The Palomar Mountain weeHouse, just set in an idyllic wooded area, exemplifies Alchemy’s design + build program and showcases the focused refinement of their experience designing, building and creating over 25 built and in-process prefab weeHouses.
Designed as the weeHouse MEDIUM, this 612 SF single module contains one bedroom and one bathroom, a built-in kitchen island, and a living room with two window walls affording the clients a fabulous view of the mountains. It’s perched on a pier foundation and with its cement fiberboard painted exterior, this weeHouse blends in seamlessly to its desert-like surroundings.
The house is built to San Diego county code (all weeHouses are built to IRC and local code) so it includes a sprinkler system, a special roof material, and foundation reinforcements for seismic concerns. The module cost was invoiced at $129,000 ($210/SF). Site costs were additional and included, among other things, a fire-truck-approved turnaround driveway.
This weeHouse was featured at Dwell on Design in 2007. The interior boasts a bamboo wrap bedroom, glass shower door, and “tricked-out” IKEA kitchen complete with George Nelson Bubble Lamp lighting from Design Within Reach. Other details include Alchemy’s trademark loading dock mirror trio in the bathroom, and the wrap-around curtain track.
Site work and button-up was completed by local contractor Phil Boczanowski of Camel Valley Contractors.
Location: San Diego, California, USA
Architect: Alchemy Architects, home of the weeHouse