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New American Home ready in time for International Builders' Show

By Berit Griffin January 27, 2014

The 2014 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas is just over a week away, and as with past shows, one of the most anticipated attractions is the New American Home. This year’s model is no exception.

Built in the Sky Terrace housing development in Henderson, Nev., this year’s New American Home comes in at 6,700 square feet and was designed to accommodate an extended family that includes children, parents and grandparents. Architect Jeffrey Berkus and interior designer Marc Thee led the project, which acts as a construction technology laboratory demonstrating all the best practices and features in modern design.

Some of the highlights of this year’s project (according to BuilderOnline.com) include: 

The indoor/outdoor experience. The home’s open layout fuses the indoors with the outdoors and provides the owners with many spaces to live and work outdoors. These include an outside office space that doubles as a meditation center and a rooftop terrace.

Design for multigenerational living. The home will comfortably accommodate a three-generation family, with the option of locating the master suite either upstairs or downstairs. A carriage suite with separate access will connect to the house through an elevator. (One side of the elevator opens to the carriage suite; the other opens to the main home.)

Distance learning opportunities. In a nod to the growing trend of online learning platforms and home schooling, the house will accommodate distance learning. A double island in the kitchen offers space to cook on one side and an informal area on the other so that kids can work on schoolwork while still interacting with the family and being a part of the home’s social sphere.

Public and private spaces. The house is designed to be both dynamic and soothing, with high ceilings in public spaces, and lower ceilings to create a more intimate feel in the family areas, Berkus says. There’s also a long gallery that can be used either as a transition space or as a large entertaining space. Prime views are afforded from the dining room, first-floor master suite, and rooftop terrace.

Dramatic floor plan. Attendees will be awed by custom touches such as a water wall, a poolside meditation room, and a second-story circulation bridge connecting the core spaces. “This house is based around the idea of flow,” says Berkus, who took over the project’s design when his father, Barry Berkus, passed away in November 2012. “You’re going to see a lot of ‘memory points’ in the house, as dad would call it—where you walk through and turn a corner and say, ‘Wow.’”

Element Building Co. of Henderson, Nev. constructed this year’s New American Home. Will you visit?