Silverton, Salem, & Portland
30+ Years of Experience
3 Licensed Architects
A Passion & Purpose
Vivid Living Design + Build was born from a shared vision. We wanted to maximize our skills and talents by working together to see client’s dreams unfold. We believe the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. By combining our technical and creative know-how and expertise, we can give our clients the best experience and a home where they can cherish and enjoy time with those they love.
We have 30+ years of experience in Oregon, and 50+ years of combined experience, three licensed architects, and Se habla Espanol!
We work and live in the same area, so giving back is a part of our DNA. Here are a few of the ways our staff serves the communities around us.
Architects in Schools
Marion-Polk Food Share
The Best of the Best
Brent was born and raised in a small town in Iowa to a family whose main passions were the visual arts, classical music, education, domestic travel, and camping. As a young man, Brent and his parents relocated to Oregon in order to be closer to extended family. As a result, Brent’s university education took place out here, and he earned his BA from Portland State University in 1997 and his MArch from the University of Oregon in 2009.
Regarding his experience as a builder, Brent began building wooden projects as a kid, alongside his father, in and around their Iowa home. His father’s projects included home maintenance, home remodeling, a new garage, furniture, job-related projects, and innumerable other things. Brent’s experience with industry standard construction began in 1990 when he was first employed by Antarctic Support Associates – an operations & construction contractor for the National Science Foundation. Read More
Back in the US,Brent was employed with a variety of residential construction & remodeling companies from 1992 through 1998, during which he learned additional skills specific to residential projects. In 1998, Brent took a major step forward and became a licensed & bonded carpentry contractor (CCB # 130570), providing services to general contractors, property management companies, and homeowners alike. Although Brent retired that particular CCB license in 2010 (as a non-compete agreement with an employer), all of those years in the construction industry not only paid his way through college, but also provided him with the necessary foundation to start Vivid Living Design + Build, LLC.
When not designing, managing, or building projects, Brent enjoys playing music, attending jazz concerts, reading classic science fiction, spending time with his lovely wife Jeanie (and a multitude of cats), helping his octogenarian parents with home maintenance tasks, and volunteering with the Architects in Schools program.
Kaydee has a long history as a maker.
Starting with an interest in learning how to sew in 4th grade, and including a summer at Vermont’s Yestermorrow, where she learned hands-on natural building techniques, Kaydee has proven that she loves the tactile process of design and construction. Read More
During her architectural education career, Kaydee actively sought out opportunities to learn hands-on construction skills & techniques. She put those skills & techniques to use on many projects, but none more gratifying than: designing and building her own Ford Transit van conversion, the design and construction of a root cellar on her grandfather’s farm in Minnesota, and teaching volunteers how to hang drywall as an Americorps construction site leader for Habitat for Humanity in New York City.
In design, Kaydee is known for paying attention to the materiality and details of her projects as well as thinking about different materials. Problem solving on the job site will come together based on her hands-on experience.
After 30+ years of working in architecture, helping people express their needs through listening to their goals and designing structures to achieve them, it is not surprising that Pam’s work now incorporates building those structures.
The construction fascination began with family, in western Kansas with her Uncle Gordon’s construction company, Lee Construction. Visiting the shop and seeing all the tools, earthmoving equipment, and photos of job sites made Pam think, “Adults play in the dirt like I play in the sand box! That’s the job for me.” Years of playing in suburban homes under construction, building forts, tree stands, ramps, and dog houses made Pam understand she needed to be involved with producing the buildings that make up our communities. Construction was not the only way to participate, and Pam chose architecture.
Pam’s family taught her the importance of communication, understanding the multitude of perspectives, and embracing the challenges as a team. Anything can be accomplished with a well-defined path and the desire to work together toward a common goal.
Although Pam generally leaves the actual construction to the professionals, her interest in and respect for the construction trades has fostered a fondness for simple, affordable, and constructable designs. Clean, direct, purposeful designs cannot be created without quality craftsmanship, pride in the whole process, and a solid team. As a Vivid Living Design + Build team member, Pam brings to the table skill, integrity, empathy, and a focused sense of design.
As the son of a lumber mill worker and carpenter, Jahaziel learned to love wood and all the many things that can be created with it. From a young age, Jahaziel would help his father with many varied projects. Ranging from furniture and fencing, to flooring and framing projects. Jahaziel’s fondest memories are the ones where his hands were manipulating the wood toward a design stemming from his own imagination.
On the side, and later as a sole proprietor, Jahaziel added residential drafting services to his skillset. Providing local homeowners, regional building contractors, and sole architects with personalized and professional service, Jahaziel takes pride in knowing how to express his ideas to the craftsmen who will build them. This pride is evident in the high-quality final products that he delivers. Read More
Thanks to a creative family of his own, Jahaziel excels in design just as much as he does in the pragmatic skill of drafting. He continually brings those two talents together at Vivid Living Design + Build, LLC and enjoys expressing his passions through the planning and execution of each and every one of his distinctive designs.
When not designing, creating, or managing projects, Jahaziel enjoys playing music at his church, as well as spending time with his energetic kids, talented wife, loving parents, and extended family.
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Policies & F.A.Q.
How much does your average project cost?
Since we work with such a wide variety of clients, there really is no “average” project. We price transparently and will create a detailed estimate for your project based on what you need.
¿Cómo me pongo en contacto con algien que habla español?
Llame a 503-967-7877 y pida hablar con Jahaziel o mande un correo electrónico a email@example.com
What is an “ADU?”
An ADU is a small dwelling on the same grounds as, or attached to, a single-family house. For example, it could be an apartment over the garage, a basement apartment, or a stand-alone house in the backyard. An ADU can be used to house a family member or for additional income through rent.
I am a subcontractor and would like to work with you. How do I find more information about that?
Please contact us at (503) 200-2910 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
What does DIY Consult mean?
We understand the challenge of completing projects on your own. Our team can help through education or assistance, including on-site consulting and instruction.
What is “Middle Housing?”
Middle Housing refers to housing options that are not single family homes or apartments. Common examples of Middle Housing include duplexes, triplexes, cottage clusters and Accessory Dwelling Units or ADUs. This sector is intended to address our current housing crisis.
What is Universal Design?
Universal design is the design of buildings, products or environments to make them accessible to all people, regardless of age, disability or other factors. The goal is to create an accessible, usable, convenient and pleasant environment for those with diverse needs and abilities. Universal design is good design.
What is "Aging in Place?"
The ability to live in one's own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level. It is important for home designers to have the knowledge and expertise required to design accessible, comfortable and safe spaces so that seniors can live independently and with dignity in their own homes. Here's a great article on some of the features that help people stay in their homes as they age.
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