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  • Desert Song | F5 Residence, Palm Springs

Desert Song | F5 Residence, Palm Springs

WORDS Justin Burgess DESIGNED AND BUILT BY Studio AR+D Architects IMAGES Michal Utterback


Located in Indian Wells, California, the 5,300 sq. ft. F-5 Residence is set on a relatively flat, valley site with expansive mountain views. The one-story home maximizes the available land and creates a constant connection between the homes interior and the landscape. The material palette includes board-formed concrete, corten steel, and Ipe wood siding.

A desert style garden can be summed up in three words: dry, simple and architectural. They are usually defined by restrained design, high sunshine hours and limited rainfall. Desert gardens are a global thing so It does not matter whether your desert influences originate in Middle Eastern rustic, Palm Springs chi-chi, or South of the Border chic. Revamping your outdoor spaces into a desert style oasis will be a guaranteed showstopper in any neighbourhood.

When it comes to dressing up your backyard desert zones think Southwestern furnishings, hides, harem rugs, vintage treasure or even the Arabian Knights. Outdoor furniture might include wicker, wood or steel. Find a place for a hanging ‘egg’ chair or a double Mexican hammock and divide your zones with chunky wood doors, rusted steel or aged timber screens. And for a hint of true parched ambience a steer skull, wagon wheel or a trunk of bleached driftwood in your garden, will never go a miss.

Want more? Grab a copy of Renovate Magazine Issue 23 today. 

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