architects, we took the original "placeholder" drawings found in the project Elevations and worked directly with the Homeowner to develop a fully formed cabinetry plan.

Our cabinetry design plan takes into careful consideration the qualities of the home for which we are designing.

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Able And Baker created this detailed Shop Drawing from which our Client's cabinetry would be built. With this level of detail, our clients can plan exactly how all cabinets and drawers will be used.

For this project, we consider:

  • Source and flow of natural light and how gloss or matte finishes will interplay

  • Multi-Generational ease of use and functionality

  • Creation of a design aesthetic which honors our client's commitment to the environment and celebration of living a joyful life amidst the home's beautiful natural landscape

Integrated Display Space at the Island features a blue pop-of-color to add some ocean vibes and echo the beautiful blue range.


Homeowners Deborah and Tony had been dreaming of a home where their grandchildren could stay and play. In our first meeting, we quickly understood that ease of use and low maintenance materials were important. They wanted to incorporate family friendly materials into their sustainably built home—sophisticated, intentional, yet not too fussy.

We envisioned sun soaked days at the beach followed up by fun and festivities back at the house. Intuitively, the materials palette created echoes the area’s natural beauty — from the friendly yellow sun and ocean blue, to the stretches of white clouds and warm sand. Together, they offer a tone of spirit and cheerfulness to the home while reflecting light throughout.

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Able And Baker Final Design Rendering including layout of all four selected door materials.


Bright White Lacquered High Gloss

Desert Sand Lacquered High Gloss

Clay Lacquered High Gloss

Pin Striped Oak Textured Wood Grain

The Homeowner’s passion for environmental work factored into their decision making while designing their home. The home would be playful and welcoming, and a reflection of Deborah and Tony’s commitment to environmentally conscious living.

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Integrated Toe-Kick Lighting provide additional lighting options and a modern design element.

Mindful Kitchen Features

  • Integrated LED Lighting

  • Integrated Container for collecting food scraps for compost

  • Recycled Glass counterotp

  • Built-to-Last approach to construction

Eco-Conscious Features Around the Home, Inside and Out

  • Sustainably Built Home

  • Solar Power

  • Living Roof on the attached garage

  • Fireplace burns biofuel made from corn

  • Exterior rain screen directs water into the native landscaping

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Pin-Stripe Oak, Detail

Deborah and Tony’s beautiful home was featured as the cover story “Tomorrow Home Today” in the

Carpinteria Magazine Summer 2020 issue.

eco friendly kitchen renovation and cabinetry design Carpinteria California

Read the Full Story here.


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