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Bright Idea

Five stories of East Bay vistas.

Perched on a steep hillside in California’s East Bay, the 2016 Sunset Idea House is as spectacular as the views of the San Francisco Bay it provides.

The five-level, 3,600-square-foot home in the Claremont Hills bordering Berkeley and Oakland takes the concept of indoor-outdoor living to previously unimagined places, with Western Window Systems’ floor-to-ceiling sliding doors leading out to five different decks overlooking Berkeley and the bay beyond it, including two each on the third and fourth floors of the home.

2016 Sunset Idea House
2016 Sunset Idea House
2016 Sunset Idea House
2016 Sunset Idea House

“Floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows allow the views to become part of the décor,” architect Robert Nebolon told Sunset magazine. The Berkeley-based architect, named 2015’s “HGTV Fresh Face of Design,” also included a fifth-floor rooftop “entertainment deck” featuring a fire pit.

In addition to a master bedroom and kids’ bedroom on the third floor, the $2.8 million residence features an art room on the second floor and wine cellar and guest bedroom on the fourth floor. The second-floor kitchen features a massive Western Window Systems picture window behind the sink, with amazing views of the hills below.

“Floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows allow the views to become part of the décor.” - Robert Nebolon, architect

The home’s interior comes courtesy of renowned young designer Lauren Geremia, based in the Oakland area. Inspired by the enthralling vistas, Geremia and her team created an interior design that is softer than what the ultra-modern exterior offers. Geremia mixed new contemporary furniture with vintage pieces throughout the home.

2016 Sunset Idea House
2016 Sunset Idea House

“Art is often our starting point,” Geremia told Sunset magazine. “It brings soul to a space and can even inspire a color palette.”

The Idea House, an annual series that showcases innovations in Western design, was featured in the November issue of Sunset. The 2015 Idea House was located in Denver. Western Window Systems is an annual participant in the Idea House.

2016 Sunset Idea House

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