The 2006 New American Home

The New American Home 2006: Introduction

The New American Home 2006: Introduction

Set long and narrow across a lakefront lot of a budding new community west of Orlando, Fla., The New American Home 2006 looks good from any angle of approach.

SMART PLAN: The home's decidedly linear, two-story floor plan takes maximum advantage of lake views along the rear of the property. Private spaces are pushed to the ends, such as the master bath and closet on one side and the guest suite and one-car garage (topped by spa room and home theater) on the other, a scheme that not only separates them from daily activity, but also preserves views for those spaces that truly deserve and need them. Notice the garages, too: The four bays are split up and turned away or set back from the front elevation on one end of the lot, thus diminishing their mass and bulk. But they also access the house where you'd want them to, directly into the kitchen and the passage past the elevator and rear stairs ... with a separate door to the motor court, to boot.

The New American Home 2006: The Floor Plan

Purposely narrowed to a one-room depth along most of its footprint, the floor plan of The New American Home 2006 is decidedly extroverted, taking advantage of lake views, natural light, and prevailing breezes afforded by a 149-foot lot to deliver a variety of benefits to the homeowners and the house.

The New American Home 2006: Pursuits

The New American Home 2006: Pursuits

There's no doubt this house has a lot of wide-open spaces, room to satisfy any size gathering.

The New American Home 2006: Panoramic Pleasures

The New American Home 2006: Panoramic Pleasures

The home's high-performance windows and patio doors, set along the rear elevation's northern exposure, enable large expanses of glass that allow views from every room without significant solar heat gain into the interior spaces.

The New American Home 2006: Outdoor Splendor

The New American Home 2006: Outdoor Splendor

Marveling at the pool and its inset planters or longing for the loggia and its amenities is only half of the story.

The New American Home 2006: Formal Function

The New American Home 2006: Formal Function

The space also effectively distances the less formal rooms of the house—the kitchen, family room, and loggia behind the dining room—from the privacy of the office, library, and master suite found beyond the parlor.

The New American Home 2006: Hangouts

The New American Home 2006: Hangouts

Here, there's an attractive option just upstairs: a game room with access to the upper loggia (complete with its own outdoor kitchen and bar area), as well as a nearby home theater.

The New American Home 2006: Kids' Quarters

The New American Home 2006: Kids' Quarters

Get this: teens and young adults don't really like lots of fanfare in their rooms, much less a lame impression of what's cool with the kids.

BUILT RIGHT: Alex and Jan Hannigan (above, third and fourth from the left) led an on-site team that included (from left) structural engineer Lee Smith of Engineering Services Group; interior designer and merchandiser Donnie Saxon of Saxon-Clark Furniture and Design; Scott Redmon, owner of landscape architecture firm Redmon Design Co.; and Tom Davis, production manager for Hannigan Homes.

The New American Home 2006: Team Effort

The New American Home program is a long haul for everyone involved, beginning nearly two years before the house debuts in the host city of the annual International Builders' Show.

The New American Home 2006

Designing a house “by committee” is, as any architect or builder will tell you, a patently insane notion. Yet every year since 1984, The New American Home has done it in spectacular fashion, bringing together the world's leading suppliers and a host of consultants and valued trade partners to assist the design-build team.

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