Preliminary plans for a simple – open air – country home
Single huge, dramatic, operating, steel door
See your design ! Before you build it !
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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:
We are currently working on two projects using Blue Sky Building Systems for pre fabricated steel frames.
We can still design a custom home – yet with the advantages of “factory production efficiency.”
In the recently published Ojai Valley News – quoted below – Jeff Palmer almost proposed an excellent solution to a big Ojai problem.
KEEP our water in the valley DON’T send it to the ocean.
Typical methods (and codes) have previously required all concentrated drainage i.e. from roofs to be piped from gutters through pipes and onto City streets. Once on the street – water flow increases – picking up lots of toxic auto waste from the roads and quickly makes its way to the ocean (simplified version but true). This is exactly what we do not want !
Drywell Pit – one solution
The answer is to slow the water down – redirect the flow and encourage water absorption back into the ground recharging the aquifer with fresh, clean water.
According to the article below – Mr. Palmer did a “windshield survey” noting “numerous downspouts emptying directly into the ground …” were “direct connections” to the sewer system. I am not sure how Mr Palmer knows this, however I do know that emptying the water into the street is exactly what we don’t want. We don’s want it sent through the water treatment plant or down to the ocean.
There are many simple ways to achieve this: [Read more…]