ADOBE: THE COSMIC SOLUTION

by Bill Otwell, Otwell Associates Architects NASA just held a design competition for prototype Mars habitats.  Two of the four finalists used regolith, the layer of dust and rocks that covers the surface of a planet. It is basically Martian adobe. The inspiration for this concept is adobe construction here on Earth, where about 30 … Read More…

GORGEOUS GRASSES MAKE EMOTIONAL ACCENTS

by Lisa Watters Lain, Arizona’s garden gal, Watters Garden Center Often banished to the outskirts with only each other for company, mountain grasses belong in the garden. You will find the largest selection at Watters Garden Center during autumn, the ideal planting conditions for these graceful beauties.  Ornamental grasses are a landscape architect’s dream. Texture, … Read More…

SUN SHINING LESS…

by Tom Reilly, Renovations With the sun shining less over the next several months, natural day lighting in your home might be something you want to think about. I have a sun roof, so no issues for me.  Several opportunities exist for you though, from the expensive window enlarging, to the installation of “Solar Tubes.” … Read More…

OUTDOOR CAMPS LED REALTOR TO HER TRUE

Wilderness enthusiast and local Realtor, Kelly Dwyer, sits down and shares her passion for outdoor activities and how these activities enhanced her relationship with her son, Jonathan. Kelly travels throughout the Southwest seeking adventures such as canyoneering, whitewater rafting, climbing and backpacking. Kelly, an Arizona native, moved to Prescott in 2009. She dreamed of living … Read More…