Don Jordan Design & Drafting

Construction Experience you can build on

P.O. Box 1655, Bonners Ferry, Idaho 83805

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I studied Architecture in College - but graduated with a degree in Conservation Biology. I have been involved in all phases of construction and feel very strongly that our housing design and construction methods should not only serve our needs and desires; but be in harmony with the needs of the World. Our "modern" technology has allowed us to combat our environmental influences. We need to learn (or remember) how to live with Nature - not fight it.

I can visualize a beautiful hillside where the trees and landscaping are the dominant features. Where residents look out spacious windows at views that are unobstructed down the hill and across a valley. Where every resident can enjoy the view without looking between homes and over dozens of shingled roofs. The residents of each home having a sense of personal space without living behind a restrictive 8' high wooden fence. A hill I can fly over in my small airplane and notice the meandering road system among the living trees, bushes and flower gardens. Only when passing by in the evening do I realize how many homes are on the hill by the lights that shine in the windows. The homes are part of the hill - they did not just capture a space and perch on it. 30 families could live there - each within a stones throw of another house; yet no family looks into the yard of another and they seldom hear their neighbors - and there are no fences.

These families enjoy comfortable, spacious homes with absurdly low utility bills and virtually no maintenance; with the satisfaction of knowing that the house they built will last hundreds of years.

A dream? At this time it is still a dream - but an attainable reality!

I can show you how to build the most cost effective, comfortable and livable home I am aware of. These designs and techniques have evolved over several years with input from friends and professionals that I will be introducing you to through these pages.

About 15 years ago, my good friends Tom and Rita asked me to help them design and build their home. It was a grand and fun project that resulted in a two story home set INTO a hillside rather than on it. The house is attractive and efficient with it's conventional roof; but I am always
looking for ways to improve on an idea!

Tom is a computer programmer by profession - tinkered by avocation. He has an inventor mind that asks the right questions and suggests innovative answers. If you ever want to develop an idea - find someone like Tom to throw thoughts around with! We spent many hours theorizing on various ways to make the next house better and Rita was a great reality check to let us know if our ideas made sense! Those discussions were the start of "Castles in the Ground".

There is an old saying about building castles in the air - (referring to lofty ideas with no foundation.) "Castles in the Ground" describes my intent to help people build attractive, comfortable, affordable and SOLID homes. Homes that are built on a foundation of well grounded concepts with durable materials...modern day castles.

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