Reality House: The Stuff That Sanity Is Made Of

GREAT MIGRATION: Kitchen amenities appear in no fewer than six rooms throughout the home. A breakfast nook off the second-floor master suite allows late-night snackers or early-morning caffeine addicts to get their fix without disrupting the rest of the house.

LEAVE A MESSAGE: Built-in shelving by the back porch entry carves out space for personal reminders, keys, and cell phones.

WASH UP: Clothes-care products from Whirlpool Corp. handle all laundry needs. The master suite has its own front-loading, 24-inch washer and dryer; a portable fabric freshener to relax wrinkles and remove odors; and an ImPress ironing station that tucks out of the way. The pool bath is outfitted with a DryAire drying cabinet to accommodate wet garments. The laundry has its own collection of mainstays that include a SinkSpa jetted sink and an Ensemble fabric-care washer and dryer. The units have Whisper Quiet Plus Sound Insulation, stainless steel interiors, and multiple options to get clothes as good as new.




STEPPING OUT: A reclaimed vestibule under the stairs, next to the porte cochere entry, provides a resting place for coats, purses, hats, mittens, backpacks, and shoes.

DUST BUSTER: Face it, even a perfect house needs to be vacuumed. A traditional upright is adequate, but a central vacuum system is a better option for removing dirt. The Reality House is outfitted with the Serenity Plus central vacuum system from Beam. A central vacuum contributes to a healthier indoor air environment by completely removing dirt and allergens from the living area without stirring up dust.

STORAGE SPACE: The garage can be an unruly place—unless there is adequate storage to keep things neat and tidy. Gladiator Garage-Works by Whirlpool Corp. is here to help. The anchor of the system is the 48-inch-long GearTrack Channel, from which wall cabinets, shoe racks, shelves, and hooks can be hung. Other pieces include a tall cabinet, a workbench with power strip, a refrigerator, and chemical-resistant roll flooring.

DOORS OF OPPORTUNITY: The house uses garage doors from Overhead Door Corp.'s Renaissance Collection. With an embossed grain texture, the custom doors look like wood but are made of steel. Polyurethane insulation provides an energy-efficient 12.76 R-value, while optional decorative hardware and window treatments allow personalization. The door is available in 18 designs.

UP LIFT: The LiftMaster Estate Series by The Chamberlain Group powers all three garage doors. The unit uses a belt-drive ¾-horsepower motor that is fast, ultra-quiet, and smooth, which should please those using the bonus room above the garage. Additionally, a motion-detecting control panel turns on lights automatically, and a PosiLock feature keeps the door locked once it is shut. For added security, rolling code technology on the door opener ensures that a code is never repeated.

POWER TRIP: In Florida's active hurricane climate, it's folly not to have backup power. The Reality House has it—a 30-kilowatt generator from Kohler Power Systems. Designed for residential use, the new product includes enhanced sound enclosures so the neighbors won't complain about noise, as well as advanced digital controls featuring a compact controller to support today's sophisticated home electronics. The unit is powered by a General Motors 1.6 liter overhead four-cylinder engine.

FAMILY FUN: The 2006 Dodge Durango is a family vehicle with an optimally designed cabin offering seating for up to eight passengers and storage space for everything else. The SUV has an optional 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine with a Multi-Displacement System that boosts fuel economy while offering 335 horsepower. Other features include a power liftgate, factory-installed remote start, SIRIUS satellite radio, navigation system, and DVD video entertainment system.

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