Budget Breakdown: She Turned a Joshua Tree Shack Into a Homestead for the Long Haul With $456K

A 1954 one-room cabin gave designer Veronica Koltuniak access to the deep desert. Now it’s her year-round escape with soaking tubs and an outdoor kitchen.
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North Joshua Tree isn’t quite the same as the other areas surrounding the town proper. The Southern California sun is ever-present, of course, as is the sand. They share the moon that rises above the jagged mountains and the glitter of stars blanketing the sky. But this corner, as designer Veronica Koltuniak puts it, is a little more austere.

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Kelly Dawson
Kelly Dawson is a writer in Los Angeles who has been contributing to Dwell's print and online publications since 2015. Follow her on Instagram @kellydawsonwrites.