The Graham Residence, a desert prefab that we previewed last February, is now complete. The Blue Sky Homes project is located in Yucca Valley and was designed by o2 Architecture. Solterra Development was the general contractor and completed the kit home with a galvanized, light-gauge steel frame and several energy-efficient elements.
The home has steel thermal efficient panel walls made with expanded polystyrene with an extra layer of batt insulation (a total of R28), insulation-wrapped roof joists, and an insulated underside (R19). The roof is topped with standing-seam metal; the exterior is finished with HardieBoard and corrugated sheet metal.
The 1,225-square-foot home is a weekend retreat for Canadian Gordon Graham. Christopher Kennedy designed the interiors, and you can see images of the living room, kitchen, and dining area on Blue Sky Homes’ website.
On the topic, Blue Sky Homes co-founder David McAdam will sit on an upcoming panel called “Designing the Desert” at Dwell on Design. The panel includes Lloyd Russell, architect of this home in Pioneertown, and Aaron Britt, senior editor of Dwell Media, as the moderator. It will be on the Sustainability Stage on Sunday, June 26, 2:30 – 3:00 pm.
Credit: David A. Lee Photography.