Tour the House From Big Brother Season 16

Designed with an “Urban Treehouse” theme, the Big Brother season 16 house features natural elements with a contemporary twist. See where this year’s houseguests will eat, sleep and play, and learn how production designer Scott Storey came up with the home’s unique look.
By: Susan Hornik
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Photo By: Sonja Flemming/CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Sonja Flemming/CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Photo By: Sonja Flemming/CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Living Room

“A 20-foot-tall contemporary tree sculpture is the focal point of the living room,” Storey says. “Behind the tree, and throughout the house, is a contemporary branch design nestled in a blue-sky backdrop. It’s as if the houseguests have a bird’s-eye view from a tree looking through the branches and into the sky.” 

"The green and wood structure representing the tree was built from wood and steel at a set construction shop and trucked into the house,” Storey adds. “The abstract wood shapes on the wall evoke the feeling of tree branches, with the blue sky behind them. The sofas are from a store called ModShop here in L.A. I also used big tree trunks as tables and such."

Kitchen

The deconstructed kitchen features a "chopping block” island built from slices of fresh eucalyptus trunks. "I wanted a more simple kitchen, so I used open shelving, industrial appliances, under-counter refrigerator and freezer," Storey says. "The walls are paneled with something called WonderBoard, which is just cement board used in construction, typically behind tile. It looks great on its own and is very easy to work with. I have a vertical garden on the walls in the kitchen and dining room, featuring rows of lettuces and cabbages. In the house, these are not real plants, but this idea is very popular right now.” The treehouse style continues in the branch-bound chairs around the massive dining room table.

Earth Bedroom

The earth bedroom has a hand-carved rock wall with spots to hang rock-climbing gear. Assorted “rocks” are really pillows, to make the sleeping bags more comfortable. Yellow cage lights give the room an outdoorsy feel. "We had a foam carver work three weeks to create the false stone work in the earth room," Storey says.

Earth Bedroom

"Rather than blankets, I wanted the houseguests to feel like they were in a cave, so they have sleeping bags that have been sewn into traditional bedding,” Storey explains. “We have a lot of spelunking gear in this room. I used reindeer moss and mushrooms to add some color. If you look closely, you can see ‘fossils’ in the stone; they’re really toy dinosaurs bones! Also, the pillows look like stones, but are really soft.”

Water Bathroom

The cameras can even be found in the bathroom of the Big Brother house, which can be a bit difficult for the houseguests to adjust to at first. "The tile was the leaping off point for this room,” Storey says. “It’s an irregular-shaped glass tile; we sourced it directly from the manufacturer and pulled pieces from many different stores all across the states. It took four guys two full weeks to do the install. The bubble-shaped tile creates a feeling of swimming through a pool of cool water."

Fire Bedroom

Storey built the paneling for this room using charred pieces of wood. The lamps have faux matchsticks inside, and the cinderblock walls have screen-printed fire-related words. "There are custom-printed duvet covers for the beds, fire alarm bells on the walls and a cinderblock wall with a fire alarm ‘word cloud.’ To keep it playful, there is a toy fire truck on the cabinets," he noted.

Honeycomb Room

“Every treehouse needs a beehive, and this is the room where the houseguests will scheme and plan,” Storey says. “All the different layers of hexagons are carpeted on top – it's a place to lie around, but not take a nap."

Hallway

Storey likes how the hallway between the kitchen and bathroom ties the home’s color palette together. "It’s simply different sizes of raw pine lumber that have been stained and sealed, then mounted to the wall at different depths.”

Treehouse

Since the theme of the Big Brother house this season is “Urban Treehouse,” production designer Scott Storey built an actual treehouse on the second floor. "It’s a contemporary take on the traditional treehouse,” he says. “We painted the picnic table a bright teal."

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