Cascades High Desert ICF Design
This 2,202 sq ft Cascades High Desert custom home design is the perfect example of a Central Oregon high performance home.
The Hi-performance ICF home with spray foam non-vented attic. Includes a detached RV garage. Stained concrete floors. Conditioned by both forced air and radiant heat. Lots of tile and wood doors and trim.
Building Official Testimonial
I’d spent the last 18 years as the Building Official for a small Oregon Coast community and also had an additional 20 years as...
I’d spent the last 18 years as the Building Official for a small Oregon Coast community and also had an additional 20 years as a general contractor so I had the skills needed to draw up the plans and assemble the required documents for our project. Our plan was to have a single level house that quietly blended into the landscape, was built to provide protection from fire, had good energy conservation, and would last for many years with little or no maintenance. With my background I had the knowledge of the newest materials and techniques needed to make this happen so the design incorporated one foot thick ICF exterior walls, stained concrete floors with in floor hydronic heat, spray foam insulation in the roof system, an interior fire sprinkler system, and a stucco exterior finish that had the color in the mix.
What I didn’t have was the time this project would take to do it myself. I was still working and we were over two hundred miles away living on the coast. I also didn’t know any of the sub-contractors or people in the trades over here that would be needed to put this home together so it was apparent that the best choice was to find a contractor. What would be needed was somebody both willing and capable to work with the non-traditional materials which were incorporated into the design. They also would need to be able to accept a huge amount of input from me as not just the owner; but also as a designer, builder, and code professional.
Tom Pryor of Cascade Property Development ended up in that position as the builder for the Building Official. I’m sure that it was not always an easy task but it was always one that he took on with a high degree of professionalism. For those parts of the construction he was not totally familiar with, he went out and found those sub-contractors that were. They were some of the best in their trades and always brought about the desired fit and finish.
At completion we had spent almost a year in construction and at Tom’s suggestion our home was entered and included on the Central Oregon Builders Association’s 2007 Tour of Homes. Because I had designed the house, I too was at the house during the tour. After visiting and talking to people I knew we had made a good choice in hiring Tom as our contractor. It turned out that the home, it’s setting, and quality of finish were all things that not just Judy and I appreciated but were also recognized by over 400 visitors that had gone through the house.
Tim and Judy Lindsey