Home builders in today’s market are all too familiar with headache-inducing project delays caused by supply-chain and labor shortage issues. Even for a high-profile build like The New American Home 2023, the official exhibit home of the NAHB International Builders’ Show, product and labor availability have been constant challenges.
However, the build team went to great lengths to not only deliver a finished project on time, but one that will wow its visitors.
“Our vision for The New American Home 2023 was to encapsulate as many innovative features and products as possible, demonstrating the progress of the industry while also showcasing an amazing property,” said Michael Gardner, principal at Luxus Design Build and lead architect of the 2023 home.
Gardner is a well-known leader in the high-end home market, and he’s well acquainted with the complexities of building a prominent show home: He was also the lead architect of The New American Homes in 2013 and 2015, as well as architect and builder of The New American Remodel in 2019.
“Building these homes is always a rewarding experience, but it’s also a significant challenge because of the condensed timelines, coordination of suppliers and integration of new products,” he said. “The 2023 home presented us with even more scheduling issues than we anticipated, but the hard work of our talented team really shows because the final product is truly impressive.”
The home boasts 7,575 total square feet of under-roof living space, with four bedrooms and six and one-half bathrooms. It also features a spa, game room, private office, state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen, a variety of outdoor fire features and a rooftop deck.
Careful consideration was given to the home’s precise location within the mountainside community of Ascaya, which was also the location of the 2019 and 2020 New American Homes. Visitors will note the home’s uninterrupted views of Red Rock Canyon and the Las Vegas Strip.
Gardner and his design team ensured there would be no visual obstructions between the entryway and the rear view—a distance of more than 150 feet. The view is further augmented through a 45-foot-wide opening across the back of the home with six floor-to-ceiling glass panel doors.
Unlike earlier New American Homes built in the Ascaya subdivision, the 2023 edition has two floors. Having a more contained footprint created additional space for a larger yard and more outdoor living areas.
“We made a conscious decision to limit the amount of hardscaping to maximize the home’s outdoor livability,” Gardner said. “So even though it’s a high-performance home at its core and it has that grand aura of a show home, it retains a lot of elements that make it feel and function like a traditional family home.”
The home also utilizes the site’s topography to its advantage. For example, a steep slope in the backyard was developed into a two-tier pool system: Rather than creating a trough for the infinity-edge pool, Gardner used the lower tier to build another pool that's long enough to serve as a lap pool.
Despite its size, the home is designed and built to be certified and receive the highest marks for energy efficiency and performance, achieving Emerald-level status of the National Green Building Standard. Other certifications include EPA ENERGY STAR for Homes, DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Home, as well as the EPA’s Indoor airPLUS.
All registered IBS attendees can tour The New American Home between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Jan. 31 - Feb. 2. Shuttle buses will depart every half hour from the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). Complimentary shuttle bus tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at The New American Home booth located in the Central Concourse of the LVCC beginning each day of the show at 7:30 a.m.
Remodeled Show Home Goes Virtual for 2023 IBS
The NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) has returned to Las Vegas for 2023, but The New American Remodel is located a short distance away from last year’s remodel in Winter Park, Fla. For 2023, the remodeled home will be an exclusive, immersive virtual experience.
Users will have the opportunity to navigate the home at their own pace via their laptop, desktop or mobile device. The result of a collaboration between NAHB’s Structure Productions and SGC Horizon, the 20-minute segmented video “Showcase of Innovation” will be on display at Pro Builder Show Village in the IBS Outdoor Exhibits located in the parking lot in front of the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The remodeled home retains its five bedrooms, five full baths and three half baths and adds 200 square feet of new living space. Phil Kean, owner of Phil Kean Design Group, a nationally recognized and award-winning firm specializing in luxury-contemporary residential architecture, is overseeing the project.
Make sure you register for IBS 2023 at BuildersShow.com to catch this new experience and take advantage of all the exciting new ideas IBS has to offer.