Richard Dent installs sliding screen doors on the Vision Home's Dream Home to benefit Habitat for Humanity. pennell photo - Bob Pennell

An American 'Dream'

CENTRAL POINT — A high-end home built, in part, to benefit Habitat for Humanity will open for public tours Saturday.

Vision Homes of Medford completed its "Dream Home" Tuesday in partnership with television station KOBI. The 3,060-square-foot residence on Buck Point Street sold for about $600,000, said builder Mark Wickman.

Vision, Wickman said, plans to donate about $20,000 from the sale to Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity.

"That's awesome," said Dan Davis, local Habitat treasurer and board member.

Habitat also has pledges for an additional $16,500 in materials and services from a dozen other community sponsors, said Dennis Siewert, KOBI's manager for general sales and advertising. There is no cost to view the home, but donations for Habitat will be accepted. Visitors have the chance to win a weeklong Hawaiian vacation.

Inside the four-bedroom home, 10-foot ceilings are capped in crown molding and ceiling beams cut from foam to imitate rough-hewn wood. Antiqued alder cabinets outfit the gourmet kitchen, which boasts stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and a five-burner gas range with commercial-grade pot-filling faucet.

"We didn't really scrimp anywhere," Wickman said.

The master bedroom suite incorporates a whirpool tub and walk-in closet. Cultured stone and built-in bookcases surround the great room's gas-insert fireplace. Venetian plaster waxed to a bronze sheen brightens the powder room while a stained-glass chandelier illuminates the dining area. Floors are covered in travertine, cork, planks cut from reclaimed whiskey barrels and carpet made largely from recycled plastic soda bottles, Wickman said.

"This house is really, really green," he said.

It's one of more than 50 in Jackson County certified under Earth Advantage, a Northwest building program that emphasizes energy and resource efficiencies, along with healthy air and environmental responsibility. More stringent than the federal government's Energy Star program, Earth Advantage is a nonprofit organization that collects about $500 in fees to certify a home, said local area representative Fred Gant.

Local Habitat officials recently announced plans to construct all their homes for low-income owners under Earth Advantage guidelines, starting with two new residences in Ashland. Cash donations raised via the "Dream Home" project will bolster Habitat's efforts to build green, Davis said.

The "Dream Home" took about a year to build, Wickman said, in partnership with CertainTeed, Doug Morse of Coldwell Banker, Green's Sewing & Vacuum Center, Larson's Home Furnishings, Marble Designs, ORG-Rogue Valley, Orley's Stoves & Spas, Spring Air Inc. and Trinity Carpet & Flooring.

Reach reporter Sarah Lemon at 776-4487, or e-mail

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