EXCLUSIVE: 'Big Brother 17' Production Designer Dishes on the Bigger, Brand-New House!

by Philiana Ng 9:00 AM PDT, June 15, 2015
Photo: CBS

Another season of Big Brother is almost upon us and that means a brand-new house!

CBS’ summer staple returns for its 17th season in just a matter of weeks, but ETonline has your very first look inside the “home” the new crop of houseguests will be spending their summer scheming, competing and living in. What awaits the houseguests this year will be a house with even less privacy than ever before.

“I wanted it to be a house of steel and glass,” longtime Big Brother production designer Scott Storey tells ETonline exclusively of the house’s transparent and reflective surfaces. “It plays well with Big Brother and the ‘no place to hide’ concept.”

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The theme of the house is “Steel Wave,” a modern take on the summer beach house – a departure from last year’s design, which was “all about nature, wood and trees.”

The downstairs living area – complete with a 22-foot-tall towering steel wave – represents the ocean, while the upstairs – including the Head of Household room – signifies the sky. The bedrooms have various themes, including the power of “steel” (a.k.a. cars) done comic-book style and an upscale nightclub under the sea.

The layout of the house remains the same as in years past, though one thing is different: There’s more square footage – 155 to exact.

“We added a big metal platform, which we’re calling The Bridge, in the house,” Storey says of the new upstairs addition, which has clear floors houseguests can see through.

If that wasn’t enough, they’ll be contending with even more HD cameras (80, four more than last season) and microphones (more than 100). Good luck houseguests, we’ll be watching your every move!

To get the first look at the new Big Brother 17 house, check out the gallery exclusively at ETonline!