Types of Homes to Buy in the DesertBy Angela Smith, Communications Manager
October 07, 2021
Homes in the desert are different than in other parts of the United States with extremely hot temperatures in the summer and sometimes cold winters.
Homes in the desert are different than in other parts of the United States. With extremely hot temperatures in the summer and sometimes cold winters, materials used in desert homes have to be well insulated to keep temperatures inside at bay.
Traditional desert homes are made with adobe – a mixture of
clay, sand straw and water. The heavy walls provide a thermal mass that absorbs
heat during the day and releases it at night. Modern builders have added tile
or metal roofs that reflect the sun’s heat away.
Another desert home style includes Spanish Colonial, which
incorporates thick walls and tile roofs. Just like adobe homes, the Spanish
Colonial homes have small windows that you can open to allow the breeze in
while keeping the sun out. It also has an inner courtyard and are often one
Modern desert homes expand on its traditional counterparts
and add some modern flair and amenities. In addition to thick walls, metal and
tile roofs, covered patios and courtyards, modern designers added tile, stone
or concrete flooring to provide a cool surface in the summer.
No matter what style of home suits you, living in the desert
has many perks that people sometimes overlook like plenty of sunshine (think
vitamin D), access to active living, clean air and less population.
If you’re looking into moving to part of the U.S. where
desert climate is the norm, contact one of our experts at United Country Real
Estate to help you get started. Learn more or find an agent near you at www.UnitedCountry.com.