The New American Home program celebrated its 20th anniversary by once again breaking form, this time with a trio of attached townhouses in the renowned new community of Lake Las Vegas. The concept enabled the program to design homes for three market segments: singles, second-home buyers, and young, affluent families. It was also the first in the history of the program to qualify under the federal Energy Star standards, helping further popularize that program.
With approximately 3,000 square feet on three levels, each home was designed to accommodate the specific need of its target buyer. The C Plan, for instance, suited an upscale single female buyer with a master suite occupying the entire second floor and a guest suite in the walk-out lower level; the Plan B, a winter retreat for active adults, offered generous entertainment spaces and more formality combined with a master suite/home office level and a second master suite on the top floor for overnight or occasional guests; the Plan A, meanwhile, provided a young family with a home theater, a separate home office, both bedrooms on the same level, and a third-story, open-air Star Room … complete with an outdoor kitchen setup.
Among its innovations, the houses featured some of the first flat-screen television displays and garage storage systems seen on a big stage and an emerging insulation option called expanding foam, used on the underside of the roof sheathing to reduce enable semi-conditioned attic spaces suitable for mechanical equipment and ductwork, which aided the homes’ quest for Energy Star status.