First Story Unveils First Place Community in Bend

First Place Community in Bend with Tim Knopp
Oregon State Senator, Tim Knopp was in attendance at the First Place dedication.

First of 13 homes in collaborative affordable housing effort to be dedicated in December.

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In response to Bend’s affordable housing shortage, numerous partners, including First Story, Hayden Homes, Building Partners for Affordable Housing (BPFAH) and the City of Bend, have partnered to create First Place in Southeast Bend, a community aimed at providing homeownership opportunities for local workforce families.

Since 1998, First Story, a public non-profit founded by Hayden Homes, has built 65 homes across the Northwest for deserving families. First Place is the nonprofit’s first community effort, which will include 13 homes constructed over the next five years. The homes, located on Geary Drive off Parrell Road, will be sold to qualified applicants through First Story’s Home Buyer Program, which issues no-interest 30-year loans that require no down payment.

The land development in First Place was made possible through a partnership with BPFAH and the City of Bend’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, which works to address the needs of low and moderate income earners in Bend.

“First Place is a step in the right direction to addressing Bend’s critical affordable housing challenges,” said Jim Long, the City of Bend’s affordable housing manager. “The effort is also a testament to the giving spirit of our community and the positive results that come when we work together on creative solutions.”

A dedication of the first home at First Place will be held on Thursday, December 1, and will be attended by new homeowners Kristine and Greg Andrews, and their two young sons — one of whom requires a wheelchair.

“Kristine and Greg have worked tirelessly to save enough money to own a home that can accommodate their son’s wheelchair and other equipment that helps him get around,” said Claire Duncan, executive director of First Story. “This home is being built to give their son a positive, safe and stable environment, and will serve as a springboard for the young family to thrive and grow.”

About First Story

First Story is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Hayden Homes. First Story has served over 10,000 families through new home construction, homeownership opportunities and community giving. Since its founding in 1998, First Story has built 65 homes and donated over $800,000 to other non-profits helping to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. Its mission is to promote giving and inspire communities through the creation of home ownership opportunities and financial support. For more information visit:

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Berkeley Hills by Hayden Homes Receives 2016 Best of Medford Award

Berkeley Hills by Hayden Homes Receives 2016 Best of Medford Award
Medford Award Program Honors the Achievement

MEDFORD December 9, 2016 — Berkeley Hills by Hayden Homes has been selected for the 2016 Best of Medford Award in the Home Builder category by the Medford Award Program.

Each year, the Chamber of Commerce and other affiliated community and small business supporting organizations identify companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Medford area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Medford Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Medford Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Medford Award Program

The Medford Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Medford area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Medford Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Medford Award Program CONTACT: Medford Award Program – City of Medford, Oregon Email: URL:


Harvest Bluff is a Sleeping Giant for Home Construction

December 15, 2016 | Vol. 120 – No. 35
Article by Cheney Free Press

The Harvest Bluff housing development along Betz Road in Cheney has taken on a certain look of hibernation under a blanket of snow.

Harvest Bluff in Cheney, Washington
Photo Credit: Paul Delaney.
Cheney’s Harvest Bluff housing development has been extremely popular and just recently announced construction of Phase 3.

If the Hayden Homes’ project had been a bear this last year it would need and deserve the downtime.

Kathy Janus, regional director of the Inland Northwest for Hayden Homes, confirmed that the only current development of new home construction inside the city limits has been a real estate dynamo.

“If I look at data January (2016) through October, there were 173 closings in Cheney,” Janus said. Of that number only 36 were for new homes, and 31 were Hayden projects.

Those closing numbers, however, are from the area that includes the city, and other portions of the 99004 zip code. “If you look at Cheney proper, the city itself, we had 100 percent of the new homes building there,” Janus said.

The median pricing for homes in Cheney is $200,000 with a Harvest Bluff property listing at $254,000.

There are seven home designs to choose from and base prices in the community range from $199,990 for a 1,408 square-foot, single story, to $274,990 for a 3,195 square-foot two story on what plans ultimately call for 136 homes on 32 acres bordered by Murphy Road to the east.

Harvest Bluff has filled a niche in Cheney and the proof is in how fast the project has moved along since the development first gained approval in 2008. Phases 1 and 2 each consisted of 24 homes. The closings in 2016 are from both phases of construction.

“There isn’t a lot of new home building, new construction, “Janus said.

Phase 3 has just been put up for sale, Janus said. Permit applications have been submitted for the first three of a planned 37 homes. One additional phase is anticipated to contain 51 homes, Janus said, adding Harvest Bluff will include a park and walking trail.

“We’ll get going on those as soon as possible, again, weather permitting,” she said. Build time with winter weather is about six months she added with closing likely in June 2017. When finished, Harvest Bluff will have five phases.

Harvest Bluff was originally a project of Copper Basin Development, a company active in the area of single-family home building in the past decade. They got out of that part of the market to concentrate on their specialty, multi-family.

Hayden purchased that portion of Copper Basin’s business, Janus said.

“Cheney is an exciting town for Hayden Homes,” Janus said. “It lends itself exactly with what we do.”

Hayden builds in secondary, underserved markets that have a need for new home building, Janus said. “You won’t find Hayden Homes is downtown Portland, in a Portland metro or Seattle metro,” she added.

Hayden has been in business 27 years and is the largest builder in the Pacific Northwest, even though they only build in secondary markets. The Spokane area is Hayden’s largest market in terms of the size of the metropolitan area served.

“We look for markets that can really use a builder that cares about their buyers and is able to bring a great value to them,” Janus said. Hayden buys home sites that are finished lots and ready to build.

Besides Cheney, Hayden has additional area developments in Eagle Ridge, River Run near Spokane Falls Community College, Taylor Cottages off of Park Road, properties in the far East Valley/Liberty Lake area as well as Northern Idaho.

“Our Eastern Washington division extends quite a ways, as far west as Moses Lake and as far south as Pullman,” Janus said.

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Hayden Homes Employees Build Wheelchairs for Vets in Need

December 6, 2016

Hayden Homes Employees Build Wheelchairs for Vets in Need
50 wheelchairs donated to deserving veterans in Northwest

(Redmond, Ore.)—In what was part team-building exercise and part philanthropy project, employees of Redmond, Ore.-based Hayden Homes worked together on Veterans Day this past November to build 50 wheelchairs for Northwest veterans facing mobility challenges.

Approximately 270 Hayden Homes employees from across the Northwest gathered for the company’s annual meeting on Nov. 11 to participate in the Build-a-Wheelchair® event, a team-building social responsibility program born out of a desire to help American veterans with mobility challenges. Small groups of Hayden Homes team members worked together to assemble, test and decorate the new wheelchairs before engaging in an obstacle course maneuverability challenge.

“It’s not by chance that Hayden Homes team members are a generous group of individuals,” said Steve Klingman, president of Hayden Homes. “We’re committed to hiring people who believe that a fulfilling life starts with the spirit of generosity. When we unveiled the wheelchair-building challenge, our team members enthusiastically rolled up their sleeves to help make life a little easier for deserving veterans who may be struggling back home.”

After completion, the 50 wheelchairs were distributed to five Northwest regions in which Hayden Homes does business, including the Willamette Valley, Central Oregon, the Tri-Cities/Walla Walla area in Washington, the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas in Washington and North Idaho, and the Treasure Valley in southwestern Idaho.

Hayden Homes then partnered with local veterans outreach and advocacy groups in each region to identify 10 veterans in need.

According to Disabled American Veterans, the number of veterans with service-related injuries and illnesses has skyrocketed to more than 3.6 million men and women today, up from 2 million just 12 years ago. By the year 2020, the number is expected to grow to 4 million.

“The wheelchairs being donated could not have come at a better time,” said Paul Neville, director of public relations for St. Vincent de Paul in Lane County, Ore. “We have several veterans who are suffering from serious medical conditions and struggle to make it here to us without assistance. Wheelchairs are needed, but we often cannot afford to provide this necessity. The gift of these wheelchairs will provide an opportunity for a better life for many deserving veterans.”

Build-a-Wheelchair® is an original program from Best Corporate Events, the country’s largest corporate team-building company.


About Hayden Homes
Hayden Homes, the largest privately held homebuilder in the Northwest, has been building high-quality value-driven homes throughout the Northwest for nearly 30 years. The organization supports local communities by employing local contractors and vendors and contributing annually to philanthropic efforts in the communities in which they build. Since 1989, Hayden Homes contributed more than $9 million to charitable donations with the flagship of their giving through the 501C3 Non-Profit, First Story ( The Hayden Homes brand family of companies – Simplicity by Hayden Homes (, Wise Size Homes ( and Hayden Homes ( – have built in over 200 communities and in over 50 cities and towns throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

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Hayden Homes Helps Fund New Redmond Artwork

Hayden Homes Helps Fund Redmond Art Project
Andy Tullis / The Bulletin file photo

New artwork funded in Redmond
Evergreen building will get new window piece
By Kyle Spurr, The Bulletin,  @kylejspurr
Published Oct 23, 2016 at 12:03AM

After a successful fundraiser and large donation, Redmond’s public art committee is planning new projects in the city.

Earlier this summer, the committee collected about $6,700 from an art fundraiser that featured 20 painted sculptures of rockchucks, the yellow-bellied marmots found in Central Oregon.

In addition, Redmond-based developer Hayden Homes recently donated about $6,600.

Redmond Committee for Arts in Public Places Chairwoman Linda Gilmore Hill said the fundraising money will help add pieces to the city’s outdoor gallery. The Hayden Homes donation will fund an art glass piece on a window inside the Evergreen building, a historic school building being renovated to serve as city hall.

“Our plan is to put some kind of art glass over the face of the window so there would be a piece of art inside the building,” Hill said.

The public art committee has also targeted other areas at the new city hall. With existing funds, the committee hired local artist Kim Chavez to create a bronze sculpture depicting the three mascots at the historic school. The sculpture of a panther, eagle and wolf is expected to be done by early next year, when the new city hall is slated to open.

For the art glass piece inside the historic building, Hill said, a request for proposals will go out within the next week. The committee plans to work with the Oregon Arts Commission to attract artists from around the state who may be interested in the project.

Jason Neff, Redmond’s deputy director of central services, who is managing the city hall renovation project, said the glass artwork will be an interesting component to the renovated building.

“We thought it would be neat to look at an art project there,” Neff said. “It’s an interior window where there is some opportunity.”

The more than $13,000 from the fundraiser and donation is a huge boost to the art committee that operates on $15,000 allocated in the city budget each year.

“We don’t really get many large donations at all,” Hill said. “The fundraiser started out as a public awareness of art.”

With 10 new pieces added to the outdoor Art Around the Clock Program in July and the recent donations, Hill said, the public art committee continues to grow.

“It’s great for the economic development for the community,” she said. “We are really proud of our program.”

Geoff Harris, regional director at Hayden Homes, said the local private homebuilder enjoys positively impacting groups such as the public art committee. The company often donates to local programs.

“We love to have the chance to participate and help the community however we can,” Harris said.

Hayden Homes Announces Leadership Change


Hayden Homes, a Redmond-based home builder, has announced three executive leadership changes in a strategic effort to prepare the company for unprecedented growth.

Company namesake and former CEO Hayden Watson has been promoted to Chairman of the Board.

“A University of the Pacific-Stockton and Harvard Business School President Management Program alumnus, Watson ascended to his position as CEO in 1999 when his father – and company founder – Robert Watson retired,” the news release states.

The 15-year company president and fellow Harvard Business School President Management Program alumnus Dennis Murphy will assume the role as CEO, overseeing all organizational development for the Hayden Homes brands, as well as Land Development and Acquisition for the homebuilder.

Hayden Homes Managing Director Steve Klingman has been named president after a distinguished 15-year career.

“During his tenure, which also included completion of the Harvard Business School General Managers Program, Klingman has overseen the supply chain, estimating, architectural design, construction, customer service, IT, and sales functions of the business,” according to the news release.

Hayden Homes was established in 1989. The brand family is comprised of three entities: Hayden Homes, a value-driven residential home builder, Simplicity Homes, an on-your-land homebuilder and WiseSize Homes, a kit home provider. With the support of these companies, Hayden Homes is poised to triple their business in the next several years, the release states.

Copper Basin sells residential homesites to Hayden Homes


Acquisition Secures Hayden Homes as Largest Private Homebuilder in Pacific NW; Copper Basin continues to operate its land development and multi-family business


Redmond, OR & Hayden, ID— Copper Basin Construction and Hayden Homes LLC announced today that they have closed on a purchase agreement for Hayden Homes to acquire approximately 1,200 residential lots in the inland northwest including Spokane, North Idaho, and Pullman. Hayden Homes will acquire the lots in a phased approach over the next several years; Copper Basin will be phasing out of the residential home-building business as a result of this acquisition.


Copper Basin owners Greg Gervais and Steve White, along with their employees, will continue to operate the Copper Basin land development division and multi-family business out of their office in Hayden, Idaho.


“We enjoyed working in the residential home-building side of the business for many years, but now we are excited to support Hayden Homes by offering consumers a wide array of desirable residential lots and quality homes,” said Steve White, Chief Executive Officer of Copper Basin Construction. “We share many of the same core values, and Hayden Homes has consistently demonstrated a commitment to deliver customers both high-quality homes and a great home-buying experience.”


According to Dennis Murphy, Chief Executive Officer of Hayden Homes, “The addition of Copper Basin’s residential homebuilding business allows us to continue to deliver on our mission of providing the highest quality home at an un-paralleled value. The addition of Copper Basin’s lots solidifies our ongoing commitment to the Inland Northwest region for years to come.”


Hayden Homes has built in the Spokane area since 1994, and will begin expanding this reach to customers throughout North Idaho in the Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and Rathdrum communities immediately.


About Hayden Homes

In the 25 years since it was established in Redmond, Oregon in 1989, Hayden Homes has built 10,000 homes in over 300 communities, across more than 50 cities, spanning four states.

Hallmarked by a commitment to delivering wealth for the customers and communities in which they build, the trusted Northwest company donates a portion of every home sold back to the local community through their not-for-profit First Story. This organization has delivered more than $5 Million in support through their Community Giving and Grant Home programs.


The Hayden Homes family of brands is comprised of three entities: Hayden Homes, a value-driven residential home builder, Simplicity Homes, an on-your-land homebuilder, and WiseSize Homes, a kit home provider. With the support of these companies, Hayden Homes is poised to triple their business by 2020.


About Copper Basin Construction

Copper Basin has operated in the North Idaho and Eastern Washington region for more than 21 years, delivering thousands of homes during that time period and establishing itself as a reputable, honest builder and community supporter. Owners Steve White and Greg Gervais founded the company in 1994 and have grown Copper Basin to become one of the largest homebuilders in the inland northwest.



Hayden Homes of Redmond Sponsors Employee Skin Cancer Screening

By CBN  on October 18, 2016   E-Headlines

In today’s healthcare environment, we don’t often hear about companies offering more benefits at less cost. But for employees of Redmond-based Hayden Homes, the cost of a skin cancer screening co-pay was one less health care expense they needed to absorb this year.

On September 28, Central Oregon employees of Hayden Homes received free skin cancer screenings along with paid leave during their workday to undergo the screening, which took place at Bend Dermatology. The event was so well-attended that Hayden Homes is partnering with Bend Dermatology to schedule a second employee screening.

“Given that 40 percent of our employees work outdoors year-round, it was an easy decision to offer skin cancer screenings as a critical first step toward early detection,” said Dennis Murphy, CEO of Hayden Homes. “We recognize that happy and healthy employees contribute to our long-term success.”

Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook Counties all have significantly higher incidence rates of melanoma than the national average. What’s more, a recent study published in the clinical journal CUTIS revealed that employee skin cancer screening programs are an important and effective method for examining high numbers of people quickly and efficiently.

“The great news is that of the 40 plus Hayden Homes employees who were screened on September 28, not one received a skin cancer diagnosis,” Murphy added. “However, we feel strongly that annual screenings ensure our employees have the information they need to protect themselves and detect cancer early when it’s more treatable.”

Hayden Homes, the largest privately held homebuilder in the Northwest, has been building homes throughout the Northwest for nearly 30 years. The organization supports local communities by employing local contractors and vendors and contributing annually to philanthropic efforts in the communities in which they build.  In 2015, Hayden Homes contributed more than $2 million to charitable donations with the flagship of their giving through the 501C3 Non-Profit, First Story.  The Hayden Homes brand family of companies – Simplicity by Hayden Homes, Wise Size Homes and Hayden Homes – have built in over 300 communities and in 65 cities and towns throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

Hayden Homes, First Story Donate $150,000 to Northwest Communities

Money gifted to local organizations through Community Giving Grant Program
Hayden Homes and its affiliated not-for-profit First Story will present checks around the region this week, capping $155,500 in giving for the year from First Story’s Community Giving Grant Program.

The Community Giving Grant Program is comprised of funds acquired through the Hayden Homes “charitable fee,” which collects 1/8 of 1% for every home sold and grants that money back to communty in which that home is located. Now in its 15th year of giving, grants for 2013 will reach 20 deserving organizations in 12 counties across three Northwest states.

These grants cap a banner year for the established Central Oregon company, which is poised to grow exponentially in the next half decade. With this expansion and the support of affiliated brands—including Cornerstone Lending Group, Simplicity Homes, an on-your-land homebuilder, WiseSize Homes, a kit home provider—Hayden Homes has secured its place as an industry leader for affordable housing in the Northwest.

About Hayden Homes:
Since 1989, Hayden Homes has been building award-winning homes in Northwest communities from its headquarters in Redmond, Oregon. Driven to provide the highest quality home for the lowest possible cost and thereby building wealth for all involved, Hayden Homes proudly delivers excellence in home building each and every day.

About First Story:
Since 1998, First Story, a public nonprofit, has been providing home ownership opportunities in Hayden Homes communities to deserving lower-income families. Homes are sold through a 30-year, no interest, no down payment loan. First Story has served over 10,000 families though home construction, homeownership opportunities and community giving. For more information visit:

Color Your World

Hayden Homes have just become lighter, brighter, and more inviting thanks to an explosion of exciting new shades, textures and accents now available to our buyers.

Color breaths life. It relaxes the mind and spirit. Color adds warmth. And when you add the natural tones of a hardwood floor and cabinetry, and rounded corners to your rooms, you create a positive peaceful atmosphere within the home.

It is the details that make a room special and ultimately your own. The right combination of fixtures, flooring and color can turn a bathroom into a relaxing retreat. Granite counter tops, stone mosaic backsplash and Natural Wood Cabinets with Crown Molding turn a kitchen into a welcoming gathering place. And rich inviting carpet, two-tone colors and trim, and the warmth of a stone fireplace are at the heart and soul of your home.

Quality and affordability is no longer defined by lack of choice or style. Elegant sophisticated features, and colorful options abound. Perhaps we have made


your job a little harder, because with this many choices, the possibilities are endless. We want you to experience all the new flavors of color now available in your Hayden Home. We think it’s a taste sensation you won’t want to miss, and in the end you will create the comfort and unique style that makes your new Hayden Home your very own.

The choices are yours,
at Hayden Homes.