Outdoor living as everyday living, in Pardee Home's Responsive Homes.

The Contemporary Farmhouse, one of whose really well-imagined and rendered indoor-outdoor living zones you see pictured here is a "concept home," developed specifically by TRI Pointe Group's Las Vegas Pardee Homes team to stretch the present bounds of design, engineering and economics.

It's also build-able today, at about $55-to-$60 a square foot. As a matter of fact, it's a model option now being geared for production in several of Pardee's Las Vegas Valley communities. Its companion idea-house, the Transitional Home, supplies the bones and everyday-exotic, urban-meets-master-planned-community sensibility of a new home whose boldly modern elevation will etch itself into the view of the Valley's bowl of beautiful ridges to the West from the Transitional Home's living/dining area.

The Farmhouse and the Transitional are two new demonstration home designs from architects Bassenian Lagoni that team an all-star cast of creative design, engineers, manufacturers, construction managers for our Responsive Homes reveal on Jan. 18, 2016, at Henderson, Nev.'s Inspirada, during the NAHB International Builders Show.

Their target is Millennial buyers--not just today's but over the next decade or more. Their mission? To be Responsive--from a design, engineering, social, and economic standpoint--to the current and moving-target needs of that now largest of generational cohorts, born between the years 1981 and 1997.

Clearly, proof of one of the greatest lessons learned in the 12-month process, from the time these two homesites were a holy mess of desert rubble to now is in Pardee Homes Nevada president Klif Andrews' tidings that these homes are ready to move from "concept to reality" now. 

Builder's Journal Part III: Moving Forward

Builder's Journal Part III: Moving Forward

Wrapping up the 2015 Builder Responsive Homes, Pardee Homes Las Vegas division president Klif Andrews reflects on how to bring concept from the homes with him as he move sforward. Some highlights include using model homes as a way to test out new concepts and products to incorporating millennials in the design, building, and selling process.

Fact is, Andrews says, more big home builders might do well to re-envision their investment commitment to model home development programs, to instead develop demonstration and idea houses as a strategic practice that "stretches the bounds" and get the respective design, manufacturing, planning, and construction people into an innovation mindset.

Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept

Each year in the dead of January's reminder that Detroit's winters have teeth, car companies fill the Cobo Center with "concept" cars, vehicles that stretch the bounds of design, engineering, and economics, like the Acura NSX, which 25 years ago turned the "exotic-car world on its nose" with a mid-engine sports car that was fast, sexy, stylish, and yet had everyday drivability, friendly ergonomics, and reliability. And like the General Motors Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle, due to arrive in two years, but already generating seismic vibes of anticipation, fear, and excitement.

Home building at the production level does research and development like this mostly on the run. So, we are particularly excited and grateful to have been a part of a research and development project that we believe meaningfully moves ideas of the near-future into the present, just as Pardee's two Responsive Homes projects appear to be ready for primetime production.

They can't come a moment too soon.

Industry analysts, pundits, and observers may be ready to label 2015 as the great "failure to launch" year, as they look back at a 12-month patch and say that the year's claim to fame was supposed to be: young home buyers rejoined the party in droves.

No droves, of course. But that's okay. It would still be a big mistake to write off the year as a clunker.

Those who lead smart companies and lead the conversation about how to "activate" this critical mass of young adult consumers know that success doesn't come in the form of a flip of the switch.

A tech industry chief executive recently said that his organization's strong financial performance and sanguine outlook for the near-term owed to decisions, disciplines, and processed his team had done and put in place 24 to 36 months earlier.

Whether 2015 is regarded as the "tipping point" year for Millennial buyers is not meaningful. That it was a 12-month period used by designers, engineers and cost and value finance professionals to model and develop homes that will inspire young adults to aspire to homeownership is the more important inflection point.

That's what Responsive Homes are all about. We'll see you in Vegas on Jan. 18.