A couple months ago, we mentioned Blue Sky Homes, as well as the prototype project of the Blue Sky Homes’ Building System. As the story goes with prefab, a short eight (8) weeks after installing the footings, the prototype is now complete. Dave McAdam, owner of the Yucca Valley prototype, sent me these images of the completed home — it’s a stunning example of clean, efficient, contemporary, desert architecture.
The goal of the prototype home was to test out the Blue Sky Homes’ Building System, which consists of light-guage steel framing, factory fabrication, on-site assembly, flexible design, and high sustainability. The design exceeds Title 24 energy requirements by 15%, and green elements include bamboo and FSC-certified cabinetry, solar PV, solar hot water panels, grey water system, low-VOC paints, high-performance double-E windows and doors, Energy Star appliances, efficient STEPs (steel thermal efficiency panels), and abundant natural light.
In terms of pricing, Blue Sky Homes anticipates that a base model of the Yucca Valley prototype will cost about $275,000 (the prototype is 1,000 square feet and has over $75,000 in upgrades). In addition, the price excludes all site-specific items such as land costs, surveying, soil engineering, permitting, utilities, and footings (but Blue Sky will work with prospective buyers to provide price guidance on these items).
Due to the success of the prototype, Blue Sky Homes is now launching an entire catalog of prefab homes using the Blue Sky Homes’ Building System. The company currently offers a 500 square-foot casita and homes of 1,000 and 1,500 square feet. Later in the summer, they will launch home designs of about 2,000 – 2,500 square feet.
For the time being, Blue Sky Homes is focusing on the Southern California market. Their next home is planned for Palm Springs, California. But the company is creating an interest list and anticipates being able to fulfill orders elsewhere by the end of this year. Check them out if you’re interested …
The Yucca Valley prototype was completed through the collaboration of Blue Sky Homes, o2 Architecture, FCP, Inc. (engineering and steel), and Solterra Development (contractor).
Photo credits: Nuvue Interactive.