Corralitos – New Ocean View Estate

This sustainable project was completed on a private 80 acre view parcel in the hills above Corralitos, CA. The owners were drawn to us through the Green Building link on our website and after an initial meeting, hired us to manage the preliminary feasibility studies, site work, design and eventual construction.

With this type of project, we start at the beginning; making sure that development on the site is both possible and practical before we spend a lot of our client’s budget on plans that may not be suitable. After we determined that building on the property would be permitted by the Santa Cruz County Building and Planning Departments, we completed several feasibility steps that included:

  • A geologic review
  • Percolation test (for septic)
  • Water well probability analysis
  • Grading analysis
  • Biologic review
  • Site survey and topographic mapping
  • Earthquake zone and archeological clearances

With these steps finished, we set up interviews with several local architects that we partner with to find the one that was most appealing to our client. The owners were integral to the process and agreed with our choice of Daniel Silvernail, Architect. He impressed the clients with his gracious nature and open attitude; welcoming feedback and the preferences they had throughout the design process. In addition to being very reasonably priced, Mr. Silvernail quickly gave his attention to the preliminary design plans. After client reviews and approval the full architectural and construction blueprints were finished. We had the complete ready-to-submit-for-permit documents in less than 10 weeks; this included structural engineering, energy calculations and Green Building ratings. We were all impressed by his professionalism throughout the design and building process.

Quite a lot of grading was called for in order to site the new 4600 sq. ft. home in the owners preferred building location which offered spectacular ocean and forest views from Carmel to Bonny Doon. An engineered concrete slab foundation was chosen to rein in costs and provide maximum stability for the new home. Passive solar heating, energy efficient cooling and heating systems, fire resistive roof and exterior walls along with many other green building applications were incorporated into the new construction.

The time from start of site work and grading to completion of the building process and final cleaning for occupancy was just ten months. This included access road and driveway paving, new stamped concrete parking round-about; even the wine cellar and tasting room were ready to use.

If you have dreams of a new home and want guidance from land purchase through completion of your new home, please click the link below and our company owner, Jeff Thranow will contact you right away to get acquainted and see if we are the right fit for one another.