house made of mud

rescuing a sonoran row house


  • just to prove we aren’t the only crazy house restorers out there, check out The Chateau de Gudanes. believe it or not, this project being undertaken by an australian couple looks even more insane than ours! they have also been written up in several places, including The Huffington Post and MessyNessyChic.
  • if you would like to get an idea of my style sense (and hence a preview what our finished project might look like), feel free to check out my Pinterest page, particularly the more recent pins on the “barrio house” as well as the “jardin” boards.  decorating! yay!
  • the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation is a great organization that works hard to promote appreciation for our local architectural heritage. they do walking tours, host lectures and put on home tours among a bunch of other projects. if you’re interested in tucson’s historic properties and you don’t know about them, you should.
  • if you’re an out-of-towner looking for a place to stay in tucson with a sense of history, you can’t beat the Arizona Inn.  i love to go there and just meander their paths, then have a drink in the bar while listening to the piano player plunk out silly-sweet tunes such as “blue bayou”.
  • there are lots of amazing realtors in the old pueblo, but if you’re looking for historic properties in central tucson, Susan Denis is your gal for sage advice and good old fashioned hard work.
  • tucson photographer David Scott Moyer has shot some amazing images of the house for us. more of his gorgeous photos can be seen on his website.
  • we’re lucky enough to be friends and down-the-street neighbors with the design team of Patch & Clark. i’d say their designs are fabulous, but fabulous doesn’t quite cover it.
  • and we’re doubly lucky to have still another amazing photographer who shot more beautiful before photos of the house for us. Jeff Smith is the MAN.
  • also, a shout out to our fabulous architecture team at The Architecture Company. richard fe tom and his daughter kegan did a fabulous job with our plans, and their sound advice and attention to detail were invaluable. they also have some serious historic restoration experience, as they are the design firm used for the restoration of tucson’s historic Presidio, a place well worth a visit for those interested in old, adobe structures.


  1. How about your fabulous builder , the site is great well done it’s been fun like it should be !

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