Category Archives: Thoughts & Commentary

From the Designer.

Environmental Center presents the 2020 Green Tour

This years Green Tour is virtual and will take place from Sept. 17 thru the 26th. On the 24th at 5:00 pm there will be a live panel discussion about ADU’s and how they are changing the urban landscape. Robb Kerley is pleased to be a guest speaker on this panel. If you’re considering the […]

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Work options changing as Bend changes

More and more people who move to Bend work for technology or media companies, or are themselves sole proprietors. And more and more companies are allowing people to remote work. A recent article by the Source details new options for workers who live locally, as well as the self-employed, to have access to comfortable and beautiful […]

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Bend needs 7500 single family homes

Bend continues to grow and the City estimates it will need about 13000 more units, of which 7500 are supposed to be single family homes with the rest being duplexes and apartments. This combined with steady job and wage growth means that things still look good for the region, though economic slowdowns in other parts of […]

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Avoiding bad deals

During busier times it can be easier for unlicensed contractors to appear legitimate. You can help protect yourself from possible scams by using resources like the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) license search. It’s easy to search by CCB number, owner name, and business name. You can also call 503-378-4621 to verify information and ask about […]

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Redmond gets some attention too

As neat as it is to see all the positive reporting that Bend gets, it’s great to see Redmond get noticed for it’s merits as well. It’s being reported that TripAdvisor has scored Redmond a 4.17 out of 5 based on over 500 reviews. The site goes on to list several positives about the community, […]

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Qualified suppliers

Since it’s time to renew our annual membership in the Central Oregon Builders Association, I wanted to take a moment to remind anyone looking to build or remodel to always insist on legal and safe work. Check licenses for builders, ask about referrals and references from any provider, and never pay a fee to do so.

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Oregon is the most moved to State

For the second year in a row Oregon is tops, with Deschutes County also being the fastest growing county. Locally the housing market remains strong and although retirees make up a large segment of those relocating here, there is growth in the state’s job market. We plan to design a lot more new homes this […]

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Avoid scams

Just taking a quick break from all the busy home design work to remind fellow business owners to always be careful of official looking letters. Technically, they’re not breaking the law. They’re just offering to charge you $125 to perform an unnecessary service.

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Visit Bend

If you’re thinking about moving to Bend, or Central Oregon in general, then Visit Bend is a great resource site. They cover events, lodging, and information about moving to Bend. And did you know that beer tourism is a thing now, what with over 20 breweries in the city limits alone?

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C. Lyle. Scott

On Jan 3rd, 2014, Clifford Scott of Designs For Living passed away. Cliff was a prominent member of the design community, and my own personal teacher when I worked with him from 2001-2006. His memorial service today was a warm event and he is missed by many.

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