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Picked the lot to buy in Tucson

Apr 30, 2006
The desert area of our lot to build our house.

Last weekend I was in Tucson, AZ looking at some lots out in the Diamond Bell Ranch area. DBR in about 22 miles southwest of Tucson, off Aho Hwy. I went down there with a list of 4 lots to look at and pick one. Turns out the lot we are going to buy was not on that list.

The lots on my list turned out to be pretty bad - they all have washes running through them, eating up too much of the land to build on. And the washes cannot be filled. That as a bit of a downer, there is one lot, at 1.67 acres, that I was particularly interested in. But it has two washes running through it, leaving a building area that would be fine for a smaller house, 2 or 3 bedrooms and not much more. We need more room than that for what we have designed. So I then had to look at the other lots that we initially had decided not to look at, based on the Google Earth images of them.

After looking long and hard at several other lots I decided on a long, fairly narrow lot, which is perfectly flat. After pacing out the width I figured we could build our dream house on that lot with just a bit of room to spare in the width. The lot is more than long enough, it is just over 1 acre, with fantastic views to the south and west, including Kitt Peak and the Sierra Mtns.

Had meetings with a couple designers, a builder, and met with the county permits guy, zoning guy, and flood management guy. Got some paperwork from all of them to get the ball rolling. Drove out to DBR at least 3 times to look at the lots and get pictures. It was a very busy weekend.

Now we are working on the loan to buy the lot, that should be done this next week. And I am looking for a job in Tucson, so soon as I get an offer I'm moving down, and Cheryl will stay here until this house sells.

The fun is about to begin. Stay tuned for more updates.

On building a house

Apr 11, 2006
Moss covered trees in the Olympic National Park.

We are planning on relocating to Tucson, AZ. Time for warmth and sunshine. Been in the Seattle area far too long. Moss is starting to grow on me. I don't want to become a 'mossback' as some call Seattle-ites.

So Cheryl and I have designed a house, the house, the one we are going to build in Tucson. Actually, about a half-hour southwest of Tucson in a subdivision called Diamond Bell Ranch. We've looked at hundreds of plans, online and in books, and decided to design our own floorplan. I have, and it is good. It's a U-shaped house, with a swimming pool in the inside of the U, and the entry at the 'bottom' of the U. There will be a detached garage with a covered 'breezeway' between it and the house. (Not sure if 'breezeway' is the correct term.)

Designing a house, or in our case, a floor plan, is not so easy as one might think. There are many things to consider - which way will doors open, left, right, in, out? What about pocket doors? Bi-fold doors? Sliding Doors or French doors? What about room sizes? And what rooms do we actually need? What do we want? It's been a couple months and we have finally got what appears to be a final floorplan to present to the designer. Now comes the details - windows, finishes, floor coverings, etc etc.

That's just the house, but what about a lot to put it on? We've looked at quite a few on our last trip to Tucson. We've narrowed the choices to four lots. Now I'm heading back down to pick one, to buy. Then we can actually get going on the project.

It's a big learning experience with LOTS to learn, and I'm enjoying every minute of it.

Me on the old Muelle (dock)

Chip Wiegand

Contact me: Chip Wiegand

I teach english as a foreign language in Colombia. I'm from Kennewick, Washington, USA. In my previous life, as I call it, I was an IT guy, systems administrator, computer tech, as well as a shipping/receiving guy and also worked as a merchandising guy for a year for a camping/RV accessories store.

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Daniel(Barranquilla, Colombia)

Hola Chip.

Quisiera conocer tu hoja de vida o ponernos en contacto para darte información acerca de un acuerdo de trabajo, si estas interesado espero tu respuesta.

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(Atlántico, Colombia)

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