Forsaken Joshua Tree hut becomes off-grid folly for stargazing

When and Hillary Flur first drove down the dirt road in and saw the collapsing surrounded by open space, they knew it was the spot to build their off-grid smart cabin.

The Cabin is reference to the the often useless buildings built in 19th century Europe on large expanses of land. “I adapted a new filter of what a millennial’s take would be like on a ”, explains Alqadi “making it a smart, sufficient, self-sustainable prototype for future building, current buildings and doing it on a small scale so people can grasp the concept of what off-grid is.”

The was built using the foundation of the original homesteader’s cabin (from 1863 to 1977, homesteaders could claim 16O-acre parcels in the Mojave Desert). The small space now includes a living/dining space, sleeping loft, kitchenette, toilet and shower with an indoor boulder and glass wall to bring the outdoors in.

For additional sleeping space, they built a separate stargazing loft with no ceiling, accessible only by an outdoor metal ladder and served by an open-air bathtub made from a galvanized metal tank normally used for livestock feed.



  1. No toilet in the open-air loft? Can you imagine having to negotiate the ladder in the middle of the night? Maybe not, at least it would not work for me.

  2. What happens when there is a dust storm? The top room must get covered in dust. Ok here is a serious issue with living off grid way out in the middle of the desert or mountains that nobody talks about. How far are you from health care if you have an emergency? I had a friend pass away because he could not get to an emergency room fast enough and he lived in a similar distance location. That should be concern of those that want to live like this.

  3. The most unmistakable millennial’s current day ‘folly’, is their co-dependance on the Democrat Party, and their collective Socialist fetish.

  4. 5:27 “I took that existing footprint and _extenuated_ all the walls…” LOL OK, I would’ve _extended_ them, but whatever floats your boat.

  5. I personally would not want to have to tap on a screen several times to turn a light on or off. When it’s 2 am, and I am trying to get to the bathroom, I am not in any kind of state to deal with tech. “Who left the tablet in settings mode, dammit?! Now I gotta reset the whole damn thing! Where are my glasses?” “Turn the light on, please!” “Sorry, I cant. The system is updating”….Give me a switch on the wall that I don’t have to think about. And those ladders to the beds are wack. How you gonna carry your snacks up there? Forget trying to have a bowl of cereal in bed.

  6. It is quite aesthetically pleasing. I love the boulder in the shower. In terms of wildlife, there are snakes (especially rattlesnakes), scorpions, huge spiders (sun spiders!), coyotes, lizards, and fire ants. I deal with all of those and I live close to town. The AC bills would be incredibly high in the summer to cool that whole space. You would have to run a split unit like that 24 hours a day for months at a time to constantly resist the extreme heat. It can’t be powered by solar. Also, he didn’t mention insulation. It’s very important. Desert summer highs are 120 and winter lows in the 30s. It snowed last week! Also, it looks like the neighbor is too close… although I think I saw trees in the drone footage. I do think the stargazing would be absolutely wonderful there. I understand it’s a design project. And, I think it is an “experiential” AirBnB. Nice.

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