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The New American Home - 2006

The New American Home - 2006

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To leverage its lakeside lot in a brand-new community, the 2006 New American Home presented a wide-shallow plan that delivered dramatic and multiple views and access to the water. Following the lead of its immediate predecessor, the 6,981-square-foot, two-level house focused on indoor-outdoor living, primarily with a stacked loggia design (each with its own kitchen and connected by an outdoor stair) and a private terrace behind a waterfall feature off of the master suite. A long, brick-paved patio connected those spaces and served a vanishing-edge pool that seems to flow straight into the lake.

Designed as a winter home for a semi-retired couple, the house evolved the concept of luxury living into what builder Alex Hannigan coined the "all about me" approach of the well-heeled baby boomer. But like the generation it serves, the house also had a soft spot for the environment, achieving a heady level of energy and resource efficiency. It also featured a dedicated home office and library loft above accessed by a separate entry to the driveway; a spa room, home theater, hobby/laundry area, and game room on the upper level, a wine cellar snuck in under the curving staircase of the entry rotunda; and a motor court serving four garage bays, one of which served as a workshop.

Rich wood, stone, and tile finishes abounded, especially in the kitchen. There, a massive tri-level island complete with three sinks (one of which provided a heating element) opened to a comfortable family room; a four-panel glass pocket door created a 16-by-10-foot opening to the loggia and outdoor kitchen. Among the innovations, a new soundproofing membrane, similar to housewrap, protected the home theater, while tankless water heaters provided on demand, water-saving service. To mitigate pests, the main-level loggia featured a motorized retractable screen, while the whole house was protected by a new, in-ground perimeter control system.

Project Team

Builder/Designer: Hannigan Homes, Orlando; Architect: WCI Architecture & Land Planning/WCI Communities, Bonita Springs, Fla.; Interior Design: Saxon-Clark, Orlando; Landscape Design: Redmon Design Co., Maitland, Fla.. 

Did you know?

The asking price of the house topped the $4 million mark, nearly doubling the program's record set the year before. 

NCHI Contributors

  • AVAD
  • Canac Kitchens
  • Closet Factory
  • ClosetMaid
  • Dal-Tile
  • Dryvit Systems
  • Eaton's Electrical Business/Cutler-Hammer
  • Formica
  • GE Appliances
  • General Motors
  • Georgia-Pacific
  • Hearth & Home Technologies/Heat & Glo
  • Hearth, Patio & Barbeque Assn.
  • Hilti
  • Home Team Pest Defense
  • Honeywell
  • IBACOS
  • Icynene
  • In-Sink-Erator
  • James Hardie Building Products
  • Jeld-Wen Windows & Doors
  • Kahrs International
  • Kohler
  • Lennox
  • Loewen
  • Louisiana-Pacific
  • Lutron Electronics
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Energy Star
  • Noveon
  • ODL
  • Oldcastle Architectural
  • Overhead Door
  • Owens Corning Cultured Stone
  • Pactiv Building Products
  • Phantom Manufacturing
  • Portland Cement Assn.
  • Progress Lighting
  • Propane Energy Research Council
  • Riggs Workwear by Wrangler
  • Rinnai Corp.
  • Shaw Inds.
  • Simpson Strong-Tie
  • ThyssenKrupp Access Corp
  • Tyco Fire & Building Products
  • Vent-Free Gas Products Alliance/GAMA
  • Whirlpool (including Gladiator GarageWorks)

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