Announcing Two New American Homes for 2017


The 2017 NAHB International Builders’ Show® will showcase two homes as part of The New American Home® series: a custom-built home and a remodeled home. The homes will be completed and open for touring during the Builders’ Show, January 10-12, 2017 in Orlando, Florida.

A Look into The New American Home 2017

This year’s New American Home is the 34th in a series. It is one of NAHB’s most successful and visible programs, and is produced and presented by the NAHB Leading Suppliers Council (LSC) and cosponsored with Professional Builder magazine.

Phil Kean Design Group, an award-winning builder located in Winter Park, Florida, is designing and building the 8,753-sq.-ft. one-level contemporary home. Located in the Lake Nona community, it is a multi-generational home that takes full advantage of Florida’s year-round climate. The home is designed with a lot of glass and openness, and styled as “pod living” to allow for rooms to be closed off when they are not in use.

The home will incorporate the latest green and sustainable building materials, products and construction methods in order to reduce its impact on the environment and provide the highest quality of life for the occupants. In addition, the home was also designed to the standard of Sustainable Furniture Council member, Wellness Within Your Walls (WWYW).  The WWYW® program addresses the “Tight Box Syndrome” in providing guidelines and their role in reducing harmful toxins in interior environments and how to off-gas toxic chemicals from products responsibly, resulting in a healthier home.  The builder will be going for “off the grid” status and for the highest marks in energy efficiency.

While it is perfect for entertaining, the home incorporates other important amenities for today’s upscale homebuyer, such as:
• Livable space in a contemporary design that’s exciting, but not over the top
• Functional comfort and flow
• Ample storage
• A flexible floor plan that is open and filled with plenty of natural light to create a spacious feeling
• Low maintenance
• Healthy home features

A Renovated Approach: 2017 New American Remodeled Home

New to The New American Home series is a remodeled home. This year’s renovation, also designed and built by Phil Kean Design Group, is located in the Lake Nora community, as well.

Originally built in 1987, our remodeled house featured many of the typical designs found in late ’80s construction: a tiled roof, stucco quoins, mauve-colored carpet and a kitchen that is separate from the rest of the home. But its 10-foot ceilings and concrete block foundation provided an inviting canvas for remodeling.

The home’s footprint will stay the same, but that’s about the only thing, as it will be gutted down to the studs. From there, the floorplan will be reconfigured, most notably with a kitchen that is more open and centrally located.

When completed, the 2017 New American Remodeled Home will showcase how an existing home – even a high-end one that’s less than 30 years old – can be significantly improved in design, livability and energy efficiency when using today’s building techniques, products and standards.

Both homes are intended to be a collection of ideas for the industry – created to demonstrate construction technology, design concepts, sustainable materials, energy efficiency and “housing performance” that can be replicated, in whole or in part, in housing built any place and in any price range.

Complimentary tours of both homes will be available to registered attendees of IBS 2017 during the show. Registration opens August 1. Sign up to be notified!

A website dedicated to The New American Home projects is currently in development.

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