Following on the success of a prototype prefab in Yucca Valley, Blue Sky Homes plans to break ground this month on another prefab in the same area. Like the prototype, the home will be built with a light-gauge steel framing system and STEPs (steel thermally efficient panels), which are pre-cut and attach to the exterior during assembly.
The frame, if compared to standard steel, is easy to work with, assembles quickly, and requires no welding. The steel has up to 70% recycled content, according to Blue Sky Homes, and is practically resistant to rot, mold, termites, and fire.
As pictured, the site has giant boulders and ancient junipers that won’t be disturbed by construction. The home will be built on independent concrete footings — similar to the foundation used for this off-grid itHouse also using a Blue Sky Frame.
Blue Sky Homes expects to frame the home in three days, finish the shell in another week, and complete everything in about seven or eight weeks total. This video illustrates the company’s quick construction process.
The 1,225-square-foot home is planned as a weekend retreat for Canadian Gordon Graham. It was designed by o2 Architecture and Solterra Development is the general contractor. I’ll follow up later when complete.
Credits: Blue Sky Homes.