Uncommon Brewers, www.uncommonbrewers.com, in Santa Cruz has significantly expanded their brewery in Santa Cruz, CA. And their line up. Three of their tasty ones: Golden State Ale, Siamese Twin, and Baltic Porter.
Why showcase Uncommon? Kumaran Design was brought in by the brewer Alec Stefansky to join Daniel Shermis, Shermis Construction, to facilitate this tenant improvement design, construction documents, and permitting. Including a tasting room. Kumaran Design does commercial, too!
Scott Heeschen had many ‘green’ goals in mind. Together we took the approach to review, select and apply best practices recommended by Build it Green, LEED, the emerging Passive House standard and more. Certification was less important than practical design, application, detailing, and building well for effective results.
In comparison: - One Passive House metric is to meet the specific heating energy requirement of 4.75 k Btu/sf/yr. Passive House Modeling for Scott's: 4.24 k Btu/sf/yr.
- Green Point Rating is one defacto standard for many cities around the Bay Area. Palo Alto requires a minimum of 70 points up to 150 points depending on the size of the residence. Green Point Rating for Scott's: 239+
- LEED rating would fall just short of platinum because, among other reasons, the front door and the garage door are not fsc certified.
It can be said, in some ways, to design in sustainability was easier than the care required to build in sustainability. The Passive House standard, in particular, requires reducing air infiltration (or its opposite - air moving out of the home) to an amount much lower than American and local practices are used to achieving. A committed builder eager to attend to details is highly recommended.
Renee’s home is an early sixties ranch. Quite nice for it’s era, but it is time. A major re design of the public spaces, particularly the kitchen, is the focus of this phase. Make the public areas larger, more open, more connected. Enhance the great view. Add a family room. Make the kitchen bigger, actually efficient and in lovely French Country style. And, if possible find a way to have a real front door. Now you go around the back of the house past the master bedroom.
James Hubbell is turning 80 this week. There is a big celebration @ his home in Santa Ysabel, San Diego County today. I had the extraordinary opportunity to work with James to build the Sea Ranch Chapel. It is quintessential art and architecture. I always learn from James. In a recent interview he shares:
What kind of music do you listen to?
Schubert. Berlios. Mozart. I like Mexican music, too. I'm not that much into contemporary. Occasionally, because they sometimes play really interesting things. But I don't usually like it.
I sort of don't feel I fit into the contemporary world. I don't understand most of the artists, what they're doing or why they're doing it.
Do you feel that way at all about architecture?
A lot of it. You know how many glass buildings there are? You can see yourself, so it's narcissistic. And it reflects everything. It's an elusive thing. It's sort about how we think of ourselves. You know, a gothic building — half of it is shadows. Where with a contemporary building, there's hardly any shadow.
If you use shadow, then you're saying, "Mystery's OK." If you're afraid of shadows, you build a building that doesn't have any.
Have you noticed the September 2011 edition of Dwell Magazine featuring Japan Style. Whether you like modern, craftsman, prairie, or? you might enjoy KATACHI, Classic Japanese Design by Takeji Iwamiya and Kazuya Takaoka, 1999, Chronicle Books.
Look to future posts re: my own experience and apprenticeship with traditional Japanese Building and Design.