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There are times in our lives we face the form vs. function dilemma – do you go with the beautiful piece that speaks to you but doesn’t quite get the job done, or do you choose the utilitarian option that leaves something to be desired aesthetically?  Isn’t it ideal when we can have both stunning form and perfect function?

In a continual effort to push boundaries and explore new avenues of design, the Dream Home Building and Design Team was delighted to take a “field trip” to Terasteel Furniture Design of Bend.  Here we got a first hand look at the realized inspiration behind owner and award winning designer Kirk Casey’s creations.

Like kids in a candy store we oohed and aahed over Kirk’s amazing selection of exotic and sustainable woods- the gorgeously red and aptly named Bloodwood, the intricate patterned grain of Lacewood, the beautiful and whimsical Bubinga with its warm tones complimented by purple and black grain.  Add in Terrasteel’s extensive offering of metals, tempered and fused glass, rice paper, stone, and of course steel (which I might add can be powder-coated with over 2000 color options) and you are left with a truly overwhelming and exciting array of choices.  These options, ranging in look from traditional to contemporary, inspired our creativity as we pictured how to incorporate Kirk’s custom designs into our upcoming homes.

Perhaps the most fun of the visit was finding a kindred spirit in the work of creating the perfect union of design and performance.  Kirk’s pieces are truly art – art with a job – art that functions perfectly.  We at Dream Home see our homes and our collaborations with clients as art – art that functions perfectly.  This is a place where passion for design pairs perfectly with sustainable and environmentally responsible materials – a place where form, design, and execution are integrated seamlessly – sacrificing nothing in the union.

In Kirk’s words:

“We love the energy and excitement through the entire design and build process which is only surpassed by the awe in our clients’ faces when they realize that they were the spark behind their own creation”.

We couldn’t have said it better.  The thrill of seeing a client’s vision come to life before their eyes – the immense satisfaction of hearing how a piece, or home, has met and exceeded client expectations – this is the stuff we live for.

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Answer: Granny Flats, Mother-In-Law Suites and Tiny Homes are all names for small buildings growing tremendously in popularity and are perfect for adding additional room on one’s existing property, cash flow to a family budget, or higher density housing within a community.

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In our last blog installment the team at Dream Home Building and Design shared some highlights from a great day at Value It Green put on by Earth Advantage in Portland. In this blog we wanted to focus on one of the hot topics from the session- Auxiliary Dwelling Units, or ADU’s.

We have heard a lot of great names for these types of structures; “Granny Flats”, “Garage Apartments”, “Mother-in-Law Suites”, “Tiny Homes” and from Canada “Mortgage Supports”. Basically these terms all refer to apartments smaller than the main dwelling on one lot or parcel of land. They can be used for aging relatives, rental income, home offices, additional guest suites, yoga and exercise rooms and many other creative uses.

Traditionally they were built over garages, but more and more we see them being added as free-standing structures on existing home sites. Where we live, in Bend, Oregon an ADU is limited to a maximum of just 600 square feet! Such a small footprint requires thoughtful, intentional design and efficient use of space. And in our older neighborhoods new ADUs are subject to a rather arduous and expensive Conditional Use Permit process. In cities like Portland, Oregon where they are looking to increase density and promote infill, they allow a larger size maximum of 800 square feet and zoning hurdles and development fees have been removed. Given what’s happening currently with the Urban Growth Boundary situation in Bend, we wouldn’t be surprised to see similar measures adopted here.

So if you’ve been thinking of an ADU, Granny, Mother-In-Law or Tiny Home, whether it be attached or free-standing, a cozy cottage or an urban modern design, Dream Home Building and Design is on the leading edge of this movement.


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