This year’s two-story New American Home was designed in a Mediterranean style that was extremely popular in Orlando in the late 1920s, but its strong point is its floor plan.
The structure offers spacious areas for everything from informal entertaining to very formal dining, and its wide hallways, oversized doors and elevator make it suitable for residents who are physically challenged.
A commodious guest suite — detached from the rest of the house and complete with a fireplace and private garden — is perfect for overnight visitors, but can also provide long-term private accommodations for a returning child, an aging parent or a live-in caregiver. The home's ‘C’-shaped plan opens to a walled courtyard that creates seclusion rarely found on tight lots in an urban subdivision.
The home’s built-in generator guarantees uninterrupted power in storm-prone settings. Its structured wiring system meets all of today’s needs and will handle future electronic demands. High-impact windows protect against the elements and, in tandem with a superb insulation system, provide state-of-the-art energy efficiency. Sensitive attention to interior finishes insures healthy indoor-air quality.
TNAH ’05 also has all of the bells and whistles of a world-class showcase house: a huge master suite, three “regular” bedrooms, a butler’s pantry, a three-car garage, library, computer niche, outdoor kitchen, pool, sauna, entertainment center and more.
As a laboratory home for the industry, The New American Home contains ideas, products and techniques that can be studied and copied by industry professionals and consumers.
For the first time in the history of TNAH, the major participants in the project — the builder (Goehring & Morgan), the architect (Bloodgood Sharp Buster), the interior designer (Saxon & Clark) and the developer (Baldwin Park) — are all members of the same local association — the Home Builders Association of Metro Orlando.
Registered attendees at the 2005 International Builders’ Show can tour the New American Home from Thursday, Jan. 13, through Sunday, Jan. 16, during show hours via free shuttle buses — tickets are required. The buses depart every half hour from the Orange County Convention Center. The show home is 17 miles from the convention center, and the tour takes approximately three hours, including travel time.
Free shuttle bus tickets can be picked up during show hours at the home's booth in Transportation Central in the C Hall Lobby of the West Building.
For more information, contact Tucker Bernard, NCHI senior director, at 800-368-5242 x8519.