Blue Sky Homes Prefab Now Complete!

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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.

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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).

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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 …

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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.


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  • http://mportlandrealestate.com/ Portland Real Estate

    All it takes is one gorgeous house like that to launch a companys design into a the spotlight, now that the demand is up I am glad they provided a catalog. Local prefab companies that build green homes are going to be the sustainable future.

  • Sea Wolf

    Brilliant design and execution in every way. The best prefab concept and process I’ve seen to date. It’s fine, I suppose, that the prototype is set in the desert, but the site is a curious choice; while it makes for a great video, it confuses the message and masks just how sensible the house itself really is. I hope the next 100,000 are built in dense urban neighborhoods. Nice work, all.

  • Brian N.

    I really like this design. Very simple and open. I am wondering what features the base model would come with? $200k isn’t horrible, but $275k is a little steep for most.

  • Doug B

    As an erlier commenter mentioned, could these ‘green’ companies not put their homes in such beutiful wilderness settings, come on, putting bamboo flooring in the middle of a desert is not sustainable. Yes it looks wonderful but it breaks my heart to know that another wild area has had a home slapped into it. This is the sort of land that should be saved for all to enjoy, not just the one couple that can afford, no doubt, yet another gettaway cabana.
    Top points for a quick, low impact build.
    Hopfully energy efficient home, but then in California who cares.
    Zero points for the site chosen.

    • http://www.facebook.com/LFSchelin Lee Schelin

      Doug: The house is built in a development that has been there for years. We discovered Rock Reach several weeks ago and this house is one of the best in the development. Joshua Tree National Monument is minutes away and covers several thousand acres. We have been going to the area since the late 1950′s and Rock Reach is one of the best developments in the whole upper desert, in fact we are looking for property there.

    • http://www.facebook.com/LFSchelin Lee Schelin

      Doug: The house is built in a development that has been there for years. We discovered Rock Reach several weeks ago and this house is one of the best in the development. Joshua Tree National Monument is minutes away and covers several thousand acres. We have been going to the area since the late 1950′s and Rock Reach is one of the best developments in the whole upper desert, in fact we are looking for property there.

  • http://www.blueskyhomesllc.com/ Dave McAdam

    As one of the principals of Blue Sky Homes I want to offer a response to the understandable concerns about placing this house (any house) in a pristine desert environment. We would never have built this house where we did had the property not been previously touched by the hand of man. The house sits on 2 1/2 acres that are bisected by two dirt access roads that were cut into the area in 1968 when the property was subdivided. Those roads remain and there is nothing we could have done about them. But unlike others who have built in this area we elected not to further damage the area by grading a large flat pad for a house. Instead our steel columns allow us to “float” the house over a corner of the property that was not damaged in 1968 — thus doing no further damage and offering a homeowner a chance to enjoy a rare intimate connection to the land. Most importantly, we hope that our example might prove inspiring to others who have similarly non-pristine land. Do no further harm!

    • Marco Domingos

      Hey Dave,

      We have a pretty cool home in Yucca built in 1960 over on Warren Vista Ave up on the Mesa. You may have seen it Avain and Laurie use to own it. You should come by and check it out. Glad to see your project coming to completion. We will try to make it by to see it.

      Marco and Laura
      213.407.0804

  • http://www.MidCenturyModernPS.com Paulkaplan5

    Beautiful Design (and great photos by Lance as always!) Look forward to seeing it in person, as well as seeing how this prototype will work in a more urban setting also in the future.

  • Anonymous

    Contrary to the comments of an earlier poster, there is vast acreage in the California High Desert that has been preserved for future generations thanks to organizations such as the Nature Conservancy and their generous donors…yet, some of the most beautiful lands remain in the hands of the private sector and I for one was pleased with the outcome of this build. They planned on being minimally invasive from the start of the project and the result was a structure that looks as though it could be removed without leaving any scars. Kudos to all involved. MG

  • Jeannie

    Looks like a plan I could use but I really needed to see the floor plan with dimensions shown.

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