A home with character befitting an independent-minded community.
In other words, Ojai is the perfect site for such a boldly conceived home as Droney & Associates’ Ladera Project, a ranch-style home as unique as Ojai itself, 15 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean.
“For this project, Maraya and I were looking for doors and windows that could be used to create the illusion of exterior elements coming indoors,” Tim Droney says. “The monolith walls and large overhangs needed to have no interruption visually, and Western Window Systems had the sizes and profiles that allowed us to preserve those critical elements and sightlines.”
“We were looking for doors and windows that could be used to create the illusion of exterior elements coming indoors.” - Tim Droney, principal, Droney & Associates
“These doors would have to be my favorite part of the house because they accentuate the indoor-outdoor dynamic,” Droney says of the Series 600 multi-slides. “When entering through the pivot door, there is an immediate connection to the pool and cabana area because of the multi-slides, which stack to make two eight-foot openings and create the illusion of an unbroken ceiling from interior to exterior.”
Stunning views of the mountains surrounding Ojai Valley also can be enjoyed in the contemporary kitchen, which features three floor-to-ceiling windows that fully integrate with Series 670 Hinged Windows positioned near the floor.
In the master bedroom, which also features pristine views of the valley, a floor-to-ceiling Series 600 Window Wall provides a modern feel and lets in loads of natural light. And the dual-paned, low-E glass is manufactured for better performance and energy efficiency.
Desert landscaping and a long, narrow backyard swimming pool connect the main house and a cabana outfitted with a built-in fireplace toward the rear of the property. From just about anywhere in the house, the pool and cabana remain visible through the banks of Western Window Systems doors and windows.
“One of the features we like most about Western Window Systems products,” Droney says, “is their ability to fit our design requirements, instead of making us fit the design to the product.”