Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Blue Sky Homes

At Salon for the Parched, fantastic event coordinated by Kurt Cyr, we met Dave McAdam who is the owner of Blue Sky Homes, which is using a fantastic light steel construction method to build custom prefab homes. These are different from other types of constructions in that they are totally designed to straddle a site/lot and not interfere with landscape, or to be placed on a lot which would be prohibitively expensive or impossible to place a home on.

Rock Reach House is the first home utilizing the Blue Sky Building System. It was built in the Southern California desert community of Yucca Valley. Rock Reach House was completed in eight weeks, and we expect that future homes of this design will be finished in approximately six weeks (once footings are in place). These homes maximize the house’s spectacular location at 4,000 feet above sea level amid massive weathered boulders and ancient piƱon and juniper trees.

In terms of pricing, Blue Sky Homes anticipates that a base model of the Yucca Valley prototype will cost about $275,000 (the prototype is 1,000 square feet and has over $75,000 in upgrades). In addition, the price excludes all site-specific items such as land costs, surveying, soil engineering, permitting, utilities, and footings (but Blue Sky will work with prospective buyers to provide price guidance on these items).

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