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3 Tiny Houses that will Make You Rethink Your Home

For years, the American dream included, seemingly by default, having a big house with a white picket fence, two children, and maybe a few household pets. In reality, whether big or small, millions of Americans worked to build or buy their own first homes for their families. Even today, home ownership remains an important rite of passage for many.

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Part 3: Riparian Habitat Disturbance and Violations: What You Need to Know…

In 1994 the first language was adopted in the Pima County Regional Flood Control District’s Floodplain Management Ordinance (Ordinance) to promote riparian habitat protection. As part of identifying the protected areas Riparian Classification Maps were developed. In 2005 the map was updated based on improved data to include more riparian habitat to be protected by the Ordinance. Unfortunately this regulation often is unknown to a person buying land and often catches people off guard.

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6 Ways to Celebrate the Holiday Season in Tucson

From November to December, every city decks out for the holiday season, and Tucson is no exception. In fact, Tucson might even celebrate the holiday season better. Holiday traditions are carried out with a twist in this warmer climate and charms everyone for miles around.
To help spread the holiday cheer, we’ve come up with a list of 6 ways to celebrate the holiday season in Tucson.

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Part 2: How to Permit Construction When a Parcel is Impacted by Regulated Riparian Habitat

When a property or project site is impacted by regulated riparian habitat (RRH), a permit application for construction is reviewed for avoidance of this habitat. Avoidance of disturbance to riparian habitat can be accomplished through applicant’s flexibility on the location of improvements on a project site. While the Riparian Ordinance prioritizes avoidance and minimization of disturbance to riparian habitat, there will be situations when impacts to riparian habitat cannot be avoided. 

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Part 1: What is Riparian Habitat?

In Pima County, there are areas that are designated as Regulated Riparian Habitat (RRH). RRH has development limitations in an effort to preserve, protect, and enhance these areas. Why is this important? And what exactly is riparian habitat?

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A Wash Is a Wash Is a Wash; Not So Quick

I was recently working with a young couple looking for a property in the Tanque Verde Valley on which to build their first home.  After exploring many neighborhoods and walking lots of land, we came across a 5-acre parcel in the Horse Head Road area. 
 
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6 Cool Upgrades to Include In Your Home Build Project

Building a home is an exciting process that allows you complete customization from start to finish. Once you have the basics figured out, it’s time to start thinking about what fun additions you can incorporate into your new place. 
 
If you’re looking for inspiration, here are 6 cool upgrades that will make your home build project stand out from all the rest.
 
Energy-Efficient Appliances
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Heating and Cooling Your New Home: What Are Your Options?

As you make plans to build your new home, you may not spend much time considering how you’ll manage the temperature. After all, it’s pretty straightforward, right? 
 
Maybe. But maybe not. 
 
These days, there are a number of systems you can choose from to manage your home’s temperature and each has its own benefits. 
 
Take a look at our list. Which one is best for you and your family?
 
Traditional HVAC Systems
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