A month or so ago, our sad little lot began its transformation.  Not yet out of the ground, we came to find that building, even in this time when both real estate and contractors are economical and plentiful , is expensive.  Move your transformer?  Sure, says TEP.  That’ll be $8000 to loop it to the transformer next door.  Grease trap, says the City of Tucson?  Yes, the one from Der Weinerschnitzel is literally twenty-five times the size of the one you have at your current location, but it still doesn’t meet the new code.  You need one that’s seventy-five times the size.  And so we have a new grease trap, which put us about $15,000 over budget for plumbing.

bricks to be rearranged into walls

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