In the Details | International Builders Show Home - Design Bureau

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It was a challenge to build on the home’s considerably small-sized lot, which is approximately 11,000 square feet. “A good percentage of it was an alley,” Kean says. “That’s why the patio is located in the center of the house and not the rear or front.”

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The floating staircase, made from limestone and glass, is a sculptural piece that allows natural light to flow throughout the house.

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In the kitchen, dark cabinets, made from sustainable wood, contrast against a white quartz stone island and backsplash, also quartz with a custom horizontal scoring design. Around the corner, the same cabinetry extends into the dining room, where it serves as a buffet. Made from reclaimed wood, the one-of-a-kind dining table is another green design addition.

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Clare Controls designed the user interface applications for the the 2012 New American Home’s sophisticated home automation systems with simplicity and ease of use in mind. “Users can exercise complete control of their automated systems from home or away using their iPhones or iPads, via interface screens that they populate and manage themselves based on the things they love to do… and not just the rooms they happen to be in,” says Brett Pierce, CEO of Clare Controls.

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Equipped with a pool, summer kitchen, and comfortable seating, the outdoor patio is designed for entertaining. Non-invasive native plants add a natural element, while flowing water makes its way through a stainless steel and glass table that exits into the pool. Motorized solar shades separate the lanai and outdoor patio area and also protect indoor furniture and guests from harmful UV rays.

In the Details | International Builders Show Home

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

By Lesley Stanley
Photos courtesy of Timberlake Cabinetry and James F. Wilson for Builder Magazine

Ready to move on from any lingering effects that Miami Vice may have left behind in the Sunshine State, Phil Kean, president and principal architect of Phil Kean Designs, drew inspiration from the simple yet classic mid-century white box home when designing the 2012 New American Home (the official show home of the International Builders Show). “I thought that in addition to looking forward, it would be good to look backwards to design trends as well,” Kean says.

Unlike its cold and uninviting mid-century predecessor, Kean’s spacious, two-story, 4,100-squarefoot house is warm and comfortable while also being mindful of its environmental footprint. The home’s LEED Platinum design includes interior framing and exterior walls that provide energy-efficient insulation. Solar energy powers the air conditioning, hot water production, and a portion of the electrical system. The beautiful landscape heads inside the home in the roomy lanai while the patio is the perfect spot to enjoy sunny days.

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