Looking for a hip, remote and romantic place to stay? The Rock Reach House, a prefab home built by Blue Sky Systems along with Architect Lance O’Donnell of o2 Architecture is the perfect desert hideaway. The 1000 sq foot home, located in Yucca Valley near Joshua Tree National Park, took only 8 weeks to build and is now a very chic little vacation rental.
The Rock Reach House in Joshua Tree
UPDATE 2022: little did we know when we blogged about this, it would be the home that kicked off Homestead Modern, a company that now has 40+ rentable chic desert properties.
Built in 2009, the home was featured in a 2010 issue of Dwell Magazine and has since been turned into a chic little getaway available through VRBO or Airbnb. It’s less than an hour and a half from the heart of Los Angeles, but it feels as if it’s on another planet.
The 2 bedroom / 1 bathroom prefab sleeps four, has Top-of-the-line appliances and home theater, A/V system and high-speed Internet. It’s decorated nicely, has great views and wonderful outdoor areas- an outdoor fireplace, jacuzzi tub and splash pool. There’s even an outdoor shower.
About the construction
A collaborative effort between prefabricated home developer Blue Sky Homes LLC and Palm Springs based Architect Lance O’Donnell of o2 Architecture; this 1,000 sq ft home is located in the Mojave Desert region at 4,000’ above sea level. The program called for a sustainable, modestly scaled residence to serve as a prototype for a prefabricated line of homes. Special attention was paid to site placement and building orientation. Inspired by Le Corbusier’s “Domino”; the building contains a pure structure of columns and planes. Adaptability is created by the non-load bearing walls and openings that can be moved within the structure to satisfy a variety of site conditions.
The home is positioned above the site on moment-resisting columns and beams of cold-formed, light gauge steel. The building envelope is composed by a grid of pre-manufactured wall panels and standardized building components. The bathroom module, containing all home MEP systems, is built off-site and delivered finished. Interior spaces are defined by the placement of storage cabinetry, eliminating interior framed walls. Solar technologies provide electricity, hot water and space heating.
The flat-packed building components minimize transportation volume and promote sustainability through material/structural efficiency and can be dissembled and relocated. The inherent nature of prefabricated design ensures low embodied energy and minimizes site waste. The prototype was completed in May of 2009 after a construction schedule of 8 weeks and a construction budget of $270/SF.
• Property Type: House, 1000 sq. ft.
• Accommodation Type: Vacation Rental
• Meals: Guests Provide Their Own Meals
• Suitability: Events Allowed, Non Smoking Only, Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
•Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4
Bedroom 1: king
Bedroom 2: king
•Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom (toilet, shower)
•Minimum stay is 2 nights
•Pets may be allowed but the renter must first contact the owner via email for a discussion.
$340 per night (prices subject to change)