The New American Home program crossed the 15-year milestone in a big way … but not just because it encompassed 4,873 square feet on two levels. Set on a wedge of an infill lot, the house tapered out from a symmetrical front elevation and a traditional front-formal design to a V-shape that enclosed a generous and luxurious pool court accessible through a pair of French sliding doors that enable a sightline from the foyer. One wing was entirely dedicated to the main-level master suite for the affluent, empty-nester buyers, the other to an open arrangement of living spaces, including a kitchen and powder/pool bath, to accommodate entertaining. The house further addressed the increasing awareness that, despite their kids being grown and gone, the couple was hardly retiring; not only did the floor plan provide dedicated work areas for both husband and wife within the master suite wing, but put secondary bedrooms and a media room upstairs for occasional use, allowing the couple to close it off to save a bit of energy.
Within the dual-cook kitchen, the house featured one of the first applications of refrigerator drawers, as well as a computer niche and an adjacent dining area that added formal style with a fireplace. Other innovations included remote-control roof windows, duct boards to reduce thermal loss and noise, synthetic slate roofing, and an extensive use of engineered lumber to show the burgeoning applications afforded by those structural products. Finally, the house featured point-of-use water heaters, the precursor to today’s increasingly popular tankless units.
Builder/Designer: Gage Homes, Dallas; Architect: Bloodgood Sharp Buster Architects & Planners (now BSB Design), Des Moines; Interior Designer: Michael Foster Design, New York.
Did you know?
Architect Bloodgood Sharp Buster Architects & Planners (now BSB Design) has designed three New American Homes (1998, 2005, and 2007), the most of any firm.