House Tour: The 2014 New American Home

The National Association of Home Builders’ 2014 New American Home, in Henderson, Nevada, is a showcase for the most innovative trends in architecture, interior design, and building science. The project's architect, Jeff Berkus, and designer, Marc Thee, set out to create a modern home that would be energy efficient, luxurious, warm, and inviting. Keeping that tall order in mind, the team considered how families will be using their homes in the future, which led them to integrate flexible and multigenerational-use spaces into the plan. With a nod to the spectacular views afforded by the home's hillside site, they sought ways to blur the line between indoors and out. To help make the ambitious design a reality, builder Josh Anderson, of Element Building Company, looked to industry suppliers that could provide the latest technology and products to help his crew meet the criteria for LEED and Energy Star certifications. The result of all their efforts is a home that's everything the team hoped it would be. Here are a few examples of what makes this show house outstanding.

  1. The Owners' Retreat

    The Owners' Retreat

    One of two master suites, the owners’ retreat, which is on the second floor, features a two-sided intelligent fireplace that can be enjoyed from either the sleeping quarters or the soaking tub. An adjacent glass shower accommodates two bathers while separate sinks and toilet closets provide enclosed facilities. Glass doors beside the bed open to a private second-story terrace with a spiral staircase that leads to the roof deck.

    NAHB / Trent Bell Photography

  2. The Views

    The Views

    Nestled into a hillside in an upscale Henderson, Nevada, housing development, the 2014 New American Home takes full advantage of its surroundings. Glass walls that disappear into wall pockets are strategically oriented to capture the spectacular vistas of the Las Vegas strip, the desert valley, and the mountains beyond.

  3. Multigenerational-Use Spaces

    Multigenerational-Use Spaces

    The carriage suite, a self-contained apartment on the second floor of the 2014 New American Home, is designed to accommodate in-laws or grown children who want to live independently but remain nearby. Both a staircase and an elevator lead from the entry court to the suite, which comprises a bedroom with fireplace, full bath, living room, laundry, and kitchenette.

    NAHB / Trent Bell Photography

  4. Flexible Spaces

    Flexible Spaces

    The 2014 New American Home design team focused on versatile living spaces like the "casita," a self-contained studio on the home's first floor. Accessible from the entry court, it has a private entrance and was intended for flexible use, be it work, sleep, study, or exercise. The casita features a full bath and is currently furnished with a daybed, conference table, and a full media station.

  5. Sustainable Materials

    Sustainable Materials

    The use of sustainable materials was key to Josh Anderson’s crew's ability to meet the criteria for LEED and Energy Star certifications. In addition to insulating with spray foam and using engineered lumber for framing the house, they chose Thermory engineered wood, featured in this photo, for exterior decking and exterior wood cladding because it is environmentally safe and, unlike untreated wood, can withstand the harsh desert climate.

    Thermory USA

  6. Indoor-Outdoor Living

    Indoor-Outdoor Living

    The design team brought the inside out by using folding and sliding glass doors to extend the indoor living space to the more than 1,000 square feet of surrounding terraces. To enhance comfort and provide shade, motorized retractable screens by Phantom Screens can be raised or lowered with the touch of a button. A covered outdoor kitchen, swimming pool, and spa are all accessible from the terrace.

  7. State-of-the-Art Technology

    State-of-the-Art Technology

    The 2014 New American Home features a state-of-the-art home automation system that controls the home’s technology, including audio, video, home theater (shown here), security, shades, lighting, and more from a convenient touch screen. The home automation system is adjustable for use in both small homes and large estates.

  8. Organic Elements

    Organic Elements

    Architect Jeff Berkus and designer Marc Thee captured the organic elements of fire, water, metal, earth, and wood throughout the 2014 New American Home. This aesthetic is exemplified by the view seen here—looking out from the entry court, a stone path leads through a water feature, past the entrance to the casita, and toward a wooden deck outside one of the home’s two master suites. Other water features include an indoor waterfall and an outdoor pool and spa.

  9. Green Living

    Green Living

    Having met Emerald status under the National Green Building Standard, the 2014 New American Home is the greenest show home in the National Association of Home Builders’ history. Breaking new ground in high-performance building, the house features a solar electric array that is key to offsetting 83 percent of the home’s annual energy load. In addition, sprayed open- and closed-cell insulation plus high-efficiency windows keep the building envelope tight.

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