FEB 8-10, 2022

The New American Home - 1988

The 1988 New American Home  The 1988 New American Home Kitchen

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With arguably the oddest floor plan (at least to date), the 1988 New American Home featured a diagonal, 60-foot sawtooth footprint that evolved the previous year’s approach to open interiors and long sightlines. Entering the house, the plan draws the eye to the right, with a view all the way to the family room and bright nook highlighted by a sloping greenhouse window (a feature repeated over the master tub nook); the kitchen, though open to the center hall, is shielded from view, but is no less impressive upon arrival to that end of the house. Targeting a young family, the 2,450-square-foot, single-level, Texas brick house offered a master suite that occupied its own side of the house (complete with a private fireplace and a study alcove), across the foyer from a pair of bedrooms separated by a partial wall. A soft maple hardwood floor connects all of the public spaces, further enhancing the sightline and spaciousness of the plan; a step-down from the foyer and a pony wall and single column are used to help transition from one room to the next. A trellised patio mimics the sawtooth footprint, transitioning the interior living space to a generous enclosed yard. All for an asking price of $240,000.

Beyond its floor plan innovations, the house features a “surround sound” audio system for the television, a closet organizing scheme to expand the closet spaces, and a thin, flexible, woven membrane (aka housewrap) installed just behind its brick exterior to block air and moisture infiltration … now nearly standard in every new home.

Project Team

Builder: David Kennedy Homes, Dallas; Architect: Richardson Nagy Martin (now RNM Architects), Newport Beach, Calif.; Interior Designer: Scruggs Meyers & Associates, New York; Landscape Architect: POD, Inc., Los Angeles 

Did you know?

The front door of the house works on a pivot, not hinges; when fully open, it allows light and views on either side of the door.

NCHI Contributors

  • American Standard
  • Andersen Windows
  • AT&T Information Systems
  • Broan
  • Bruce Hardwood Floors
  • CertainTeed
  • Copper Development Association
  • Dow Chemical USA
  • E.I. Du Pont de Nemours
  • General Electric
  • Kohler
  • NuTone
  • The Sherwin-Williams Company
  • USG
  • WCI Appliance Group
  • Wilsonart

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