New American Home Pushes the Envelope on Sustainability and Style

The 2014 New American Home is the most sustainable model in the program's 31-year history.

The first floor is arranged around a tile floor "runway" that extends from the entry court through the core of the house.

Interiors are both soothing and sparkling, Monolithic stretches of stone, wood, and tile are punctuated by metallic and glass accents.

Builder Josh Anderson insisted on changes to the floor plan that optimized vistas of the city below. One of the best vantage points is from the dining room and its adjacent terrace, where disappearing Sierra Pacific doors slide into wall pockets to open up an entire corner of the room.

The kitchen features standard-sized Timberlake cabinetry, DuPont Zodiaq quartz surfacing, Thermador appliances, and two large islands--one for cooking and the other for entertaining, casual dining, or homework.

The kitchen pantry is outfitted with shelving systems from Organized Living.

The first-floor powder room shines with a pressed copper backsplash from Daltile and metal pendant lights hung at staggered heights. The energy-efficient LED fixtures are from Progress Lighting.

The first-floor master bedroom is a sumptuous retreat for grandparents or guests. For a unique flooring choice, designerse speced the same Thermory thermal-treated hardwood decking used outside.

The floating-riser staircase is configured in a sawtooth pattern for a cantilevered look. It is supported by steel runnerse encased in wood.

Glass railings reinforce the staircase's weightless look.

The second-floor master suite provides a serene sanctuary reminiscent of a vacation resort of spa. It incorporates many of the natural elements embraced by feng shui principles: fire, water, metal, earth, and wood.

The pebble flooring in the second-floor master bedroom shower runs under and beyond the shower walls to create an inlaid rug look that contrasts with the Mohawk mocha maple floors. Beyond the shower is thte dressing area with makeup table and Closet Factory storage system.

The freestanding Abrazo bathtub from Kohler creates a striking focal point with its organic oval shape. The tub is made from lithocast, a solid-surface material that looks like stone but is warm to the touch.

A full-size laundry room is located adjacent to the second-floor master bedroom. The house is also outfitted with a stackable unit in a closet near the pool for wet towels.

The 650-square-foot carriage suite above the garage serves as a private living space that can be adapted as the family's needs change.

The carriage suite bathroom boasts luxe finishes including a striking Daltile backsplash, Kohler faucet and sink, and open shelving on either side of the quartz-surfaced vanity.

Project planners delivered on their promise to make this year's show home as accessible to the outdoors as possible. They included more than 3,000 square feet of covered and uncovered porches, patios, and terraces enhanced with fire and water features, grills, and an al fresco bar area.

The 16 kW PV system will provide at least half of the home's electrical needs.

The New American Home makes the most of its sunny locale with plentiful windows and sliding doors that optimize natural daylighting and help reduce energy costs. To limit heat gain, designers speced deep shade-producing overhangs, recesses for windows and doors, and ultra-efficient Bayseal spray foam insulation from Bayer MaterialScience.

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