BEFORE & AFTER: Wine Country Getaway

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The box store pre-fab gates and overhang gave a heavy look to the front of the property in the Before picture. Studio 2G created a welcoming color palette, and the hand-hewn wood gates with custom iron work designed by Heidi reveal an expansive yard complete with fountain.

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The center rotunda previously had foam appliques and trim on the columns and front facade. All were removed to give clean lines and enhance the Spanish style architecture.

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The entryway's identity crisis was eliminated with a Spanish-style door, elegant sconces, and three high accent windows to add natural light. The existing beams, previously hidden with drywall, were exposed, stained, and hand-hewned to unify the Spanish theme throughout the home.

Employee Spotlight: Tyler Hall

When did you first realize that you wanted to be an architect? 

I first realized during my freshman year, when I took studio as an Architectural Engineering major. Studio was fun, and calculus was not. Long story short. 

Do you have a favorite building? Favorite architecture style?

My favorite building is Segerstrom Hall in Irvine, CA. I don’t have a favorite style, my preferences in architecture have more to do with the building program and detailing. I like interesting details, and any building designed in form and function to foster creativity. That being said, I am very interested in adapting really old buildings to be used for new things.

                                                    Segerstrom Hall, Irvine, CA.

                                                    Segerstrom Hall, Irvine, CA.

 

Do you have a favorite architect, one that inspires you or one that you aspire to be like?

My favorite architect is Luis Barragan, because I love his use of color. I think the world should be more colorful.

What kind of projects would you like to work on? 

I want to design theaters and performance spaces. I think they are the most fun to be in and to design, and they can form amazing emotional connections and also function as a blank slate at the same time.

Tyler's design of a Parados style theater. The Parodos is an entrance affording access either to the stage (for actors) or to the orchestra (for the chorus) of the ancient Greek theater. 

Tyler's design of a Parados style theater. The Parodos is an entrance affording access either to the stage (for actors) or to the orchestra (for the chorus) of the ancient Greek theater. 

What is your favorite part of a structure to design?

I like designing lighting in interior spaces.

What inspires you outside of the architecture world, and does it influence your perception of architecture?

I’m most inspired by works of fiction - theater, film, literature - and works of art like music and photography. They influence my perception of everything and I fancy myself more as a storyteller than an architect. 

Employee Spotlight: Sarah Dyatt

Sarah Dyatt is a multi-talented dynamo. She sings, she performs, she's a new mom. She was the VP of Cuesta College's AIAS Chapter, oh and she holds the world record for being the youngest person to run a marathon on all 7 continents & an ice cap (no kidding).

We sat down between projects to find out more about Studio 2G's new, talented teammate.

When did you first realize that you wanted to be an architect? 

When I was 18 or so. I was looking through options for a major and came across architecture. I put it on my maybe list. A few days later I was clearing out some of my old school notebooks and found one with a whole bunch a buildings I had designed maybe in 3rd grade or something. I have never looked back and absolutely love this field of study. 

Do you have a favorite building? Favorite architecture style?

My favorite building is probably the San Diego LDS Temple. I was married there so it holds special significance but it also just looks like a modern castle, which is extremely beautiful. 

Sarah's drawing of the Latter Day Saint's Temple in San Diego.

Sarah's drawing of the Latter Day Saint's Temple in San Diego.

Favorite style, at least for houses, would be a modern craftsman. Clean lines with some beautiful details here and there but not too over the top. 

Do you have a favorite architect, one that inspires you or one that you aspire to be like?

That would definitely be Bjarke Ingels and his group BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group). I appreciate his innovative designs that combine sustainability with modern concepts and comfort.  

Sketches of Bjarke Ingles Group projects done by Sarah.

Sketches of Bjarke Ingles Group projects done by Sarah.

What kind of projects would you like to work on? 

Right now I greatly enjoy single family houses. There’s something about being able to create a home that holds so much meaning.  In the future I would be interested in designing structures to impact society such as libraries or community centers.  

What is your favorite part of a structure to design?

This is a hard one. I’m not really sure. I am extremely interested in different types of staircases though and would love an opportunity to design something innovative in the future. 

Sarah with her husband Michael and Sweet baby Riona

Sarah with her husband Michael and Sweet baby Riona

The Studio2G Gallery Presents...

We are so pleased to have fellow architect and & professor Tom di Santo's artwork adorning our gallery walls until January. His jewel-colored watercolored works leap from any wall and are great for any space needing an interesting, beautiful focal point.

Details for a closing event in January at Studio 2G are forthcoming. All of Tom's work is available for purchase. All works pictured are $270, except the smaller pieces which are affordably priced at $110. 

Parties interested in purchasing work can contact us at design@studio-2g.com

 

A few words about Tom:

Tom Di Santo AIA, is the Principal Architect of M:oME and a Professor in the Architecture Department at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, where he teaches thesis design studio, theory, watercolor representation and the implementation of sustainable principles.  

He achieved his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and earned a Master of Architecture degree (M.Arch II) from L'Ecole d'Architecture de Paris-La Defense.  His primary medium is watercolor and shows regularly in California, New York and Switzerland.

To find out more about M:oME please visit www.mome.org

The Ulrich Residence

The Ulrich Residence is nearing the finish line! Next up, pouring the flatwork. Flatwork is concrete work done on a horizontal plane. Pictured are the before and after exterior and interior shots of the rotunda.

The exterior of the Ulrich Remodel in the "before" picture reminds us of an Italian cuisine restaurant. Studio 2G simplified the exterior and implemented a unique and stylish entryway.

The exterior of the Ulrich Remodel in the "before" picture reminds us of an Italian cuisine restaurant. Studio 2G simplified the exterior and implemented a unique and stylish entryway.

The mixed bag of styles in the "before" picture could leave a visitor cold. Studio 2G removed the stucco from the beam, unified the window schematic and tied the whole look together with a beautiful arched doorway.

The mixed bag of styles in the "before" picture could leave a visitor cold. Studio 2G removed the stucco from the beam, unified the window schematic and tied the whole look together with a beautiful arched doorway.

Davtian Residence

Steady progress made on the Davtian Residence. The home will feature large windows, a brick pizza oven and a McKinley pneumatic vacuum elevator. Check out www.mckinleyelevator.com for more information on this unique feature.

 

The Davitan Residence is a two-floor home overlooking the hills of Arroyo Grande, CA.

Large windows will provide a majestic view of the local landscape.

 A wood-fired brick oven being installed.

A template is set in place for the pneumatic vacuum elevator.

DAOU Auxiliary Storage Tanks

Construction is continuing on an auxiliary building which will house wine storage tanks for the DAOU Winery. Find out more about DAOU at http://www.daouvineyards.com/

Here you can see workers laying all the interior trench drains and setting up the foundation formwork for the steel building, built by the talented builders at Rarig Construction. See www.rarig.com for more about this prolific local business.

 

Wine Country Patio

The Wine Country Patio is under construction! A new 20' X 16' covered patio for alfresco dining and those warm evening wine tasting parties along w/ a bocci ball court at the lowest patio level.
The mid-level patio will include a 4'-0" tall, rusted-wire gabion retaining wall with a gas fire pit built into the gabion wall. A gabion (from Italian gabbione meaning "big cage") is a cylinder, or cage filled with rocks, concrete, or sometimes sand and soil.

Ellis Residence

The Ellis Residence is coming along! Tile for the guest bathroom, from NS Ceramics Santa Barbara has been installed.  See www.nsceramic.com for more about them. 

 

Paint and stain work are setting the theme for this Spanish Style home. Here's a view from the kitchen into the living and dining rooms. Great daylight is provided from the adjacent courtyard.

The view from the courtyard into the entry foyer. The beautiful clay roof tiles looking ready to be installed.

Davtian Residence

The Davtian Residence is making headway! It will be a 2-story contemporary home located in Las Ventanas Ranch in Arroyo Grande, Ca. The house will be approximately 4,800 sq. ft. and is striving to be a net-zero energy home. Height restrictions and site limitations played a significant part in the design of this house.The owner wanted the house to take advantage of the views and outdoor spaces. The construction photos show how some of those views will be framed and elevations.

Lago Giuseppe Winery

Another project currently in construction is Lago Giuseppe Winery in Templeton, Ca. The project consists of a 3,500 s.f. tasting room with verandas and a tower, 3,000 s.f. production facility, 1,000 s.f. residence all connected into one facility. We are looking forward to opening day!! Check out their Facebook page here Lago Giuseppe Cellars and Event Site as well as their website http://www.lagogiuseppe.com/about.html.