Modern Jewel in the Desert

Joshua Tree, California
Location
  • Joshua Tree, California
  • Structure
  • House (Multi Residence)
  • Type
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 1979
  • Square Feet
  • 1800
  • Lot Size
  • 40,000
  • Bedrooms
  • 1
  • Full Baths
  • 2
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • This modern jewel in Joshua Tree had it’s beginnings as a woebegone duplex found in foreclosure. Sanford Ponder was looking for a facility which would serve both as his healing retreat as well as be able to offer a separate Airbnb unit for guests and clients. His desire was to design with affordable materials which would withstand the desert extremes as well as age gracefully with time.

    Decorative block walls have been added which offer contrasting perforations and protruding details giving both privacy and light. Custom metal framed shade structures utilize corrugated metal with custom wood panels on the ceiling. The wood panels serve both to block the desert heat coming off the corrugated metal, and to soften the space below.

    Much of the material produced during demolition was recycled. A lot of wood studs were reused and all the concrete slab from the walkways and carport was broken top for use in retaining walls. There was quite a lot of landscaping work done.

    Additions to the basic gutting and remodel of the original apartments include a unique therapy pool nestled into what used to be the carport and a semi sunken treatment room added onto the clinic area. There are also 2 outbuildings, one a simple block storage room, the other a small office set back behind the juicing kitchen. There is a large setup in fire pit area providing a great place to gather and relax.

    Sanford designed the cabinets and much of the furniture. Particular attention was paid to the hardware and fixtures. The interiors have clean simple lines which makes this place comfortable, serene and enduring for years to come.

    For more information on Sanford's work visit flojt.me
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    Modern home with plywood floor, carpet floor, front yard, desert, trees, shrubs, hardscapes, vertical fence, landscape lighting, post lighting, and outdoor. Front Entry showing decorative block walls with open perforations and protruding details.  Concrete block, metal with wood detail age well in the desert environment.  Photo  of Modern Jewel in the Desert

    Front Entry showing decorative block walls with open perforations and protruding details. Concrete block, metal with wood detail age well in the desert environment.

    Modern home with outdoor, side yard, trees, garden, desert, walkways, gardens, small patio, porch, deck, wood patio, porch, deck, decomposed granite patio, porch, deck, concrete patio, porch, deck, metal patio, porch, deck, horizontal fence, wood fence, and metal fence. Enclosed inner patio showing corrugated shade structures with dropped wood panels that provide cool shade. Photo 2 of Modern Jewel in the Desert

    Enclosed inner patio showing corrugated shade structures with dropped wood panels that provide cool shade.

    Modern home with outdoor, front yard, and desert. This is what the original building looked like when first purchased.  Photo 3 of Modern Jewel in the Desert

    This is what the original building looked like when first purchased.

    Modern home with outdoor, front yard, and desert. Photo showing front of building with dirt removed from front of building for future block wall.  This block wall will make the building seem taller than the one story it is now.  Photo 4 of Modern Jewel in the Desert

    Photo showing front of building with dirt removed from front of building for future block wall. This block wall will make the building seem taller than the one story it is now.

    Modern home with outdoor, front yard, horizontal fence, concrete patio, porch, deck, and hardscapes. Building with block wall added.   Photo 5 of Modern Jewel in the Desert

    Building with block wall added.

    Modern home with outdoor, side yard, desert, concrete patio, porch, deck, and horizontal fence. Decorative block wall forms a storage room  Photo 6 of Modern Jewel in the Desert

    Decorative block wall forms a storage room

    Modern home with outdoor, side yard, hardscapes, small patio, porch, deck, concrete patio, porch, deck, and horizontal fence. Enclosed patio showing the degrees of light  Photo 7 of Modern Jewel in the Desert

    Enclosed patio showing the degrees of light

    Modern home with outdoor, back yard, desert, walkways, shrubs, and stone patio, porch, deck. Decorative metal/wood structure defines the entry.  Photo 8 of Modern Jewel in the Desert

    Decorative metal/wood structure defines the entry.

    Modern home with outdoor, small pool, and concrete pool. What once was a carport is now an indoor pool.  Photo 9 of Modern Jewel in the Desert

    What once was a carport is now an indoor pool.

    Modern home with outdoor, desert, concrete pool, side yard, and small pool. Carport was framed in to house the indoor pool.  Photo 10 of Modern Jewel in the Desert

    Carport was framed in to house the indoor pool.

    Modern home with outdoor, back yard, desert, and hardscapes. Sunken conversation/fire pit area was made from recycled concrete from the carport slab.  Photo 11 of Modern Jewel in the Desert

    Sunken conversation/fire pit area was made from recycled concrete from the carport slab.

    Modern home with outdoor, hardscapes, back yard, and desert. All the concrete rubble from the carport was used to make the sunken seating Photo 12 of Modern Jewel in the Desert

    All the concrete rubble from the carport was used to make the sunken seating

    Modern home with outdoor, desert, back yard, and hardscapes. Metal formwork for the curved seating area.  The metal rusted by the rain.   Photo 13 of Modern Jewel in the Desert

    Metal formwork for the curved seating area. The metal rusted by the rain.

    Modern home with kitchen, laminate counter, wood cabinet, wood counter, plywood floor, ceramic tile backsplashe, pendant lighting, and ceiling lighting. Custom marine grade plywood cabinets and cantilevered desk.  Photo 14 of Modern Jewel in the Desert

    Custom marine grade plywood cabinets and cantilevered desk.

    Modern home with living room, sofa, ceramic tile floor, and ceiling lighting. Living Room in the guest suite.  Modernica sofa.  Photo 15 of Modern Jewel in the Desert

    Living Room in the guest suite. Modernica sofa.

    Modern home with kitchen, wood cabinet, ceramic tile floor, ceramic tile backsplashe, laminate counter, subway tile backsplashe, ceiling lighting, refrigerator, wall oven, cooktops, drop in sink, range, and range hood. Guest Kitchen has Gaggenau cooktop, Han Grohe faucet with Stainless steel Kohler sink.  Photo 16 of Modern Jewel in the Desert

    Guest Kitchen has Gaggenau cooktop, Han Grohe faucet with Stainless steel Kohler sink.

    Modern home with bath room, ceramic tile floor, vessel sink, ceiling lighting, open shower, wood counter, and one piece toilet. Accent wall in Guest Bathroom is actually cardboard.  Sanford found this on the internet,  pattern is glued in place, caulked and painted.  Withstands the environment in the bathroom very well.   Photo 17 of Modern Jewel in the Desert

    Accent wall in Guest Bathroom is actually cardboard. Sanford found this on the internet, pattern is glued in place, caulked and painted. Withstands the environment in the bathroom very well.

    Modern home with bath room, porcelain tile floor, vessel sink, wood counter, open shower, ceiling lighting, and one piece toilet. Cardboard tiles are a really inexpensive way to tile a wall for maximum effect and hardly any cost.  Photo 18 of Modern Jewel in the Desert

    Cardboard tiles are a really inexpensive way to tile a wall for maximum effect and hardly any cost.