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 […]
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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 […]
Summers are always busy, and the crews of tradespeople working on Desert Lookout are making the most of longer and warmer days. We started this July with a minimally framed structure, and have watched the roof go up, the windows go in, and now the exterior siding is being installed. Inside, rough electrical is being […]
When we think about monthly bills, we tend to think of them as something we have to pay, rather than a statement of what we have earned. Remarkably, green building is shifting that paradigm – as Tom, Barb, and many families living in green homes can attest to. In fact, last month, Desert Rain produced five times […]
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 […]
Since Barb and Tom moved in to their new home earlier this year, we’ve had many requests for pictures of the finished interior. While aspects of our project are still underway and we will be taking many more photos in the future, we’ve put together a small selection to share with you now.
Earlier this year, members of the Desert Rain Team (Al Tozer, ML Vidas, Morgan Brown, and Timberline Construction) surprised Tom and Barb with custom, commuter bikes as house warming gifts. These bikes are repurposed steel mountain bikes that have been beautifully refurbished by a local bike shop: Bend Velo. It was such a special surprise […]
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 […]
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 […]