RootedHomes has chosen our architecture firm, Open Concept Architecture, to design their new sustainable community, Rooted in Redmond. In partnership with the Environmental Center, the community will include a large community garden that will be used as an outdoor classroom by homeowners and Redmond public school students to expand RootedHomes’ sustainability efforts in the greater community.

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Rooted in Redmond is just the first of RootedHomes’ many new communities that go beyond Bend throughout Central Oregon. The project is a 23-home community, located at 345 NW 19th Street in Redmond, and will include new construction of 2- and 3-bedroom duplexes, triplexes, and quadplexes alongside the preservation of a 4-bedroom, 100+ year old farmhouse.


“too often growth is evaluated by what is done but not how things are done. For RootedHomes, true growth came from shifting the way in which we build affordable housing to be more innovative, nimble, and community-focused.

There’s a recipe for building affordable housing, but our intention is to go beyond that and pursue creative solutions that aim to solve the affordable housing crisis. We ask, “What is broken in the affordable housing system and how can we fix it?” We don’t just answer our own questions, we ask those we serve what barriers they are facing. And by listening to the needs of those with the highest barriers to homeownership, we begin to work through systemic problems identifying adaptations of the status quo and who has been left out because of that.”

Jackie Keogh, Executive Director at rootedhomes

O’Brien Design+Build and Open Concept Architecture are focused on expanding into the vital affordable housing sector. These projects are how we can continue to uphold our responsibility to those we serve, by providing better living for all. These projects are not just housing, but integrated and holistic communities.

Each building designed is part of a broader community context, and we know that the decisions we make have ripple effects that manifest over time in different ways. This is why we design buildings and site elements to create connectivity, stimulate interaction, and provide flexible spaces for people to come together.

We are proud to be partnering with RootedHomes in this endeavor. At O’Brien Design+Build and Open Concept Architecture, we come to work together every day determined to use our expertise in architecture and construction to help shape healthier, safer, more diverse, resilient, and sustainable communities that thrive.

Learn more here: Rooted in Redmond

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We are excited to be working with Rooted Homes and 10 Over Architects to build 40 affordable homes on Bend’s west side.


“Rooted Homes’ innovative land lease program offers affordable home-ownership opportunities for locals earning 60-85% of average monthly income” (AMI).

With construction work slated to begin in fall of 2023, the new Simpson Community will include 40 single-family homes comprised of 10 two-bedroom homes and 30 three-bedroom homes. Designed to achieve net-zero energy standards, future homeowners will pay energy bills as low as around $12/month. These standards will serve as a model for sustainable home construction in the industry. The overall site development will include on-site parking, electric vehicle charging, covered bike parking, community gardens, and an open space with walking paths and natural landscaping. Previously owned by OSU-Cascades, the site features steep grade changes and an existing pumice pit that will pose a construction challenge. The development plan has been designed to minimize impact to the site and to retain the area’s natural beauty. The Simpson Community is being developed in partnership with Housing Works, who will develop the adjacent lot into 59 garden-style apartments to further expand Central Oregon’s affordable housing options.

People who learn and ask questions go far. With his communication skills and drive he clearly has a bright future ahead of him.

I have worked with Ryan for around 6 months remotely, having him in the coast office while he is living with his family in eastern Oregon. Taking on a remote, mixed-style role has really helped him embed and integrate himself into a wider array of projects and collaborate with new teammates.

Ryan is a man who chases things down, not afraid to put his bags on, jump in, and do whatever is necessary to get the job done. He embodies the core values of O’Brien through his consistency and dedication to the work. 

-Derek Salo, Project Manager, Coast Office

Q&A with Ryan

I just enjoy building, and I like getting into the details and the minutiae of projects.

It’s fulfilling to be part of something large that you can be a part of all the way through. There are times when it can be not as fun, but seeing projects through is very rewarding.

Being able to collaborate across distances, being involved in construction innovation, helping other offices and managers, and sharing knowledge.

Working with Joel Braun at Stephanie Inn, coming into a job partway through and doing whatever needs to be done to keep it on track and moving forward.

In Bend, Spork is my go-to for a carnitas sando. Mt. Bachelor and Elk Lake for snowmobiling.

Having the opportunity to work with and learn from the Coast team. It’s a big team that works on a wide array of projects.

You never know when opportunities are coming.

Be ready, learn, get challenged, and get the job done. Jump in there and do! Your drive will take you as far as you are willing to go.

Image via RootedHomes.org

We are excited to be working with Rooted Homes and 10 Over Architects to build 40 affordable homes on Bend’s west side.


“Rooted Homes’ innovative land lease program offers affordable home-ownership opportunities for locals earning 60-85% of average monthly income” (AMI).

With construction work slated to begin in fall of 2023, the new Simpson Community will include 40 single-family homes comprised of 10 two-bedroom homes and 30 three-bedroom homes. Designed to achieve net-zero energy standards, future homeowners will pay energy bills as low as around $12/month. These standards will serve as a model for sustainable home construction in the industry. The overall site development will include on-site parking, electric vehicle charging, covered bike parking, community gardens, and an open space with walking paths and natural landscaping. Previously owned by OSU-Cascades, the site features steep grade changes and an existing pumice pit that will pose a construction challenge. The development plan has been designed to minimize impact to the site and to retain the area’s natural beauty. The Simpson Community is being developed in partnership with Housing Works, who will develop the adjacent lot into 59 garden-style apartments to further expand Central Oregon’s affordable housing options.

People who learn and ask questions go far. With his communication skills and drive he clearly has a bright future ahead of him.

I have worked with Ryan for around 6 months remotely, having him in the coast office while he is living with his family in eastern Oregon. Taking on a remote, mixed-style role has really helped him embed and integrate himself into a wider array of projects and collaborate with new teammates.

Ryan is a man who chases things down, not afraid to put his bags on, jump in, and do whatever is necessary to get the job done. He embodies the core values of O’Brien through his consistency and dedication to the work. 

-Derek Salo, Project Manager, Coast Office

Q&A with Ryan

I just enjoy building, and I like getting into the details and the minutiae of projects.

It’s fulfilling to be part of something large that you can be a part of all the way through. There are times when it can be not as fun, but seeing projects through is very rewarding.

Being able to collaborate across distances, being involved in construction innovation, helping other offices and managers, and sharing knowledge.

Working with Joel Braun at Stephanie Inn, coming into a job partway through and doing whatever needs to be done to keep it on track and moving forward.

In Bend, Spork is my go-to for a carnitas sando. Mt. Bachelor and Elk Lake for snowmobiling.

Having the opportunity to work with and learn from the Coast team. It’s a big team that works on a wide array of projects.

You never know when opportunities are coming.

Be ready, learn, get challenged, and get the job done. Jump in there and do! Your drive will take you as far as you are willing to go.