A Charming Desert Retreat With Its Own Shipping Container Swimming Pool

You can find this gorgeous desert oasis in Landers, California, surrounded by the Mojave Desert. It’s been built here originally in 1987 and it recently underwent a complete renovation thanks to interior designer Karen McAloon

The open plan living area has a tall vaulted ceiling with white beams going acrossView in gallery
The open plan living area has a tall vaulted ceiling with white beams going across

It’s now a modern and welcoming place, filled with natural light and with large and open spaces that take advantage of the unique location and the views. 

The kitchen is tucked in a corner, featuring an L-shaped counter and a large islandView in gallery
The kitchen is tucked in a corner, featuring an L-shaped counter and a large island

The house is a 3-bedroom structure with the social and the private areas separated from one another. This distinction allows the bedroom wing to retain a more intimate feel and to remain quiet and tranquil while the social areas are ideal for entertaining. 

The small clerestory-style windows give this part of the living area a very cozy feelView in gallery
The small clerestory-style windows give this part of the living area a very cozy feel

The living area has access to a partially-covered patio and to a shipping container swimming pool that can double as a jacuzzi. Outside there’s also a generously-sized fire pit seating area and a detached garage.

Large glass doors with wooden frames connect the living area to the outdoor patioView in gallery
Large glass doors with wooden frames connect the living area to the outdoor patio

Inside the house, the kitchen takes up one of the corner areas, featuring oak cabinets and a big island with a quart top and bar seating on two sides. The kitchen is open to the rest of the social areas, namely a dining space and a seating area beautifully delineated by textured area rugs on top of the polished concrete floor.

The master bedroom has its own private patio with lovely views of the surrounding landscapeView in gallery
The master bedroom has its own private patio with lovely views of the surrounding landscape

The three bedrooms occupy a separate wing and each communicates freely with the outdoor areas. The master bedroom has sliding barn doors, an elegant canopy bed frame and its own private patio. Its bathroom features a double walk-in shower in addition to a double sink vanity and a soaking tub. The guest bathroom is considerably smaller but very charming thanks to the stone tiles and live edge vanity.

A set of sliding barn doors separate the bedroom from its en-suite bathroomView in gallery
A set of sliding barn doors separate the bedroom from its en-suite bathroom
The main bathroom has a double sink vanity as well as a double walk-in showerView in gallery
The main bathroom has a double sink vanity as well as a double walk-in shower
All three bedrooms have generous storage closets concealed by these wooden doorsView in gallery
All three bedrooms have generous storage closets concealed by these wooden doors
The guest bathroom has a very earthy and textured looks thanks to the stone tilesView in gallery
The guest bathroom has a very earthy and textured looks thanks to the stone tiles
At the back of the house there's a generously-sized, partially-covered patioView in gallery
At the back of the house there’s a generously-sized, partially-covered patio
One of the key features is also the shipping container swimming poolView in gallery
One of the key features is also the shipping container swimming pool
The pool has a see-though glass panel on one side and its little raised patioView in gallery
The pool has a see-though glass panel on one side and its little raised patio