The family of a local firefighter purchased a raw 15.7 acre ranch in the woody, rolling hills of Thousand Oaks to build their 4ksf, 1-story home with a view of the valley to the NE beyond. The second phase added a detached, 1,300 sf horsebarn with covered porch. The husband and wife team, with an abundance of energy and fortitude, tackled every hurdle with optimistic determination and persistence, including the myriad of agency regulations, construction supervision, and material selections & purchases.
They came to ENR architects with a developed seed of an idea and a manila file full of handmade sketches. Together we continuously refined the ideas and produced the final design, documents and engineering to obtain timely permits and competitive bids from subcontractors and suppliers. The owner’s diligence in research and negotiation paid off significantly in a completed budget that was less than half the typical general contracting rate.
The welcoming home, features 4 bedrooms, 3-1/4 baths, kitchen, laundry & pantry, living, dining & family rooms, office, and a 3-car garage with a stall for the speedboat. With the latest in high-density insulation, foil-backed roof sheathing, energy efficient windows, the energy usage is very low, especially considering a whole house fan keeps the usage of the A/C system to a minimum, and a pellet-burning iron stove supplements the furnace.
The result is a beautiful oasis, perched in the hills, with ever-changing views in every direction.
"Hi Eric, our fan is great! The vent is at the end of the hall and a not noticeable. It's very quiet. We hardly ever use the air conditioner.
If you want to come by and see it or bring anyone by just call. Brett just measured and the fan is 110' from our farthest bedroom window. We usually open those windows the most and it cools the whole house. I would always add a whole house fan like ours to any house.