Sunset Idea Houses retrospective

Take a look back at a few of our favorite Sunset Idea Houses from years past

9 design tips from the Sunset Smart Homes

High-tech, eco-friendly, and efficiency ideas from our 2011 Idea Houses in Palo Alto, California

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Smart Homes exterior rendering

2  Smart Homes, 2 modern couples

This year's Sunset Ideas Houses are part of a mixed-use development in a pedestrian-orientered transit district of Palo Alto, California, near offices, a train station, shopping, and entertainment.

Dubbed the Smart Homes, the duo of 1,500-square-foot, side-by-side townhomes were designed for two forward-thinking (albeit imaginary) couples. The Optimists live life on the go, use the latest high-tech gadgets, and love a colorful, modern style. Equally at ease with innovation, the Explorers are worldly travelers, always just returning from a trip or planning one. These profiles sparked the ideas that follow.

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