Gallery: Sacred Sands: A Strawbale B&B Guest Retreat


We are all in need of some good old R&R from time to time, and the Sacred Sands Guest Retreat in Joshua Tree, California is just the sort of (green) destination to cure what ails you. This two guest room B&B eco-lodge not only offers desert solitude, no frills pampering, and pristine views and panoramas, but also the opportunity to experience strawbale construction first-hand in this luxury outpost near the western entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.

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  1. casawabisabi July 27, 2012 at 4:57 am

    The architect was Janet Armstrong Johnston, a founding member of the California Straw Building Association and co-owner/founder of StrongArm Construction.

    As everyone who’s visited Sacred Sands can attest, the floors are made of concrete, the rest is made of magic.

    (and for the nitty gritty details, I suggest contacting the B&B owners directly. my recollection is that the San Bernardino County development code presents myriad difficulties for straw bale construction; luckily, the perseverance of the proprietors prevailed!)

  2. ulPjFpdtkENnrDl April 2, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Are there any words of wisdom youd like to pass along to me?

  3. Richie January 1, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Nice place. What about it’s ‘systems’ ? In particular, as it is sited in a desert, it would be interesting to know how they deal with water, graywater and waste water… if they are using solar panels and or wind turbines… and if so, which systems and why ? Is that a metal roof being allowed to naturally weather ? If so, what is the ‘sandwich’ they are using ? Are they using Structurally Insulated Panels (SIP’s) and then the metal sheeting… and if so… what kind of foam is used in the SIP’s ?

    Are they ‘off the grid’ ? What are the floors made of ? Are the ‘earth plasters’ used for the walls Lime and earth, or cement and earth… or ?

    None of this information is in your post or available at the sacred sands website.

    If the focus of ‘inhabitat’ is going to be ‘green’… Ithink it would have been a good idea to include information like this… AND, it probably would be a serious business booster for ‘Sacred Sands’ to include this info on their website.


  4. Emily December 31, 2007 at 6:05 pm

    I stayed here the night before Thanksgiving and it was a dream – stayed in the hot tub (no chlorine, just tea tree oil!) gazing at the stars and full moon for hours. The next morning’s breakfast nearly knocked the socks off my Thanksgiving dinner hours later!

    Plus, its less than a mile from the splendor of Joshua Tree park…

  5. Abigail December 30, 2007 at 11:27 am

    Dear K Wms:

    The architect was Janet Armstring Johnston and the General Contractor was John Till of Till Construction LLC.
    More information is available at the following link:

  6. K Wms December 29, 2007 at 7:51 pm

    who is the architect?

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