In the program’s return to Atlanta for the 2001 Builders’ Show, the New American Home boasted 4,400 square feet and topped the $1 million price mark with an English-inspired Arts & Crafts home on a suburban infill site close to town. The house also put a label on the energy- and resource-efficient efforts the program had been evolving for years as it qualified under the regional Earthcraft Home standard.
Under an attractive, stone-faced house connected by a breezeway to a shingle-sided detached garage, the home’s full-footprint basement—constructed of precast concrete panels—provided a solution for accommodating the growing need for value-added space among baby boomers. Instead of trying to cram a home theater, gym, conditioned wine cellar, walk-in mechanical space, and long-term storage above grade, likely to the detriment of everyday living spaces and/or usable outdoor areas, the house took advantage of its lower level for those functions; from a practical sense, the earth-sheltered space better suited such rooms, providing a naturally cooled environment for the wine cellar and a dark, isolated space for the home theater, for instance.
The house didn’t skimp on technology, either. In addition to a fully connected electrical and structured wiring system managed by a PC-like monitor in the Gathering Room, the kitchen featured a prototype series of remote-controlled networked appliances. The mechanical system, meanwhile, met the Earthcraft standards for energy, natural resource, and water savings and indoor air quality. The detached garage also featured one of the first widely publicized applications of carriage-style doors, helping push their popularity into the mainstream.
Builder/Designer: Hedgewood Properties, Atlanta; Architect: Garden Houses of the 1920s, Roswell, Ga.; Interior Designer: Susan Orlie Designs, Arlington, Tex.
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The garage showcased a wall-mounted charger for an electric car, supplied by the local utility, that purported to provide 120 hours of drive time per charge.