Magazine article Sunset

Where Are They Now?

Magazine article Sunset

Where Are They Now?

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We caught up with the owners of past Idea Houses to find out what it's really like to live in one

MENLO PARK, CA

Celebration House

Who's there now: Brian, a lawyer, and Birgit, a consultant, with their young son

What they love (especially Birgit): The window seat in the living room

What they changed: Before the couple had the house moved from our Sunset campus to their own Menlo Park site, they decided to dig a full basement first, which meant they didn't end up moving in until 2008. (As designed, the house didn't need a basement.)

MENLO PARK, CA

Modern Cottage

Who's there now: Chris, a software engineer

What he loves: The high ceilings and the amount of light the big sliding doors let in - the fact that his backyard is fringed with trees means that privacy isn't an issue.

What he changed: "I did have to put in a real foundation, as well as gas, water, and electricity. The foundation was unexpected, the rest of it not."

The Modern Cottage arrives at its new Menlo Park home.

MENLO PARK, CA

The Green-Built idea House

Who's there now: Laura, a family doctor, and David, who works in high tech, with their 6-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son

What they love: "Certainly we liked the green design elements, especially the bamboo floors. We felt lucky to benefit from the work of so many experts. The master bath is one of our favorite rooms - the colors are beautiful and it feels like a relaxing spa."

What they changed: "We added a small fence around the front yard to corral our dog and two young kids. …

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