The New American Home 2013

Almost every room in the 2013 New American Home has a view to outdoor spaces, from desert- and Asian-inspired courtyards to water features, landscaping, and both private and public entertainment areas. That mix reinforces the indoor-outdoor intent of the house—an effect enabled by telescoping patio doors that pocket out of sight for seamless transitions.

The master suite exemplifies the layering of living spaces and features found throughout the house. From a private patio, a deep, zero-edge spa graces an open-air sleeping porch and a quiet courtyard bordered by a retaining wall of regional rocks that add texture and subtle color.

Beyond the master suite's private patio, a glass door gives way to a trellised outdoor shower that, in turn, opens to an indoor shower and the rest of the master bath and generous custom walk-in closet. A rice-husk, salt, and mineral-oil material from Resysta serves as the floor for the elevated outdoor and indoor showers as well as siding for both interior and exterior walls. Kohler provided the plumbing fixtures throughout the house.

A novel entertainment space, complete with a TV and gas-powered firepit, casual seating, and a dining area, sits between two zero-edge pools that cascade into perimeter troughs. The area peeks into the great room and kitchen, while a spiral stair behind the TV niche leads to an open-air balcony above. The ability to engage with and enjoy the outdoor areas is directly attributable to the 90-degree corner patio doors from Sierra Pacific, which telescope into each other and then pocket away to create a full reveal. Natural limestone flooring from Daltile is the home’s prevailing floor finish, but look up in this area, the kitchen-great room, the foyer, and a few other spaces around the house to see an engineered wood plank from Mohawk Industries used as a warm and welcoming ceiling finish.

The kitchen combines comfort, convenience, and coolness with a high-contrast cabinet-countertop combo set off by a stainless steel appliance and fixture package. There’s more than enough storage and surface area, especially considering a perimeter run that stretches into a butler’s pantry.

An aerial view of the home's kitchen.

Elegantly mirrored in the zero-edge pool, a stand-alone covered patio offers a relaxing respite for yoga, an artist’s studio, or an afternoon nap.

The home’s two-story foyer opens completely on both sides to invite cooling breezes off the pool and basement areas below. A small library bookends the north end and heads a hallway to the master suite.

From the library, a sequence of living spaces is framed by wide passageways and contrasting yet complementary materials, emphasizing the home’s design and giving it a human scale.

From the second-story balcony, accessed by the spiral stair, as well as an interior staircase that leads to a billiard lounge and bar overlooking the kitchen, all of the elements of the house come together and reveal its three main levels (the fourth level is a sky deck above the lounge).

Thick stone pavers seem to float on the surface of the pool, leading to the spiral stair and a staircase down to the basement level (also accessed by the main staircase inside). Meanwhile, LED lamps from Progress Lighting highlight the rock wall and travertine step risers, just two examples of the interior and exterior lighting that serves the house and helped it achieve both NAHB Green-Emerald and LEED for Homes Platinum certifications.

Compared with what lies beyond it, the home’s front elevation is understated yet welcoming, featuring the lines and massing of distinct yet complementary materials that continue inside. The elevated entry not only reflects the long, narrow lot on which the home is built, but also helps enable the full-height, below-grade spaces that further distinguish the project.

The team at Blue Heron, led by Las Vegas native and second-generation builder Tyler Jones (seated, lower center), has refined a design/build business model for the high-end of the local housing market, a streamlined process that enables a focus on creative solutions instead of clashing egos. Architect Michael Gardner (seated, farthest right) and interior designer Lyndsay Janssen (seated next to Gardner) head up the design side. Kris Osterling (seated, front row, white shirt), served as construction project manager, while Shelly Stewart (directly behind Jones) is director of sales and marketing.

From co-producer NAHB, Tucker Bernard (standing, left) directs the association’s Leading Suppliers Council and New American Home program and Christopher McLarty (seated, left) manages council membership and retention. Builder John Ted Mahoney III (seated, right) chairs the program’s 2013 task force with vice chairman and builder Alex Hannigan (standing, right).

There are many outdoor areas that are easily accessible from different parts of the house.

An exterior shot of the house.

his area offers views into the great room and kitchen, while a spiral stair behind the TV niche leads to an open-air balcony above.

An aerial view of the great room.

Thick stone pavers create pathways between areas of the home.

Breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape are visible from one of the home's bedrooms.

An interior design detail.

A view of the home's great room.

The great room opens to both the kitchen and outdoor space.

The house offers many views from its multiple levels.

Another view of the multilevel home.

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