Custom Built Copper Dormer atop Home by Jess Alway Construction
Custom Built Copper Dormer atop Home by Jess Alway Construction

Right now I have the envious blessing of building a beautiful custom estate home in Salem, Oregon for a client with impeccable taste. He and his wife have traveled the world over and are giving free reign to innumerable custom touches. This hand-made copper dormer is just one example of how something as ordinary as a dormer can be turned into artwork, using rudimentary building materials. Copper is ageless, classic, and artistic, all in one.

This copper dormer will not be sealed with any material or chemical. Thus, it will gather a lovely green-hued patina over time — just as any of the classic structures in the Old Country.

Custom home in Salem, Oregon by Jess Alway Construction.
Custom home in Salem, Oregon by Jess Alway Construction.

In this next photo, you can see the progress of the stone work — all hand-layed, real stone. It takes a lot of man-hours, hard work, and an artistic eye for geometry to fit a good-looking stone exterior to a home. Grout lines should be consistent and even, and the size and shape of each stone must be taken into account to make sure the home looks balanced and sturdy. Credits to Kelly Ceniga again, for his amazing work.

The smooth parts of the exterior are stucco– such a great material to work with. Unlike wood, you don’t have to keep painting stucco over the years. The color is set inside the finish. That makes for an easy upkeep and a clean, refined look.

Despite the hundreds and thousands of look-alike suburban houses out there — don’t buy into that at all! Every home can be unique. Every exterior jeweled up and fresh. Whether custom-built or remodeled, every home can shine. If you need ideas and are building in the Northwest, give me a call. I’d love to hear about your next project.

Jess Alway