Jim Austin's Urban Desert Ranch

Jim Austin's Urban Desert Ranch

Abby Stone
Jul 17, 2008

Today's Los Angeles Times Home and Garden feature story is the desert canyon home of musician and surf wear entrepreneur Jim Austin. It's a perfect fit for Green Month here at AT, fusing desert style and urban design with a eye towards living harmoniously and consciously in a climate where the temperatures can swing from boiling to freezing in the same month, even in the same day. More pics after the jump...

A modern light-filled home shaded by a steel canopy, Rimrock Ranch seems like a very urban home for such a wild environment. Part house, part performance space, it's sheltered from the sun by a steel canopy that fends off the sun during the day and captures the rising heat at night. As architect Lloyd Russell puts it, "There are two times in a day when it's 70 degrees. We designed the house to be at that temperature at all times." Click here to read the rest of the story and find out more details. Don't forget to check out the rest of the pics in the slideshow too.

[ images by Annie Wells for LA Times ]

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