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    The Blue Sky prototype home tiptoes gracefully across the desert landscape just north of Joshua Tree National Park. Nestled amid piñon and juniper trees and outcroppings of boulders, the house’s six steel columns permit a seasonal stream to run underneath it. The clever steel frame allows the house to float above the wilderness—a concession to the lightness on the land that its owner, architects, and engineers so clearly wanted. Figuring out how to achieve this lightness, however, was anything but clear. When David McAdam, co-owner and chief dreamer of Blue Sky Homes, bought 2.5 acres of cactus-studded land near Palm Springs, California, he didn’t know what kind of getaway he wanted to build, but he did know one thing: no wood. “It’s boring, and I see how it works in the desert. It gets destroyed,” he says, remembering the damage he’d seen other houses suffer in the unrelenting sun. If the material isn’t handled perfectly, arid conditions turn it into a pretzel. So if not wood, then what?









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    Really neat. I like this.

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    i like the house itself. i think it works really well with the surrounding landscape. i would change the furniture and repaint the walls in the kitchen/dining room.
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    Looks like the Lost In Space set. The house totally lacks warmth and soul and style. Hate all of it.
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    For a guy who said "no wood", he sure used a lot of it.
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    i love it. superb location, too...joshua tree is gorgeous. i pink puffy heart the desert. i'd get rid of the dining set & those wicker chairs, but i'm digging everything else.
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    It's the epitome of nothingness. Lacks just about everything from good taste to warmth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ang View Post
    i love it. superb location, too...joshua tree is gorgeous. i pink puffy heart the desert. i'd get rid of the dining set & those wicker chairs, but i'm digging everything else.
    Those two little baby Joshua trees in the fifth pic are so cute I want to go out to that place and steal them!

    The house is meh. That landscape really is kind of harsh-lunar if you took away the vegetation. It does almost look like they landed on a different planet.

    And I do not care if it is on six steel columns, I would NEVER build directly over a seasonal stream in a desert region. That is just begging for a one in a thousand year rainstorm to hit and send a deluge sweeping you away. WHY not just locate it just to the side of the dry streambed? Morons.
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    Love the view, but the house does nothing for me. Way too much wood.
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    The sparse look fits the desert, but I wouldn't want to live there.
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