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Robert Stone's one-bedroom dwelling "Rosa Muerta" on the outskirts of Joshua Tree

Stone sits by a 5-foot-tall heart-shaped window fashioned in custom cast cinder block. Stone rents the dwelling to intrepid "glampers," a term he derived from "glamorous camping." He put his heart and soul into the three-year project, constructing it himself. "It's serious architecture," he says, "but it's also fun. Why can't it be both? People always want to make it one thing or the other." Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times
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