Timber Framing – the art of wood construction aka Post and Beam or Mortice and Tenon

By Otis Bradley

The art of timber framing, also called “Post and Beam” or “Mortice and Tenon,” is still alive!

  

 In today’s world of industrialized manufacturing, most builders have never touched anything other than dimensional lumber (meaning 2×4’s-  which actually measure 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ – go figure!). But long before factories spit out 2x’s, wood buildings were created out of timbers. Trees were cut – timbers were shaped using adzes, draw knives and hand powered drills to create large frames out of timber – called bents – which could combined lengthwise as well as for a second story to create buildings. Continue reading “Timber Framing – the art of wood construction aka Post and Beam or Mortice and Tenon”

Ventana Magazine Features Ojai Custom Home Builder – Green Home

Contemporary Cool

The Ojai abode of green builder Otis Bradley.


By Andrea Kitay—Photography by Gaszton Gal


The exposed structural steel and beams are painted in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Cherokee Red.

Casa Verde, the two-acre Ojai spread that Otis Bradley and his family call home, is more than a play on words. Its name is a nod to the custom homebuilder’s passion for efficiency. The 3400-square-foot contemporary completed in 2008 is a result of Bradley’s determination to build an ecologically sound home, in keeping with his family’s laidback lifestyle.

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Clay Tile Roofs

by Otis Bradley

Beautiful clay tile roofs are part of the history of California as well as much of Europe.  In fact clay roof tiles date back thousands of years in China before spreading through Asia and to the Greeks and Romans.

Clay tiles come in many shapes and forms:

Barrel tile or two piece – is shaped like a 20 inch piece of pipe that was cut in half – only it is tapered – one piece lays on the roof facing up and the other faces down – covering a half of two pieces – something like the illustration below.

 

Color

Clay tiles come in many “earthen” colors.   Often the colors are “blended” using several colors to create different effects.

 

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Six Alternative Building Methods For a Custom Home – Log, Post and Beam, Ram Earth, ICF, and Tire

By Otis Bradley

Do you live in a “typical” American home? Or do you want something different.

Looking at alternative ways to build your home? Most homes – over 90% – according to a recent NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) are stick built – meaning out of 2 x 4’s. As a custom home builder, I never build anything that resembles the “standard.”

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ICF Insulated Concrete Form House – Ojai

by Otis Bradley

Have you seen this stuff ?  Like Lego blocks – stack em up and fill em with concrete.  What you get is a house that is super insulated – super strong – resistant to insects, fires and extremely quiet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 And a beautiful house like this one we are currently building in Ojai, California.