In late 2375, Sisko was on Bajor, attending a conference in Rakantha Province, when Vedek Oram invited him to his monastery. The Bajoran sun was setting over the mountains in Kendra and Sisko realized that he had found the location for his home. Sisko later bought twelve hecapates of land there.
Inspired and worried by Worf and Ezri Dax's disappearance, Sisko began to build a model of the house. The planning of the house also persuaded him to propose to Kasidy Yates. Later, when he canceled the wedding due to the warnings of Sarah Sisko, he realized the house meant nothing without Kasidy. (DS9: "Penumbra", "'Til Death Do Us Part") The model appeared to incorporate the native Bajoran style.
Several weeks later, after Sisko went missing after traveling to Bajor, Jake Sisko suggested that his father may have gone to the land in Kendra where he planned to build his house. After it was subsequently revealed that Sisko had joined the Prophets in the Celestial Temple, Jake added the roof to the model of the house. (DS9: "What You Leave Behind")