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.
Builder/Designer: Merlin Contracting & Developing, Las Vegas; Architectural Consultant: Food for Buildings, Den Haag, Holland; Architect of Record: Willem Kymmell Architecture, Oregon House, Calif.; Interior Merchandisers: Source Francaise, Oregon House, and Jiun Ho Inc., San Francisco.
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The master suite featured a second whirlpool tub on its private terrace, overlooking the lake.