The New American Home Takes Shape

Long ranch house with green bushes in front of it.

Now in its 37th year, the New American Home® (TNAH) is the official show home of the annual International Builders Show™ (IBS). Sun West Custom Homes is again the design/build firm for this year’s edition, and when completed, it will be 7,623 square feet. The home will be designed and constructed to achieve National Green Building Standards “Emerald” certification, Energy Star and net-zero status.

Sun West Custom Homes built the 2019 edition of TNAH, and they learned a lot from that experience. This year’s approach is to apply a greener building methodology into every phase of the building schedule.

Since the theme of TNAH is the “Oasis in the Desert”, the home was designed with lots of curves, which makes construction more challenging. “The roof truss and structural engineers have spent time working with us to ensure that the roofs were designed so that we could build them properly and efficiently,” notes Carl Martinez, president of construction for Sun West Custom Homes.

Construction was delayed a few days due to snow, rain and windy conditions, but the team has been able to adjust the schedule – working Saturdays and late evenings – to get the project back on track. Most of the framing is complete as is the mechanical, plumbing and electrical. Elite Spray Foam was used in the ceilings and the walls, which gives the ceiling an R38 rating and the walls R22. Fi-Foil HY-Fi Hybrid Reflective insulation will also be applied to the exterior walls to increase the energy efficiency and overall R-value of the home.

The next big focus on this project is the rockery on the 0.46-acre lot so they can complete the backyard. The outdoor entertainment area is one of the many focal points of the design, and it will feature a large vanishing pool and spa with a wet bar.

When complete, this home will feature four bedrooms, five baths with a one half-bath, two showroom garages, a luxurious great room, an elegant wine room, multiple water features surrounding the courtyard, beautiful fire features and more. Be sure to make touring this home a must-do for IBS 2020.

About The New American Home®
The New American Home is the official show home of the NAHB International Builders’ Show® and showcases the industry’s best practices, innovative concepts and state-of-the-art products with the goal of allowing industry professionals to glean new ideas that they can apply to their own housing projects.

The custom-built home will be completed and open for touring during the Builders’ Show, January 21 – 23, 2020, in Las Vegas. Visit to learn more.

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