From the initial conceptual stages through the final phases of construction, clients interact with team members directly — we’re available to answer your questions, make your changes and address your concerns throughout the process.
One of the things we’re particularly proud of is the degree of trust we earn with clients. On many occasions, we’ve built homes for clients who live hundreds of miles away — and even as far as England and Indonesia.
Putting Your Dreams On Paper
This is where the building process begins, with Jim Norman, the team’s “Idea Man.” We meet. We talk about your ideas. We learn why you like certain things and don’t like others — are you after a French country chateau look, or a rustic Pacific Northwest lodge style? Then, Jim walks your lot, observes the view, the surroundings, the trees and rocks, how the sun falls on the land. Often, he’ll sit in a chair on the bare ground and begin sketching there. We strive to strike a continuity, flow and balance in our designs, to incorporate your dreams, and to make your home look like it belongs on the land.
Transforming Your Dream Into Your Dream Home
Our project management team supervises every stage of construction, organizing the job, creating timelines and coordinating the process to complete it on time and on budget. Over the years, we’ve developed relationships with the area’s very best subcontractors — in fact, many of them have joined our in-house team. Whatever your situation and desires, we work hand-in-hand with you, so your dream doesn’t get lost in the transformation to reality.
Bringing new life to your existing home
Remodeling your existing home or adding an addition is also an important service that we can provide our clients. We are specialists in seamlessly adding additions to your home or working within existing walls to blend the old with the new. Whether we are updating specifice rooms or adding an addition to increase your home’s size, let our team take the potential stress out of this job and make the process fun.
We Bring It All Together For You
You won’t find many builders who offer in-house interior designers, as well as their own cabinet and woodworking shops. But at Norman Building & Design, we’re committed to this approach because it makes the building process easier and more enjoyable for you, and it helps us control quality and costs. Creating interiors that work in harmony with our structures is a key component of our hand-crafted, artisan’s approach to home building.
Creating Spaces As Unique As You
You’ll meet our interior design team early in the process. They’ll listen carefully to you, look at cherished family heirlooms that figure prominently into particular rooms and flip through magazines to discern your preferences and personal style. Then they’ll offer you choices and guidance to help develop a theme and spaces that suit your lifestyle. Clients love coming to one single place to select everything from floor coverings and wall finishes to fireplace treatments and staircase styles. Instead of being confusing, overwhelming and stressful, the interior design process becomes one of the most fun aspects of building your home.
Furniture That Fits You
The art and craft of handmade fine furniture thrives in our in-house woodworking shop. Original, one-of-a-kind tables, chairs, armoires and any other piece of furniture you can imagine is wrought from raw woods here. Our team never duplicates a design unless you request it. Each piece is shaped, assembled and finished to fit the room in which it will reside. We’re very proud of our in-house woodworking — and our ability to offer you this truly rare standard of quality.
Custom Fixtures Complete Your Vision
Because we believe in carrying our artisan-quality approach throughout clients’ homes, our in-house cabinet and finish woodshop hand crafts nearly every attached fixture, in addition to our handmade furniture. Rather than wasting time trying to find pieces that match your vision — and struggling for quality that meets our standards — we simply make it ourselves for you.
This home reflects our client’s desire for a contemporary take on the craftsman style. Note the arched entry that continues into the home’s foyer and reflected in the arched beams over the great room. Note that the fireplace is ‘floating’ in the space with the home’s powder room tucked behind the fireplace flanked by display cabinets.
A truly unique home that incorporates a beautiful floating staircase with the lower level forming a glass faced wine cellar. The fireplace soars up through the home’s two story great room while the media room’s balcony looks out over the space and toward the Cascade range.
Our client’s passion for wine led to a glass faced wine cellar just off the home’s dining room yet shared visually throughout the great room. The home’s kitchen reflects the use of sapele cabinets and a unique table extension of the kitchen island crafted in walnut.
A true lodge in every sense, this large three story home nestles into the hillside and affords views out toward Mt Jefferson and the cows grazing in the field. Our client’s dream was to create a home that reflects the national lodges they have visited throughout their lives. Together that is just what we did!
This home’s location at the base of Smith Rock Park required a design that employed very steeply pitched roofs to ‘invite’ the views inside. Our clients wanted a home that was both rustic and yet contemporary is style using materials that allowed for comfortable living both inside and out.
The site for this home had many challenges but with those challenges came to opportunity to create a residence with truly spectacular views of the entire Cascade Range. The bridge entry to the home was one the design solutions to insure we maintained a beautiful natural rock outcropping as well as the large ‘ghost’ tree that has watched over the site for hundreds of years. Enjoy your visit!
Another single story home just under 3,000 sf but with a unique look with accents of standing seam metal, heavy shingles as well as a contrast in colors used. The home’s media room has a dual use with the addition of a sleeper sofa and its ideal location just off the outdoor covered patio. The kitchen repeats the red tones from the exterior in the staining used for the kitchen island and the stemware area cabinet.
This Tuscan styled home reflects both the client’s desires and working within the design aesthetic of the community. It sits along the Crooked River and opposite Smith Rock State Park with spectacular views no matter where you look. The home’s courtyard hides a 75′ lap pool which adds to the drama when entering the home.
This two story, 3,900 sf home has everything yet was designed to fit a relatively small home site in a resort community. It has a master plus 3 suites, a media room upstairs with its own covered deck as well as an exercise room off the master that opens directly onto the courtyard. This home features mahogany doors, cabinets and a front entry that is surrounded by custom designed art glass. Enjoy your visit!
With a team of more than 20 gifted artisans and craftsmen, our combined experience at Norman Building & Design spans centuries. Unlike most builders who out source the majority of products and services associated with “custom” home building, our in-house team provides every service to our clients, from house plans and interior design to fine cabinet and furniture making. Not only does this make the building process more convenient and enjoyable for our clients, but it also enables us to apply the highest standards of quality and service — our own.
– Frank Gehry
We strive to be the opposite of “cookie cutter” home building. Most modern homes today are built using the cheapest pre-manufactured materials, standard floor plans, factory-made style and assembly-line construction. They’re thrown together with more attention paid to keeping the general contractor happy than satisfying the homeowner’s needs and wishes.
That’s why Norman Building & Design’s in-house team of home designers, builders, structural engineers, woodworkers and interior designers collaborate closely with clients from the initial creative concept through the brilliantly executed reality. No corners are cut. Every budget item is carefully tracked. And the final product, inside and out, is a unified whole, built to withstand the test of time. We build homes we can be proud of — and we stand behind them.
Jim Norman founded Norman Building & Design in 1977. With his brother Ron, the company is a family business both literally and figuratively. Over the years, we’ve assembled a hand-picked team of master craftsmen, artisans and engineers. Every individual member of this team brings years of formal training and, perhaps even more importantly, hands-on experience in his or her field of expertise. And by growing laterally, we’ve positioned ourselves to control quality and costs.
But in the highly competitive home building business, long-term success depends upon exceeding client’s expectations. Whether the project was a comfortable, functional family home or a “sky’s the limit” showcase dream house, we consider the pages of references we’ve received from gratified clients our greatest legacy.
“Norman Building & Design built our vacation home in Sunriver. Nine years later, we had a roofing problem due to a product failure, and Norman helped us take care of the problem and work with the manufacturer whose product had failed. Because of this level of service, we went straight back to Norman Building & Design when we wanted to build our retirement dream home in Broken Top.” — Paul & Joan Craig; Bend, Oregon
“We have so enjoyed working with your friendly, efficient staff and will highly recommend you to anyone. Thanks again and we appreciate everything you have done.” — Ward & Cherie Buckingham; Coos Bay, Oregon
“We are writing to thank you for the design and construction of our beautiful new home in Broken Top and especially for the skillful way in which you guided us through the process. You encouraged us to find a vision that helped us to make the choices that make this house uniquely ours. We hadn’t intended to build, as we live so far away in England. The most important thing to us was the integrity of the staff at Norman Building & Design and the high ethical standards and evident good management.” — Michael & Anabel Curry; Chalfont St. Giles, Bucks, United Kingdom
“Our association with Norman Building & Design began after our purchase of a beautiful river/mountain view lot in Sunriver, Oregon. This association turned out to be one of the most rewarding experiences we have ever had. After the first meeting with Jim Norman, we knew we had retained an extremely knowledgeable, experienced builder that listened and acted on our hopes and desires for our ‘dream home.’ He discovered the best orientation for our home with a maximum view of Mt. Bachelor and the Deschutes River. We highly recommend, without reservation, Norman Building & Design to folks who want quality, dependability, creativity, outstanding service and attention to detail.” — James & Lynn Holmes; Crescent, California
“I appreciate your attention to detail, and working with me to get the plans to the point where they worked for me. It came out just the way I envisioned it. I also appreciate the ease with which we could work together long distance, since I was out of town for much of this project.” — Mary Thorsted; Lake Oswego, Oregon
“Your attention to all our needs and desires went beyond what was expected or called for. The quality and timeliness — in our minds — borders on perfection. Your team of people are without a doubt the best we could have hoped for — besides doing a wonderful job, you are all just plain nice people!” — Chuck & Lani Sanders; Bend, Oregon
“Jim Norman designed and incorporated our dreams into reality.” — Gene & Sally Cotter; Bend, Oregon
“We are happy to recommend Norman Building & Design to others who may be planning to build in the Bend area. We are so pleased with our home in Sunriver. Norman Building & Design was very professional and easy to work with. If we were to ever build again in this area, we would start with a call to Jim Norman.” — Glen & Betty Rossiter; Sunriver, Oregon
“Just a note to express our appreciation for the great house you built for us in Sunriver. From the beginning of the planning phase and design through construction you took the time to work with us to make sure everything was as we desired. Living in Portland could have made all this very difficult but it was handled with ease and professionalism. To say we are happy with our house would be an understatement. It turned out to be exactly what we had in mind. Working with you and your team was a real pleasure.” — Rudy & Inga Arnold; Sunriver, Oregon
“Every time we visit our Sunriver home we are reminded that we should let you know how very much we have enjoyed it. The proof of any product is whether it holds up well after much use and evaluation. Our house has hosted many different families in around 180 days of rental per year. People who return year after year continue to comment that the house remains comfortable and new looking — one they would recommend to their friends.” — Roy & Carol Cooper; Hubbard, Oregon
“We are extremely pleased at your willingness to please and the fast response to any request that we have had. You have employees that are a real asset to your organization; they seem to really WANT to please! The best thing of all is: we’re still friends after the house is finished!” — Gary & Marlene Damian; Lake Oswego, Oregon
“Our home was completed on time exactly as we had wanted it. We are especially impressed with the interior finishing of walls, woodwork, wood floors and kitchen cabinets. We very much appreciate the work that Jim Norman did in supervising the construction of the house. He was easy to work with and promptly dealt with any concerns that we had. The result is a very individualistic, beautiful and functional home. We are indebted to Jim Norman for his innovative design which made the whole project worth the effort.” — John & Ruth Morrissey; Bend, Oregon
“I woke up in the middle of the night — couldn’t go back to sleep and decided to look at our plan. I really love it! I know it will look as good completed as I envision it will. You are a talented man who, in a short amount of time, grasped that we wanted to come up with a special concept that makes our house even more unique. I feel fortunate we decided to come in and meet with you.” — Dr. Michael & Ann Rosenfield; Prosser, Washington
“A huge THANK YOU to all the wonderful people at Norman Building & Design. What a great team!” — Robert E. Pfaendler; Portland, Oregon
Jim Norman: Founder, president and lead home designer, Jim is the “idea man” and the first person clients usually meet. “I enjoy talking to clients about what they want and why it is they like something. Then I try to give the home continuity and balance, so it’s not just a hodgepodge of ideas.” Whenever possible, he likes to be involved from the very beginning — selecting the perfect plot of land. He finds inspiration in walking the piece of land, visiting the bare lot at various times of day, observing the sun and how the home can be designed to feel like it belongs there. From his conceptual drawings, other team members create the actual working plans.
Greg and his family are clients first, having built 4 Norman homes during the past 26 years, the first while living in Connecticut. They currently live in their dream home designed and built by the Norman team. He has a first hand perspective on the process and the exceptional results. He invites you to visit the office and design center as well as tour a few Norman homes. “I’m certain you will find it time well spent”.
Ron Norman, Kelly O’Grady, Court Hyer and Troy Brown: Our five project managers are master go-betweens. They coordinate everything, keeping workers from tripping over each other while simultaneously avoiding lag time and accommodating client requests. You’ll see these guys on the job site every day. “Clients get excited about seeing their home take shape, and that makes it fun for us,” says Ron.
Kerri Rossi & Elle Sharp: Anyone who’s ever been through the process of building a new home will fall in love with our in-house interior designers. Working closely with clients from the beginning, the interior team gets to know clients and their tastes and needs, then they offer choices and help develop a theme. Floor coverings, water features, counters, stairs, furniture, window coverings, wall finishes, plumbing and lighting fixtures — instead of running all over town to look at swatches and make decisions, clients can relax and enjoy the process of creating an interior space to suit their personality and lifestyle. “I’ve never worked anywhere with so much laughter. We love what we’re doing, and clients see that when they work with us,” says Kerri.
Darrin Hollyman: The members of the drafting team take Jim’s conceptual drawings and turn them into 3-D renderings, then into working blueprints. “People love being able to look at very realistic computer-generated drawings of their home, ‘fly’ over it and view it from every angle. It makes the concept really come to life for them,” says Darrin.
John O’Donoghue: Heads up our cabinet design team creates three-dimensional computer renderings of every kitchen, bathroom, entertainment center and wet bar we build. This enables clients to preview styles, woods, counter finishes and tweak the placement of every cabinet and appliance. “Because our clients will spend so much time in these important rooms, we want to make sure the cabinetwork turns out exactly as they envision it.”
Fine Woodworking Group
Our Fine Woodworking Shop is the very definition of hand-crafted artisan quality. Producing one-of-a-kind stair cases, mantle pieces, interior and entry doors, tables, chairs, armoires and more in-house means that clients get exactly what they want. You name it, and we can build it. All of our work is one-of-a-kind, we don’t duplicate anything unless a client specifically requests it.
Another key component of our truly handmade approach is our in-house cabinetmaking shop. These gifted cabinetmakers bring the Cabinet Design team’s renderings to life. Whether it’s a a hand-hewn native juniper entertainment center you’ve dreamed up, or sleek, modern European-style kitchen cabinetwork, these guys can build it all.
Driving Directions from the Bend Parkway