Surf Rodeo

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A two day Music and Surf Festival at Pierpont Beach and along Seaward Ave. in Ventura. Over twenty-five bands, a surf contest with a rodeo twist, Cornhole competition, beer gardens and live music right on the beach, and a street fair with all types of vendors. This is one heck of a beach party you won’t want to miss! Go to surfrodeo.org for more information

Building that Dream Home Today!

How to Build Your Dream Home

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1. GET REAL ABOUT YOUR BUDGET.
The primary source of conflict and melodrama in the building process is budget. Set your number, and then listen. If you have a reputable builder or contractor, trust him or her to tell you what things cost. And don’t get stuck on the cost-per-square-foot metric. “When a client comes in clutching a printout from Houzz and his estimation of what something costs per square foot, a whole education process needs to begin,” builder Michael Munir of Sharif & Munir says, “and we start with the myth of square-footage computations.” If you are building or remodeling, know what you can afford to spend. Start there, and have your builder and architect walk you through your options and explain how real-time costs are established.

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2. SELECT YOUR TEAM.
In a perfect world, you would have your architect, builder, designer, landscape architect, and lawyer* on board and in place before you’ve even selected the site of your new home. Why do you need the whole team there from the beginning? Each individual will be looking out for your needs from a different vantage point. This is crucial as you choose the property upon which you’re building. Your team will take things like sun orientation, zoning, setbacks, area-coverage restrictions, and height restrictions into consideration while you’re going on and on about how “pretty” the views are. Once you decide on a lot, your team can come together to create detailed plans. On the cost side, it is your builder who will produce and oversee your budget.

*Some people were less enthusiastic about the need for lawyer involvement at any time.

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3. GET REAL ABOUT WHAT YOU NEED.
In an age of Houzz.com and Pinterest, a list of wants versus needs can become very confusing. Those all-steel windows that “everyone” has could cost you $100,000. You might go with aluminum-clad or wood windows to save. The concrete floors that you think are so cool? Perhaps you’ll opt for something a little more user-friendly like porcelain tiles. Your old furniture could be an issue. Consider the immense size of Aunt Edna’s dining-room table or that seven-seater sofa. Art collections need lighting and wall space defined. Your team will work with you to devise a personalized plan that incorporates all of your lifestyle needs ranging from that fridge in the garage to closet space. “We have clients who come in and say, ‘We need 6,000 square feet.’ But they’re in 4,500 square feet now, and there are rooms they’re not using,” Bruce Bernbaum of Bernbaum-Magadini Architects says. “Sometimes they have a gigantic list, but their budget doesn’t allow them to have everything. So if they want a library, office, and dining room, we may have to do some combining — bookcases in the dining room, for example. We try to validate their wants, and show them how it might all work in 4,500 square feet.”

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Outdoor living spaces have become as important as the indoors. Loggias that open to full outdoor kitchens and lounging areas are the new Dallas requirement.

dream_home_6IMPORTANT: Think ahead. When planning your dream house, think five — even 10 — years down the road. How will the plan adapt to your growing children or to your retirement needs? How will it work through every season? the majority of the builders we surveyed emphasized the importance of taking the very long-term view on the spaces.

4. GET REAL ABOUT THE BUDGET AGAIN.
Have we mentioned how important it is to get real about your budget? Because sometimes, even the most business-savvy people lose their minds when it comes to building their dream homes. Don’t play games with your builder. The idea that saying, “our budget is X,” while meanwhile squirreling away Y is not smart. A smaller stated budget will not get you more for the buck. If you have a good builder, he or she will be completely transparent. Builders and architects design to a number; let your team know what your numbers are so they can design to it. And don’t forget to budget for landscape and interior furnishings. “A lot of times, those outdoor spaces cost more than your air-conditioned areas,” builder Bob Thompson of Bob Thompson Homes says.

So figure out your money situation, and be realistic about costs. Most builders have an entry level for pricing, and they can direct you to vendors who will help you stay on budget. Some costs for items like framing or foundation simply are what they are. “The house is going to cost what it costs. If you find a dramatically cheaper bid on a house, then chances are, that guy is leaving something out,” builder Mickey Munir of Sharif & Munir says. 

dream_home_7Repeat after us: you will have change orders. But the more you nail down in the planning stages, the better.

5. GET REAL ABOUT THE TIMELINE.
Nobody loves reality television more than we do, but HGTV has done a disservice when it comes to our expectations about how long it takes to get things done on a construction site. Spoiler alert: Your house is not going to be built in three days. Your backyard will not be done in an afternoon. “People have preconceived ideas about how simple and easy everything will flow. They think, ‘Oh, it’s not difficult.’ But it’s always a process,” landscape architect Glenn Bonick of Bonick Landscaping says.

Bottom line, no matter what you see on Property Brothers, with construction comes delays. If you’re dead set on putting in that basement, you’re going to add time (and money and headaches due to probable problems with soil depending on your neighborhood). If you insist on limestone walls, be mindful that you’re at the mercy of that quarry down in Granbury. If production shuts down for some reason, then there’s nothing to load on the truck to head your way. Even acts of God like weather can put you behind. If you know to expect delays and a few momentary setbacks, your experience will be smoother and saner throughout.

dream_home_8People like to tell their builders that they know a guy who knows a guy who’s a builder, and that guy said it can be done cheaper. Don’t do that. Trust your team and communicate with them accordingly.

6. COMMUNICATE ABOUT EVERYTHING.
You have selected people who are knowledgeable and great listeners. It is up to you to stay engaged and in the loop. Establish communication patterns. Attend team meetings on a regular, predetermined basis. Ask questions. Utilize technology—many builders have special websites or apps that outline the plan and keep track of progress. Text and e-mail your builder as necessary; it’s great for quick decisions and creates a record of your interaction. Insist on transparency. Look at the invoices and keep track of costs. Also, if you’re a person who lives by the credo of William James—“If you can change your mind, you can change your life”—good for you. But in the home-construction realm, that mindset is also going to change your bottom line. “Every time you make a change, you’re going to want to see the new price and how the schedule will change,” builder Mark Danuser of Tatum Brown Custom Homes says. Planning well and carefully is key.

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7. MEET THE PRESS.
Once you and your team have completed a project that has surpassed your every dream and expectation, sing its praises from your stylish lanai. Shout about your new rooftop from your new rooftop. And then invite the editors of D Home over so we can see your lovely and amazing new home. We like to sing and shout, too.

 

Help us here at team dembowski by commenting if you found this article helpful, or if you have a topic that you have questions on and want us to cover. 

 

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The New Thing: Tiny Houses

 

DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
DIVISION OF CODES AND STANDARDS
2020 W. EI Camino Avenue, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95833
P.O. Box 1407, Sacramento, CA 95812-1407
(916) 445-9471/ FAX (916) 263-5348
From TOO Phones 1-800-735-2929
www.hcd.ca.gov

February 4, 2016
INFORMATION BUllETIN 2016-01 (MH, FBH, SHl, MP/SOP, RT, Ol)
TO: City and County Building Officials
Mobilehome and Special Occupancy Park Enforcement Agencies
Division Staff
SUBJECT: TINY HOMES

This Information Bulletin is intended to clarify the legality of use, design and construction approval of any residential structure that may be commonly referred to as a tiny home. Currently, neither the Department of Housing and Community Development (“HCD”) nor any other state or local agency has specific statutory or regulatory definition authority of construction approval for tiny homes as a specialty product. These structures, which may range anywhere from 80 to 400 square feet in size, may be built with a variety of standards or no construction standards; may or may not be constructed on a chassis (with or without axles or wheels); and are usually offered for use and placement in a variety of sites. It is the purpose of this Information Bulletin to describe when a tiny home fits the definition of one of the following: recreational vehicle (including park trailer), manufactured home, factory-built housing, or a site-constructed California Building Standards Code dwelling and therefore would be legal to occupy.

As residential structures, tiny homes must receive one of several types of state or local government approvals prior to occupancy, depending on the design of the structure and the location of its installation. While HCD supports efforts to make housing more affordable and efficient, state laws mandate that residential structures meet state standards. Failure to comply with these statutory requirements results in the tiny home being a noncomplying residential structure in which occupancy is illegal and is subject to punitive action by the appropriate enforcement agency, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”).

In order to be occupied, a tiny home must comply with the standards of, and be approved as one of the following types of structures:

  1. a HUD-Code manufactured home (“MH”),
  2. California Residential Code or California Building Code home (“CRC” or “CBC”),
  3. factory-built housing (“FBH”),
  4. recreational vehicle (“RV”),
  5. park trailer (“PT”) or
  6. camping cabin (“CC”).

The approving agency will vary depending upon whether the tiny home is located inside or outside of a mobilehome park or special occupancy park…

RVs manufactured on or after July 14, 2005, must be constructed in accordance with the NFPA 1192 standard. Compliance with these standards can be determined by an owner-provided label or insignia similar to those issued by the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) that is permanently affixed to the RV. However, an insignia issued exclusively by RVIA is not required (HSC §18027.3). For more information regarding RVIA certification, see http://www.rvia.org/.

Unless otherwise allowed by a local ordinance, RVs generally may be occupied only in
mobilehome parks or special occupancy parks governed by the Mobilehome Parks Act (“MPA”).

Enforcement and Prosecution
If a structure called a tiny home or similar name is sold, offered for sale, leased, rented or occupied as a residential structure which does not comply with the standards for any of the units described above, the enforcement authority having appropriate jurisdiction (as described above) is responsible for pursuing the appropriate legal remedies to terminate the sales, rentals or occupancies. The enforcement agency may initiate actions under the authorities listed previously and/or any other authority it has to abate the sale or occupancy of unpermitted structures including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Prohibiting occupancy if the nonconforming structure violates local land use laws or violates any state or local public health, safety, fire, or similar authorities.
  • Prohibiting the manufacture, sale, lease, rental or use in California.
  • Mandating correction of any violations of applicable laws and regulations of a unit sold, leased, rented or occupied in California.

If you have any questions regarding tiny homes as they relate to this Information Bulletin, please contact the Manufactured Housing Program at (916) 445-3338 or by email to either Cesar.Ponce@hcd.ca.gov or MitcheI.Baker@hcd.ca.gov.

Read the full notice: http://files.ctctcdn.com/4d29178d401/ddccfe12-c56f-48cf-8ed9-8bbec86bb521.pdf

Monday Night Foreign Films – Rams

Monday Night Foreign Films – Rams

Iceland 1hr 30min Drama

 Unrated Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and Best Narrative Feature at the Hampton’s Film Festival, this charming, stunningly shot drama focuses on two Icelandic sheep farmers whose decades-long feud comes to a head when disaster strikes their flocks. In a secluded valley, estranged brothers Gummi and Kiddi live side by side tending to their prized ancestral sheep stock, despite not having spoken in 40 years. When a lethal disease suddenly infects Kiddi’s sheep, all the animals in the area are culled to contain the outbreak, with many farmers abandoning their land. But the brothers don’t give up so easily-and each tries to stave off the disaster in his own fashion. As the authorities close in, they will need to come together to save the special breed passed down for generations-and themselves-from extinction.

“Rams is a touching humanist drama set in a remote farming valley where two estranged brothers must come together to save what’s dearest to them: their sheep.” Alissa Simon, Variety

Two Screenings - 3:30 PM & 6:30 PM

 General Admission $10.00, Senior $6.75

 Note: All dialog in films from non-English speaking countries will be presented in its original language accompanied by English subtitles.

 Screening Location: Plaza Cinemas 14 255 W. 5th Street Oxnard, CA 93030

 More Info: geosand47@gmail.com

Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra Concert “A Night at the Opera” – Camarillo

Overtures, Arias and Vocal Ensembles. "A Night at the Opera" Program includes selections from: Giuseppe Verdi, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Georges Bizet, Carmen, Charles Gounod, Faust, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Le Nozze Di Figaro, Vincenzo Bellini, La Sonnambula, Gaetano Donizetti, Lucia Di Lammermoor, Johann Strauss, Die Fledermaus, Puccini, and Tosca.

Featuring: Luvi Avendano, Dianna Burdick, Hana Chelberg , Rebecca Comerford, Patricia McPherson, Molly Kohler Pei, Steve Perren, Andrew Petracca, and Christian Quilici.

 

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Cost: $20 donation, kids are Free
3pm – 5pm
Camarillo United Methodist Church 
291 Anacapa Drive, Camarillo, CA 93010
www.chicovc.org
805-320-8856

 

Flying Tomato Festival

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THIS IS HAPPENING! Flying Tomato Festival is officially on Tour and is so stoked to be in Pacific View Mall on Feb 27th, 2016. DON'T MISS THIS!!! This will be the event everyone is talking about this year. Grab everyone you know and LET'S DO THIS!
Flying Tomato Festival™ is the World's Sauciest Party™. Inspired by huge tomato fights from Europe - Tomato Festival combines an amazing concert with a huge Food Fight - and then sprays you down in the Rinse Cycle before you head home. It is pure adrenaline, and crazy fun! Tomato Festival started just trying to create an amazing event but was soon swept into a conversation about food waste and feeding the hungry. Tomato Festival donates meals and funds to Action Against Hunger at every event, and is fighting hunger by conducting local food drives as well as supporting several local non-profits. Visit our website for more details!
http://www.tomatofestival.com/
Participants receive the best swag in the business: a Terry Headband, Aviator Sunglasses, a classy Moustache, cool event T-shirt, terry sweatbands, fun fake tattoos and all the tomatoes you can throw.
Flying Tomato Festival is for people of all ages and children ages 11 and younger may attend for FREE when supervised by a paying adult. Tickets are on sale now. Prices increase soon so don't wait! Don't forget to like us on Facebook or Follow us on Instagram!
https://www.facebook.com/thetomatofestival/
https://www.instagram.com/tomatofestival/

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Fox Jewelry Art Show

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Fox Fine Jewelry
PRESENTS AN ART SHOW WITH
WENDY WINET• LYNN FOGEL
Jan 21st, 2016 – Mar 6th, 2016
ARTIST RECEPTION
Jan 23rd, 2016 • 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
VISIT THE ARTISTS ON THE WEB wendywinetlefkowitz.com lynnfogel.com
FOX FINE JEWELRY
560 E. Main St., Downtown Ventura
Mon-Thurs, 10:30 AM – 6 PM • Fri & Sat, 10:30 AM – 10 PM • Sun, 12 PM – 6 PM foxfinejewelry.com • 805 652-1800

691 Aliso st. New Price!

             Hillside retreat just blocks from the ocean! Spacious single level home with 4 bedrooms and almost 2,700 square feet. Large living room with grand fireplace. Remodeled kitchen with open concept family room complete with fireplace and wet bar! Formal dining room leads out to the private patio. Master suite has 2 closets, sunken spa tub, separate shower and private patio. The only steps are to the garage and indoor laundry room. This home is centrally located close to downtown Ventura and the beach. Don't miss this opportunity to live in such an exclusive hillside neighborhood!

The Dream Home
The Dream Home

California Beer Festival (CBF)

Ventura County Events

 

Legendary California Beer Festival (CBF) is back at beautiful Mission Park in downtown Ventura!
Craft Beer Heaven - Come experience Craft Beer Heaven with over 130 craft beers on tap and live music to boot.
Blues and BBQ Festival! --Bring your blues chairs and blankets to Sunday's family friendly event. Sample amazing BBQ from teams from all over the state and get marinated by an amazing Blues lineup with Robben Ford, Ana Popovic, Carolyn Wonderland, Michael John and the Bottom Line and local Blues-Funk band the Bomb!
September 20, 12:30-4:30pm: Craft Beer Heaven
September 21, 11am-6pm: Blues and BBQ Festival

Location: Mission Park (Across from Mission San Buenaventura), E. Main Street, Downtown Ventura.