For the third consecutive year, the International Builders Show, sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), included a remodeled home among its exhibit houses in an acknowledgement that almost half of NAHB members are remodelers. The International Builders Show, held this year in Las Vegas, attracts more than 80,000 people from around the globe to see the latest innovations in building products and techniques and design trends.
The New American Remodel 2019 is a 1950s single-level house transformed into a two-level modern house with nearly 6,000 square feet by Michael Gardner, principal of studio g Architecture and Luxus Design Build in Las Vegas.
"We deliberately chose a location on a quiet street near downtown Las Vegas, not in a master-planned community, because we wanted to be a creative spark to the neighborhood," says Gardner.
Energy-efficiency and organic materials
While the newly remodeled home has a distinctly modern design, the use of wood and textured stone indoors and outside gives the home warmth.
The C-shaped design of the house enhances energy-efficiency by creating a protective barrier against the desert sun and wind.
"We analyzed the sun and the window to see how it impacts livability," says Gardner. "The whole south side of the house blocks the wind for most of the year."
The house is also designed to embrace its surroundings.
"All the walls were built so you could see the sunset from as many places as possible," says Gardner. "We designed the house with transoms, wood, stone and lots of glass for indoor-outdoor living."
There are five fireplaces including some indoor gas fireplaces and some outdoor fire pits. Gardner was able to save some railroad ties found on the property, which he converted to use as part of vertical exterior fencing.
The floor plan of the house includes numerous intimate and large outdoor spaces for relaxing, including a patio off the office at the front of the house, an outdoor living room that extends between the great room and the swimming pool, and a two-level covered entertaining space between the pool and the orchard. Teak walkways link the main house with the poolside entertainment areas.
When you include all the indoor and outdoor cooking spaces, this house has four-and-a-half kitchens, including a professional-level main kitchen with Gaggenau handle-less appliances, including four wall ovens. The catering kitchen features an indoor garden from Urban Cultivator so chefs can grow their own herbs and vegetables. Every kitchen has an abundance of storage space and one includes a vacuum sealer to keep food fresh longer.
PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Davis of Jeffrey A. Davis Photography