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Tour of Homes 2017 in Bend, Oregon

Both our homes are in Northwest Crossing, on Fields Street and Discovery Park.

 

Wednesday
28
June 2017

Curtis Homes on COBA Home Tour!

Curtis Homes is excited to announce the completion of a home in NorthWest Crossing in Bend, Oregon.  Curtis Homes will have two homes on the popular Bend Home tour, the tour is put on by the Central Oregon Builder Association or COBA.  

Home in Northwest Crossing, Bend Oregon

 

 

 

Tuesday
27
June 2017
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Hood River Home Finished!

This modern-prairie style home was  a fun project for us (Emily and Cameron), because we chose the finishes for the large three-story home.  The vision for the house was to create a sleek, modern space and to highlight the beautiful symmetry in the home!  The 2,500+ sq ft house has four bedrooms, three and half baths and open main-level living.  The home is warm, thank you warm-toned wood floors, and the full of natural light, thank you Ply Gem upper windows.

Scrolling through the Curtis Homes’ Instagram for this home’s under construction photos.  Tour the finished home photos below or on our Houzz page (Click here)

 

Monday
08
May 2017

EPS Certified Home!

In effort to continue our commitment to building homes that will last and be a legacy for families to live in; we are now an Energy Trust of Oregon certified builder. 

This is a home in the Mt. View neighborhood on the Heights of Hood River, Oregon. This is the first EPS Certified home in Hood River. We are using a blow in BIBS system to increase the R-Value in the walls and create a better air seal and tighter home. We also used advance framing techniques to reduce air leakage and increase efficiency. We will share more in the future about the mechanical unit and water heater that will set this home apart in the community. At Curtis Homes we strive be participating in building homes that will be sustainable and energy efficient. 

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Tuesday
21
March 2017
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Curtis Homes is Growing!


Cameron and Emily Curtis are happy to announce that Curtis Homes is expanding to Bend, Oregon​! Our home-base and office will remain in Hood River, Oregon​ where we are currently busy building in the Mountain Vistas community along with developments of our own Goose Way Townhouses Subdivision and Rocky Road Subdivision. In preparation for our expansion into Central Oregon, we are pleased to announce that Jeremy Fields has been added to the Curtis Homes team as our Project Manager. Jeremy has been working closely with our Hood River team ​and is excited to get started on our first project in Central Oregon which will be the construction of two homes in the NorthWest Crossing Neighborhood in west Bend. These two ​beautiful ​homes, designed by Muddy River, will be on the Central Oregon Builders Association (COBA) tour in late July​ 2017​.

Our whole team is excited to grow into a new community, while continuing to invest into the Hood River community​ we love! 

Thursday
02
March 2017
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Home Tips for when it is sub-freezing!

Sub Freezing Levels

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With the sub freezing temperatures all your mechanical devices get put to the test. It is very important to make sure snow and ice don’t form around your condensate drains. Your furnace and your water heater both have a vent and condensate drain. If snow piles up in front of this or if your condensation freezes then it will prevent these units from working properly. Your home builder warranty does not cover adverses weather conditions and it is important to make sure these vents and drains are clear and do not freeze.

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Monday
16
January 2017

Protect Your Home this Winter!

Dear Homeowners,

These are recommendations, to consider with the amount of snow the Columbia Gorge has had, and with the warm weather we are excepting, along with the rain it is very important that homeowners consider how this weather could potential affect their home.

1. Remove snow from your roof. Even if you have a steep roof this is a lot more snow then our area expects and it is a good idea to get this weight off the roof.
Remove snow from around your home!

Remove snow from around your home!

2. If you have ever seen puddling or pooling of water in your landscaping before it is a good idea to consider removing the snow from low lying areas in your yard and around your house. With the warm weather coming this snow will melt fast and could cause potential flooding in your crawl space. I would recommend removing snow from your low lying areas.
3. Ice damming is a real concern. When building your home we go above and beyond and place whats called Ice and water shield under your roofing for the first 6′. when your gutters get clogged with ice the ice/water can damm up and back up under the roofing. It is a good idea to keep the snow and ice cleared from your gutters. There are several techniques but here is a good link: https://www.thisoldhouse.com/how-to/how-to-get-rid-ice-dams
4. With the sub freezing temperatures all your mechanical devices get put to the test. It is very important to make sure snow and ice don’t form around your condensate drains. Your furnace and your water heater both have a vent and condensate drain. If snow piles up in front of this or if your condensation freezes then it will prevent these units from working properly. Your home builder warranty does not cover adverses weather conditions and it is important to make sure these vents and drains are clear and do not freeze. 
5. I know several people last week had issues with there furnace and water heater due to the gas pressure. If you were not aware when the temperatures get below 10 degrees the gas company can have trouble with gas pressure. Your furnace and water heater demand so much pressure and will not work properly with out it. This is out of our control and you will need to direct questions about gas pressure to NW Natural.
6. Frozen Pipes. This should not be to much of an issue as all our new house are built with PEX or Wirsbo piping. This piping can expand and contract without cracking. It is a good idea to make sure your vents to the foundation are closed (open them again in the spring to maintain good air flow). New code does not allow us to even put the flappers on the vents anymore. It is very important to have good air flow through your crawl space but when it is sub freezing temperatures I would recommend closing off your vents or using foundation vent insulation blocks. Lastly if you have a sink in your garage I would recommend heat tape or some kind of heating device as you garages will get well below freezing when the temperature outside is 3 degrees.

Curtis Homes wants to see your home meet its full potential and taking these few steps can really help in these severe weather. If you need help at all with any of these items please don’t hesitate to call our office. Our crew is available for snow removal and or assistance with any of these items if you would like help please feel free to email or call me to schedule.

Monday
16
January 2017

Happy Thanksgiving from Hood River, Oregon

It is fall time in Hood River, the leaves are swirling about each Hood River-ite as we walk down our small town sidewalks.  Fall time is full of changing weather, harvested fruit, cold noses and warm hot coco.  Thanksgiving may be our family’s favorite holiday!  The holiday sneaks in before the bustle of Christmas and is full of family, color, and fall food.  img_2508

The Curtis Family would like to say thank you to our community, neighbors and friends.  We’re grateful for the families who choose to build with Curtis Homes, grateful for the opportunity to craft beautiful houses for fantastic families, and grateful to give people a place in this spectacular Columbia River Gorge to call their own.  However you spend this fall season, take time to be thankful.

Warmly,

Cameron & Emily Curtis

Monday
21
November 2016

1K likes on Houzz!

Houzz.com is a fantastic tool for homeowners and the building community; offering home inspiration, ideas and information to homeowners dreaming of future project.  Houzz is the largest online database of  home photos, with buildinHouzz_CurtisHomesg professionals adding their project photos to Houzz.

Curtis Homes, a local Hood River Builder, has a profile on Houzz and photos of our homes showcased on Houzz.  Houzz Users have saved a Curtis Homes’ photo to their ideabooks
over 1,000 times! It is exciting to offer project inspiration to so many- thank you Houzz!

Sign-up for a Houzz account it is free & start saving home inspiration!

 

Tuesday
08
November 2016
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Little Free Library in Hood River, OR

Little_Free_LibraryThad, Curtis Homes Project Manager, has been busy in the shop building a Little Free Library to put on Goose Way (off of May Street) in Hood River.  There are many of these stand alone libraries in Hood River built by local High School students.  These libraries promote reading, sharing and add character to our local neighborhoods.  The idea is you take a book from the little library and replace it with a book of your own.  Look for more pictures of the finished library on our Instagram or Facebook pages.

Tuesday
25
October 2016
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