Foundation for a large custom built home by Jess Alway.
Foundation for a large custom built home by Jess Alway.

With thirty-five plus years in the building game, it’s fair to say I’ve encountered just about every building scenario there is. And many people believe (sometimes rightly) that custom built homes are difficult beasts. But custom built homes don’t have to stretch you beyond your emotional breaking point — they can be — FUN.

I love working with folks on their dream homes. Nothing can represent a person, or a couple, or a family, like their home. There certainly isn’t any reason why a house has to boiler plate at all. Every family has a personality that can be reflected by a talented architect and builder in a custom home.

This home pictured above, is a large custom I’m currently working on in Salem, Oregon. The couple worked with a talented local architect that they’ve known for years. Together, we orient the plans to the lot, making sure that the home will have the best of views and land shape.

Framing a custom home
Framing a custom home

Next comes framing, of course.

I don’t much like OSB. Here you can see honest plywood framing up this 6,000+ square foot home.

Framing, Roofing
Framing, Roofing

 

Exterior Lath
Exterior Lath

Next, you can see us getting ready to do the exterior stone and stucco applications. We added boulders under the garage columns for a beefy look.

Custom exterior stone and stucco
Custom exterior stone and stucco

And finally here we are after stone, brick and stucco, putting on the roof.

We haven’t even talked about the interior (obviously) — but you can start to appreciate the detailed conversations we’ve already had about this exterior!

Custom built homes are one-of-a-kind, pieces of artwork.

I’d love to talk to you more if you are interested in a custom built home — give us a call. I’ve got projects going in Bend and Salem, Oregon. both.

Jess Alway