21 Dec Protecting Native Vegetation
This week we broke ground on a new home in Tetherow (Bend, Oregon), but long before the excavators arrived, we had identified zones of native vegetation to protect. In fact, we were considering these zones during the early phases of the design process. As green builders, it’s just part of what we do.
Preserving the existing trees, native grasses, and shrubs is both an aesthetic and functional decision. For example, planning around the large Ponderosa trees on Lot 23 is an obvious aesthetic decision, but it will also help keep the home cooler in the summer months. The existing native plants help control water as well as transitioning the landscaped areas into the wild spaces that make the Glen Neighborhood so stunning.
It’s an easy thing to do and has a big pay-off. Even the casual observer can see the space we’ve roped-off around the trees. Roping-off the drip line of the trees is a simple way for us to prevent soil compaction from people walking or driving over the roots of the tree and helps keep the trees healthy throughout the construction process.
Lot 23 is an approximately 3200sf spec home designed by Christian Gladu Design. The home design capitalizes on the beauty of the surrounding neighborhood with ample outdoor living space that maximizes mountain views to the west and shaded spaces to the east.
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