About John Buday

John Buday started Cascade Crest Designs to provide his clients with a unique and thoughtful approach to designing their built environment.

The Process
  At our initial design meetings, we will discuss such things as lifestyle, space needs and site planning. We will also explore architectural styles such as traditional Asian timberframe, traditional Western timberframe and Northwest Contemporary; or we can create a custom style unique to you.

3D CAD drafting will be used to enhance the design process and explore design concepts. The advantages of CAD to the client are the ability to easily create variations of a central idea and to have an improved capability for communicating the appearance of the structure.

    Member of
  • Professional Member - Timber Framers Guild
  • Bainbridge Island Japanese American Memorial Committee
  • Board member - Two Waters Arts Association

My primary occupation for the last 25 years has been related to the construction of custom homes. Also during that time I have been (often times concurrently) Designer, Project Manager, Lead Carpenter and Finish Carpenter.

Throughout this time I have made a study of structure, architecture and of sustainable building practices. This has included classes, courses, seminars and research. The later resulting in an extensive personal reference library that also helps me to rationalized my book fetish.

For the last 5 years I have been a member of the Timber Framers Guild (See Resources), which has exposed me to traditional wood construction technologies and techniques. Through the Guild I have found avenues of study for traditional Japanese, European and North American carpentry technologies. All of these things find their way into my design and have resulted in an extensive "pallet" to draw from.

In 2004, I was asked asked to serve as assistant instructor on a Timber Framers Guild project in Idaho.

My most recent project with the Guild has been as project manager for the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Memorial. I represented the Guild to the BIJAC for the purpose of developing a project for their Memorial to the internment of Japanese Americans from Bainbridge Island. The design for the gates and pavilion at the Memorial were provided by Cascade Crest Designs. (Resources)