Striking Design, State-of-the-Art Energy Efficiency, and Tried-and-True Concepts Blend the Indoors and Out
February can't come soon enough for the thousands of professional builders, architects, and designers who are awaiting the unveiling of The New American Home (TNAH) 2019 at the annual International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas. The highlight of the show, TNAH is conceived as “both a show house and a for-sale product, balancing architectural design creativity and the bottom line.” Each year’s edition features state-of-the-art technology, unique elements and finishes – and embodies high levels of energy-efficiency, safety, sustainability, and aesthetics.
A rendering of the exterior elevation of The New American Home 2019 highlights the infinity pool, the outdoor living area, and the floor-to-ceiling doors that provide gorgeous views of the mountain range (all images courtesy of The New American Home unless otherwise noted).
Just as impressive as the previous versions, many of which were based on Modern house plans, the $4.9 million TNAH 2019 is a single-level desert contemporary structure with Mid-Century Modern touches. Situated on a linear lot in Ascaya, a luxury community in Henderson that is high on the hills of the scenic McCullough Range, the home is spread over 7,900 square feet of living space. It comes with five bedrooms, five baths, indoor-outdoor living features at the front of the home, an infinity-edge pool, a Jacuzzi, a spa, a “show” garage, an outdoor heating area – and best of all, dramatic views of the Las Vegas skyline and the Red Rock Canyons.
Similar in architectural design style to TNAH, this 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath, 1-story home shares other features, such as lots of glass and a floor plan that incorporates indoors and outdoors in living space, with its large entry courtyard and partially covered, almost-full-width rear terrace (Plan #202-1020).
With the annual IBS rotating between Orlando and Las Vegas every three years, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) began the builder/designer selection and review process a few years ago. Sun West Custom Homes of Las Vegas won the contract with its pitch for a spacious, state-of-the-art home with breathtaking views.
Ascaya (which means “chiseled rock” in Chinese) was chosen as the location for TNAH 2019 because it has the highest elevation in the city. The site was ideal in that each of the 313 lots in the affluent development is carved into the mountain, and all have gorgeous views.
According to Dan Coletti, president of Sun West, he had three goals for The New American Home: unique design, cool views, and optimized energy efficiency. He noted that the home would showcase never-before-seen architecture that goes beyond the typical definitions of open concept and outdoor living.
“Transitions between living areas will be so seamless, it’ll be hard to tell where the home’s interior ends and the outside begins,” said Coletti. “The indoor/outdoor living areas, courtyard, study, and four-car garage will all blend together while still maintaining their unique qualities.”
5 Key Design Points
Here are the top 5 themes to look for when the TNAH 2019 is finally unveiled to the public in February 2019.
1. Wide Open Spaces
In keeping with the Mid-century Modern vibe, Coletti and Sun West created an open concept home with a single-sloped roof over the sprawling one-story structure, high ceilings, minimalist modern fixtures, lots of glass, and a seamless blend of the indoor-outdoor living spaces. The master suite – along with the Great Room, kitchen, and spa were strategically positioned in the rear section of TNAH to take advantage of the Las Vegas Strip vista.
The master suite is flanked by an indoor-outdoor wet bar and a formal dining room. And all around the house are outdoor living areas with a number of fire pits.
Top: The floor plan of The New American Home 2019 shows the open-plan master suite (left), Great Room, kitchen, and large G-shape wet bar all positioned at the back of the property to take advantage of the spectacular views. One of the four other bedrooms also has the great view (right). Bottom: In this rendering of the rear of TNAH, there’s a glimpse of the master suite (right) and the Great Room and kitchen (center) with the wet bar serving as a “partition” between the "public" areas. Bedroom 4 is off to the left.
2. Eyeing Energy Efficiency
One of the stated goals of the project team of TNAH 2019 is to achieve a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rating below 50 and net-zero with solar panels. The average new home, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, scores a HERS of 100.
Thanks to Owens Corning’s building envelope system, the home boasts a “top-of-the-line insulation package — not only behind the walls and within the ceilings but also around the slab. The combined effect will optimize climate and comfort throughout the home.”
And early evaluations of the home’s performance point to an “extremely air tight” structure that is on track to be among the most energy efficient in the program’s history.
Meticulous wrapping of the building (top), high-performance insulation in the walls and ceilings (bottom), and installation of foam insulation around the slab are important elements in the thermal performance – and energy efficiency – of TNAH 2019.
3. Single Sloped Design
Always fascinated by single-sloped rooflines, Coletti’s inclusion of that design worked well, especially with the unique shape of the rear of the property. The Sun West team fashioned a roof that follows the curve of the lot – starting with the roof that shades the outdoor living space. A number of square forms used for several spaces are angled 90 degrees to draw interest, create more usable space, and capture views.
Top: During the construction phase, the crew assembles the modified asphalt water/moisture barrier on the home’s sloped roof areas. This procedure provides the required R-38 insulating value as well as the necessary rigidity to maintain the metal roof panels’ structural integrity. Bottom: Here’s the look of the finished roof of TNAH.
Much like TNAH 2019, this 3,217-sq.-ft. Northwest Contemporary style home highlights clean roof lines, lots of glass, and a covered outdoor living area where the family can enjoy the sun and the surrounding landscape (Plan #202-1021).
4. Fascinating Features
True to the claim that TNAH 2019 would feature “never-before-seen architecture” that goes beyond the typical open concept and outdoor living designs, the Sun West team added some very intriguing elements to the home.
Distinctive Courtyard Entry
As you step into the property, the first sight is the courtyard – a very attractively landscaped and wide, covered space. It is highlighted by a huge stone slab described as a “limestone explosion” that looks as though it fell through the roof. As in most of the rooms of TNAH, there are floor-to-ceiling glass doors that allow abundant light into the home. The courtyard provides access into the house through the study on one side and the “show” garage on the other side.
Top: The rendering of the front façade of TNAH shows a beautifully manicured courtyard that provides entry into the home through a study and the garage. Check out the “limestone explosion” slab at the center of the courtyard. Bottom: The colors and design of the “limestone explosion” slab in the courtyard are also featured in the kitchen island.
According to Professional Builder, the innovative TNAH 2019 also showcases two “20-foot-wide telescoping patio doors that pocket into the walls to create wide-open avenues … to the outdoor living space.” The door structure is a “combination of an under-slab grade beam, a double-glulam header with plywood stiffeners, and a steel box moment frame supporting a five-panel, aluminum-frame, telescoping and pocketed patio door.” The concrete grade beam carries the vast majority of the door’s total load of about 1,000 pounds, while the header and moment frame resist lateral wind forces to help ensure consistently smooth operation anywhere along the door’s 20-foot track.
Top: This photo of the stacked sliding-door opening under construction shows how each element works and fits into the building (courtesy of Professional Builder). Bottom: This stacked sliding patio door in a 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath Modern style home is very similar to the one used in TNAH 2019 (Plan #202-1027).
Voluminous Plank Ceilings
Walk into the courtyard of The New American Home and look up, and you'll see the wood ceiling (made of 1x6 Ponderosa pine) that extends to the Great Room and the back patio – a seamless flow that brings the indoor-outdoor feel full circle. Thanks to the wood-plank ceiling, the luxurious home remains warm and comfortable.
The wood-plank ceiling is made of 1x6 Ponderosa pine and stained a weathered gray shade to carry out the desert and Mid-century feel of the home.
Man Cave/Showroom Garage
Definitely a fascinating feature of the home is the man cave/showroom garage. When one approaches from the courtyard – to the right side – the glass-enclosed cars will be in full view. For car enthusiasts or collectors of vintage cars, this garage is a perfect feature of TNAH 2019.
Not only does the space function as a showroom garage, it is also designed as a man cave – with a well-equipped, air-conditioned game room.
One of the "show" garage doors on TNAH 2019 reflects the worksite and terracing that was required to "carve" the building lot into the mountain community on which the house was built.
5. Spectacular Views, Of Course!
Why else would the design team choose the one site in Las Vegas with the highest elevation if not to highlight the ultimate cool views of the Las Vegas Valley and the mountains?
From anywhere in TNAH 2019, one can enjoy views of the Las Vegas Valley and the mountain range.
As February looms ahead, and architects, builders, and designers prepare for another International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, get set for the big reveal of The New American Home 2019 – and all the hot trends of the year!