Rock Reach House is a steel house featuring polished concrete floors and large amounts of glass. The only wood in the entire structure is in the custom cabinets and the interior doors.

The all-electric home includes a large array of photovoltaic panels on the roof of a two-car carport that create nearly as much electricity as the house uses (a connection to the grid means the house is never without power).

It is a small home (1,000 square feet) that lives large. Sliding glass doors in all rooms bring the outside in -- making the home feel much larger than it is. Private patios open off of each bedroom and a large front deck is accessed from the living room and the kitchen. Each of the two identical-size bedrooms features a California king bed. 

Furnishings are simple, sleek and modern. The fully equipped kitchen features high-end appliances.  Wireless wi-fi is available throughout the house and satellite TV service is in the living room. An apartment-size stacked washer-dryer is available for quick clean ups.

A heating and air conditioning system is augmented by ceiling fans in each bedroom.

Outside find a large fireplace with free firewood provided. There is a Jacuzzi-brand hot tub nestled in a private cove of rocks with long views across miles of open desert. A large galvanized outdoor stock tank (our cowboy tub) is used in warm months for cool dips. An outdoor shower is on the large, private deck that is accessed via a door from the indoor shower.

Rock Reach House was designed by the award-winning and innovative folks at o2 Architecture in Palm Springs. It is the first house from Blue Sky Building Systems.



Square feet – 1,000
Bedrooms – 2
Bathrooms – 1
Land –  2 ½-acres


Rock Climbing
Bird Watching
Star Gazing
Scenic Drives
Mountain Biking


Joshua Tree National Park
Two Bunch Palms Spa
The Integratron 
Noah Purifoy Art Installation
Pappy & Harriet's
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Floor plan


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Green Living


  • Solar photovoltaic panels send excess electricity back into grid.
  • Ceiling fans in bedrooms reduce need for air conditioning.
  • Gray water system disposes of waste water from shower, bathroom sink and washing machine.
  • On-site water well and holding tanks. House is not dependent upon municipal water agency.
  • Micro FAST four-chamber septic system (including evaporation mound) for black water.
  • High-performance “E²”double-pane windows and doors.
  • Cabinets made with bamboo (Plyboo) fronts and FSC certified boxes.
  • Only wood in house found in cabinets and interior doors and frames.
  • No use of propane or natural gas in house.
  • A seasonal stream flows uninterrupted under house.


  • Minimal damage to land...home sits on six small footings.
  • All steel used manufactured with up to 70 percent recycled steel.
  • Factory fabrication of most elements meant dramatically less waste created.
  • Waste created in factory immediately recycled.
  • Prefabrication of elements meant far less site waste needing to be taken to landfill.
  • Waste created during construction sorted and recycled.
  • Rapid construction meant far fewer pickup truck trips to and from job site by workers.
  • All materials in the home can be recycled.
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