On-Site Excellence: Top Pics from 2021
A framer from Thane Construction building arches and groin vaults in the entryway of a Montecito home. 
Photo: Tom Stefl

In Santa Barbara, custom homebuilding often becomes a sum much greater than its creative parts. To pull off something extraordinary — that is, the new construction or comprehensive remodel of a one-of-a-kind family home that fits its surroundings — it truly takes a team, from owners, architects, designers, and engineers to catskinners, masons, plumbers, painters, and many more essential tradespeople in between. Plus, there’s the general contractor’s core crew. 

At Giffin & Crane, part of that crew’s job is to document project progress; such documentation helps keep everybody up to speed and on the same page. Along the way, some really cool images get posted to company partner/principal Derek Shue’s weekly Instagram updates (@giffinandcrane). Here’s a distillation of some of the best.

Water shot of a recently completed Santa Barbara home. 
Photo: Derek Shue

New stalls in a Hope Ranch barn. 
Photo: Nick Pendleton

Newly built wet bar in a Montecito entertainment room. 
Photo: Jake Lewis

Landscaping filling in along the exterior of a recently completed home. 
Photo: Britta Smith

Stones placed skillfully by a mason from Steve Hanson Landscaping to create a motor court medallion. 
Photo: Dennis Derham

Painters work outside as a home interior is prepped for move-in. 
Photo: Dennis Derham

The crew at Mac Brown Excavation working to expose stone formations alongside a new hilltop home in Montecito. 
Photo: Jim Vaughan

Framing work underway to restore a home lost to the Thomas Fire. 
Photo: Zach Roether

Demo underway for the restoration of a George Washington Smith residence in Hope Ranch.
Photo: Hank Nicolais
The crew from Mike Kelley Concrete setting up to pour the foundation of a new home in Montecito. 
Photo: Jake Lewis

Finish carpenters from Solid Rock Construction using CAD technology to plan trim detail.
Photo: Dennis Derham
Trellis shadows on an outdoor dining area.  
Photo: Dennis Derham

A painter preps the millwork of an 1880’s farmhouse restoration. 
Photo: Dennis Derham

Looking up through the cupola of a Hope Ranch equestrian round pen built. 
Photo: Nick Pendleton


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