Top 5 Homes of the Week That Are Even Hotter Than Their Desert Locations

Top 5 Homes of the Week That Are Even Hotter Than Their Desert Locations

By Samantha Daly
These modern desert homes match their locations with equally impressive design. Take a peek at our editor's favorite homes this week from the Dwell community that crank up the heat.

Featured homes were submitted by members of the Dwell community through our Add a Home feature. Add your home to Dwell.com/homes today.

1. Desert Wing

Architect: Kendle Design Collaborative, Location: Scottsdale, Arizona

From the architect: "Materials are chosen not just for their inherent beauty and low maintenance, but for their indigenous qualities as well. Copper, mined in the Arizona desert, clad bold roof forms, which appear to float above indoor and outdoor living spaces. Rammed-earth walls made of soil excavated from the site rise up from the desert floor, echoing the forms of the surrounding mountain range. The result is a home that is truly in harmony with its site and is expressive of its unique place in the world."


2. Modern Meets Boho

Landscape design firm: BOXHILL, Location: Tucson, Arizona

From the principal designer: "We gave the landscape surrounding this midcentury-modern home a complete face-lift, replacing what was once all gravel and concrete with a dynamic landscape, studded with desert plants and with many areas to kick back and relax. The design brings the outdoors in with living-room windows that look out onto specimen cactus, inviting seating areas, and views to the Sonoran desert. In the backyard, we remodeled the existing pool, adding a shallow, wadding area for lounging while partially submerged in the water, and adding multiple areas for seating, such as hanging day-beds from the covered porch and an area for outdoor dining."

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3. The Modern Taos House

House design: Solstainable Builders, Location: El Prado, New Mexico

From the project uploader: "The Taos Modern House features The Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument as your own personal backyard and the Sangre De Cristo Mountain as your playground."


4. The Wheelhouse

Location: Twentynine Palms, California

From the project uploader: "Set within a vast spread of almost 80 acres, the property is adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park, with spectacular uninterrupted views of the desert and mountains. Currently owned by an artist, the light-filled living spaces are dotted with his own creations, including a triptych on plywood, a unique wood-based tripod lamp, and a sunset-hued tree light amidst classic designs by Eames."


5. JT1 Cabin

Builders: Goodpaster Development and Baltic Sands Inc., Location: Joshua Tree, California

From the photographer: "Inspired by the homestead cabins synonymous with Joshua Tree, this modern, completely off-grid cabin is a unique offering for the area. Set on 5 acres of pristine desert, this cabin stands walking distance from the Joshua Tree National Park boundary, the unmistakable boulders, and boasts 360-degree desert views. High ceilings and windows work together to showcase the natural beauty of the Mojave and allow the desert to be an extension of every room, including the bathrooms, making style and breathtaking wilderness seamlessly interconnected." 


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