The Miles Bates House - Palm Desert - A visionary project by architect Walter S. White

Unique and stunning!  This mid-century jewel in Palm Desert was designed by visionary architect Walter S. White (1917 – 2002) in 1954-55. The home has a patented new roof construction called “the roller coaster roof” for its innovative wave shape consisted of a dovetail flexible system that allows it to be shaped to curves seen in local mountains behind it.

The owner and artist Miles Bates partnered with the architect for a one of a kind project that is defined not only by the roof line but its curved walls, in-ground cooling system and efficient use of a small space. The home exemplifies White’s inspiration for the desert landscape while exploring new ways to improve energy efficiency and construction expediency.

The Miles Bates House is on the National Register of Historic Places and is scheduled to be auctioned by the city of Palm Desert. More info can be found here: http://www.cityofpalmdesert.org/our-city/departments/public-works/milesbateshouse



Disney’s Joshua Tree Pre-fab Retreat

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Tim Disney (Walt’s great-nephew) prefab second home and guesthouse, located in the incredible wilderness landscape of Joshua Tree, CA. Blu Homes has been kind enough to allow a few visitors to its steel framing and foldable design prototype.

Disney’s main house is made up of two units connected by a site-built piece –one’s a 49 footer and the other is 37 feet. The house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,987 square feet. Ceilings are over 14 feet high. A expansive composite deck ties the modules and its structures together in its exterior. The property also has a guesthouse located in the privacy of a boulder garden. According to Bluhomes, construction of the modules takes six to eight weeks.

An incredible site to see!




Contemporary Kitchen, Vintage Style Carthay Square, Los Angeles

A high-style kitchen remodel that combines the vintage history of Carthay Square. with contemporary living. Last week I had the privilege to shoot this gorgeous kitchen and bath designed by Alison Glen at LA Dwelling. Spacious and freshly designed, the kitchen nods to it’s English Tudor history and looks to remain timeless for many years to come .For more of my photography, go to www.mario-peixoto.com.

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