FEB 8-10, 2022

The New American Home - 1987

The 1987 New American Home  The 1987 New American Home Master Bedroom

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Long before anyone was considering the impact of active adults on the housing market, the New American Home jumped on it. The 1987 house made a dedicated effort to attract empty nesters with a well-appointed, contemporary approach. Angled to the street and revealing little behind its façade except a long peaked roof to the back, the 3,600-square foot, single-level plan features only two bedrooms … the latter of which further refined the concept of a master suite retreat with a full yet separate his and her bathrooms and closets and a sitting area staged in a circular window bump-out. To fully reveal its dogleg footprint, architect Barry Berkus kept the interior wide open; only columns lining the center hallway indicate rooms along its path, including a circular-shaped den and dining room set across from each other, while high windows being daylight through the plan. A thin-mullioned corner window was another anomaly.

The 1987 house was ahead of its time technologically, as well. A whole-house audio system, remote security monitors, and a two-line phone scheme that enabled multiple communications functions were precursors to today’s structured wiring schemes. In the kitchen, the plan called for two of everything, as well as a multi-functional island, wine storage in the refrigerator, and a new solid surface material called Corian. The asking price? A cool $845,000, the most expensive in the young history of the program.

Project Team

Builder: Williams Fine Homes, Dallas; Architect: Berkus Group Architects (now B3 Architects), Santa Barbara, Calif.; Interior Designer: Carey Berkus Designs, Santa Barbara; Landscape Architect: Matarazzo Design, Concord, N.H. 

Did you know?

The columns along the home central hallway begin with a Corinthian design at the foyer while the rest are smooth.

NCHI Contributors

  • American Standard
  • AT&T Information Systems
  • Broan
  • Carrier
  • Congoleum
  • Copper Development Association
  • Dow Chemical USA
  • E.I. Du Pont de Nemours
  • Eljer
  • Georgia-Pacific
  • Home Owners Warranty
  • Honeywell
  • In-Sink-Erator
  • Jenn-Air
  • Kohler
  • Manville
  • Moen
  • NuTone
  • Paslode
  • PPG Industries
  • Sears
  • Senco Products
  • The Sherwin-Williams Company
  • USG
  • Whirlpool
  • Wilsonart

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