Located in the heart of wine country in Healdsburg, CA is this year’s Sunset Idea House, which was designed and built by Blu Homes. Back in 2005, Sunset helped debut Michelle Kaufmann’s iconic Breezehouse and now they are part of the next generation with the more spacious Breezehouse. The updated prefab home now features more energy-efficient and sustainable technologies, advanced building construction and an even better interaction between the indoors and outdoors. Fabricated locally in Blu Homes Vallejo factory, the home had less than 100 miles to travel before arriving at its final destination. The Blu Homes installation crew unfolded the house in just two days and then the interior was finished, painted and furnished.
The home features 2 bedrooms, 4 baths (with an additional den and home office that could be converted to additional bedrooms ) and features a recycled steel frame design that minimizes waste, especially compared to lumber-framed homes. The tight envelope has a high R-Value with a rain screen, exterior insulation, and blown-in wall cavity insulation, which is then clad in a maintenance-free fiber cement siding product. A solar thermal system provides domestic hot water and a Warmboard radiant floor heating system provides energy efficient heating. Inside, the Breezehouse is painted with low-VOC paints from Benjamin Moore, bamboo floors, low-flow water fixtures and scores of other eco products.
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