Monday, October 10, 2016

California's Energy Future has arrived!

California's Energy Future, a 70 page ebook sharing state of the art passive house buildings in California, has arrived and is available as a free ebook.  Get your copy here:  http://lowcarbonproductions.net/phca-2016-flipbook/docs/PH-Buildings_CAs_Energy_Future-Ebook.pdf

Friday, October 7, 2016

L Bath

Here are recent photos of the new bath at the L house in Mountain View. It came out nice and sweet!



Tuesday, October 4, 2016

L Kitchen

Here are fresh photos of the now completed L kitchen and dining room:







All photos above by Indivar Sivanathan.


Sunday, August 2, 2015

KAREN'S GATE

On occasion we get to design and fabricate a piece of architectural woodworking.

Here is a gate, especially designed by Hara Kumaran, to quietly announce a secret garden. Materials are home grown redwood and copper.

First designs for Karen to choose from:


Here are a few photos of the design selected:








Thursday, June 18, 2015

CASE STUDY HOUSE 8 - THE EAMES HOUSE - a visit

While in Los Angeles recently, we visited the Eames House in Pacific Palisades. Talented, prolific, Charles and Ray Eames, are among the most important American designers of the 20th. Century. Their home, overlooking Santa Monica Bay across a meadow,  designed with Eero Saarinen, used pre-fabricated parts, minimal materials, maximizing volume, integrating with nature, and setting the stage for 'life in work'.  What stood out?  In essence, the house and its adjacent studio are 'working' boxes: simple, direct, both inside and out, a flourish or two but no pretense, connects one in to out to in, open and comfortable. Certainly cutting edge for its era. Not reproducible directly as it is. Very reproducible amended for modern codes and energy efficiency.   The house is owned and maintained by the Eames Foundation with the family involved. During our visit a grand daughter was changing the flowers, colors chosen as her grand mother preferred.

http://www.eamesfoundation.org/how-to-visit/

There is much media available about them. This book is nice:
The Work of Charles and Ray Eames: a Legacy of Invention,
Abrams/ Library of Congress/ Vitra Design Museum.












                                Their studio at 901 Abbot Kinney in Venice, CA.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

To Define A Wonderful Work of Architecture

"... a pleasing overall form; consistency in use of materials; care in details; sensible scale and proportions; an overall coherence; and, above all, habitability."

From the essay "Origins, Evolutions, and Ironies" by Donald Canty
to be found in the book "The Sea Ranch" by Donlyn Lyndon and Jim Alinder.

So nicely put.  I might only add a spark of artistry, humor,  and a subtle yet palpable sense of craft.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Buildings I Like - Barns!

We recently volunteered to help fabricate and assemble a beautiful timberframe barn at UC Santa Cruz, recreating the Cowell Ranch hay barn. Slated to become a center for sustainability programs, properly maintained this 'new' barn should last hundreds of years - effectively the life cycle of the trees from which the timbers were milled. Congratulations are in order to Karl and Ginger Bareis of Santa Cruz Timberframes,  http://www.santacruztimberframes.com/, for their splendid work; proving some of the old ways are not a 'lost' art.

For the news release: http://news.ucsc.edu/2015/03/hay-barn-raising.html

A short video: https://vimeo.com/124112071

And photos:


First and third photo credit: Guy Lasnier






Finally, timberframes are a core strength of Kumaran Design. Would you like one?