California and Massachusetts-based green homebuilder Blu Homes is building Sunset magazine's 2012 Idea House, the new two-story Sunset Breezehouse. This year's Sunset Idea House, which will be set in Healdsburg, Calif. later this summer, is Blu's updated, more spacious version of the Sunset Breezehouse, which first debuted in 2005.
After the house is delivered to the Healdsburg site, the home will be open to the public starting in early August with a series of six weekend open houses. Blu will also provide an online 3-D walkthrough that anyone can use to get an understanding of the home before visiting.
"It is so exciting to see how the Breezehouse design has evolved since we helped introduce it to the world in 2005," said Shannon Thompson, vice president of marketing, Sunset Publishing, in a press release. "Blu's innovative combination of advanced building technology, striking design featuring the best of indoor-outdoor living, and the highest green and quality standards is a perfect reflection of how our readers dream of living in the West."
This Sunset Breezehouse is designed to represent a blend of indoor and outdoor living. The home includes 16-foot-wide sliding glass doors, a modern elevated deck, thoughtful exterior landscape design, including water features, outdoor seating areas and planters, an herb and vegetable kitchen garden area, and a Breeze Pod for a flexible detached living space. In addition, the home includes fun and striking interior design elements such as an integrated wine cellar and soaring 14-foot-plus high ceilings.
"With an indoor-outdoor aesthetic and elements that accentuate a relationship with the natural world, Blu's homes — especially the Breezehouse — are a perfect fit for California wine country and Sunset's enlightened readers," said Bill Haney, founder and president of Blu Homes, in the release. "We are delighted to have Sunset magazine's support in bringing this iconic design to life with a new generation of smart and beautiful features for a new generation of homebuyers."
In addition to four existing Sonoma-area homes based on the Breezehouse design, Blu is currently building nine new homes in Sonoma County, including four in Healdsburg.
Read more about Blu Homes in a previous ProudGreenHome article.
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