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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.





The team at Dream Home is excited to share the fun of our latest project breaking ground. It was a sunny afternoon as we ceremoniously kicked off the construction of a new dream home for our clients Mike and Lyn. Their new home was designed in-house based on their vision of a modern new home capturing the stunning views from their lot on the southern flanks of Awbrey Butte.

Ground breaking!

Ground breaking!

We are honored to be their chosen team to make this ultra modern, elegant, efficient, high-performance home a reality. We have combined an outstanding energy performance package with an intentionally designed roofline to capture the abundant natural sun on their site and turned it into clean, renewable power. All the pieces are in place for them to be living utility bill free in their Net Zero Energy home!

Let the collaboration begin.

Ready to get to work.


Wondering about a fun and creative way to start building your custom home? Begin with the floors! There’s numerous flooring options to consider when designing a home, each with their own pros and cons. Rather than feeling overwhelmed by choices, check out a few tips regarding the best flooring option for each room of your house:


Living Room, Dining Room, Den


The dining room may not be used as much as the living room and den if you have an eat-in kitchen, however it’s still a formal space. It subsequently benefits from attractive, classic flooring, such as hardwood floors. The living room is a formal space as well, and while the den may be a bit more casual, both look fabulous with hardwood flooring. Easy to maintain, hypoallergenic, and highly durable, wood floors combined with gorgeous rugs look wonderful. And since these three rooms take up a significant portion of the home, it makes sense to utilize long-lasting flooring where upkeep is minimal.



Considered the hub of the home, most kitchens are high-traffic areas requiring stain-resistant, durable, easy-to-maintain floors. Vinyl flooring is a simplistic option that’s painless to install and manage, while tile offers a sophisticated look that won’t suffer serious damage following a sauce spill. And while both vinyl and tile are long-lasting, easily-maintained choices, the decision often comes down to budget…and kitchen size.



Plush carpeting is frequently used in bedrooms, particularly children’s rooms. Hardwood flooring is arguably the better option, as it looks nicer and doesn’t collect dust, pollen, and pet dander the way carpets do. Carpeting is also highly subject to staining, and takes much longer to clean than hardwood. If carpeting gets wet and the water soaks through, mold formation may result. The hardwood/rug combination is therefore an ideal bedroom flooring option. Hardwood also increases home value the way few other flooring choices do.

Find floors for less by visiting GoHaus today.

Building geek time!

View of exterior wall system before siding starts going on.

View of exterior wall system before siding starts going on.

Dream Home Building and Design highlights an exterior wall system for exceptional performance, comfort, indoor air quality, durability and value. An insulating thermal break on the exterior of the wall also greatly reduces potential moisture issues caused by condensation within walls. But wait, there’s more, the firing strips create a valuable rain screen behind the siding, a building science best practice.

Dream Home Building and Design is thrilled to be starting another high-performance home.This custom home is being built on an infill lot in a very walkable location near downtown Bend, Oregon. Our team is honored to be collaborating with this family to make their contemporary, sustainable, family home a reality!

Site prep equipment moved into place

Site prep equipment moved into place


Grading begins

Grading begins
















Grade established

Grade established

Zero Energy

Floor Plan


  • 1,910sf single level, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, open floor plan, high ceilings and lots of natural light.
  • Ample outdoor living space with a southern courtyard and northern deck.
  • High Performance design and building principles integrated from start to finish:
  • Materials and finishes selected to create a healthy indoor environment.
  • Super insulated, comprehensively air sealed and mechanically ventilated.
  • Extremely efficient, cost-effective mechanical systems.
  • Earth Advantage Net Zero Ready certified. Designed to easily and affordably add solar for Zero Energy living.
  • 2366 Drouillard Ave, Bend
  • Could this be your new home? Contact us at: (541) 788-7851  or


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