About Tierra Buena Home and Garden, LLC

Tierra Buena Home and Garden, LLC is a Tucson-based residential and small commercial contractor. ROC 347660 

We specialize in:

  • Straw and earthen construction
  • Smart-sized, small, and tiny homes
  • Creative salvage and reuse
  • Integrated site design and off-grid solutions 

We offer the following services:

  • Design + build of residential and small commercial projects
  • General contractor services for designers and owners 
  • Consulting including design development, project approach advising, and construction detail specification
  • Workshops and educational opportunities
  • Owner-builder assistance
  • Developing context-sensitive housing with a focus on natural materials and modest home sizes

Coming soon! We're excited to announce the following upcoming developments: 

  • Manufacture and installation of prefabricated straw wall panels - coming fall of 2024
  • Predesigned and model home and casita kits ready to be shipped to and installed at your project site - winter 2024/spring  2025

Want to see what we've been working on lately? Visit our social media pages for updates on our latest projects!

  • Instagram @tierrabuenahome
  • Facebook @tierrabuenahg



Joe Silins, Owner/Operator

Joe grew up in Phoenix and moved to Tucson in 2000 to attend the University of Arizona. He graduated with degrees in Illustration and Urban Planning, and has immersed himself in construction and natural building since graduation. He has worked on a crew doing custom home builds and remodels, led volunteer workshops for water harvesting installations, and overseen the construction of strawbale, earthen and conventional structures. These experiences, among others, have formed a broad understanding of building systems and approaches, along with a creative design sensibility that serves our clients and our planet. In addition to our in-house skills and expertise, we have a robust network of subcontractors and collaborators in Southern Arizona and beyond to implement projects at a variety of scales and approaches.

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