The New American Home, Henderson, Nev.
This 6,285-square-foot show home offers eye-popping views of the Las Vegas Strip. In addition to maximizing killer views with plenty of outdoor space, a combination of energy efficiency and comfort were high priority for the desert home.
The steep lot and its 20-foot drop brought both challenges to grapple with and assets to be capitalized. Neighborhood height regulations were able to be sidestepped, and a second floor was added. Parking—originally front-loaded—was transformed to a car court at the rear of the home.
Windows manage solar gain, with specially designed high-performance glass and abundant overhangs. Innovative insulation and a PV array resulted in a -17 HERS score and R-values of 31 for the walls and 58 for the roof systems. To design for optimal comfort, human metabolic rates for sitting, sleeping, and being active were monitored.
The house is a smart home, featuring automated controls for HVAC, security, entertainment, lighting, swimming pool controls, and watering the garden. The weather-sensitive irrigation system adjusts water usage relative to the immediate climate. Master suites on separate floors, Jack-and-Jill baths, and a walkout basement make the house a versatile one: suitable for families, multigenerational living, empty nester couples, or even groups of friends who want to share a house.
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