charles desler architect

architect california c10218

in passage

mailing address:

5601 sunshine road

roseburg, oregon 97470

916 3374876

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

designing with the environment

For most of California buildings should be oriented with the long dimension of the building on an east west axis with the majority of the windows/openings on the south or north facing walls while minimizing them on west facing walls. Overhangs, Porches, Verandas should be placed on the southern side of the buildings to shade windows/openings. Classically breakfast rooms should be placed facing east. High ceilings with fans, and operable high windows (thermal chimney) or whole house fans will help cool homes in the summer while fans may circulate hot air to lower spaces in the winter. These few simple design concepts will save energy and help to create a more elegantly designed structure that responds to the environment. Where local condition dictate and the weather is not extreme, such as right at the ocean, these basic concepts can be moderated.

Solar shading, floor mass for retention of energy to be
released later as heat and thermal chimneys for natural cooling

Southern facing glass at coast to catch light absorbed into 
wall and floor mass for later release of heat
Marin Headlands Institute and 
Clem Miller Environmental Education Center, Point Reyes National Seashore

Southern shading of glass and Verandas

Architect Wurster with classic example of Verandas and Southern Shade
in Central Valley

Paolo Soleri living in the Western Desert


 Design for Henrik Bull

Consultant for Housing Emerald Valley Golf Course Oregon









 Douglas Fir Trees















Greenhouse with used/reclaimed shower wall/door panels

concrete foundation with concrete piers to level floor


rock fill to level floor

frame with used 2x4s, use plywood spacer for 2x4 columns to match 4x4
new 2x4 roof joists with 1x4 for plastic roof

walls of used discarded shower walls and doors

hang barn door for access



 Sacramento River House

 existing concrete piers for who knows what

original sketch

Studio and Guest Quarters in Barn
Woodside, CA

Two New Homes
16th Street
Sacramento, CA

New Replacement Carriage House
Woodside Estate
915 Mountain Home Road
Woodside, CA

Large Addition and Renovation
4500 square foot addition to 4000 square foot home
5355 Laird Road
Loomis, CA

New Home on Canyon
Colfax, CA

New Home on 5 acres
Pleasant Valley, CA

New top floor addition and renovation to
fire damaged Historic Apartment House
11th and F
Sacramento, CA

New 3 two story homes with granny flats over garage
4th and C Streets
Sacramento, CA


New Homes
Healdsburg, CA

Doi Residence
Renovation and new second floor
Craftsman Bungalow
Curtis Park
Sacramento, CA

new kitchen

Love Veranda House
Browns Valley, CA

Beckett/Hile Residence
Renovation, Addition, Rebuilding of one story ranch house
5 acres
Loomis, CA

11 three story town homes on separate lots (zero lot lines)
narrow (18' to 20') lots
14th and C Sacramento
design and City Approval for design and parcels
in an older industrial grimey part of town

Heavy Timber Entry Porch and Carport for Cabin
Heavy Snow Load
Trinity Center, Trinity Alps CA

Weaverville, Trinity County CA, Trinity Alps
Last undiscovered piece of California

864 Oak Terrace
Placerville, CA

Spec Homes
Placer County, CA