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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Lime Wash for the Ultimate French Look – Ojai New Home Construction

by Otis Bradley

Project: Ojai, California New Custom Home

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

Limewash is a centuries old technique used to enhance and protect stucco.  The beautiful patina and color adds a unique aged look to new stucco.  Our specialist, a real French man, will add three coats to create the effect.   Limewash, slaked lime, pigment and water, creates a chemical reaction with the stucco, not just a covering coat.

See the interesting article below for more information on Limewash.

 

Below you can see the base color of the stucco – on right side of the building – and the first coat of lime on the lefts

 

All the concrete seen here is the pool and spa.

 

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Ojai – New Construction – Roof Details

by Otis Bradley

Project: Ojai, California New Custom Home

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

Roof details coming together.  This new custom home built on top of the mountains outside Ojai is getting its finishing touches

This stage of construction requires coordinating many parts – roofing, gutters, chimney, Genoise detail, finish stucco coat.

 

 

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Génoise Detail of a French Provincial Design – New Construction ICF House in Ojai

Project: Ojai, California New Construction

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

 
Génoise – although the definition of the word is “an Italian sponge cake” known from the area of Genoa in Italy

 
Génoise also defines the architectural treatment under the eaves of the roof – common in Provence France and possibly originating in Italy

It is said that the wealthier you are – the more rows you have !   The roof tiles continue from the eave back to the house in a sort of reverse pattern.  The trend dates back the middle of the 17th century and came originally from Italy.

 This project, built of ICF blocks,  created a challenge because the 8″ thick concrete walls are surrounded in 3″ of insulating foam.  Unlike the solid stone buildings of 17th c Provence, we had to create a system that could attach – be safe – be structurally sound – without being able to build on top of a stone wall.  The answer is foam! and a bad hair day! Continue reading “Génoise Detail of a French Provincial Design – New Construction ICF House in Ojai”