Entries by Kelly

Creating Harmony

When a circa 1949 potato barn in Prineville, Oregon was under deconstruction, tranquility and harmony were not the words to describe the process.  Three years later, under the thoughtful eye and hand of woodworker, Andrew Scott, the reclaimed lumber from that potato barn is creating tranquility, harmony, and beauty in the Desert Rain landscape. Scott is […]

A House becomes Home

The construction door is gone.  In its’ place is a beautiful, reclaimed wood, front door that opens to say ‘welcome home’ to Desert Rain owners, Barbara Scott and Tom Elliott. It has been a long journey from their idea and dream of building an extreme green home to this week of moving in. After nearly […]

Awards for Wood – Desert Rain a Winner

Hidden from view, within the walls of Desert Rain is an innovative, structural element composed of Forest Stewardship Council certified wood.  The staggered, double wall, framed construction of the building envelope is extraordinary.  It was designed and developed to meet the stringent energy standards of the Living Building Challenge .  Though the FSC wood is not visible in […]

Putting Out the Welcome Mat

Last Saturday Desert Rain welcomed participants of the Green and Solar Tour. The tour, presented by the Cascadia Green Building Council High Desert Branch included five commercial buildings and five private residences. Desert Rain was considered one of the most innovative and energy saving homes on the tour. Desert Rain is aiming for third party certification through […]

Desert Rain – Green+Solar Tour

Desert Rain has undergone a major transformation in the past year since the last Green+Solar Tour. Please join this year’s tour to see for yourself this extreme-green home striving to meet the rigorous standards of the Living Building Challenge. GREEN + SOLAR TOUR | SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2013 The High Desert Branch of Cascadia Green Building […]

LBC Light – the Quest for an Affordable Living Building Challenge Project

In April, Desert Rain received an e-mail from Ben’s Cabinets in Sisters, Oregon. With Ben’s permission we are including it in this post as he presents a question that is in the minds of many who are following the Desert Rain story.  “I’ve been in the construction industry since 1977. I’m well aware of the green […]