By Carolyn Weber.

Who needs the diversions of The Strip, when you have a home like this? HomeDestinations is the ultimate party house, with formal and informal spaces that serve multiple functions. Gone is the seldom-used formal living room. It's replaced by an "adult lounge" with the same square footage. But there's much more to do here than drink cocktails; you can play cards, read by the fire, hang out at the bar, or even watch a movie.

A great room, with adjacent informal dining and a kitchen, accommodates everyday entertainment. It's easy to imagine a big holiday event in this space. "Everyone can be in the same zone, and nobody is left out," says Design Tec Interiors president Chris Johnson. "This is the space that most consumers consider to be a must," adds White. French doors extend the informal living space into courtyards and a rear loggia, replete with a grill and an under-counter refrigerator.

Adults only: With a granite-topped bar, dramatic custom artwork, and a warm fireplace, the adult lounge exudes a club feeling. It's the ideal setting for a cocktail party. "It's comfortable and sophisticated," says Chris Johnson, president of Design Tec Interiors, who designed the entire home with a color palette of brown/black, claret, and neutral accents. "It's a place where you wouldn't hesitate to entertain with red wine."

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Adding to the effect, Christopher Homes experimented with a new high-end recessed can lighting system (from Lightolier), which uses a small halogen bulb to cast almost undetectable indirect light. "Instead of seeing the source of light you see its reflection off of the art or furniture," says Chris Stuhmer, CEO of Christopher Homes. "The effect is fantastic."

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Cuisine Art: The kitchen palette juxtaposes Euro-design cabinets--painted in layers with antique cream then wiped with an umber color--with the deeper tones of the flooring and the secondary island. Interior designer Chris Johnson designed the kitchen flooring, using marble integrated with a pounded iron inlay. And a custom metal hood, replete with integrated backsplash and drawers, picks up on the metal accents in the floor and on the family room beams.

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Dinner Party: The dining room is much smaller than one might find in a home with half the square footage. Rather than try to impress with massive, overblown space, the concept was to create an intimate room for gatherings with just a few other couples.

Light My Fire: In a return to tradition, the fireplace takes precedence over the television in this family room. A flat plasma screen television, mounted on a pivoting arm, tucks into a built-in cabinet when not in use.

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Redundant wiring

By planning ahead, these electronics wizards headed off costly, time-consuming retrofit work.

By Matthew Power

"This home combines all of the deluxe electronic features in one," notes Steve Raleigh of Desert Home Electric, whose company handled the line-voltage wiring on HomeDestinations. Among those features: a Crestron touchscreen system that integrates climate control, security, and entertainment features, a Panasonic video intercom system that allows the owner to communicate with the front gate or the front door, and a lighting control system from Lutron that provides "smart" control over the home's lighting scheme. The home theater room includes a motorized, retractable screen.

"We kept two guys on hand at all times to handle changes," Raleigh explains. "We ended up pulling a lot of wires behind drywall. It was a big scheduling challenge because things changed so much, and we had to have guys who could work in a drywalled room, and put it all back together neatly."

Eagle Sentry installed the low-voltage components of the wiring scheme (including the end-user hardware for security, video, and entertainment). Eagle was less impacted by the constant changes, thanks in part to its practice of running extra lines and conduit.

"We over-wired the house everywhere," says Corey Reif, with Eagle Sentry. "We put in extra runs of conduit under slabs and in the ground, for use by ourselves or other subs, should the need arise. Every one of those extra conduits got used."

"I think we ran three or four times the amount of wire we needed," he adds, "especially Cat-5, which is very versatile, with less sensitivity to distance."