More than a decade after debuting in the Houston market, The New American Home returned to showcase a budget-conscious break from the Texas norm: A red-brick, traditionally-styled home with a deep and usable front porch, a set-back attached garage, an energy efficiency package, accessibility features, and a 3,144-square-foot, two-story plan that sold for a mere $186,000.
That there was no real mystery to this house was ultimately its charm. The straightforward floor plan delivered a long sightline through to the back patio, but otherwise eschewed open planning to return to dedicated spaces, inlcuding an increasingly requisite den/bedroom option (complete with a bath) just inside the foyer, while the kitchen, with an eating island, only glimpsed the family room and family dining space beyond. That being said, there was also innovation: The main stair, for instance, turned away from the entry to conveniently lead to the kitchen and other casual spaces, while the plan also offered a homework nook and the master suite on the main level. A pair of bedroom suites along with a “kid’s family room” and a full-height unfinished bonus space above the garage made up the second floor.
As for the resource-efficient package (already a standard feature on all of the builder’s homes), it included housewrap, radiant barrier roof sheathing, low-E insulated windows, and a zoned mechanical system—albeit at a then-state-of-the-art rating of a 12 SEER air conditioning and 80% energy recovery. In a glimpse of things to come, however, lamps were fitted with compact fluorescent light bulbs to boost energy savings.
Builder: Emerald Homes, Houston; Architect: Looney Ricks Kiss Architects, Memphis; Landscape Architect: Ben Page & Associates, Nashville; Interior Designer: Michael Foster and Charles Riley, New York.
Did you know?
The $186,000 price tag was the last time the New American Home was offered or sold for less than $200,000.