As the Builders’ Show moved across the country to Las Vegas for the first time, the New American Home shifted with it to reflect western lifestyle. The first approach was decidedly modern, presenting a low, fairly blank canvas to the street (including a side-loaded garage blocked by a gate) that belied what lay inside; the only glimpse was a deep, sheltered entry that opened to a covered interior courtyard surrounded in glass and accessing each of the three wings of the house. The design also respected the desert climate, leveraging and promoting concepts such as passive solar and thermal mass, proper shading, and xeriscaping. It also was the first New American Home with a swimming pool … a design feature that extended through the house to the courtyard via a narrow stream.
In keeping with the climate, the vast majority of the 4,900-square-foot house is on one level; only a swing/bobby space, complete with a covered balcony, occupies the second level. The horseshoe plan surrounding the center courtyard is divide smartly into three distinct areas: a massive kitchen, nook, and family room space; formal living at the entry; and a bedroom wing featuring the now-requisite master suite retreat (with a mini-kitchen added to the mix) two secondary bedrooms with a shared bath, and a second swing space between them.
From a performance standpoint, the house took additional—and innovative—steps to promote responsible energy and resource use. A system encompassing blown-in-blanket (or BIBs) insulation system, radiant barrier roof sheathing, housewrap, low-e coated dual-pane windows, engineered structural beams, solar hot water, and radiant floor heating combine conserve resources; meanwhile, a low-voltage wiring system, the latest evolution toward a structured wiring scheme, fed the home’s high-tech features and helped further justify its $875,000 asking price.
Builder: Christopher Homes, Las Vegas; Architect/Landscape Design: Goldman/Firth/Boccato Architects, Malibu, Calif.; Interior Designer: Michael Foster and Charles Riley, New York.
Did you know?
The house sold within 30 days — twice — and for more than its asking price of $875,000.