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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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The Lodges at Bachelor View

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Rogers West has just completed and listed these two new homes, Lot 18 and Lot 20, in the new Northwest Community of The Lodges at Bachelor View. Follow the links and be sure to look at the inside photos as well, as the builder paid a lot of attention to detail. Both homes are spacious […]

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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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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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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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Small footprint, large presence

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We’re excited to be partnering with YCH Custom Homes again, this time on their new series of smaller homes on unique lots. This 1754 sq. ft. fresh modern design is situated in the community of Rabbit Hills in northeast Bend. The main level has tall ceilings and expands onto a courtyard, and views of both […]

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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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Modern in Tetherow

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I’m excited to show this newly completed home located in the Tetherow golf community just southwest of Bend. It is the latest project by Bob and Choi Yelas, who are one of the area’s most talented and experienced builders of high end modern style homes. The design process was challenging, and a home that is over 4200 sq. ft. takes time […]

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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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Two modern style projects close to completion

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A large custom home in Tetherow and a triple townhome project on Newport Avenue in Bend are nearing completion. Both projects are modern style but very different in application. The 4200+ sq. ft. two-story home expresses design that is intended to be experienced as a whole, with intention and emphasis in massing and projections. Materials […]

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Great views have a beginning

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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 […]

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Townhomes going up, made the local paper

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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 […]

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Multi-phase projects

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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 […]

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And soon is getting closer

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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 […]

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Coming soon to Tetherow

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

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The Townhomes on Newport Avenue

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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 […]

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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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Expansive renovation

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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 […]

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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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