Blog & Industry News

Building a Custom Home on your Lot

As the Owner of Sombra Homes, a local homebuilder in the Tucson area with almost 30 years of experience, I have built hundreds of custom homes. It has been a truly rewarding experience to work with the many customers we’ve had over the years.
Building a custom home starts with the lot. It is important to work with a knowledgeable real estate agent in conjunction with the homebuilder. Remaining within your budget begins with the lot. Lot preparation and accessibility to utilities can have a huge impact on costs.
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Building a Home That’s Solar Panel-Ready

Solar panel installation has been a booming industry for more than a decade, and every year more and more families plan to offset their electrical costs and utilize green energy by installing rooftop arrays. For those of us who are fortunate enough to build our own homes, we have the added benefit of building with solar panels in mind instead of having to fit them into existing roof structures. 
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Music, Theater, Dance, and Paint: Art Abounds in Southern Arizona

“When I moved to Tucson, I wasn’t sure that I could find the entertainment that I grew up experiencing in New York City,” Valerie, a Tucson resident for 10 years now, told me. “It didn’t take too long for my husband and I to find out that Tucson actually has a tremendous variety of entertainment options. We felt right at home in no time.” 
Tucson may not be a city that comes to mind when you think of museums, symphonies, and ballet, but did you know that as 2016, Tucson ranks as the 7th Best Music City in the U.S.? 
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Benefits of Living Close to Nature

There are few things in this world that are more relaxing and serene than getting back to nature. The smell of fresh, clean air, the sound of birds chirping, and the beautiful views of the city lights on the horizon while still being able to see the painting of stars in the sky are just a few of the reasons why humans treasure living on the edge of cities instead of smack-dab in the middle of them. 
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Guest Post: Creating Your Dream Home; Working With An Architect

Designing your dream home can truly be one of the greatest and fun experiences in your life.  If you want a truly unique home that reflects your vision and takes maximum advantage of your property, the retaining of an Architect can help you make this dream a reality. In this article I want to discuss why and how to retain an Architect and the information you need to prepare in advance of bringing one aboard.

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In Vino Veritas: Southern Arizona Wineries You Need to Tour

When people think of Arizona, they usually envision miles and miles of desert sand, peppered with cacti and the occasional roadrunner against a backdrop of far-off mountains. Arizona is actually a varied and beautiful landscape, and although we do have a lot of cacti, we also have a lot of farm land. Amidst the organic vegetable farms, the tree nut farms, and the grass-fed cows that you can see along the winding Arizona roads are also numerous, award-winning high desert wineries. 
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