Welcome to the Southwest! Behold our beautiful architecture!
Where does water go in the desert!?
What? It rains in Arizona?
Before putting a house anywhere on a piece of land, it's important to know where the streams will run when it rains. While Tucson is nice and sunny for most of the year, late summer monsoons dump INCHES of rain and all that water moves quickly and with volume through any wash. Building any structure or even leaving anything near a wash or arroyo is a bad idea.
Flat Roofs, Where's the slope?
There is a shortage of basements in Arizona
In other words: Where are all of the basements?
It breaks down to this: the expansive and hard soils create challenges for basements to be easily built, and that can often make them expensive. Many basements found throughout Arizona are often built before World War II. A big trade off to this is not having rotting walls, accidental flooding, having to run up the stairs all the time!
Stucco Walls and Tile
It has the ability to enclose either warmth or coolness during the changing seasons. Because of the shell-like exterior, stucco homes require much less energy during hot or cold months.
Tile also plays into the ability to keep a home cool and is a natural partner to Southwestern style. For one, the material itself mirrors that found in many of the trinkets and cultural artifacts found throughout Arizona. Furthermore, ceramic and terracotta tile flooring is also a great reflection of the types of minerals found throughout the Southwestern desert.
Is this everything I need to know?
The team at Grail Construction has much more knowledge that we can happily lend to your project.
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