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Winter Snow Tips

As the snow begins to build up it is a good idea to keep your Winter home maintenance up! Below are a few helpful tips in preparing for more snow.


  • Remove snow from your gutters. Great tools to aid in this process can be found at Tum A Lum Lumber to prevent ice damming.
  • Make sure all of your hoses are disconnected and no outside water is connected or on.
  • Keep all of your condensation lines and HVAC equipment free of snow and prevent freezing. Any lines that freeze can prevent the unit from working.
  • It is a good idea to remove snow 5-8′ around your house so when it melts the water is not building up around your foundation.
  • It is also a good idea to remove snow around fire hydrants. If ever needed it is important emergency personnel can find it quickly.
  • If you have a shallow pitch roof it is important with large accumulations of snow to remove snow to prevent extra weight as well as ice damming.
  • Keep some supplies handy if you need to lay low for a few days.

We hope you all enjoy the snow and have a safe and fun time with your families!

Tuesday
12
February 2019

COCC, William Smith Properties plan housing development near campus – Jackson Hogan, The Bulletin

The 18 single-family homes and senior apartment complex will generate revenue for COCC

Central Oregon Community College has big plans for the 46.7 acres of undeveloped land it owns along Shevlin Park Road and Mount Washington Drive, and two of the first projects it and William Smith Properties plan on building will bring more housing to northwest Bend.

At January’s COCC board of directors meeting, William Smith Properties developer Peter McCaffrey discussed two future developments likely to go in near the college’s campus: a housing development and a senior apartment complex.

The housing development, 18 homes built by Hood River-based Curtis Homes, will be located on NW Reserve Camp Court. In an email, McCaffrey said the homebuilder is shooting for home prices between $250 and $290 per square foot — about $100 per square foot cheaper than similar-sized houses in NorthWest Crossing. Homeowners would pay an annual land rent payment directly to COCC instead of buying the land, lowering the sticker price.

Developers will have to build a left-turn lane from Shevlin Park Drive onto Reserve Camp Court to accommodate the houses, along with a connection to NW Fields Street. McCaffrey said the city is requiring infrastructure improvements on the entire 12-acre section of the property, although the initial homes are only being built in the area’s western boundary, not along Mt. Washington Drive where future development might occur. The city has given William Smith and COCC a year to determine the layout of the second phase of construction, so when infrastructure such as sidewalks are added, it won’t have to be removed for new construction, McCaffrey said.

William Smith has also worked with the Bend Park & Recreation District to reroute the asphalt Discovery Trail, which currently runs through where homes will be built.

Every home will be allowed to have an auxiliary dwelling unit, or a small second home, on its property, as long as they aren’t used for Airbnb-esque short-term rentals.

McCaffrey said COCC will have to approve lease and development agreements before construction can begin, and he expects to start building the first model home in March.

On the other side of Mt. Washington Drive, Mountain West Investment Corp. has proposed a senior apartment community that will host between 85 and 120 units, depending on the size of the apartments and the amount of amenities and common areas. Mountain West will take the 3.02-acre parcel ­as-is, so COCC and William Smith won’t have to develop infrastructure.

Revenue from both developments will be split between William Smith and COCC, although McCaffrey said the split between the two groups is still being negotiated. Matt McCoy, COCC’s vice president of administration, was excited about the plans and said it will be able to provide a reliable income for the college.

“We’re dependent on the state for some of our funding (as well as) property taxes,” he said. “What the board has directed staff to do is identify a more stable revenue stream. We have holdings that have not generated revenue, and this helps turn that into revenue-generating, to help keep tuition low for our students.”

McCoy said the developments will also provide more affordable housing options in a more expensive area of Bend, which could potentially become housing for COCC students or staff.

”I think it provides a market for a broader sector of those interested in home ownership,” he said. “They’ll still be beautiful and fantastic homes, but when you (take) out the cost of land, it makes it more affordable to more people.”

COCC board members generally seemed supportive of the development plans at a recent meeting.

“I think this is a good path to go down,” said board member Alan Unger.

— Reporter: 541-617-7854, jhogan@bendbulletin.com

https://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/6859155-151/cocc-william-smith-properties-plan-housing-development-near

Tuesday
22
January 2019
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New Year

Curtis Homes is proud to provide the highest quality product with the comfort of a local business in the Columbia River Gorge and Central Oregon. Our team has grown over the past year and we’re excited to spend 2019 working hard for our clients, honing our craft and continuing to build beautiful homes for families. Cheers to a new year!

Thursday
03
January 2019
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Coffee Clatter in Hood River

Wednesday
02
January 2019
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The Farm at Park Place, The Dalles

The Farm, at Park Place floor plan was designed by Muddy River Design.  It is an American traditional farmhouse with a wrap-around porch, out door eating area,  and loads of charm.  This home is being built at Park Place in The Dalles, Oregon.  The home is for sale, and the new neighborhood boasts views of both Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams.  The new neighborhood is only a couple blocks from the famous Sorosisris Park!  The Farm, will be 8minutes from garage to freeway or downtown. Learn how you could make this your new home and even choice the finishes by contacting the Curtis Homes office.  Builder Cameron Curtis will meet to share our process. 

Thursday
20
December 2018
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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from your local home building team; Curtis Homes!

Tuesday
18
December 2018

Open House – 1758 3rd St. Hood River, OR

Open House

Join us this Saturday, December 8th as we open up a newly completed home on 3rd Street in Hood River, Oregon. Come by, take a look around and meet the builder!

Saturday  |  December 8th  | 10am – 12pm
1758 3rd St. Hood River, Oregon

The Olympia Plan

A home that can grow with your family! Home Features, Two-Story Foyer, Downstairs Bedroom or Office, Gas Fireplace, The home is spacious, open dinning room, kitchen and living space with lots of windows, Easy access to the backyard from the living room/kitchen, A bonus room with large windows for natural light, two- car garage with bonus space and two entrances.

 

Thursday
06
December 2018

NEW Bend Office Open in NW Crossing

Two years ago Curtis Homes expanded to Bend Oregon, and now we have a new Bend office in Northwest Crossing!  Our Curtis Homes’ team has grown too.  Please welcome Kristy and Jessie to our crew.  Stop-by the office and take a tour. The new office is on 2705 NW Crossing Drive. 

Thursday
29
November 2018

NEW- Park Place in The Dalles, Oregon

Park Place is the newest neighborhood to The Dalles, Oregon. The home
lots sit upon a hill with views of Mount Hood, The Dalles’ city-scape and Mount Adams. The neighborhood is west of the acclaimed Sorosis Park and Columbia Gorge Community College. Homeowners will be in walking distance to trails, tennis courts, a disc-golf course, and a large community playground. It’s an eight-minute drive to the downtown area with easy access to I-84. The first phase of this new neighborhood will offer thirteen homes, and the second phase will add another twenty home lots. These pre-sold home plans have been custom designed by Muddy River Design to continue the heritage of home styles currently surrounding the Park. To become a buyer of a new home in the Park Place neighborhood, call or email our team: karen@curtishomesllc.com. 

Curtis Homes is excited to bring this neighborhood to The Dalles! Emily Curtis was raised in The Dalles and graduated from The Dalles High School.  She is excited to be returning to her roots and build beautiful homes alongside husband Cameron Curtis. 

Emily Curtis

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Wednesday
24
October 2018
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Open House in Hood River, Oregon!

It is a three homes in one tour event, Saturday October 13 in Hood River!  One of our finished home, and two of our homes in progress will be open for you to tour.  Meet our project managers and builder Cameron Curtis, see a home in progress and the finished product. These three homes are sold, BUT we have two homes (see info below) for sale on the same street.  Learn about the homes for sale and tour a house built by the Curtis Homes team!

Open House,

9am-2pm, Saturday Oct. 13

200 Sieverkropp Drive, Hood River

Tuesday
09
October 2018
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