Summer’s Here – 10 Outrageous Pools

Summer finally arrived two weeks ago.  It’s hot; it will get hotter and we are stuck with it until September.  That must be the reason that we have never built a home without a swimming pool. Here are 10 fantasy pools to cool you off.  … [Read more...]

What’s Happening at Casas del Oso Luxury Homes?

We are three weeks into Santa Inez, a rustic Sonoran home.  Fortunately this lot did not have any native trees that required native plant salvage; this saved our homeowner 3 weeks on the schedule and several thousand dollars.  Like most of the homes … [Read more...]

Design Details: Wrought Iron

The wrought iron traditions in Arizona and the Southwest trace their roots to the earliest blacksmiths who traveled from Mexico with early settlers.  The earliest homes were similar to the homes of Mexico and Spain; simple and understated.  Wrought … [Read more...]

Design; How It Can Work

I just returned from our semiannual Builder 20 meeting in Ft. Lauderdale.  Builder 20 is a club of 17 custom builders from all over the United States who meet twice a year ; we share information, systems and procedures.  A topic we revisit year after … [Read more...]

Spanish Revival Architecture

The romantic architecture of Southern California and more specifically Santa Barbara is Spanish Revival.  Popularized by architect George Washington Smith in the 1920’s it is still popular today and can be found all across the United States.  The … [Read more...]

The Benefits of Design Build

In our custom home industry there are two ways to build a home; the traditional bid and build and design/build.  Among design/build companies there are two ways as well; in-house design and outsourced design.  With in-house design the designer or … [Read more...]

Is Beauty in our DNA?

Driving in to the office today I noticed that the Paloverde Trees are just beginning to bloom.  I think it’s going to be a breath taking spring which got me to thinking about beauty, its importance and wondering why we love beautiful things. For … [Read more...]

Fresh Tile Ideas From Italy

Every year in Bologna, Italy they hold Cersaie, the annual “fashion week” for ceramic tile.  Italy’s best designer’s showcase their new lines, trends & innovations.  Eventually these tiles make there way to the United States.  Cersaie is a visual … [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...]

Eight Hottest Trends in New Homes for 2013

The International Builders Show in Las Vegas never disappoints with over 900 exhibits attended by 60,000 builders. Here are the trends as presented and a couple of my thoughts on them. 1.  Scaling it down.  Clients are asking for smaller homes … [Read more...]