The 2015 New American Home

Show Home The 2015 New American Home will be open for tours during the International Builders Show, Jan. 20-22.

Front Elevation This year's floor plan is one of the most compact in the show home's history. It was designed to facilitate a relaxed, casual lifestyle.

Gathering Spaces The first floor offers openness among the kitchen, living, and dining room that facilitates access to views and daylighting from outdoors. The floating stairway with steel stringers appears to be made of stepped boxes suspended in mid-air. “It doesn’t look like it should be able to hold itself up,” says designer Miquel Hutton.

Hot Spot The kitchen is the undisputed focal point of the main living space, as a location for entertaining, relaxing, or serious cooking. It is equipped with two islands, state-of-the-art appliances and vent hood from Bosch, a Kohler faucet and sink, and countertops made of DuPont Zodiaq quartz and Walker Zanger Calacata Carrara marble.

Double Duty In Blue Heron’s customizable floor plans, this second-level space can be an office and closet or it can become a more crowd-pleasing spot: a sensuous loft bar and wine room that features breathtaking views of the Las Vegas strip. The fully stocked kitchen area with ice maker, microwave drawer, beverage center, and dishwasher makes pouring drinks, serving food, and cleaning up easy.

Outdoor Living The home's public and private areas share a common denominator: access to the outdoors via decks, patios, porches, a central courtyard, and a rooftop deck.

Down Time Although it’s an entertainer’s dream house, the 2015 New American Home makes room for quiet time, too. To give the owners a place to relax, the second-floor master bedroom is set off from the public area by a catwalk. Inside, a pony wall divides the expansive sleeping area from an intimate raised sitting room.

Spa Inspired With sedate, neutral-colored walls and vanities and warm wood-look travertine flooring, the 437-square-foot master bathroom provides a serene escape. Kohler products rule the day: Leaf vessel sinks, brushed bronze fixtures, San Souci touchless toilet, and the main attraction, an Escale BubbleMassage freestanding tub. His-and-hers TVs are installed behind the mirrors.

Desert Oasis The line between indoors and out is blurred by several clever design tricks. Sierra Pacific sliding pocket doors recede into the walls to create doorways up to 26 feet wide, and Walker Zanger flooring extends from interior rooms to the courtyard, up to the edge of the pool. “The materials we’ve used tie the spaces together,” Miquel Hutton says. “The idea  is to draw people out to those areas using those materials to make it look seamless.”

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