Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Small Firm Forum: Tour of New Home in Contra Costa Wilds

AIA-East Bay Small Firm Forum -
Thursday, 5/01/07
noon - 1:30 pm

Energy Efficient Home in the Country: Architect's Tour.

Pam Seifert will show us her new home, which was designed by Pam and engineered and built by her husband, Steve Harvey: "Our home is three stories and has an elevator, has an 8 kw photovoltaic system as well as
solar hot water and uses no fossil fuels except what we burn in our vehicles. We are on a well and septic. I have a convenient kitchen garden right outside my kitchen door and my poultry live adjacent to it.
Two of my horses live here with us so far, and my third one will be coming fairly soon (as soon as my husband grades a riding arena for us.) This is really 'the country' out here."

Location: 100 Rancho de Maria, Martinez

"To drive here from Oakland: come out highway 24 east through the Caldecott Tunnel. Take the main Orinda exit. Upon exiting, turn left at the stoplight, Proceed on Camino Pablo toward Richmond and El Sobrante.
Continue through Orinda. Turn right at the stoplight onto Bear Creek Road, Proceed on Bear Creek for about 9 miles until you come to a top sign at Alhambra Valley Road. There will be a small vineyard on the far right
corner. Proceed through the stop sign. At that point the road name changes to Pereira. Proceed on Pereira. When the sign says,"Private Road", keep coming. Look for a large, old wood barn on the right. Just after it, turn left onto Rancho de Maria. We are the first driveway on the left with a black iron gate. You can park down on the street and walk up to the house, or drive up and park near the house. I suggest carpooling."

If you want to come on BART, please let Pam know ahead what time you will arrive there and we will pick you up there [her email address is pamseifert@aol.com.]

Bring: Your lunch and a drink. Non-AIA Members, please also bring $3.00 for the Forum's kitty (or $36.00 for an annual SFF membership).

Questions? Call or email Joe or Kaaren Spitzley, 510-841-2185, joeandkaaren@spitzley.com.
Lost? Call Joe on his cell phone, 510-220-5766.

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