New Home Construction
Passive and Active
Radiant Heat in Finished
Design and Build
This home, set above the City of Ojai,
fits into it's environment ! This house works with the climate
rather than against it. The broad and deep overhangs of the shed
roof reflect the sun's rays while providing shaded areas and a natural
convection flow of air up and out the high windows. The narrow
building allows natural light in throughout the day with out the heat
from the sun. The roof also provides the perfect spot for the
thermal hot water solar systems that provides domestic hot water as
well as heat for the radiant floors. The thermal mass of the concrete
floors keep the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
The Great Room
The house is "inverted," meaning the living areas are on the
second floor instead of the first floor. A two story house was
a conscious idea for a couple of reasons ... one being the fabulous
views of the Ojai Valley - two: the prevailing southwest breezes
help cool the house and the deck on the second floor. The idea
of a "great room" versus the more traditional living room - dining
room - kitchen etc. is to create a space for today's life style.
Not only is the space open, light and airy but the "spaces" within
the spaces form there own "rooms." The game table nook -
fireplace area - dining table - dinning counter - kitchen -
stairwell all work together to create a really fabulous space.
The Master Bedroom
The Kid's Room !
Passive Solar Design
Passive cooling is achieved using a large, sheltering, shed roof
and high windows which draw hot air out of the home. The steel
roof panels reflect much of the hot Ojai sun.
Active Solar Design
Solar electric panels will provide energy for the house and solar hot
water panels will help heat the radiant concrete floors.
Perfect Powder Sink !
The great room has special
spaces built within the room - the game table, the gas fireplace, the
dining area and the kitchen eating counter.
This deck, sheltered by
the same long shed roof the covers the home, enhances the breezes through
the shady space.
The Bunk Room for our traveling
Ultimate Boy's Room !
Almost finished - the driveway
Great room - colored in
Concrete floors with radiant heat, high windows to draw heat out of
Kids rooms - note the finished
Built in desks
The Submarine Room !
Here is the brain of the house with high efficiency water heater, solar
water panel controls
radiant floor controls
Radiant tubes laid out on
View across the deck - Trex
decking - a mixture of plastic waste product and wood plup.
Guest House Kitchen
After framing, a new home
seems to sit for an eternity with no visible changes on the outside!
While the plumbing, electrical, HVAC and other mechanical systems are
being install, the house is waiting for the next big push called "Drying
Windows, roofing, siding
and insulation kick into gear pulling the house out of the doldrums
and visible changes start to appear.
This roof is a standing
seam metal roof. The light reflective color keeps the suns rays
at bay. Each section is also formed out of one continuous sheet
of metal - 40 feet long in this case. Metal roofing is also light
weight - a benefit in earthquake country.
Most people ask - "Doesn't
it get hot inside?" or "Isn't it noisy when it rains?"
The answer is no !
Nordhoff Peak in the background
Chief Peak 5400 feet
Too much rain !
Main house roof framing
Steel post and beams connected
for porch roof
Interior beam work
John sets the wide flange
Detailing the wall framing
on the slab
Framed - solar panels to
be places on this south facing shed roof
The building has a three
car garage below and a 640 square foot (city limit) apartment on the
As in the main house - the
design has radiant floor heat and passive cooling with the shading shed
roof and low and high windows to promote ventilation.
Out look beams for cantilever
After removing and re-compacting the soil, placing the footings, setting
the red steel and installing the radiant heat tubing - the slab is ready.
The integral color of the concrete and the hand tooled joints in the
concrete will provide both the structural base for the building as well
as the finish floor.
Waiting for the right set
Boom pump and finishers
helping to place the concrete
Steel posts set for roof
Poured in place concrete
Concrete retaining wall
allows the house to fit snugly into the site - while the 2 story design
economizes on the cost of construction and minimizes the footprint of
the building on the site.
John Deere excavator arrives
Patty directs the crew !
Luke tests the depth - about
9 feet down
Pad ready for compaction
Here's a 20 ton boulder
Conceptual color schemes
Study model - shed roof
Soils tests with archeologist