The New American Home Legacy

The New American Home 2003

The New American Home program celebrated its 20th anniversary by once again breaking form, this time with a trio of attached townhouses in the renowned new community of Lake Las Vegas. The concept enabled the program to design homes for three market segments: singles, second-home buyers, and young, affluent families. It was also the first in the history of the program to qualify under the federal Energy Star standards, helping further popularize that program.

With approximately 3,000 square feet on three levels, each home was designed to accommodate the specific need of its target buyer. The C Plan, for instance, suited an upscale single female buyer with a master suite occupying the entire second floor and a guest suite in the walk-out lower level; the Plan B, a winter retreat for active adults, offered generous entertainment spaces and more formality combined with a master suite/home office level and a second master suite on the top floor for overnight or occasional guests; the Plan A, meanwhile, provided a young family with a home theater, a separate home office, both bedrooms on the same level, and a third-story, open-air Star Room … complete with an outdoor kitchen setup.

Among its innovations, the houses featured some of the first flat-screen television displays and garage storage systems seen on a big stage and an emerging insulation option called expanding foam, used on the underside of the roof sheathing to reduce enable semi-conditioned attic spaces suitable for mechanical equipment and ductwork, which aided the homes’ quest for Energy Star status.

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The New American Home 2004

The 2004 New American Home broke new ground in its design and construction, bringing a single-family loft concept to the suburbs and employing a combination of insulated concrete forms (ICFs), steel framing and structural insulated panels (SIPs).

The design program manifested in a 4,755-square-foot, three-level, contemporary courtyard plan … including a below-grade, walk-out level that was surprisingly light and housed myriad luxury and occasional features, such as a pair of guest suites, a conditioned wine cellar with an adjacent mini-kitchen, and a home theater. The main level contained a galley kitchen and concealed butler’s pantry, with only an island separating it from a dining area and the courtyard beyond through a wall of patio doors; a few steps down, a wide-open multi-purpose space exemplified to loft concept, opening to a lakeside dock and an outdoor kitchen. The upstairs featured a similar, if smaller, flex space adjacent to the master suite; a pair of terraces extended from either end of the upper-floor plan and were finished with a copper-clad railing system. An elevator served the entire house, enabling the owners to age in place.

Though ICFs had been used to build the 1994 house, they returned a decade later to serve as the home’s below- and main-level wall structure. Structural and light-gauge steel framed the upper level and the interior walls throughout, while SIPs created an insulated, low-sloped roof. All three systems, but especially the ICFs and SIPs, were credited with saving labor costs and cycle time and mitigating potential moisture problems; they also anchored the home’s exceptional rating under the federal Energy Star program. Among other innovations: a patio door that closed to a corner for a near-seamless effect; a suspended patio paver system that enabled drainage off of the courtyard; and a commercial-grade garage door with translucent panels.

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The New American Home 2012

Now completed near Orlando, The New American Home 2012 is a re-interpretation of the Classic White Box of the 1960s and ‘70s made popular by leading architects such as Le Corbusier and Richard Meier. Phil Kean of Winter Park, Fla., the architect and builder of the 2012 home, sought to honor the architecture of the past while taking advantage of current technologies and design trends. Kean focused on functional and transitional spaces and attention to detail instead of square footage, and the design uses space efficiently to create a calm and serene living environment.

The latest green building products and methods were factored into every aspect of the home’s design. Kean designed the home to achieve “Emerald” status under the green building certification process administered by Home Innovation Research Labs and based on principles set forth in the ICC 700-2008 National Green Building Standard approved by ANSI. Emerald is the highest of the four levels of achievement a home can attain.

Kean designed The New American Home 2012 to take maximum advantage of Florida’s friendly climate. Walls of movable glass panels and motorized screens provide a seamless flow from the indoor to the outdoor spaces.

At 4,181 square feet, the home was the smallest in The New American Home series in many years. It was displayed as a two-bedroom floor plan to appeal to empty nesters, and has four additional rooms that can be converted to bedrooms if needed.

Kean built The New American Home 2012 on an infill site in an older neighborhood close to downtown Winter Park. Amenities within walking distance include shops, restaurants and a public library.

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The New American Home 2014

The New American Home 2014, the 31st edition of the NAHB show home, is being built in the exclusive foothills of Henderson, Sky Terrace development featuring 44 custom and semi-custom home sites.

From all levels, the 6,706 SF desert contemporary multi-generational show home takes full advantage of the spectacular views of the Las Vegas strip.

Cutting-edge energy efficiency, sustainability and a stunning desert contemporary with transitional interior designs are the keywords for the 2014 edition of The New American Home, America’s premier show home and construction technology laboratory.

The 2014 New American Home will be a family home, terraced up the side of a mountain with exterior colors to match the natural surroundings.

The innovative elevation design displays the future of home building.

The spaces incorporated in this family-style are relevant to the way we live today; will be livable, comfortable, inviting and warm with designing the interiors to create a seamless integration between indoors and outdoors.

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