Ojai – New Home Construction – Lighting Rods

Don’t you just love aerial shots! A cool way to see the lay of the land and a great way to see a new home project progressing.   Our project in Ojai is an extremely unique home.  A “French Provincial” style with super modern materials and systems.  That’s why we are installing a lightning protection system.

Ready to scaffold and start lathing for stucco – the roof is stacked – windows and doors are in – flashings installed

But as you can see – this house is on top of a mountain – right on the ridge!

We don’t often have lightning storms here and I have never seen a lightning protection system installed in Southern California but here is why we are doing it …..

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Ojai – Installing Timber Frame Trusses in an ICF House

Ojai ICF Insulated Concrete Forms Project

After nothing but foam blocks and concrete on the job for a couple of months,  the sweet piney smell of Douglas Fir on the job is delicious.  I love framing homes – love  the art of toe nailing 8 penny nails to synch a 2x tight, love the wood – love the smell – love the symmetry of 16″ on center.

But what’s really fun is the chance to use massive timbers.  This project is rooted in the French Provincial design – back to the time that buildings were built of big stones and large timbers. (And without building inspectors!)  Part of the reason we used the ICF blocks was to create the feel of an authentic 15th c building – built of stone.  the walls are a massive 15 inches thick.

The great room is about 20 x 30 feet and 25 feet tall.

 The Trusses Arrive – weighing in at about 1400 lbs. each

Waycasy Crane Service Helps Out

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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.


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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