New Project Underway

Friends,

We are excited to share with you a preview of a new LUA project underway. The residence is being built with a modern design by Blackbird Architects.

 

Photos by: Elevated Horizon

http://www.elevatedhorizon.com/new-page-1/

Stay tuned for additional progress photos and updates!

California Ranch Style Remodel

Although LUA is most widely known for larger scaled projects, we very much enjoyed the process of being involved in this smaller scale remodel. In collaboration with Anacapa Architecture, LUA is excited to have recently completed this California Ranch Style Remodel.  Here is what the Architect had to say about the project:

“A young family of 4 came to us to update an original 1950’s California Ranch Style home nestled below Mission Canyon. With a modest budget and an owner savvy in both construction and design, we were able to renovate the existing house and add an additional 600 SF of usable living space, including a new 2 car garage and full master suite with a wall of glass looking out in the yard. While keeping the overall charm of the original 1950s CA ranch style exterior, the interior of the existing house was opened up to allow a free flowing space from through the main kitchen, living, and dining areas. Leading out to the rear yard is a large glass sliding wall, defining that indoor/outdoor connection California is known for. White finishes and cool woods lend a Scandinavian appeal to this classy and minimal space.” – Anacapa Architecture

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Photos: Erin Feinblatt Photography

New Project Demo – SB County Fire & SBPD SWAT Training

LUA recently provided an opportunity for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department and the Santa Barbara Police Department SWAT Unit to train at a soon to be demolished project. Both Fire and SWAT rely on vacant buildings to train their teams on how to respond in real life emergency situations. With full range of the structure, both rescue teams were able to simulate crisis scenarios, breach doors, test out new equipment, and practice other tactical drills. LUA will be demolishing this structure in the next week in preparation for a new build.

We extend our thanks to those who risk their lives to serve and protect our country and local communities!

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Stay tuned for additional updates and details on this project once demo is completed and construction is underway!

LUA Feature | Inside The Santa Ynez Valley Magazine

We are excited to have our Business Profile featured in the recent Summer Issue of Inside The Santa Ynez Valley Magazine. Journalist Shelly Leachman gives an inside look into LUA’s history, roots, and passions in her interview with Leonard Unander Sr., Founder and President of LUA.

Pick up a copy or click here to view the digital version.

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Inside the Santa Ynez Valley Magazine – http://www.insidesyv.com

Completed Residence | Birnam Contemporary

LUA recently had the privilege of working in collaboration with Ronald Frink Architects and Kris Kimpel Landscape Architecture to complete this Birnam Contemporary residence. Located within the prestigious Birnam Wood Community, this residence is the essence of minimalism, sophistication, and contemporary design. Noteworthy features include metal standing steam roofing, custom millwork, and large pocket doors that effortlessly flow the interior of the home into the exterior living space. The exterior of the home includes an imported travertine patio, modern pool, fire pit and dining area surrounded by mature trees, providing a living space consistent with the peaceful nature of the Birnam Wood Community. This successful project was made possible by the collaborative efforts of the homeowner, design team, builder and consultants. We are excited to have completed yet another residence in Birnam Wood.

“Working with Leonard Unander Associates made a difficult renovation project into an enjoyable experience. The attention to detail and craftsmanship of everyone who worked on the house have resulted in a home we love.”

-Homeowner

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Photos by: Jim Bartsch Photography

Contemporary Estate

LUA recently completed this 9,000 sf sleek contemporary project designed by Blackbird Architects. The original 5,000 square foot residence built in 1948, was extensively remodeled and many parts removed to allow the addition of 4,000 square feet. The estate now features detached structures including guest house and cabana which flow onto the pool area with unobstructed ocean views. The floor plan is open and free flowing with large walls of glass that capture views. The landscape was designed by VanAtta Associates who created an elegant living environment in harmony with nature. Some noteworthy features include structures with roof gardens and a koi pond that appears to flow into the main living area. This successful project was made possible by the collaborative efforts of the homeowner, design team, builder and consultants.

“It’s been a tremendous pleasure working with LUA on my home. Their skill, professionalism, quality and attention to detail is amazing and I have been incredibly pleased with both the process and the result. Moreover, whenever any changes were needed, they’ve been tremendously diligent. I would unreservedly recommend them to anyone building a home.” 
– Homeowner

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Project Team :
General Contractor – LUA, INC.
Architect : Blackbird Architects Inc. – http://www.bbird.com
Landscape Architect : VanAtta Associates Inc. – http://www.va-la.com
Photos : Jim Bartsch Photographer

Completed Residence | Lemon Ranch, Birnam Wood

Since 1980, LUA Inc. has built and remodeled several homes in the prestigious community of Birnam Wood. LUA continues to provide discerning clients with successful projects that are pleasing to the homeowner and intimate community of Birnam Wood.

Designed by Offenhauser Associates Inc., this meticulously built residence sits within the prestigious Birnam Wood community. This traditional and elegant home offers spectacular mountain and golf course views from its expansive 5,500 square feet of living space. Noteworthy features include; custom wood doors and windows, custom steel windows, imported french limestone used for wall cladding and flooring, french oak hardwood flooring, venetian plaster at interior walls, reclaimed fireplace surrounds, and antique fixtures throughout.

Please see select images below and visit our WEBSITE PORTFOLIO to view more.

“Their attention to detail was exquisite. They have all been a pleasure to work with.”
-Homeowner, Mrs. Dorothy Roberts

 

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Photos by : Jim Bartsch Photography

Pre-construction | Under design

During the pre-construction process, a project team is formed that is built on the collaborative efforts of the client, design team and builder. LUA will work in conjuction with all team members to perform a thorough site study, review and comment on construction plans and details, and develop preliminary construction budgets. Preliminary budgets will include value engineering suggestions that offer cost savings ideas for review and consideration of the team. In addition to accurate budget planning, LUA will develop a construction timeline in the pre-construction phase detailing the primary construction activities and durations. This early-stage planning enables LUA to anticipate staging concerns and long lead times, and results in a smooth and timely construction process. Finally, LUA collaborates with designers and expert subcontractors to provide green building recommendations that are specific to each project.

Green Building | Modern Montecito

LUA recently completed this 3,200 sf sleek contemporary home in Montecito with some great green building elements. DesignARC was the architect, and our client was the interior designer. The home integrates a full array of solar panels, high efficiency heating and air conditioning units, high R-value insulation and door/window glazing, along with many responsibly sourced materials. The landscape was designed by Jessica Harlin of Barefoot Design and is mostly drought tolerant, and mindful of the high-fire area where this home is located. The LouvreTec shading system designed for the south terrace serves to shield the home from the heat of the sun in the summer months, and the operable louvre blades open to allow the warmth of the sun to heat the house in cooler winter months.

This project also features a bocce ball court, integral color concrete driveway, Ipe wood siding and trellises, white oak wood flooring, hand formed micro-bevel interior plaster corners, custom slot HVAC registers in the main living spaces, Miele appliances, custom cabinetry, and a wireless lighting controls system.

LUA had a blast building this home for our exceptional clients. Here’s what they had to say about the experience:

“Our new home is a modest contemporary; smaller in scope than a typical LUA project. Even with our scale and design, there was enthusiasm and attention to detail with every aspect our project. The team lived up to a reputation of being first class in service and execution, and stood firm in the belief that the highest standards are nothing less than acceptable. Working through the design build process with LUA gave us the assurance that we were making smart decisions and the result is a home that we love. Family friendly service is rare in today’s world, and we have the best of the best in our own community.”

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Miele – Owner Demonstration

We joined our clients to take part in a unique cooking experience. A Miele Home Economist demonstrated the many features of each appliance including effective methods and tips to take cooking to a professional level.

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“As a Miele owner, you already know your appliance is capable of producing the best quality food. But do you know how to competently use all of its features? Taking one of our Owner Demonstrations will help you maximise the enjoyment you get from your Miele, and transform the way you cook at home.” – Miele
Architect – DesignARC
Kitchen Cabinets – Santori Woodworking
Appliances – Reid’s Appliances

LUA | Modern Beach House

Sophisticated modern beach house designed by AB design studio inc. and interior design by Barry Winick, this successful project was made possible by the collaborative efforts of the client, design team, and LUA.

Located on one of the most desirable beaches in the world, we were dedicated to working closely with the design team and homeowner to efficiently execute the construction of this unique residence. With very close proximity to neighbors and the ocean’s tide, careful consideration to all items involved proved to be critical to the success of this project. The structure was primarily concrete with minimal wood framing at interior walls and upper roof systems. A curved concrete floor system divides the two floors providing structural support of glass and integrated materials. Large lift and slide doors open the house from wall to wall, providing seamless transition from interior living space to sand.
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To view more photos of this project, please visit our website at www.unanderconstruction.com
AB design studio, inc. : http://www.abdesignstudioinc.com

Historical Renovation

LUA is working with Danny Longwill of Two Trees Architects, and Elizabeth Dinkel Design on this extensive historical renovation in Montecito. The house, built in the 1930’s, consists of about 7,800 sf and will be remodeled to bring it back to its original design intent. The work includes all new mechanical, plumbing, and electric systems including an extensive smart house and audio visual system throughout the project. LUA is working with specialist tradespeople to retain existing materials and replicate original details.

 

Hope Ranch Estate | In Progress

After taking the original residence down to its basic frame, the residence was rebuilt with significant alterations to the architectural style, second floor addition, and new detached structures. The residence now features a second floor with enhanced views of the Santa Barbara foothills and pacific ocean.  Detached structures include a pool cabana and guest house, using green roof systems to blend structures into the hillside.

 

 

LUA Project | “Another 100 of the World’s Best Houses”

Spotted! LUA’s Montecito Modern residence featured in “Another 100 of the World’s Best Houses.”

The residence and guest house are situated in the gently sloping foothills of Montecito, California, enjoying panoramic views of the Santa Barbara Harbor, the Pacific Ocean, and surrounding mountains. The irregular shaped site affords many views and privacy to the interior spaces. Introducing the structures into the pan and disturbing the natural landscape as little as possible were the most critical aspects of the design plan.

A serpentine driveway and garden wall lead from the street entry gate to the motor court at the front of the main house, which is a two-story contemporary villa with extensive terraces and lawns for relaxed indoor and outdoor living. A 50-foot bridge links the infinity pool and spa terrace of the main house, through a canopy of oak trees. The two-story residence features full-height windows and a curved bay window that provide wonderful light and filtered views through the trees of the ocean horizon. -Cynthia Reschke, Pacific Houses

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Architect Ronald Frink Architects Inc. 
Location Montecito, California USA
Area 3,952 sq. ft.

Modern Dwell – Final Phase!

Modern 3,200 sf residence in Montecito with design by DesignARC. LUA was involved during pre-construction assembling the construction team and working to achieve the owner’s goals. Special features; rift cut white oak cabinetry with dark stain, various natural stone countertops and full height quartz stone back splashes, bleached oak wood flooring, Portuguese limestone exterior flatwork, ipe and structural i-beam trellises with LouvreTec operable shading system, RadioRA lighting controls, and Sonos audio systems.

Completed photos coming soon!

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“Architect’s Lunch” DesignARC and LUA meet at the residence for lunch.

Featured Project | Video

Friends,

LUA recently completed an architectural feature video of a beautiful estate project completed a few years ago. This is a private video, so please use the password below to view.

LINK

http://vimeo.com/100444220
Password: sbestate01

PROJECT TEAM

Contractor: LUA
Architect: DesignARC
Interior Designer: Chris Moore
Landscape Architect: Kris Kimpel

Video by JNorth Productions.

 

Smaller Scale Projects | Mesa Modern

This successful project was made possible with collaboration among the homeowner, design team, and LUA.  LUA’s management of costs and schedule earned the certificate of occupancy ahead of schedule and completed the contract scope on budget. Along with providing a cost effective project, we deliver a higher level of quality and craftsmanship that LUA has a reputation for. Most importantly, another happy client!

“Leonard Unander Associates did a phenomenol job on our 2nd home in Santa
Barbara. Their attention to detail was second to none. They were always willing to work with us to make changes and come up with new and innovative ways to solve problems without breaking the budget. The documentation at each stage was excellent and always complete and detailed. We couldn’t have asked for a better GC. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to build a new home.” – Thomas Smead

Architecture & Interior Design  –  Michael Holliday & Jerri Rocci  –  http://www.dmhaa.com
Landscape Architecture  –  Brian Brodersen Associates  –  http://www.brodersenassoc.com
Structural Consultants, Inc.  –  Van Sande Structural Consultants, Inc.  –  http://www.vansandestructural.com
 

This project consisted of demolition of an existing house and construction of a new residence. The new single family residence includes a 2,272 s.f. 2 story structure, 4 bedroom house with attached 500 s.f. garage. Some noteworthy features include; radiant floor heating, metal roof system with mounted solar system, lighting and control system by Savant, exterior Massa wood siding, raised concrete planters, concealed gutters and downspouts, energy efficient equipment throughout, and wall pocketing aluminum clad exterior doors.

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Montecito Project | Open House

As another project comes to successful completion, LUA enjoyed celebrating with our clients last night at their open house party. The views are stunning from this hilltop site, and even more dramatic with the infinity edge pool.

The LUA Project Team (from left to right)
Zak Dematteo – Project Superintendent
Leonard Unander, Jr. – Project Manager
Leonard Unander, Sr. – Principal

Music by Kenny Loggins and his band.

Architect: Tom Meaney
Landscape Architect: Kris Kimpel
Pool Subcontractor: Macaluso Pools

We’re thankful for great Clients and Project Team that have worked with LUA to complete another fantastic project. Stay tuned for portfolio images of this home.

www.unanderconstruction.com

HOPE RANCH ESTATE | PHOTOS

This project was made possible with the collaboration of all project team members. From the most early stages of preconstruction to the final punch list, LUA implemented services to ensure a smooth building process. Please visit our website to see more photos…completed photos

“From the very beginning stages of digging and waterproofing our basement to the finish tile, quality work at the best “cost/value” relationship possible has always been the method of operation. Our experience with their billing process, accounting system, planning, bid tab process has been excellent. As a final note I must comment on the LUA moral compass and their level of personal and business integrity without blemish.”
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Project Team 
Architect | Cearnal Andrulaitis
Landscape | Kris Kimpel Landscape Architect
Interior Design | Chris Moore Interiors Design

LUA Projects | Miramar Beach House

Custom beach house underway…LUA, architect AB Design and interior designer Barry Winick join forces to turn this conceptually beach house into reality. Careful consideration and planning is provided to ensure a successful construction process. This is not an ordinary construction project…exposure to weather, proximity to neighbors, logistics, etc.
Interior Design | Winick Architecture & Design 

LUA Small Projects | New Custom Mesa Residence near completion

-Beautiful modern design by DMHA Architects
-Landscape Architecture by Brodersen Associates Landscape Architecture
-Completed photos coming soon!

For projects big and small, LUA has the management and supervision to ensure a successful project. We are dedicated to controlling costs, schedule, quality and most importantly exceeding our client’s expectations.

LUA Christmas Party

Thanks to all for a great LUA Christmas Party 2013! The coat drive was successful with nearly 100 jackets and coats donated to the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission. We greatly appreciate all who have made this year very memorable and for the lasting relationships that we have made.

We look forward to the new year and we wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas!

Park Lane Residence Update

Here’s an update on a beautiful Mediterranean estate project high in the hills above Montecito. This property boasts 180 degree views, infinity edge pool, and custom reclaimed and antique finishes throughout.

Stay tuned to our blog: we’ll be featuring a short video on this project shot from a remote controlled helicopter!

Architect: Tom Meaney Architect
General Contractor: LUA

Project Update | Hope Ranch Estate

Framing and concrete crews push forward on this 8,000 square foot residence. Efficient sequencing of construction trades is critical in providing a timely project. This custom residence features, a guest house, pool cabana, both with roof gardens, infinity edge pool, large door and windows openings, open floor plan, and custom finishes throughout.

Architect | Blackbird Architects
Landscape Architect | Van Atta Associates

MIRAMAR PROJECT

Concrete crews install epoxy coated rebar in preparation for the structural slab. Successful coordination, planning, and strategic measures are especially important when working with limited space and close proximity to harsher elements.  

Project Team:
Construction by LUA, Inc. (Leonard Jr. and Tony Ochoa)
Architecture by AB Design Studio, Inc.
Interior Design by Winick Architects
Structural Engineer Taylor & Syfan

OPEN HOUSE

Construction and design team, friends, family, and neighbors gathered to celebrate our clients new home completed in 2012. We were truly honored to be a part of this successful project.

above – pool overview
left – infinity edge and party
right – project supervisor, Tony Ochoa and project manager, Clint Unander
“From the very beginning stages of digging and waterproofing our basement to the finish tile, quality work at the best “cost/value” relationship possible has always been the method of operation. Our experience with their billing process, accounting system, planning, bid tab process has been excellent. As a final note I must comment on the LUA moral compass and their level of personal and business integrity without blemish.”
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MONTECITO ESTATE | PHOTOS

This project was made possible with the collaboration of all project team members. From the most early stages of preconstruction to the final punch list, LUA implemented services to ensure a smooth building process. Please visit our website to see more photos…montectio estate portfolio.

“We chose LUA as the builder of our dream house because we were impressed by the family nature of the firm, their long experience in Santa Barbara, their good relations with the best subcontractors, their attention to detail and their integrity. They worked closely with our architect and our rep early on the project, which enable significant cost savings via value engineering. They never deviated from the best building practices. The quality of the work and professionalism of the supervision and management was superb. We are extremely happy with the finished product, Villa Ravello!”
-Owner, Floyd Bradley
Architect | Appleton & Associates
Interior Design | Patti Skouras et Fille
Landscape Design | Patricia A. Benner Landscape Design
Owner’s Manager | Stonemark Construction Management

MONTECITO ESTATE | LUA MONTECITO BUILDER

Check out this video of Villa Ravello, a 15,000 sf estate in Montecito built by LUA and designed by Appleton & Associates Architects.

Our client was very pleased with LUA‘s quality of workmanship and great value on this project and had this to say about our firm:

“We chose LUA as the builder of our dream house because we were impressed by the family nature of the firm, their long experience in Santa Barbara, their good relations with the best subcontractors, their attention to detail and their integrity. They worked closely with our architect and our owner’s rep early on the project, which enabled significant cost savings via value engineering. They never deviated from best building practices. The quality of the work and professionalism of the supervision and management was superb. We are extremely happy with the finished product, Villa Ravello. We cannot recommend LUA highly enough.”
– Floyd Bradley

Montecito Builder

For more information about LUA, a Montecito builder, please visit our website: www.unanderconstruction.com

Video of Santa Barbara Historical Residence by LUA

This was a fantastic historical renovation LUA performed on this residence near the Old Mission in Santa Barbara.

This is what our client said after working with LUA on this project:

“We have built &/or remodeled over 15 high end homes in 3 states (California, Hawaii, & Washington). Nobody compared to LUA in terms of quality & attention to detail. If you have high standards & you want to be assured of the best possible outcome, there is really no other choice.”
– Rowland and Mary Hanson

Established in 1977, Leonard Unander Associates, Inc. is an award winning Santa Barbara general contractor. The custom homes built and remodeled by LUA in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Hope Ranch, and Santa Ynez are a lasting testament to the quality and craftsmanship that is the focus of each project. Our powerful team continues to provide discerning clients with the exceptional construction process and finish product that has made LUA one of Santa Barbara’s premier residential construction companies.
For more information about LUA, a Santa Barbara Contractor, please visit our website: www.unanderconstruction.com

AIA Santa Barbara | Architecture Lecture

AIA Santa Barbara and Lucifer Lighting sponsored an inspiring lecture by Michael Imber, an accomplished architect based in San Antonio, Texas.

http://www.michaelgimber.com/our-work.html

Michael’s architecture is deeply rooted in the traditional styles found where his work is located. His talk included beautiful historic photographs of architecture from around the world, sketches and paintings that have inspired his work, and his own sketches and realized architecture.

The lecture was held at the Coral Casino in Montecito and was very well attended.

http://www.michaelgimber.com/our-work.html

Michael’s message was “Be Yourself”, and make sure the building you design represent the community and culture where they are located.

http://www.michaelgimber.com/our-work.html

LUA | Continuing Education | Building Science Seminar

As construction professionals- we’re always working to improve our processes and understanding of building science.

Yesterday LUA had the privilege to participate in an excellent seminar hosted by Hayward Lumber and the Santa Barbara Contractors Association. Mark LaLiberte was the featured expert and is a national leader in the building industry, and a distinguished trainer, author and consultant. He has devoted his career to the study and practice of durability, energy efficiency, and construction detailing. Mark’s lecture included:

  • Case studies of building failures, illustrating what NOT to do
  • Detailed animations and videos of proper waterproofing and flashing installations
  • Study of insulation best practices
  • Ventilation concepts to improve inside air quality
  • Home Energy Rating Score (HERS) insights
  • The importance of the Blower Door test, measuring the air-tightness of homes
  • The physics of the capillary flow of water- and flashing implications

Check out this website (and iPhone application)  for some great animations and videos on construction detailing.

Mark LaLiberte left the class with this quote from John Ruskin:
“When we build, let us think that we build forever.” 

Established in 1977, Leonard Unander Associates, Inc. is an award winning Santa Barbara general contractor. The custom homes built and remodeled by LUA in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Hope Ranch, and Santa Ynez are a lasting testament to the quality and craftsmanship that is the focus of each project. Our powerful team continues to provide discerning clients with the exceptional construction process and finish product that has made LUA one of Santa Barbara’s premier residential construction companies.
For more information about LUA, a Santa Barbara Contractor, please visit our website: www.unanderconstruction.com

LUA Project Update | Storm Water Detention System

We’re currently constructing a significant storm water detention system on one of our large residential estate projects in Santa Barbara. When we’re building out these significant properties with new development, the governmental building regulators require that storm water detention systems are installed. These systems collect all of the rain water that runs off the roofs and other hardscape (concrete, stone, etc.) surfaces- retains it in some fashion- and ultimately releases it slowly back into the earth. These systems are intended to mimic the site runoff conditions as if there was no development on the property.

Santa Barbara Contractor | Storm Water Detention System

 In this case, there is a inlet filter box that filters the runoff water before it enters the infiltrator chamber system (pictured). The water is then contained in this detention area until the water level reaches about 18″- when it runs out of a second filter box at the exit point. The water then runs to a spreader trench that distributes the water evenly over a section of the property.

Santa Barbara Contractor | Storm Water Detention System

Our clients also have the option to retain the water on site and re-use it for landscaping. Or, the water can be put through a purification process that enables the water to be used for domestic purposes. This is a great green building solution.


Established in 1977, Leonard Unander Associates, Inc. is an award winning Santa Barbara general contractor. The custom homes built and remodeled by LUA in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Hope Ranch, and Santa Ynez are a lasting testament to the quality and craftsmanship that is the focus of each project. Our powerful team continues to provide discerning clients with the exceptional construction process and finish product that has made LUA one of Santa Barbara’s premier residential construction companies.
For more information about LUA, a Santa Barbara Contractor, please visit our website: www.unanderconstruction.com

NEW PROJECT > DONATION OPPORTUNITY

Recycle > Reuse > Reduce…..Rebuild.

Last week, LUA was pleased to help in the process of donating many items to Habitat For Humanity. Our generous clients donated items such as, appliances, doors, cabinets, plumbing fixtures, and other miscellaneous items.

Existing Residence

 

New Residence | Construction in Progress

New Residence : Modern Beach House
Designed by : AB design studio, inc. 
General Contractor : Leonard Unander Associates, Inc.

Historic Renovation | Santa Barbara Contractor

We’re happy to share the latest LUA project video showcase of Villa de la Guerra, a historic residence designed by Francis Underhill and renovated by Leonard Unander Associates, Inc., a Santa Barbara Contractor.

Originally constructed in 1910, this home was tastefully updated and upgraded by it’s current owners. The work included the addition of a subterranean garage, structural retrofitting, addition of a master bathroom, construction of a new pool, completely new mechanical plumbing and electrical systems, and new interior finishes. Remodel architecture was provided by Kent Mixon Architect, and the interior design was provided by Covet Interiors.

Please take a minute to view the video below.

Here’s a LINK to the video on Vimeo (higher quality).

Established in 1977, Leonard Unander Associates, Inc. is an award winning Santa Barbara Contractor. The custom homes built and remodeled by LUA in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Hope Ranch, and Santa Ynez are a lasting testament to the quality and craftsmanship that is the focus of each project. Our powerful team continues to provide discerning clients with the exceptional construction process and finish product that has made LUA one of Santa Barbara’s premier residential construction companies.
For more information about LUA, a Santa Barbara Contractor, please visit our website: www.unanderconstruction.com

LUA | Institute Of Classical Architecture & Art

The opening lecture and reception was held at the office of Leonard Unander Associates, Inc.

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, in conjunction with its Southern and Northern California chapters, was pleased to sponsor this tour led by Gabriel Zamora, an architect with Appleton & Associates, Inc. At the opening lecture, Gabriel, an architectural historian, gave an overview of the tour sites, among which will be the private houses and accompanying gardens throughout Santa Barbara.

Institute of Classical Architecture & Art | Website Link
LUA, Inc. | Office
Santa Barbara Mission
Established in 1977, Leonard Unander Associates, Inc. is an award winning Santa Barbara Builder. The custom homes built and remodeled by LUA in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Hope Ranch, and Santa Ynez are a lasting testament to the quality and craftsmanship that is the focus of each project. Our powerful team continues to provide discerning clients with the exceptional construction process and finish product that has made LUA one of Santa Barbara’s premier residential construction companies.
For more information about LUA, a Santa Barbara Builder, please visit our website:www.unanderconstruction.com


LUA | DINING & DESTINATIONS


LUA is featured in the current Dining & Destinations | Fall/Winter 2012

Established in 1977, Leonard Unander Associates, Inc. is an award winningMontecito Builder. The custom homes built and remodeled by LUA in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Hope Ranch, and Santa Ynez are a lasting testament to the quality and craftsmanship that is the focus of each project. Our powerful team continues to provide discerning clients with the exceptional construction process and finish product that has made LUA one of Santa Barbara’s premier residential construction companies.

For more information about LUA, a Montecito Builder, please visit our website:www.unanderconstruction.com

Montecito Estate Video | Montecito Builder

Leonard Unander Associates, Inc. recently completed this custom Montecito Estate project designed by Appleton & Associates. As a Montecito Builder, LUA had the privilege to work with the Owner and Design Team on this project from the Pre-Construction phase through final close out and Post-Construction Service.

Please take a minute to view the architectural video of the project below.

You can also view the video on Vimeo (higher quality) by clicking HERE.

The video was shot by a friend of LUA, J North Productions.

Established in 1977, Leonard Unander Associates, Inc. is an award winning Montecito Builder. The custom homes built and remodeled by LUA in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Hope Ranch, and Santa Ynez are a lasting testament to the quality and craftsmanship that is the focus of each project. Our powerful team continues to provide discerning clients with the exceptional construction process and finish product that has made LUA one of Santa Barbara’s premier residential construction companies.
For more information about LUA, a Montecito Builder, please visit our website: www.unanderconstruction.com

Santa Barbara Contractors Association | Santa Barbara Builder

As a Santa Barbara Builder, Leonard Unander Associates, Inc. is proud of our membership in the Santa Barbara Contractors Association. Last night LUA attended the SBCA awards ceremony dinner, where our Villa Ravello Project was a finalist for the best residential project in the Large category.

Here are a few images of the project.

Santa Barbara Builder | Montecito Estate

Santa Barbara Builder | Montecito Estate    
Santa Barbara Builder | Montecito Estate

Take a look HERE for more images of this project on our website. This Montecito Estate designed by Appleton & Associates consists of 15,000 square feet comprised of a Main House, Guest House, Pool House, attached Garage, and semi-attached Study.

The Santa Barbara Builder awards dinner was held at Fess Parker’s Double Tree in Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara Contractors Association | Awards

Established in 1977, Leonard Unander Associates, Inc. is an award winning Santa Barbara Builder. The custom homes built and remodeled by LUA in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Hope Ranch, and Santa Ynez are a lasting testament to the quality and craftsmanship that is the focus of each project. Our powerful team continues to provide discerning clients with the exceptional construction process and finish product that has made LUA one of Santa Barbara’s premier residential construction companies.
For more information about LUA, a Santa Barbara Builder, please visit our website: www.unanderconstruction.com

Santa Barbara General Contractor | Barn Featured

The custom equestrian facility that LUA, a Santa Barbara General Contractor, recently completed has been featured on the local website SBDigs.com. Check out the article and images HERE.

Santa Barbara General Contractor | Barn Featured

Established in 1977, Leonard Unander Associates, Inc. is an award winning Santa Barbara General Contractor. The custom homes built and remodeled by LUA in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Hope Ranch, and Santa Ynez are a lasting testament to the quality and craftsmanship that is the focus of each project. Our powerful team continues to provide discerning clients with the exceptional construction process and finish product that has made LUA one of Santa Barbara’s premier residential construction companies.
For more information about LUA, a Santa Barbara General Contractor, please visit our website: www.unanderconstruction.com

Santa Barbara Contractor | Featured

Leonard Unander Associates is the Santa Barbara Contractor that has a feature in the local online publication “SBDigs.com” – check it out HERE.

Santa Barbara Contractor | Featured

Established in 1977, Leonard Unander Associates, Inc. is an award winning Santa Barbara general contractor. The custom homes built and remodeled by LUA in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Hope Ranch, and Santa Ynez are a lasting testament to the quality and craftsmanship that is the focus of each project. Our powerful team continues to provide discerning clients with the exceptional construction process and finish product that has made LUA one of Santa Barbara’s premier residential construction companies.
For more information about LUA, a Santa Barbara Contractor, please visit our website: www.unanderconstruction.com

Solar | Santa Barbara Green Contractor

LUA had the opportunity to attend an educational lecture on the history of solar architecture and technology last week. Hosted by the Santa Barbara chapter of AIA, the speaker was John Perlin, an expert on solar technology and author of several books on the subject.

Solar | Santa Barbara Green Contractor

Civilizations have been building structures and cities with solar technology in mind for 6,000 years, starting with the Chinese and continuing with the Greeks, Romans, and many other civilizations throughout history.

Solar architecture and technology includes the siting and positioning of buildings on their properties, solar water heating, passive solar heating, strategic locations of shade structures and foliage for cooling, and now includes photovoltaic panel systems (solar panels) that convert the sun’s energy into electricity for the use of the building and it’s inhabitants.

LUA and the Design Teams that we work with integrate solar solutions on many of our projects. From the location of the house on it’s site, to the size and positioning of windows, to the use of plant materials and architectural design for shade, we are constantly working with Owner and Design Teams to use the sun to improve the function of the homes we build. Additionally, many of our clients choose solar panels to supplement or offset their electrical consumption.

Established in 1977, Leonard Unander Associates, Inc. is an award winning Santa Barbara general contractor. The custom homes built and remodeled by LUA in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Hope Ranch, and Santa Ynez are a lasting testament to the quality and craftsmanship that is the focus of each project. Our powerful team continues to provide discerning clients with the exceptional construction process and finish product that has made LUA one of Santa Barbara’s premier residential construction companies.
For more information about LUA, a Santa Barbara Green Contractor, please visit our website: www.unanderconstruction.com

Santa Ynez | General Contractor

Santa Ynez Residence
Santa Ynez General Contractor


Established in 1977, Leonard Unander Associates, Inc. is an award winning Santa Barbara general contractor. The custom homes built and remodeled by LUA in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Hope Ranch, and Santa Ynez are a lasting testament to the quality and craftsmanship that is the focus of each project. Our powerful team continues to provide discerning clients with the exceptional construction process and finish product that has made LUA one of Santa Barbara’s premier residential construction companies.
For more information about LUA, a Santa Ynez General Contractor, please visit our website: www.unanderconstruction.com

Architect Lecture | Santa Barbara Green Builder

As a Santa Barbara Green Builder, LUA is constantly looking for opportunities to expand our understanding of sustainable design and construction. Last night we had the opportunity to hear a lecture on the topic from a leader in the design of environmentally sensitive structures, Lawrence Scarpa of Brooks + Scarpa Architects.

Photo Courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa

His lecture, sponsored by the Santa Barbara chapter of AIA, suggested that, while beneficial in some cases, the proliferation of the modern air conditioning system has in part led to buildings that don’t take advantage of nature’s inherent qualities (light, ventilation, etc.). Scarpa’s firm is focused primarily on the strategic use of natural ventilation, lighting, and shading of structures, accompanied by modern green technologies such as photovoltaic panels, improved insulating techniques, and high efficiency equipment when required.

Photo Courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa

The lecture was held at the newly opened Synergy Business and Technology Center, designed by the local Santa Barbara architecture office of JM Holliday Associates.

Photo Courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa

Established in 1977, Leonard Unander Associates, Inc. is an award winning Santa Barbara general contractor. The custom homes built and remodeled by LUA in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Hope Ranch, and Santa Ynez are a lasting testament to the quality and craftsmanship that is the focus of each project. Our powerful team continues to provide discerning clients with the exceptional construction process and finish product that has made LUA one of Santa Barbara’s premier residential construction companies.
For more information about LUA, a Santa Barbara Green Builder, please visit our website: www.unanderconstruction.com

AIA ArchitecTours | Santa Barbara Architects

Leonard Unander Associates, Inc. is happy to announce that our Villa Ravello estate project in Montecito will be featured on this year’s Santa Barbara Architects AIA ArchitecTours event to be held Saturday, September 29, 2012.

Please click HERE for more information on this event. Please consider attending and supporting our local AIA chapter.

Here’s a photo of Villa Ravello- you can find more images of this project HERE.

Another of our projects was featured on this Santa Barbara Architects tour a few years ago- here’s a photo of that project- and a link to more images HERE.

Established in 1977, Leonard Unander Associates, Inc. is an award winning Santa Barbara general contractor. The custom homes built and remodeled by LUA in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Hope Ranch, and Santa Ynez are a lasting testament to the quality and craftsmanship that is the focus of each project. Our powerful team continues to provide discerning clients with the exceptional construction process and finish product that has made LUA one of Santa Barbara’s premier residential construction companies.
For more information about LUA, a Santa Barbara Contractor working closely with Santa Barbara Architects, please visit our website: www.unanderconstruction.com