1971 Ojai ranch house remodeled into modern retreat
LATimes - almost 5 years
After living in what they had thought was their dream house — six bedrooms, five bathrooms, 3,900 square feet in Ojai complete with orange orchard and pool — Wanda Weller Sakai and Kurtis Sakai found themselves wanting something different. Something less.
“We realized we’d rather downsize to something smaller and more humble and use whatever money we had left over to make something nice for ourselves,” Kurtis said.
“One of the wake-up calls was seeing how much time and money I had to spend on water, property taxes, utilities and landscaping,” he said, adding that the monthly water bill in summer was $700. “I started to think that, for the long haul, it didn’t make sense to be in a house that big.”
PHOTO GALLERY: Ojai ranch remodel
So they sold the house and bought a 1,700-square-foot, 1971 ranch-house fixer nearby at the foot of Los Padres National Forest, pictured at right, top.
Working with architect Darwin McCredie, the couple created what McCredie calls “a transpa