“Casa Verde” Ojai, California
New Home Construction
Passive and Active Solar Design
Radiant Heat in Finished Concrete Floors
Design and Build
This home, set above the City of Ojai, fits into the environment, working with the climate rather than against it. The broad and deep overhangs of the shed roof reflect the sun’s rays while providing shaded areas and a natural convection flow of air up and out the high windows. The narrow building allows natural light in throughout the day with out the heat from the sun. The roof also provides the perfect spot for the thermal hot water solar systems that provides domestic hot water as well as heat for the radiant floors. The thermal mass of the concrete floors keep the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
The Great Room
The house is “inverted,” meaning the living areas are on the second floor instead of the first floor. A two story house was a conscious idea for a couple of reasons … one being the fabulous views of the Ojai Valley – two: the prevailing southwest breezes help cool the house and the deck on the second floor. The idea of a “great room” versus the more traditional living room – dining room – kitchen etc. is to create a space for today’s life style. Not only is the space open, light and airy but the “spaces” within the spaces form there own “rooms.” The game table nook – fireplace area – dining table – dinning counter – kitchen – stairwell all work together to create a really fabulous space.
The Master Bedroom
The Kid’s Room !
Passive Solar Design
Passive cooling is achieved using a large, sheltering, shed roof and high windows which draw hot air out of the home. The steel roof panels reflect much of the hot Ojai sun.
Active Solar Design
Solar electric panels will provide energy for the house and solar hot water panels will help heat the radiant concrete floors.
Perfect Powder Sink !
This deck, sheltered by the same long shed roof the covers the home, enhances the breezes through the shady space.
The Bunk Room for our traveling companions !
Almost finished – the driveway goes in!
Kids rooms – note the finished concrete floors
Built in desks
The Submarine Room !
Here is the brain of the house with high efficiency water heater, solar water panel controls
radiant floor controls
Radiant tubes laid out on 2nd floor
View across the deck – Trex decking – a mixture of plastic waste product and wood plup.
Guest House Kitchen
After framing, a new home seems to sit for an eternity with no visible changes on the outside!
While the plumbing, electrical, HVAC and other mechanical systems are being install, the house is waiting for the next big push called “Drying In.”
Windows, roofing, siding and insulation kick into gear pulling the house out of the doldrums and visible changes start to appear.
This roof is a standing seam metal roof. The light reflective color keeps the suns rays at bay. Each section is also formed out of one continuous sheet of metal – 40 feet long in this case. Metal roofing is also light weight – a benefit in earthquake country.
Most people ask – “Doesn’t it get hot inside?” or “Isn’t it noisy when it rains?”
The answer is no !
Nordhoff Peak in the background
Chief Peak 5400 feet
Too much rain !
Main house roof framing
Steel post and beams connected for porch roof
Interior beam work
John sets the wide flange steel
Detailing the wall framing on the slab
Framed – solar panels to be places on this south facing shed roof
The building has a three car garage below and a 640 square foot (city limit) apartment on the second floor
As in the main house – the design has radiant floor heat and passive cooling with the shading shed roof and low and high windows to promote ventilation.
Out look beams for cantilever roof
After removing and re-compacting the soil, placing the footings, setting the red steel and installing the radiant heat tubing – the slab is ready. The integral color of the concrete and the hand tooled joints in the concrete will provide both the structural base for the building as well as the finish floor.
Waiting for the right set
Boom pump and finishers helping to place the concrete
Steel posts set for roof overhang.
Poured in place concrete retaining wall.
Concrete retaining wall allows the house to fit snugly into the site – while the 2 story design economizes on the cost of construction and minimizes the footprint of the building on the site.
John Deere excavator arrives
Patty directs the crew !
Luke tests the depth – about 9 feet down
Pad ready for compaction
Here’s a 20 ton boulder !
Conceptual color schemes
Study model – shed roof
Soils tests with archaeologist