Entries by Sweet Pea Cole

A Visit from G. Russell Case

On a Southwest backpacking trip a few years ago, Barb and Tom happened upon the Maynard Dixon Studio and were drawn to a painting of the Vermillion Cliffs by G. Russell Case.  They purchased the piece and created a special place for it in Desert Rain. On a return trip, Tom and Barb took friends […]

Landscaping with Restoration Principles

Rick Martinson and the team from Winter Creek Restoration have been on site this past week, creating an ecology-based landscaped area surrounding Desert Rain. By incorporating restoration principles into the landscaping, Winter Creek Restoration will be creating something that is both remarkably beautiful and astoundingly smart. Speaking with Rick about his work, one quickly realizes […]

On the Fresh Edge of Green Building

With more than 30 years of experience building high-end commercial and residential buildings, Michael established his company, Brightwater Collaborative, in Bend in alignment with his passion for green building. Michael’s mission is to focus on sustainability in the built environment and when Timberline Construction brought him on as the Project Manager for Desert Lookout, we were […]

Declare – Support for Identifying Materials and Avoiding the LBC Red List

One of the biggest hurdles in building Desert Rain has been identifying and sourcing construction materials that are approved for the Living Building Challenge. The Living Future Institute’s recent launch of Declare is encouraging for new projects striving to meet the challenge. The Living Building Challenge ‘Red List’ The LBC ‘Red List’ was created to help […]

After a Short Break – Desert Lookout Construction Begins

We had a short break in construction this winter along with a brief hiatus in sharing updates on our home, the project, and the process.  But rest assured, we were not resting. During this time, we were preparing for Desert Lookout.  This new structure will include an office/apartment, a garage, a yoga studio, and –  perhaps […]