Vintage Art Deco Architecture

While doing some research about the Palmcroft neighborhood in Phoenix (one of my favorite inspiration neighborhoods; it is loaded with Spanish architecture from the 1920’s going forward).  I stumbled over the enchanting Art Deco architecture of … [Read more...]

Arizona Restaurant Week (Sept. 21-29, 2013)

Arizona Restaurant Week (Sept. 21-29, 2013) – “the most edible time of the year,” as the organizers put it – is part of the fun of living in Scottsdale. During this gastro-centric week, a wide array of the state’s best restaurants welcome in … [Read more...]

Mediterranean Architecture; Why We Love it.

Mediterranean architecture has been resonating with people for over a century.  It is all over South California and Florida; really all across the United States.  The historic Palmcroft neighborhood of Phoenix has many great examples as do some of … [Read more...]

Community Features – Desert Highlands

The ultimate Arizona golf environment, Desert Highlands beckons residents with the serenity of the Sonoran Desert. The first gated community built for residents within a country-club setting, Desert Highlands earned its reputation for quality and … [Read more...]

Top Lakes to visit near Phoenix, Arizona

There’s no shortage of things to do in Arizona – the state seems created for recreation and relaxation. Whether you are visiting Phoenix on vacation or are considering relocating to the Grand Canyon State, you are never too far from some of the … [Read more...]

Top 4 Staycations in Scottsdale

Interesting, isn’t it – the way vacationers from around the country come to Arizona to enjoy the state’s great weather, activities and natural beauty. But for people already living in Scottsdale, there’s no need to travel long distances to … [Read more...]

Protect your Home Against Dust Storms and Monsoon Season

When a massive dust storm overtook Phoenix this past July, it brought into sharp focus the need to stay prepared for any severe weather event. Near-zero visibility and 50 mph winds made driving and walking dangerous. Home is definitely the safest … [Read more...]

What’s Happening This Month at Casas Del Oso?

We just started framing on Santa Inez in North Scottsdale.  With out a doubt framing is my favorite time on every house.  It’s the point that a project goes from a plan on paper to a building that you can stand it.  For clients it goes from … [Read more...]

Talavera Tile Design Ideas

In Mediterranean and Mexican architecture Talavera tile is a standard.  This tile comes in and amazing array of colors and patterns that all seem to work together.  Most of the homes that Casas del Oso builds have it somewhere or everywhere. It is … [Read more...]

Staying Active Indoors near Scottsdale

Summer in Arizona can be scorching, and outdoor fun and exercise is very limited during the day. For those living in Scottsdale, many options are available for great indoor activities to get you moving and also have a great time. Following are a few … [Read more...]