The New American Home concluded its first west-regional swing with a radical departure in how homes are (or could be) built. In the midst of an extended lumber price spike, the 1994 version dove into structural materials and building systems—including steel framing and insulated concrete forms (ICFs)—to expose the housing industry to real-world applications of viable alternatives.
In addition to their structural value, those new systems also proved they could mold to a modern look. The 1994 house is without question contemporary, with clean lines, minimal casings and other detailing, a generous use of glass block and window expanses, and an almost museum-like approach and entry impact. Accessed by an open-air courtyard featuring a fireplace, the rotunda entry opens right up to the living room’s curving glass wall to the expansive back yard. The rest of the 5,200-square-foot, single-level floor plan wraps the courtyard, delivering multiple points of access to that amenity. The master suite, in fact, occupies its own wing of the plan, and includes a sitting room, outdoor home gym, and an adjacent office with its own powder bath and separate access to the courtyard. Across the courtyard, a pair of bedroom suites anchor another wing, which also encompasses a generous laundry room and a dedicated home theater, the first such space included in the program’s history.
Builder: Heartland Homes, Las Vegas; General Contractor: Birtcher Construction, Laguna Niguel, Calif.; Architect: McLarand, Vasquez & Partners, Irvine, Calif.; Landscape Architect: Land Concern, Santa Ana, Calif.; Interior Designer: Carole Eichen Interiors, Santa Ana.
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The builder, a production shop serving first-time and young move-up buyers, smartly hired an outside general contractor experienced with steel framing to build the custom house.