Pulling up to the Folly cabins, their rusty steel facade reads like a pair of abandoned sheds, forgotten by time among the Joshua Tree landscape. But peel back the weathered skin and you'll find a highly livable space. The main cabin is a modest 460 square feet. Its raw plywood interior offers a living space, dining area, kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping mezzanine within its compact shell. A wooden deck with an outdoor soaking tub leads to the second building. Follow the staircase and you'll find the Stargazing Portal. The open-air suite offers pristine views of the night sky, allowing guests to experience the cosmos from a heated queen bed.
In traditional architecture, a folly is an ornamental building that doesn’t serve any kind of purpose. This is a very different concept from tiny houses where every bit of space is deemed practical. Folly house near Joshua Tree National Park in southern California might be an exception—especially if you love to look at the stars.