Each year Sunset Magazine designs and builds a beautiful dream house that showcases the latest trends in the West - and the 2014 Idea House in Manhattan Beach is a great example of breezy coastal architecture. Open now for public tours on the weekends, Sunset's dream home is filled with daylight and inspired by the ocean and beach. The drought-tolerant outdoor landscaping may be the most interesting part of the home - its no-mow lawn and water-wise garden are incredibly important features given that California is suffering from its worst drought in 100 years. Read on for more great ideas for sustainable architecture, green interiors and smart eco-landscaping.
The 2013 Sunset Idea Houses were located in the sustainable seaside village of Seabrook, WA, and in 2012 the honor was given to a prefab home in built by Blu Homes in Healdsburg, CA. The 2014 Sunset Idea Home is a modern beach house that showcases the latest innovations in architecture, construction, design, and sustainable building and gardening practices. The home was designed by Tomaro Design Group, built by Mike Davis Custom Homes, and decorated by DISC Interiors.
Inside the 4,500 sq ft home, you’ll find airy, daylight-filled rooms inspired by the ocean and the beach with layered, textural voluminous rooms. DISC Interiors selected sustainably-crafted furnishings, wide-plank white oak floors, black-stained kitchen cabinetry, soapstone kitchen countertops, and gorgeous handmade graphic concrete tiles. Large retractable doors open up the living room to the backyard to take in fresh breezes and expand the living space. Outside, visitors can see the water-wise garden, no-mow lawn, edible garden, and drought-tolerant plants while they envy the pool with spa, modern conversation pit, and the outdoor kitchen.
“Sunset’s version of the modern beach house is timeless, blended with modern architectural detail, simplicity, and coastal inspiration,” said Sunset Editor-in-Chief Peggy Northrop. “Manhattan Beach is the perfect location to develop this vision and to capture the excitement that is buzzing around the Los Angeles design world. We are very excited for our latest Idea House project and to launch our first home and garden tour, which will give visitors exclusive access to beachside properties that exemplify the Sunset lifestyle.” The 2014 Sunset Idea House is open to the public until September 7th, 2014 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am – 5 pm and tickets can be bought on-site.
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