Desert Homes

The best in modern desert homes by Dwell.

A Cleverly Camouflaged Family Home Floats Above the West Texas Mountainside
A Cleverly Camouflaged Family Home Floats Above the West Texas Mountainside
At the intersection of mountains and desert, the vast and rugged beauty of the natural landscape inspires a home for a family of four.
The Award-Winning Byrne Residence Is Back on the Market for $1.65M
Anchored to a saguaro-studded lot, this steel-and-concrete home by Will Bruder Architects embraces the Arizona desert.
Before & After: This Historic Midcentury With a Slinky Roofline Debuts at Modernism Week 2020
Once destined for destruction, the Miles Bates House—better known as the Wave House for its curvy roof—will finally open to the public in Palm Springs this week.
Top 5 Homes of the Week That Boldly Complement the Rugged Desert
Top 5 Homes of the Week That Boldly Complement the Rugged Desert
The dream of desert modernism is alive and well in these modern homes. Take a peek at the too-hot picks from the Dwell community that caught our editor’s eye this week.
- 3 months ago
Take in Panoramic Desert Views in This Off-Grid Cabin
An entrepreneur-turned-DIY builder expands his eco-friendly Yucca Valley property with this translucent desert structure.
Design 101: What Are Alexander Homes, and Why Are They Still So Beloved?
The Alexander Construction Company made Palm Springs living accessible to the masses.
11 Homes That Capture the Spirit of Joshua Tree
These cabins, domes, and houses channel the free-spirited nature of the desert.
A Writer’s Prefab Retreat Sits Lightly Upon the Land in Joshua Tree
Thoughtfully inserted into the desert landscape, a low-impact, two-bedroom Cover prefab embraces the outdoors in minimalist style.
Before & After: A Joshua Tree Midcentury Serves Up Moroccan Vibes
The couple behind Mini Inno turn a 1966 ranch home into a rejuvenating retreat that channels Moroccan influences.
This Palm Springs Prefab Is a “Living Lab” for its Designer Residents
In Palm Springs, a pair of prefab experts turn their process on themselves.
This Arizona Home Takes Design Cues From the Mighty Saguaro
This Arizona Home Takes Design Cues From the Mighty Saguaro
The Phoenix residence draws inspiration from the Sonoran Desert and the stately cacti.
- 6 months ago
This Midcentury Home for Sale Is the Grandest Palm Springs Has Ever Seen
Asking $4,250,000, this nearly 10,000-square-foot home is said to be the largest midcentury home ever built in Palm Springs.
Dwell x Turkel Design: Breaking Ground in Palm Springs
Drawing from the city’s heritage of midcentury modernism, the Dwell Prefab Palm Springs by Turkel Design embodies California’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle.
Geological Formation
A net-zero house in Northern California is earth-first in more ways than one.
A Rookie Designer and Her Builder Father Create an Artist’s Sculptural Loft in the Desert
A rookie designer, a veteran builder, and an artist eschew the traditional and join forces to create a singular residence in northern New Mexico.
Construction Diary: A Couple Build a Moroccan-Inspired Retreat in Joshua Tree
Over a span of 10 months, Louis Litrenta and Natalie Saunders build an airy vacation home in the Californian desert that draws from the local landscape and their travels abroad.
A Stale Desert Midcentury Gets a Punched-Up Personality
In Rancho Mirage, California, a tired 1960s house is completely transformed with new features and materials that blend midcentury charm with contemporary taste.
A Picturesque Desert Prefab
Jim Murren’s prefab house in Sin City, designed by Marmol Radziner, is as artful as it is art-filled, thanks to an asymmetrical arrangement of solids and voids.
A Palm Springs Net-Zero Prefab Flaunts an Elegant, Airy Kitchen
Voluminous, versatile, and incredibly chic—the kitchen in the Axiom Desert House has been thoughtfully designed to serve as a multidimensional stage for personal expression and...
How Neutra’s Kaufmann House Got its Groove Back
Marmol Radziner and homeowner Brent Harris shed light on the exhaustive, five-year process of unearthing the plans for Richard Neutra’s iconic Kaufmann House in Palm Springs—and...
Here's Palm Springs In All Its Nighttime Glory
Inspiration can strike anywhere, at any time.
Construction Diary: A Serene Desert Hideaway Is Part Rental, Part Designer Showcase
Billed as a design retreat, Casa Mami in Pioneertown, California, hosts visitors at the edge of Joshua Tree National Park—then invites them to buy what they love.
Top 5 Homes of the Week That Are Even Hotter Than Their Desert Locations
These modern desert homes match their locations with equally impressive design.
High Desert House in Joshua Tree Is an Otherworldly Architectural Icon
A couple’s handwritten note to renowned architect Kendrick Bangs Kellogg results in an iconic Leviathan of a home in the Californian desert.
An Indoor/Outdoor Prefab Blooms in the Palm Springs Desert
While Joel Turkel has built prefab homes all over North America and beyond, he hasn’t had the chance to live in one of his own designs. That will soon change.
A Sustainable, Modern Home Frames a Prickly Desert Landscape
Conceived as an extension of the Arizona landscape, this eco-friendly, modern house approaches near net-zero energy consumption.
Rammed Earth Walls Tie This Eco-Friendly Home to the Desert
Spanning a desert wash, a modern residence in Arizona embraces its natural surroundings with minimal impact.
11 Celebrity Homes That Showcase Desert Modernism in Rancho Mirage
Bing Crosby, Lucille Ball, and Frank Sinatra were just a few of the notable homeowners in Rancho Mirage, a desert resort just east of Palm Springs.
Prefab Units Cluster Together in This Off-the-Grid Guesthouse
Sustainable features keep this prefabricated building, designed by MOS Architects, cool and energy-efficient despite its New Mexico desert surroundings.
An Old Grain Silo Makes an Enchanting Tiny Home in Phoenix
Tucked into the urban grid, a 340-square-foot grain silo becomes an unexpected desert oasis that overcomes several design challenges.