Three Junipers Off-Grid itHouse Project


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. 

Offgrid Prefab Home

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

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.

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itHouse Interior


Photo credits: Art Gray.

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  • Chuck Newton

    I have always found it interesting in this day of flash, YouTube and social media that these companies put together websites to sell their product that do not focus intently on their product. You blog often does a better job in the form of pictures and video than their own site. Pictures should be abundant. Simple video walking us prospects through the house, showing off the detail, how it was built and came together. It seems they care more about the look of their website than the actual presentation of their product. People want to conceptually and visually kick the tires. Thank you for your site.

  • Joyce

    The concept and actual design/look of this house is really eye-catching. It must be interesting to live in what feels like a glass house!

    • Preston

      I agree … that’s why I included the above commentary from Alan Koch, because it is a different way of living — living that’s similar to sailing. Throughout the day, depending on sun and weather, you’re drawing curtains, opening windows, etc. But you’re off-grid and the homes are so beautiful.

  • david

    the desert is a playgroung for architects. i live about 90 miles from where this house is located. they are about 20 miles north of joshua tree national park. i think these houses are very cool, the only problem is the market they are going after. there is not much out where this homes are being built so these are really second homes as the locals are priced out of these. so with the economy on the downturn, i’m not sure buyers are going to be ready to shell out $775K for a second home in the middle of nowhere.

  • Alderrr

    A glass house is a terrible idea for a permanent residence in the desert. Too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. These only make sense as vacation homes.

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