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4 Inspiring Arizonans

Arizona might boast natural treasures such as the Grand Canyon and Saguaro National Park, but it’s also produced many famous inspirational people over the years. From poets to politicians, Arizona has played host to a variety of well-known figures since its statehood in 1912. 
Whether they were born here or were just happy to call Arizona home for part of their lives, these people worked to make a difference in whatever way they could. Here are just 4 of the inspiring Arizonans that have made the world a better place. 
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BTL: 6 Tips for Interviewing a Builder

Having a custom home built is an enormous step. For some, the idea of jumping into such a huge project is overwhelming. Considering everything that goes into the process, this is completely understandable.
In order to minimize stress, it’s important that you bring in well-qualified professionals to guide you through the process. Finding the right team of people to work on your home is essential to making sure the end product is exactly as you dreamed it would be as well as getting rid of the overwhelm and, hopefully, even enjoying the experience. 
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7 Cool Flooring Designs You'll Want in Your Home

They say the first thing a person notices about you is your shoes. If people are looking down long enough to notice your shoes, they’re probably going to be checking out your floors as well. 
Are your floors something you want to show off? If not, you might want to consider making some changes. That’s what these homeowners did, and we’re willing to bet they’re feeling pretty happy with their amazing decisions. 
#1. Stenciled Wood Floors
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Disturbance in Regulated Riparian Habitat

Riparian habitat is a valuable resource in the Sonoran Desert. The preservation and restoration of riparian habitat benefits the community by protecting the natural function of a floodplain. This assists in preventing erosion and protecting water quality while providing shade and wildlife habitat. Protection of riparian habitat can benefit common metropolitan issues by increasing groundwater recharge and reducing the urban heat island effect.

Disturbance to riparian habitat is regulated within Pima County.

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What do I Need a Permit for?

Many common household upgrades and repairs require a permit where the average homeowner or property owner is not aware of the need for a permit. As a general rule when in doubt, ask!! Who answers these questions? And where does a property owner go to get these answers? Best place to start is with the Development Services Department or Building Code Department for your community. A quick internet search can usually lead you to a phone number and often a list of what needs a permit and what does not. It may seem like a hassle obtaining a permit.

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Keep Your Health Resolutions Alive This Year

A new year is a popular time to make goals... but it’s far from the only time to try to achieve new things. One of the most popular resolutions made every year (and at varying times of the year) is to create healthier habits.
Whether you’re just starting out in your hopes of becoming more healthy or you’re renewing a past vow you made to yourself, here are a few ways to stick to it this time.
1. Write down and keep track of your goals.
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Foreclosure and Fate

Back in 1835, an Austrian physicist by the name of Schrodinger devised a way to explain quantum physics (and impress women) by placing a cat inside a sealed box with a vial of poisonous gas that could break at any moment and kill the unwitting feline.  The crux of this exercise was this: until one opened the box to see if Mr. Finickypants was still upright, the cat could be considered both alive and dead.  (Who says physicists don’t know how to party?)  We’ll come back to Schrodinger, a potential cat killer, in a few moments.

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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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