El Cerrito Natural Grocery Prepared Food Annex Celebrates First Anniversary!

We are delighted to celebrate, with the Natural Grocery Company, the one-year anniversary of the opening of their Prepared Food Annex. The Annex has become a neighborhood favorite and, throughout February, they are welcoming some popular suppliers for demos and sample goodies. Swing by and bring an appetite.

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We are happy to be nearing the completion of a 432 ft2 backyard straw bale cottage in Berkeley, California. The cottage is tucked away in the backyard of the main home.

The New York Times featured an Arkin Tilt project in an article titled "Smart Style," in their January 2015 Homes special section. The article explores the features of the Eastern Sierra Residence that make it an ecologically sound design, ranging from proper solar orientation to on-site energy production.

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Sweetwater Springs Ranch is an off-grid Straw Bale and Watershed Block (earth masonry unit) home in Sonoma County, California. Located in a sensitive watershed area, the design and construction of the home took great measures to ensure a harmonious fit with minimal impact on the landscape. The house is for a couple with young twin girls.

We are thrilled to be working with the Esalen Institute on a renovation and expansion of their historic Lodge building.  The completed project will feature two new meeting rooms, an expanded commercial kitchen facility, a new cafe, covered outdoor dining areas and a remodeled dining room. The renowned geothermal water resource will be utilized for water and space heating. The new roof surfaces will carry a 25 KW photovoltaic panel array.

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