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Magazine Designs The Ideal American Town

Every year, Sunset Magazine builds an Idea House, but this year branched out to create a full-blown urban metropolis.

Leah Gonzalez
Leah Gonzalez on July 26, 2013. @leahgonz

Every year Sunset Magazine builds an Idea House, but this year Sunset is building a whole town.

Located in the seaside town of Seabrook, Washington, the Sunset Idea Town features homes and cottages that feature the latest in green technologies. The town is built with open courtyards, pedestrian-friendly streets and convenient access to several amenities like plazas, parks, and shops. The town is also surrounded by nature–the ocean and and a coastal forest–and each house are built with the existing sustainability requirements of  the town of Seabrook in mind.

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The houses will include tight thermal envelopes, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, Energy Star lighting and appliances, and eco-friendly materials that promote healthy indoor air.

The whole town is basically an implementation of the concepts and principles of New Urbanism, which promotes sustainability, walkable neighborhoods, connected communities, and diversity. Sunset is working with designers, architects and contractors including Brian Paquette of BP Interiors, Peter Brachvogel of BC & J Architects, and garden designer Stephen Poulakos.

The Idea Town will be open for tours starting August through October. The homes and designs will also be featured in Sunset Magazine’s October issue.

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The promotional video below presents more about the Idea Town.

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