An indoor person living in an outdoor town I moved to Bend in 2011 for the same reason that a lot of people my age move anywhere…to be with my grandchild. However, I was an unlikely candidate to take up residence in Central Oregon because, you see,...

 Community gardens yield a bounty of benefits to local neighborhoods Organic produce is all the rage in Oregon, and there’s no better way to ensure your veggies are toxin-free than to grow them yourself. But building a home garden takes work and planning. You need to...

Innovative thermostat brings efficiency and savings to home heating When it comes to home energy efficiency, most homeowners might be surprised to learn that the thermostat controls half of their home’s energy. The founders of Nest, a smart thermostat that programs itself, developed their product to...

 This Westside Bend home showcases high desert modern architecture Craftsman bungalow, Northwest lodge and traditional homes have long dominated the Central Oregon landscape. But an influx of individuals with more contemporary aesthetics in architecture is fueling a growing taste for what Mark Mastalir calls “high desert modern.” Instead of...