We love regional architecture; being a member of the National Association of Homebuilders we get to see the best.  Last week we attended a meeting of our Builder 20 Club hosted by Eric Rose of E.M. Rose Builders Inc. ( in New Haven … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

The Key to Provence Style

The most wonderful quality of custom design homes is that your every wish can be transformed into reality through architecture and decor. Rich design elements can whisk you away to other countries, cultures, and heritage. One breathtaking style, … [Read more...]

Interpreting Kitchen Trends

The challenge with new kitchen trends for custom builders in the southwest is that the trends aren’t something new for us or they are not applicable for our clients & architecture.  The Top 8 Kitchen Trends from the International Builder’s Show … [Read more...]

The History of Haciendas

The Southwest has a rich and storied past that has influenced its population, food, culture, and even housing construction. One type of popular home style is the hacienda. While current use of the word Hacienda generally refers to the type of … [Read more...]

Rancho de la Osa, One of the Last Haciendas

When we travel most of the time our trips include fabulous architecture.  Some people like to visit art museums; Barry and I like to drive ancient neighborhoods.  It’s icing on the cake if we can actually get inside the buildings we see.  This trip … [Read more...]

Hollywood Inspiration –Whitley Heights

Whitley Heights is a gem.  If you love any type of Spanish or Mediterranean Architecture this neighborhood is special.  It is hidden & small.  Unlike Beverly Hills & Bel-Air which were developed a few years later; most of the homes in Whitley … [Read more...]

Spanish Mission Style

One of our favorite architectural styles here at Casas del Oso Luxury Homes is Spanish Mission. There are some good examples of it in the older areas of Phoenix. It is acceptable to most of the Design Review Committees in the neighborhoods we build … [Read more...]

Pueblo Revival

Found mainly in the southwest Pueblo Revival architecture derives its distinct “look” from the Pueblos of the Native Americans and the Spanish Missions in the area.  The greatest concentration of them can be found in New Mexico.  In the early 1900’s … [Read more...]