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.
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.
There's no doubt this house has a lot of wide-open spaces, room to satisfy any size gathering.
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.
Marveling at the pool and its inset planters or longing for the loggia and its amenities is only half of the story.
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.
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 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.
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.