2nd Floor Concrete Pour – ICF House in Ojai – New Custom Home

Its a hazy day in Ojai and a perfect 72 degrees for pouring the 2nd floor walls of this custom ICF home.  ICF – or insulated concrete forms – have been used for many years but due to our lovely climate, they haven’t been that popular in Southern California.  But ! they make sense for a number or reasons

  1. Incredible insulation – not only super tight with an envelope of foam on the inside and the outside but the 8 inch concrete core provides dense thermal mass
  2. Fireproof ?  who knows what is actually fireproof  but the military have bomb tested ICF buildings
  3. Insects don’t like it – no food (cellulose ie wood)
  4. Solid – this home sits at the top of a mountain overlooking the Pacific and 6500 foot mountains

In this photo you can see the boom pump we use to install the concrete into the walls.


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.



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.