In the middle of December, we broke ground on Lot 23 and quite a bit has happened in the last few weeks. For us, it’s just routine. But if you’re considering building a custom home of your own, or just curious about the process, we thought you might enjoy a closer look at how a [...]
When You Build a Custom Home Once you’ve decided that you want to build a custom home, you have some weighty decisions to make. With some work up-front, you can ensure that the process is actually enjoyable and that you end up with the home you’ve been wanting. If you want to ensure that you [...]
When we decided to build a spec home on Lot 23 in Tetherow, we wanted a home design that would live well, incorporate sustainable and green building principles, and emphasize the lot’s beauty and unique features. We set out to build an Earth Advantage Certified, contemporary home – perfect for a family ready to ‘live [...]
After so much hard work from the entire team, Barb Scott and Tom Elliott moved into their custom, extremely green, home just in time for the holidays. The Desert Rain project has been a such long haul, with so many design and material challenges, and Tom and Barb have been so unswerving in their dedication [...]
This week we broke ground on a new home in Tetherow (Bend, Oregon), but long before the excavators arrived, we had identified zones of native vegetation to protect. In fact, we were considering these zones during the early phases of the design process. As green builders, it’s just part of what we do. Preserving the [...]
The Row, Bend, Oregon’s new “pub with a view” at Tetherow, is open today for members and officially will open to the public on Monday, December 23. The casual pub is part of Tetherow’s larger expansion efforts and we’ve been honored to be the general contractor in this project. Continuing the design from the existing [...]
We love our job – turning raw materials into houses. Building a custom home, especially like the Mountain Lodge we’re building for the Egeland family, is a long process with many rewards. From time to time, we like to take a step back and look at the evolution of the project. It’s amazing to see [...]
As the builder on this project, we’re really excited to share our work with you when the new pub-with-a-view, The Row, opens December 19 (2013).
Recycled and reclaimed materials have been used throughout the Desert Rain home, the guest house, and throughout the landscaping on site. The search for unique, green building materials has turned up some stunning products and the resourcefulness of the Desert Rain team has resulted in some truly elegant applications of reclaimed materials.
We’re building elegant and energy efficient home, located on Randall Court in Tetherow – just outside out Bend, Oregon. Lot 23 is a spec home currently in the design phase. This will be a contemporary styled home with an open floor plan on the main floor, simple bedrooms and living space on the second floor, and plenty of outdoor living space.
It’s time for another update on the Egeland Residence, a custom home we’re building in Bend, Oregon. This mountain lodge style home is looking more and more like the elegant home that it will become. Stone Patio The masons have been working since the spring on the extensive stonework throughout the homesite. Recently, they finished [...]
Choosing a good lot to build your custom home on is incredibly important. Over the years, we’ve helped many clients the perfect site. We often walk potential lots with clients before the purchase the land to answer questions, discuss potential ideas, and identify possible downsides to the site.
We share our clients’ enthusiasm for the custom home building process because we don’t look at the houses we build as a mere shelter from the elements. They are the place for afternoons doing homework in the kitchen; mornings getting ready for work; for holiday gatherings, birthday parties, and even visits from the tooth fairy.
If you’ve been following our progress on the Egeland Residence, a custom home we are building in the Highlands in Bend, Oregon, you know that it’s a busy place. It’s a big project (approximately 6,800 square feet) and as the general contractor, we’re managing quite a few crews on site.
The Desert Rain House has many elements that make it the most green custom home we have ever built. …The heat pump (Daikin Altherma) installed by Bobcat & Sun is an innovative system that heats the home, produces domestic hot water, and can even cool spaces.
at the Tetherow Clubhouse Expansion, Kelly Moyes was just prepping a knee brace for one of the exterior gabled ends. Kelly is the project lead for TAC Construction, the framing company we’re working with on this commercial construction project.
ML Vidas, a local architect and sustainability consultant, gave a presentation that summarizes the thought behind Living Building Challenge – a program of the International Living Future Institute – and the seven performance areas for green building.
Part of our job as a custom home builder is to strike a balance between a new home’s performance, elegance, and expense. The hybrid insulation system we are currently installing in the Egeland Residence is a perfect example of this.
We’re honored that the Northwest Contemporary home we’ve recently completed in Tetherow has been named Best Architectural Design in the $700,000-$800,000 category as part of the 2013 COBA Tour of Homes.
This traditionally styled home is accented with natural earth tones and is situated to take advantage of the stunning western views in this quiet neighborhood in Tetherow. This beautiful, two-story home also has three bedrooms, 3 baths, and two flex spaces that are ideal for an office, kids play room, yoga room, library, or guest room.
Desert Rain, the uber green, custom home we are building, is the first home in Bend, and in the entire state of Oregon, to receive a residential waste water permit. This means we have approval to use the grey water system that will treat and reuse waste water from sinks showers and laundry.
As construction progresses and we race toward the finish line, all the elements of this classic custom home are coming together. We’ve got paint on the walls and trim, cabinets are in, appliances are arriving, and tile work is nearing completion. From here on out, progress will seem like it’s in hyper-drive (that’s just the way it goes in home construction).
ome stuccos are greener than others and we’re just wrapping up work with one of the most sustainable stuccos available. …Though not as commonly used today, lime has many advantages over cement. It is a nearly carbon neutral material. The lower environmental impact of lime is definitely important in the construction of this Living Building Challenge project.
Any day that you might choose to stop by the construction site of the Egeland Residence in The Highlands (in Bend, Oregon), you’ll find a busy scene. Right now, we have a crew working on the roof, stonemasons working on the exterior, electricians and plumbers roughing-in their lines, and framers and carpenters working on the [...]