Earlier this year, we mentioned the high desert, off-grid itHouse by Taalman Koch Architecture and readers loved it. Now, Taalman Koch has launched their new itHouse website and announced news of their Three Junipers development project. Three Junipers is a planned community that will have three, 5-acre properties for pre-sale. The properties come with a building pad, foundation, and plans for a 1600 sf, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom itHouse. At Three Junipers, itHouses will be off-grid and powered by both solar PV and solar thermal systems. Plans include a Poliform chefs kitchen, covered dining patio, outdoor solar heated Plunge pool, suspended indoor Fireorb fireplace, outdoor courtyards with fireplaces, and covered 2 car carports.
Speaking about living in an itHouse, Alan Koch said earlier today, "living in the off-grid itHouse in the high desert is something akin to being on a sailboat. The house needs to be rigged according to season and time of day. We close / open certain sliding doors and pull / open curtains over the course of the day, and even install alumuminet canopies in the Summer … to us it’s a way of being in-tune with changes that occur over time –- both in the short term (24 hours) and in the long term (summer to winter)."
Three Junipers is ten miles from Pioneertown and 30 minutes from Joshua Tree National Park in California. The three homes for pre-sale will be built one-at-a-time with pricing from the $750,000s.
You can also work with Taalman Koch to purchase the basic Component Package of the itHouse for around $150 psf. The basic Component Package is an 1100 sf, 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home with structural, cabinet, and enclosure systems (you arrange for labor, foundation, radiant heating, slab, roof membrane, shipping, tax, contracting fees, permitting fees, etc.). Additionally, depending on what you’re interested in, you can arrange for optional outfit, kitchen, bathroom, and solar energy packages. To date, the average cost of an itHouse, from foundation to fixtures, has been ~$220 psf.
The itHouse is made from a system of components that are prefabricated off-site, pre-cut and pre-drilled, and flat-pack shipped directly to the home site. Components are designed to be small and light, so homes can be located in areas where a crane may not be available.
Photo credits: Art Gray.