Ojai Green Homes
"Casa Pequena" project for Ojai
Another green building project in Ojai, California...
This project was inspired by Michelle Kaufman's
Glide House which is another Ojai project we are working developing.
Unlike the Glide House, Casa Pequena is site built - meaning we are
building the house in the conventional manner by wood framing the
building on site. Although we don't have the same effect of having
the house show up on the truck, we are able to control the process more
and the costs and timelines are about the same.
One problem with a prefabricated house is that it can be hard to make
changes in the design because the factory has to re engineer the
building. Because a custom home is unique to it's site, it is
virtually impossible to create a pre fabricated house that works for all
This property has a beautiful view to the north and we wanted the
windows to open up to the north while providing shade from the southern
sun. Also this gives us an excellent place to put our solar
We are currently developing a "Casa
Pequena" plan that works particularly well in Ojai
640 square feet - maximum guest house
open to northern views
provides shady area for outdoor terrace
excellent set up for solar panels