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.