News Releases – Santa Barbara

Seattle, WA: May 11, 2011

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Sustainable, contemporary prefab home designer and builder Stillwater Dwellings ( today announced the completion of a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,600 square foot prefabricated home with a signature soaring butterfly roofline in Santa Barbara, California. It features extensive green and energy-efficient systems, and many custom modifications unique to the owners. Most important to the homeowners, it was designed in a simple, straight-forward process, built off-site in a controlled environment, and completed for an up-front, fixed price that was a fraction of the site-built alternative.
The home is approximately 1,600 square feet with 320sf garage, and is highlighted by a unique ‘courtyard’ design that emphasizes indoor/outdoor living. Inside, the home is finished with eco-friendly micro-strip birch hardwood and Marmoleum flooring, low VOC paints, dual flush toilets, super-insulated wall and roof construction, and recycled content quartz slab countertops. Outside, the home utilizes a standing seam metal “cool roof” that reflects over 30% of the sun’s rays, and large overhangs that assist with passive cooling. The 35’ wide glass window wall picture frames views under the massive oaks to the creek on the property below and the Santa Ynez mountains beyond. Above, a clerestory window section pops up above the exposed wood beams to a ceiling height of over 11’. ” to 12’6” creating a very impressive space opening out to the patio and beach.
Like many of Stillwater Dwellings clients, the new owners had already gone through a long process with an architect and contractor, only to find that their site-built dream house was priced at nearly double their budget. Then they turned to the internet and found Stillwater Dwellings. “We were immediately struck by the Stillwater Dwellings designs, but it was the upfront pricing that was the clincher for us. Once we visited one of their client’s home we were sold,” noted homeowner Art Gaspar.
Santa Barbara’s building costs have remained high in the current recession, in part because it’s traditionally an expensive place to build and also because the 2008 Tea fire has kept the home builders busy and building rates one of the highest in the country. This made Stillwater’s approach and costs even more attractive to the clients. Not only were costs less, they were agreed upon in writing before any construction began. The home was processed through the design review committee, permitted, and built in a fraction of the time than was planned for a comparable site-built home.
This is Stillwater Dwellings first sd132 design. The courtyard home was modified in several simple ways to work with the site conditions. The house was first sited and orientated to protect the old California Oaks. The owners started with Stillwater’s Fundamental Style package, as it included cement-based HardiPanel & batten siding, which exceeded the stringent local wildfire codes. Window sizes and placements were adjusted to maximize views of the oaks and the creek beyond. Minor modifications were then made to increase the length of the guest bedroom wing, add a walk-in closet, and personalize key finishes and colors.
The large 1 acre home-site featured an incredible collection of protected oak trees and sensitive landscape areas leading to a creek. Impacting them in any way was not an option. Modular offsite construction turned out to be the perfect solution. Needing minimal staging and work areas, the modules were picked up from the driveway and lifted over the trees and bushes, and then carefully down onto the foundation.
Sustainable Features: All Stillwater homes include a high level of green and sustainable living features: low VOC paints, dual flush toilets, ultra-high efficiency heating and hot water systems, natural wool carpeting, prefinished/engineering eco-friendly wood flooring, Marmoleum, engineered quartz slab countertops, over-insulated walls/ceilings/floors, and high-efficiency windows with argon gas and low-e film.
All Stillwater homes are built indoors, in climate-controlled conditions to the highest quality standards and the IRC code; the same code that governs conventional site built homes. Homes are transported as 96% complete modules, installed and finished on-site by Stillwater Dwellings.
All Stillwater clients are given fixed, up-front pricing on their home before any construction begins. Unlike traditional site-built home clients who are given estimates that commonly are exceeded during the building process, Stillwater clients contractually know what their home will cost before they begin.
Founded in 2008, Stillwater Dwellings is a Seattle-based company that designs and builds high quality, prefabricated, contemporary homes featuring quality materials, fine detailing, and eco-friendly features. Our process is the predictable and smart alternative to site-built homes.
The major benefits to our clients are:
  • Sustainable contemporary architecture
  • Upfront fixed pricing
  • A straightforward design modification process
  • Faster occupancy than the usual design/build process
  • Exceptional value
All homes have their signature soaring butterfly roofline, unique interior light shelf and exterior “visors”, plate steel entry canopies, and efficient layouts that emphasize indoor/outdoor living and entertaining. We build in an indoor, controlled environment in Oregon, in just a matter of weeks to obtain the highest level of quality, while drastically reducing waste and keeping costs lower and more predictable than a typical site-built home.
Stillwater Dwellings portfolio also includes finished homes in Bend and Portland, Oregon, Santa Barbara, CA as well as buildings in production and planning stages in Roslyn, WA; Vashon Island, WA; Sonoma, CA; and Southern Utah. Stillwater Dwellings homes are available throughout the western region of the US, as well as Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada.
CONTACT: Bart Mitchell, Owner at    Tel: 206-547-0565