A striking combination of beauty and brains, The 2014 New American Home brings together the perfect balance of forward-thinking design, cutting-edge technology, and artful appointments to offer inspiration for homes of all kinds.
The home’s concept started brewing back in the 1980s, says architect Jeff Berkus, when he and his father, Barry Berkus, were working together on a project in Japan and were struck by how seamlessly Japanese homes accommodate multiple generations under one roof.
“That was 30 years ago, and as we looked ahead we thought there would be a time we would need to do this in the U.S.”
That time has come. The legendary Berkus team designed this year’s home to meet buyers’ evolving needs with a plan that graciously accommodates multiple generations, while also bringing together housing’s hottest design and lifestyle trends. Brought to life with impeccable craftsmanship by Element Building Company, the home offers a prime example of the quality and innovation new homes can provide.
“This house was designed to be the only house a family ever needs to own,” says Warren Nesbitt, executive vice president at Hanley Wood, which collaborated with the National Association of Home Builders on the project. “It is able to transition seamlessly from a successful young couple of professionals, to accommodate their growing family, to boomerang kids, to parents that may require live-in health care assistance.”
Throughout the plan, the home’s classic modern design offers thoughtful features tailored to how today’s buyers live. In the kitchen, for example, the inclusion of two islands is both a nod to consumers’ ongoing demand for the must-have kitchen feature and a response to the growing popularity of distance-learning programs, which allow students to attend class from the kitchen counter. “We used to go study in a corner, and it was thought that you had to have quiet and isolation. That is absolutely not the case anymore,” Berkus says. “It’s changing homes.”
Barry’s legendary gift for making the most of every inch of space is evident throughout the home’s open plan, which employs walls of telescoping glass doors to blend interior living spaces with richly appointed outdoor areas.
To maximize the home’s innovative layout, Marc Thee and his team at Marc-Michaels Interior Design created a series of show-stopping interiors that perfectly illustrate the lifestyle today’s home buyers crave. “The open floor plan creates a seamless indoor-to-outdoor lifestyle that is so appealing, especially in the Las Vegas climate,” Thee says. “We complemented this fluidity of the plan with complementary layers of backgrounds and finishes. The home just feels good.”
Beneath its pretty face and ultra-functional floor plan, the home also offers a living lab for the latest in high-performance building. Built to the National Green Building Standard’s Emerald level, everything from the floor plan to fixtures works together to capture as much efficiency as possible.
But for all its bells and whistles, perhaps the project’s most striking feature is also a straightforward one: it’s simply a beautiful home.
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