Category Archives: Industy News

News from the construction industry.

Once again Bend-Redmond ranked ‘best-performing’ small metro area

For the third year in a row, Bend and Redmond together as a ‘metro area’ (which is really all of Deschutes County) has been named the best-performing small metro area in the U.S. based on a variety of economic data. The Bulletin reports that “Bend-Redmond, an area that comprises all of Deschutes County, secured the […]

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More homeowners building ADU’s

The Bend Bulletin interviewed us about the rising number of accessory dwelling units being constructed in Bend. Thanks in part to a code change last year, ADU applications now outnumber duplex applications by about 5:1. (There are zero triplex applications this year, interestingly enough.) The City is reviewing the code again and may soon make […]

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It’s time for the new code update

Oregon just voted to adopt the Oregon Residential Specialty Code (called the ORSC) for 2017 based on the 2015 International Residential Code. This usually happens every three years and Oregon always modifies or removes sections of the code to make it’s own. This new code takes effect October 1 and there will be a 3 month […]

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Building continues after the harshest winter in years

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Central Oregon experienced record winter weather early this year which caused quite a few insurance claims, but newer homes built by updated codes did well. The Bend Bulletin reports: “Billy Staten, who works in Bend’s building safety division, said with the exception of the old Ray’s Food Place on Century Drive collapsing, the city hasn’t received […]

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An apartment in your yard

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In the City of Bend an Accessory Dwelling Unit, or ADU, is a popular way to add space for guests or a family member or even provide monthly revenue by being a long term or vacation rental. These homes are tiny enough to fit even on compact properties and can be built for usually between […]

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Ending the year on good business news

It’s great to be able to look back and see how far the area has come since the bottom of the recession. Today’s report by KTVZ talks about how Bend is ranked 4th in the nation in an annual list of ‘Boomtowns’. Actually it’s the Bend-metro area which includes Redmond and all of Deschutes County so […]

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Sounds like all good news

According to the Bend Bulletin in an interview, with the chief economist for Windermere Real Estate, “(He) predicted continued growth in employment, wages and housing inventory and a slowdown of the blistering climb in Bend home prices since fall 2011.” And, “We’re going to see a lot more move-up buyers buying from people wanting to downsize,” […]

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New submission guidelines for City of Bend

For those who need to know, the City of Bend Building Dept. has issued a new set of guidelines on how to prepare and upload documents into ePlans. This effects everyone who prepares construction related documents that have to pass plan review in Bend. The guide is 43 pages long (did I mention it is […]

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Modern style homes becoming more acceptable in neighborhoods

Modern style homes have grown in popularity in Central Oregon especially in the last 2-3 years, driven largely by how well and beautifully these homes fit into the high desert area. Builders such as Yelas Custom Homes lead the way in implementing this style. However, many of the design guidelines for the various Architectural Review […]

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3D printing now amazing for home design

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A new company, WhiteClouds, offers extremely detailed and very well colored architectural models. I remember back in designer school this was taught with styrofoam and other modeling materials, but I never really found a use for it in the residential field as it’s too expensive to produce unless absolutely required, for example, by an architectural […]

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NAHB notes trends in home design

The National Association of Home Builders issue their Living Awards early in the year, and through the year we’ve definitely seen some of their predictions come through. The article notes: “White on White: Cabinets, flooring, backsplashes, counters, fixtures and appliances are beginning to lighten up.  Layering white on top of white is a new approach […]

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Bend in the Hot 100′ for growth list

More good news for the local economy.

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More population growth and housing demand expected

The Bend Bulletin is reporting that “Bend should expect a population surge as economic conditions improve in California, Washington and Idaho.” which is excellent for the home market here. After a real tight market that lasted for over 5 years, the new opportunities to build and buy homes couldn’t be more exciting. If you’re looking […]

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Good jobs news for the High Desert

For those looking to buy or build here, and if you’re concerned about work or employment, there is good news. KTVZ is reporting that job growth is expected to continue and is currently outpacing previous predictions! Of course, this means that jobless rates for those here continue to fall. This is the best news for […]

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Deschutes County still seeing rise in home market

It’s still amazing how the local construction market has rebounded and how much homes are gaining equity. See this local news report. Central Oregon remains one of the most attractive “move to” areas in the country.

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