The Ojai Skinny House

The Ojai Skinny House is a design based on the popular idea of modular housing.  Each time I have tried to do a house using modular technology, it hasn’t worked !  Here are some of the reasons:

  • Final cost was more expensive than building on site
  • Design couldn’t be changed to take advantage of the views
  • Too expensive/difficult to deliver to the site

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Radiant Cooling and Heating – Ojai Ca

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Looks like an ordinary kitchen right? Wrong !

The yellow rectangles in the “infrared photo” are actually heating (or can cool) panels built into the ceiling of this house!

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By: Otis Bradley

Project: Ojai, California – Radiant Cooling

Architecture: Patrick W. Nolan
Builder: Otis Bradley Company, Inc.
Interior Design: Rhett Judice

See more about the radiant in this project CLICK HERE

 

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Ojai – New Construction – Radiant Heat and Cooling

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By: Otis Bradley

Project: Ojai, California – Radiant Cooling

Architecture: Patrick W. Nolan
Builder: Otis Bradley Company, Inc.
Interior Design: Rhett Judice

In the words of the late great singer – James Brown – I feel good !  Like I know that I should! Ughhh ! Yeahhhh !

Everybody loves radiant heat ! It feels good.  Done right – you don’t even know you have a heating system – it just feeeeeels good!

Our new custom home in Ojai  – is traditionally designed in a French Provincial style, yet includes high tech equipment.  Not only does it have radiant heating tubes embedded in the concrete slabs under the French limestone floors, but … we also have cooling tubes in the ceiling.

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This project – although a traditional, French Provincial style home, still has high tech equipment. The house is super insulated using insulated concrete block, ICF, technology and both heated and cooled using radiant panels in the floor and ceiling.

The problem:

Everyone loves radiant floor heat, but in hot climates everyone wants cooling as well.  Typically this means an entire second – usually a ducted forced air system – is added just for cooling.

The solution:

Use radiant to cool as well as heat.

We did this with the help of special panels and control systems that sense humidity and allow us to cool without creating condensation.

Bottom Line:

It feels GOOD ! In hot or cold weather !Everybody loves radiant heat! You won’t even know there is a heating system in a home if its done right – it just feels comfortable.

 

More on this project CLICK HERE

 

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Cool House – Barton Myers in Montecito California

I love this house !  A real “factory” for living! I experienced this house on an architectural tour last week.  Barton himself was there and happy to talk about his design.

  • Concrete slab floors
  • Large sheltering roof
  • 3 huge glass doors that open creating an indoor outdoor home
  • Perfect for our amazing southern California climate

 

For more info on Barton Myers CLICK HERE

From Barton’s own web site – the description of his own home – a similar steel house

House & Studio at Toro Canyon
Montecito, California

An ‘elegant warehouse’ in the tradition of Eames and Barton Myers’ early houses, Toro Canyon deploys a series of innovative strategies to protect against wild fire while remaining open to its site, with spectacular canyon and ocean views. 

Barton Myers’ own residence, the house is comprised of four pavilions on three stepped terraces, carefully positioned to preserve the natural site landscape.

A garage and guest house form the lower terrace, the main residence occupies the intermediate terrace, while the upper terrace holds a studio building. Each pavilion is an open, loft space, enclosed by glazed ‘garage’ doors, with an exposed structural frame and concrete floors. Clerestory windows provide mountain views and ample natural ventilation, taking advantage of ocean breezes.

To protect against fire, the pavilion roofs comprise a recirculating pool system, transforming the structures into a series of terraced reflecting ponds. Cascading from one pool to another, the water serves as for fire resistance and insulation, while the sight and sound of the water mimics the adjacent canyon creek. Coiled steel shutters protect every opening, providing additional insulation and sun control.