Custom Steel and Wood Furniture

Custom steel frames, designed to fit with heavy duty caster wheels, and topped with 8/4 (one and a half inch thick) walnut tops with spruce splines

The dining table seats 8

Walnut, custom steel frame, caster wheels, dining table

Dining table frame

Walnut, custom steel frame, caster wheels, dining table

The “X” Bar !
Bar height, walnut top with spruce splines

Walnut, custom steel X frame, caster wheels, bar top, with spruce splines

Game Table – this one is one and a half inch thick maple with walnut “butterfly” joints

Kitchen bar – maple with walnut

Supported with custom steel curved braces

Bar, Dining Table and Coffee Table

Bar, Dining Table and Coffee Table - custom steel and wood

Get your Permit !

Permit Checklist

Permit requirements vary widely in different locations.  Develop a list for your project – start by checking in with your local building department. 

Remember the Building Department may only tell you part of the story.  Research the following items and try to start putting a schedule together.  My Builder 20 group often discusses permit issues.  Jim in Wisconsin tells me he can get a permit in 5 days, while others of us suffer with months even years in the permitting process.  In my local area building departments in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Malibu, Ojai, Ventura County, City of Ventura, Santa Barbara and County of Santa Barbara all treat building codes and zoning regulations in different ways.

Access

Air Rights

Archaeologists

Bridges

CC&R’s (Private Restrictions)

Cell Phone Access

City Planning

City Zoning

Civil Engineers

Coastal Commissions

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Ventana Magazine Features Ojai Custom Home Builder – Green Home

Contemporary Cool

The Ojai abode of green builder Otis Bradley.


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


By Andrea Kitay—Photography by Gaszton Gal

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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Building a New House in Ojai and Ventura County

Building in the City of Ojai is a fairly straightforward process.  The town itself is quite small, only 4.4 miles, beyond those boundaries you are in the unincorporated area of  Ventura County – a bit more challenging building process.  Call us to help you navigate the building process.

Geography

City of Ojai California

Ojai is located at 34°26′57″N 119°14′48″W

The city is generally at 745 feet (227 m) above sea level.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11 km2), of which only 0.35% is water, and the rest is land.

Ojai is situated in a small east-west valley, north of Ventura and east of Santa Barbara. It is approximately 15 miles (24 km) inland from the Pacific Ocean coast.

Since Ojai is lined up with an east-west mountain range, it is one of few towns in the world to have a “Pink Moment” occur as the sun is setting. The fading sunlight creates a brilliant shade of pink for several minutes on the Topatopa Bluffs, over 6,000 feet (1,800 m) above sea level at the east end of the Ojai Valley. Nordhoff Ridge, the western extension of the Topatopa Mountains, towers over the north side of the town and valley at more than 5,000 feet (1,500 m). Sulphur Mountain creates the southern ranges bounding the Ojai Valley, a little under 3,000 feet (910 m) in elevation. The Sulphur and Topatopa Mountains are part of the Transverse Ranges system.

The Ventura River flows through the Ventura River Valley, draining the mountains surrounding Ojai to the north and east and emptying into the Pacific Ocean at the city of Ventura. The Ventura River was once known for its steelhead fishing before Matilija Dam and Lake Casitas were constructed, eliminating habitat for this trout species.

The climate of Ojai is Mediterranean, characterized by hot, dry summers, sometimes exceeding 100 °F (38 °C), and mild winters, with lows at night sometimes below freezing. As is typical for much of coastal southern California, most precipitation falls in the form of rain between the months of October and April, with intervening dry summers.

Gerrard Colcord Remodel

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Featured in “Traditional Home” with Interior Design by Bonesteel Trout Hall, and Architectural Design by Otis Bradley, this home was originally designed by Gerard Colcord.  Colcord was a sought after Architect in Los Angeles known for his simple elegance in capturing homes with historical relevance.  This particular home was owned by Harrison Ford for 30 years before the new owners put their own style on the home.

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Beautiful walnut, hand made, slab dining table

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The master bath – previously dark and very masculine, was opened up with a new light pallet.

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A custom frosted glass “window” into the master shower to add light to a previously small dark shower

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A beautiful antique piece can make a lovely powder room sink base

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Elegant custom bar

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The kitchen was completely gutted, enlarged and built new while keeping the original beaded inset cabinetry

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Breakfast nook !

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The master bath – previously dark and very masculine, was opened up with a new light pallet.

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35 Questions to Ask Before Buying Vacant Land ?

Are you interested in buying your own piece of earth?  There’s nothing more fabulous than having a few acres of your own, and building your own place from the ground up.   But, buying land, especially in highly regulated areas like California, can be a lot more risky than buying a home.  These days of real estate disclosure for a home buyer have come a long way from the traditional law of “Caveat Emptor” (meaning buyer beware)!  Land, however, does not have the same rules.  I constantly hear stories like:

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“I thought we were buying 80 acres, it turned out we got 65!”

“We had no idea this area was in an ancient landslide.  Its almost impossible to build here.”

“We thought we got an amazing deal, $1m for 120 acres, but it turns out its going to cost another $1m to get to the pad before we can even think of starting the house.”

“We bought a small lot in town and it turns out we can’t get water service so we can’t build!”

Unfortunately there isn’t one place to get answers.  Many local departments are involved and sometimes have conflicting information.

Here are 35 questions you can ask
Or you can get professional help – call me 310 963 7900.

Planning and Zoning

  1. Is it a legal lot? If not, how do I make it legal?
  2. What is the zoning classification of this lot?
  3. Does the Zoning on the property permit my project?
  4. Does the County General Plan permit what I wish to do?
  5. Are any planning permits required prior to building on the lot?
  6. Are there any zoning violations on the lot?
  7. Are there any special building restrictions in this area?
  8. Are there any cultural heritage sites on the property?
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Ojai Remodel – 1950’s Ranch Style Home

Proposed color scheme

Open up walls and ceiling

Before

Ojai kitchen remodel

 

Initial planning:

This is the existing plan – note the setback lines

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Addition Analysis – how and where we can add space

Here are the areas where we might build – possibly moving garage forward to allow additional space behind the garage and space on the south end. This might work out nicely allowing us to keep the existing kitchen where it is – Savings ! – create a better flow.

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Existing 3D models

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Ojai Remodel – Meiner’s Oaks House

September 20, 2018

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Overview

Floor plan

New master bathroom
– New window
– fixed glass
– new sliding glass door
– floor drain
– tile all walls

Revised Kitchen
– partial open shelves and upper cabinets

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August 22, 2018

Proposed Floor Plan

Here’s a plan – using existing structure as much as possible – keeping cost down …

  • New master
  • New master bath
  • New master courtyard
  • Relocate front door to side – makes a better living area

 

 

Existing Floor Plan

Front View

Rear View

Overview of existing floor plan

 

 

 

 

Santa Monica Spanish Gut Remodel

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Front door after re build

Demolition of the old

 

 

Rebuilt new entry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Out with the old

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Santa Monica Gut Remodel - framing

A “Gut” remodel/restoration of a turn of the Century Spanish revival home located in Santa Monica.
The house was completely stripped to the “good” studs and rebuilt from the inside out.  As is the case in Los Angeles,
rebuilding a home and bringing it up to current building code standard, requires building from the inside out.  New foundations,
framing and mechanical systems create a new home.

  • Remodel/restoration of Spanish revival home

  • New pool house and custom pool with fountain

  • Complete “Chef’s style” kitchen

  • Unique open beamed ceiling

  • Moroccan tile

  • Plaster ceiling molding

 

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Santa Monica Gut Remodel - happy tradespeople !

 

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Santa Monica Gut Remodel - custom driveway gate

Parts and pieces – the front gate and custom wrought iron.

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Landscaping with large specimen trees being craned onto the site.

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