The 1993 New American Home re-introduced the housing industry to the age-old yet forgotten (or perhaps just neglected) concept of homes for multi-generational households under the same roof. Beyond simply a bedroom borne of a converted flex space, the house offered a dedicated in-law suite, located on the main level and set away from the main living areas, to accommodate an elderly parent; the suite offered private and direct access to the pool and enclosed rear yard, and considerate, barrier-free features such as a bathtub with a swinging door and wider passageways to ease access.
Set on a corner lot, the front of the home shows two attractive stucco-clad facades connected by a curved, aggregate stone-faced element. The entry is highlighted by a curved copper overhang and ventilated steel window awnings, while rafter tails, glass inserts on the trio of garage doors, and the second-floor gable of the master suite reduce the mass of a three-car garage around the corner. Inside, the two-story, 3,00-square-foot plan follows a casual layout, with public spaces on the main level—including a kitchen with cabinet-fronted appliances, among the first to display that built-in look. Upstairs, a trio of bedrooms, including the master suite, serves privacy needs, along with a “learning center” alcove adjacent to the kids’ rooms.
Following the lead of its immediate predecessor, the 1993 house employed many of the same eco-friendly and energy-saving features and products, as well as recycled-content insulation, concrete, and floor finishes, pressurized low-flow toilets, and an integrated home automation and control system. The asking price was a more moderate $360,000.
Builder: Lewis Homes of Nevada, Las Vegas; Architect: Johannes Van Tilburg & Partners (now VTBS Architects), Santa Monica, Calif.; Landscape Architect: S.W. Southwick & Associates, Las Vegas; Interior Designer: Michael Foster and Charles Riley, New York.
Did you know?
The 1993 house was the first with a three-car garage.