WHAT WE DO

Building Homes WE Can Be Proud Of

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.

Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness

– Frank Gehry

PHILOSOPHY

Breaking the Mold

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.

HISTORY

Centuries of Experience, Scores of Proud Homeowners

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.

KUDOS

Listen to What Our Homeowners Say

“Julie & I wanted to say thanks for helping us realize a dream!…. After being here and living in this house all we can say is WOW! Your company takes customer service to a new level & everyone we dealt with before & during the construction process was very helpful & professional.”

“The consistently high level of skill and workmanship shown by each individual involved in fulfilling our dream is remarkable, and it just adds to the experience that they are also such a pleasure to work with. We couldn’t be happier with the process or the product…thank you one and all for making this such a special time in our lives and giving us a home to enjoy for a lifetime.”
“John & I have been meaning to thank you so much for designing our home! We absolutely love it! Every day we notice a special ‘Jim Norman’ touch that exemplifies how extraordinary your gift for design is.
….We are and will be forever grateful to your for giving us our dream home. We owe you and the entire staff at Norman Building & Dsign a HUGE HEARTFELT, THANK YOU!”
“Words cannot describe how thankful we are for selecting NBD to build our dream home. …. The finished product is amazing. You were able to capture all the random thoughts floating around in our heads to make a home that we are truly proud to have built. The craftsmanship and attention to detail is stunning. We hope that you are as proud of the result as we are. We love our new home.”
“It is the end of the first week in our new house, and we’re feeling compelled to thank you and your team for your hard work.  7 nights and counting… and WE LOVE OUR HOUSE!”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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!”

“Jim Norman designed and incorporated our dreams into reality.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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!”

“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.”

“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.”

“A huge THANK YOU to all the wonderful people at Norman Building & Design. What a great team!”