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October 22, 2013
From prefab to site-built, and off the grid to plugged in, to follow are some of our favorite desert houses from the pages of Dwell.
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A lone saguaro marks the southwest corner of Thomas and Laura Hyland’s property, which is situated adjacent to the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. The structure’s main living volume is elevated and faced in glass, overlooking a descending pathway that leads to a pool tucked into the site. Photo by Dean Kaufman.

Originally appeared in 5 Prefab Desert Homes
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pool white wall Phoenix

The pool of the Phoenix house feels as laterally finite as the house feels spacious—but the view goes up forever. Photo by Dean Kaufman.

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Exterior The Fontenell Palm Springs

A mid-century oasis in the desert, The Fontenell was built in the late '50s for the family of makeup and cosmetics icon Max Factor. Seeking a place his family could relax together, seven fully-equipped bungalows in fashionable Palm Springs fit the bill. Photo by Dan Chavkin.

Originally appeared in Mid-Century Makeup: The Fontenell in Palm Springs
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Nighttime hikes often end at the the “cowboy” hot tub where Smith soaks his feet: two nested Hastings galvanized livestock feeders. The tub is surrounded by a Veranda faux-wood deck and fed with hot water from the house’s solar hot-water system.

The Blue Sky prototype house leads a second life as desert getaway for David McAdam and his partner Scott Smith. Nighttime hikes often end at the the “cowboy” hot tub where Smith soaks his feet: two nested Hastings galvanized livestock feeders. Photo by Misha Gravenor.

 

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Originally appeared in Plan of Steel
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For his house in Phoenix, Arizona, Matthew Trzebiatowski matched an extreme aesthetic to an extreme climate, but his sustainable moves took a gentler approach. The glass-enclosed master bedroom floats above the corrugated, oxidized steel exterior. Photo by Gregg Segal. 

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Originally appeared in Step by Step
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The exterior of the house consists of sandblasted masonry and Ferrari shade sails stretched on a steel frame.

Ex college roommates Jay Atherton and Cy Keener are now business partners: They founded a design firm, Atherton Keener, in 2007, and built a house in Phoenix, Arizona. The exterior consists of sandblasted masonry and Ferrari shade sails stretched on a steel frame. Photo by Ye Rin Mok.

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Originally appeared in Startin' Spartan
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Desert Canopy House in Palm Springs

Desert Canopy House, the first net-zero energy house in Palm Springs, by Whitney Sander. Photo courtesy Sander Architects.

Originally appeared in Desert Canopy House
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Leo Marmol and Alisa Becket enjoy one of their home’s many outdoor spaces.

Leo Marmol of Marmol Radziner built his own prefab vacation house in the Coachella Valley. Photo by  Daniel Hennessy.

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Originally appeared in Desert Utopia
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After months spent researching solutions to make her home’s fabric roof functional, Lisa Sette can finally relax.

After months spent researching solutions to make her Phoenix home’s fabric roof functional, Lisa Sette can finally relax. Photo by Daniel Hennessy.

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Originally appeared in Love's Labors Found
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exterior house facade

A lone saguaro marks the southwest corner of Thomas and Laura Hyland’s property, which is situated adjacent to the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. The structure’s main living volume is elevated and faced in glass, overlooking a descending pathway that leads to a pool tucked into the site. Photo by Dean Kaufman.

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