Some homes take a little longer than others

I originally worked on this project back on 2006 for a client back in the Midwest. Years later the client contacted me for assistance with the project. I was surprised as I thought it had been long finished, but it had simply taken him a lot longer to get started than originally planned. This week I heard from him again with pictures of the finished home on his expansive prairie property. I’m sure he wishes he could’ve moved in sooner but nonetheless the nine years was worth the wait. And it’s always nice when out of area clients send back pictures!

Craftsman style home in the Midwest

Newly finished craftsman style home

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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,” Gardner said. “And, for the first time (since the recession), first-time homebuyers will be able to come back into the market.”He also expects builders to take up slack in demand with a modest surge in housing starts next year that grows in 2017.”

While a slowdown in the rise of home prices might not seem like good news to some, it’s a healthy thing that’s good to see happening. I think most of us prefer a stable market to a wild ride.

He has more thoughts on the current health of the housing market that are worth reading. Check out the full article here.

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Great views have a beginning

This is the just poured foundation for a spacious 3261 sq. ft. NorthWest Craftsman style home being built by the owner on one of the last canyon rim lots in Bend’s Canyon Rim Estates (the cliff on the opposite side is just visible thru the trees). Every house has to start somewhere, and the home will rise up to offer great views from the rear of the second story while still enjoying the shade from the tall trees. Projects like these require skill and continuous oversight to pass both the neighborhood association review and the City’s strict canyon rim development guidelines. If you have property to build on and want to take the best advantage of what it offers, contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

Foundation for a view

New home being built in Canyon Rim Estates

Front Elevation

Front Elevation

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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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Townhomes going up, made the local paper

In the weekly real estate section of the Bend Bulletin, the Townhomes on Newport Avenue were the main focus. The balconies aren’t framed up yet, but in their picture with the article you can see special yellow vertical panels which are part of the firewall system. It’s a newer product called GlasRoc and it’s stronger than the plywood or O.S.B. it replaces.

Check out the article here, and the floor plan for the west side unit below.

Townhomes Floor Plan

Floor plan for the three story west side unit

 

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RV enthusiast retirement home

It’s great to design a home around someone’s lifestyle. This home is a modestly sized main level with a loft room above next to a full sized and 60’ deep RV garage! Obviously a house where the garage is bigger than the residence isn’t for everyone, but it’s perfect for the owners. Nestled into the woods in a rural area, it’s shaded and private, just the right size, and supports their travel interests.

Finished home for retirement & travel

Finished home for retirement & travel

Finished home for retirement & travel

Side view of home w/ extensive porch

Floor plan for home w/ RV bay

Floor plan for home w/ RV bay

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Multi-phase projects

Sometimes a new home needs to be built one part at a time. In this case the homeowners live and work in another area and like to vacation here in Central Oregon. They planned to move here and retire on land they purchased but weren’t sure when that was going to happen. So we designed a garage and storage unit with a loft apartment above for them to use and designed and engineered the future phase to be ready to permit and build when the right time came. Fortunately it wasn’t a long wait. Cascade Custom Homes is already framing up the connected main level. When completed, this will be a two bedroom, two bath open farmhouse style home with the existing bedroom and bath over the garage being a guest suite. If you think you might need to build in phases for the home you’re planning, let us know. We’d be happy to discuss your plans.

Second phase of home

Second phase of home under construction

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And soon is getting closer

A very special, custom project is now getting it’s foundation poured. This large 4,219 sq. ft. home is going up on a spacious lot with large trees that backs up to the 12th hole in Tetherow. It is being built by Yelas Custom Homes and if you appreciate the modern style you’ll want to check our their site for more details and information on their other projects and offerings.

Lot 83 Tetherow

Lot 83 Tetherow under construction

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Coming soon to Tetherow

Another exciting, top-tier build by Yelas Custom Homes!

New Custom Home in Tetherow

New Custom Home in Tetherow

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The Townhomes on Newport Avenue

My apologies if you were inconvenienced by the roadwork going on this past week at the roundabout of Newport and 9th here in Bend, but we’re very excited about it because it means that the water and sewer improvements are done for the parcel on the SE corner. These improvements – including new ADA crosswalks – were necessary for construction of our three modern style townhouses that will occupy that property! Permits are ready and construction will begin promptly. These new 1808 sq. ft., 3-story 4 bedroom, 3 bath units will provide attractive higher density housing in this community that sorely needs it. This project is being built by Tom Pryor of Cascade Custom Homes.

Water and sewer improvements for the new Townhomes on Newport Ave

Infrastructure for three new Townhouses

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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 just for how to upload?) and can be found here.

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Expansive renovation

This client came to us needing more living space. She had in mind a nice bonus room and an extra guest suite for when relatives come and stay. The home had a rather large three car garage just begging to be built over. With some clever truss work we were able to add that guest room, a 3/4 bath, and a full bonus room for a total of 733 sq. ft. over that garage space without shortening the garage interior or adding any posts! This was expertly built by Jamie Stanley of Stanley Custom Homes and the finished work looks like it was always there.
 

Existing home before 2nd-story addition

Existing home before 2nd-story addition


 
Plans for new expansion

Plans for new expansion


 
During construction

Girder truss being placed to hold the floor framing


 
Front view of finished addition

Front view of finished addition


 
Side view of finished addition

Side view of finished addition

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Help our Ukrainian friends come to America

Some of you who know me may remember we traveled to the Ukraine to adopt several years ago. We made some friends there who now find themselves in a war zone, and we’re working to get them here. Maybe you or someone you know can help. Check it out.

At the Orthodox Church

In the Ukraine March 2008

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A nice vacation home upgraded

Not every project is a large custom home. This is a small, simple vacation residence on the Deschutes river that had only a single car garage, and even that had been enclosed from an original carport. The new owners wanted to expand the garage out to a true 2-car, plus add a 3rd bay for their boat, remove an odd covered space in the front yard that had passed for a second parking place, and more storage area as well. Built by Stanley Custom Homes of Bend, it finished out as they planned and now gives them the vacation home they had wanted.

Existing home before remodel addition

Existing home before remodel and addition

 

Homeowner notes & preliminary design

Homeowner notes & preliminary design

 

Finished Garage Addition

Finished Garage Addition

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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 year!

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Nice when clients send pictures

We do custom home designs all around Central Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, so we don’t often directly get to see homes being built. That’s why it’s always great when clients send in pictures of their progress. This fun project is a retirement home for a neat couple who both wanted a small and manageable living area and a garage bay large enough for a full coach and a shop. Looks great in framing!

Retirement home with full size RV garage in progress

Retirement home with full size RV garage in progress

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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 Committee’s were written years, even decades ago. They typically won’t allow many elements of modern design.

Up until now Awbrey Park, located in Bend, has only allowed roof pitches lower than 4:12 with rare exception. But working together with Yelas on one of their newest projects, our design submission and supporting arguments to allow for flat roofs went so far as to cause the homeowners association to meet and review the guidelines themselves. Based on changing tastes in home styles and our very modern design, they updated the rules permanently.

The change: “A minimum of 2/12 pitched roof is required in Awbrey Park. Small portions of flat pitched roofs are permitted as an architectural feature, provided the majority of the roof conforms to the 2/12 pitch minimum requirement.

Modern style is an exciting and attractive addition to our High Desert communities. Solid shapes that show intention, proportion, and emphasis can fit in and don’t have to be an extreme expression of architecture that many people think of when they hear “modern”. If you’ve been interesting in or have questions about building a modern style home, please contact us and tell us what you’re thinking. To see more great modern style homes, visit www.yelascustomhomes.com

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Newly completed home with 5 garage bays

A fun project for a neat couple, this new single level Northwest Contemporary style home is just over 2700 sq. ft. featuring a double office with paired french doors, curved hallways, and a large “octangular” kitchen that can seat 6 at the breakfast bar. It includes an attached 2-car garage, but sitting on a large acreage, there was plenty of room for an added detached garage & shop (that will be a motorcycle shop) with a full size coach bay along side. An extra loft apartment sits over the shop area bringing the total living area to about 3000 sq. ft. This home was also built by Cascade Custom Homes.

 

 

exterior front

Exterior front of single family home

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Exterior front of RV garage & apartment

Octagonal Kitchen

Large luxury kitchen and seating bar

Great Room

Large windows give great views and light

Rear View

Exterior rear porch, pergola, & deck

 

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3D printing now amazing for home design

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 review committee. 3D printing seems to be changing that now in a very exciting way.

3D printed mountain home with landscaping

3D printed home models available

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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 in many kitchens and bathrooms that is giving way to a fresh and light feeling.”

And,

“Interior Courtyards: Interior courtyards are popular in all housing types right now, including single-family homes, multifamily complexes and within communities.”

Some things don’t seem to coming to Central Oregon yet, such bright and bold exterior colors. Medium to dark natural tones are preferred here and usually are required by any neighborhood association or review committee. But who knows, maybe next year?

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