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:
Are you interested in buying your own piece of earth? There’s nothing more fabulous than having a few acres of your own, and building your own place from the ground up. But, buying land, especially in highly regulated areas like California, can be a lot more risky than buying a home. These days of real estate disclosure for a home buyer have come a long way from the traditional law of “Caveat Emptor” (meaning buyer beware)! Land, however, does not have the same rules. I constantly hear stories like:
“We had no idea this area was in an ancient landslide. Its almost impossible to build here.”
“We thought we got an amazing deal, $1m for 120 acres, but it turns out its going to cost another $1m to get to the pad before we can even think of starting the house.”
“We bought a small lot in town and it turns out we can’t get water service so we can’t build!”
Unfortunately there isn’t one place to get answers. Many local departments are involved and sometimes have conflicting information.
Here are 35 questions you can ask
Or you can get professional help – call me 310 963 7900.
Planning and Zoning
Ok – what makes us love one style and not another?
This home belongs to my friend Brian – a cabinet maker – business man – father – husband – into radio controlled helicopters – mountain biker – to mention a few hobbies.