Entries by Kelly

A Bridge to Mindfulness – The Living Future unConference

  Desert Rain is currently in the company of over 100 world-wide projects pursuing  the goal of meeting some or all of the Living Building Challenge petals.  Barb Scott and Tom Elliot, Desert Rain owners, recently attended the seventh annual International Living Future Institute’s ‘unConference held in Seattle, Washington. Desert Rain team members, Al Tozer, […]

Mastering Tile

Every element of Desert Rain has a story.  With the interior aspects of the project coming into place, the current chapter is tile.  Doug Cahail is the tile master. He was working on the kitchen backsplash as we talked.  Doug has tiled other green building projects but found the Living Building Challenge stringent guidelines to […]

Simply Elegant

When most of us think of cement, we think of heavy, chunky, drab, gray, slabs that are usually elements of construction to be covered with a more aesthetically pleasing material. When innovation meets function, cement becomes beautiful and simply, a smart choice for building green. Desert Rain embraced the concept when the local Bend business, Cement […]

In the Trenches

Lately I have been focusing on the finishing work taking place inside Desert Rain. The beauty of the reclaimed wood on the ceilings and trim, the cabinet installation, the ponderosa memorial plaque, and the elegance of the texture and color in the American Clay plaster. While all these aesthetic details have been transforming inside – […]

The Art of Decision

How many decisions are made during the process of building a home? I don’t have a number but I know it is many. Designing and building Desert Rain, the compound of structures, and mechanical systems and meeting the Living Building Challenge criteria,  stretches those decisions by leaps and bounds. I recently listened in on a […]

A Passion for Plaster

The interior spaces of Desert Rain are undergoing major changes as finishing work takes place and the building becomes more like home.  The windows and doors have been trimmed, interior doors have been installed, the sheetrock is up taped, and mudded, and the wall finish is being applied. American Clay is the choice for the […]

Progress in Pictures

When a fleet of construction vehicles are parked on site, I know to expect a flurry of activity inside and out. Sub-contractors from many different trades are working to bring Desert Rain towards completion. Brent from McKernan Enterprises was busy operating the excavator outside to re-grade the site. Last week he was digging trenches and removing […]