The New American Home 2022
As many of you know, I recently attended #KBIS2022 in Orlando, Florida. One of the perks of the show was a visit to The New American Home 2022. Each year the International Builders Show (IBS) runs concurrently with the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) sponsored by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). These shows are referred to collectively as “Design and Construction Week”. During the show, attendees can tour the New American Home.
Follow me for a designer tour inside The New American Home 2022.
A Designer’s Take on The New American Home 2022
Built by Envy Homes, like many showhomes, this house is meant to inspire and highlight design trends and imagination in homebuilding. Generally, these homes are grandiose buildings measuring 8,000 to 10,000+ square feet. Visitors are met with soaring ceilings and meandering hallways leading the visitor through a wonderland of interior design.
Visitors touring this home were not disappointed. Considering the cost of land and evolving lifestyles, this home is much more relatable for today’s home buyers. Measuring just over 4600 square feet, this home takes a different approach to homebuilding. Desirable features such as luxurious details, amenities, and sustainability are displayed throughout the home.
Style, Efficiency, and Details
The Entry Foyer
Design details greet you at the front door. Lights are recessed into the doorways which makes them glow. The wine room is framed with glass walls that display a wine collection and create the walls of the stairwell.
The Kitchen and Pantry
I love the colors used in this kitchen. The designer selected a combination of light and dark finishes. The effect is subtle with a dash of understated elegance. Signature Kitchen Suite appliances are featured throughout the house. Aged bronze accents are used for the hardware as well as the light fixtures.
Just through the kitchen door is a lavish kitchen pantry. The dark finish of the kitchen is repeated in the pantry. Lighting plays an important role in the design of this space. Notice the fabulous decorative light fixture.
The Dining Room
Small by some standards, I liked the scale of this room. Big enough to entertain but not a waste of real estate. The dining room boasts an innovative twist on the traditional light fixture. The designer chose multiple pendants to create a striking design statement. This lighting concept is repeated in several of the rooms.
What makes the space seem expansive is the use of the view to the courtyard. A wall of glass doors can be opened inviting the outside in without adversely affecting the interior climate control of the house.
Connecting the Outdoor Environment
Although the lot was long and narrow, the space never felt restrictive. All the rooms open to a beautiful courtyard featuring a pool and outdoor entertainment area. The view through the wall of glass doors visually doubles the width of the home.
The home is energy efficient with a nod to green building standards. According to the NAHB “The home is expected to achieve net-zero status and Emerald-level certification from the National Green Building Standard. It will also earn certification from ENERGY STAR, Indoor airPLUS, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home Program.
The Second Floor Living Areas
Moving up to the second floor you will find the bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, laundry room, exercise flex area which boasts work-at-home spaces, seating, and a hospitality center. No home would be complete without a gaming area. The lighting design of that game room creates another design statement.
Principal Bedroom and Bathroom
Both the bedroom and bathroom exude luxury. Recessed LED lighting strips once again provide illumination and decoration. Wood stepped molding details flank the headboard wall. This is a nice texture around the bed. I especially like the asymmetric design of the furniture flanking the headboard.
The bathroom features an oversized steam shower for two with integrated lighting in the wall. A floating vanity is crowned with an extra thick quartz countertop. Oversized mirrors take full advantage of the ceiling height. The entire room is inspiring.
Roof Top Entertaining
Moving back down the hall you find the stairway to the third floor. Once again, taking full advantage of the connection to the outdoors, there is a fabulous, covered rooftop kitchen/bar area complete with breathtaking views. Features include built-in seating around the perimeter and a fire pit with furnishings to invite conversation.
Garage design has been gaining more prominence in today’s homes. This one features a pet washing area any pup would be proud to use. It shows just how important our fur babies are not just to our lives but our lifestyles.
Curves Are Sexy
Tambour-like details were used throughout the house. The pattern was repeated in wall panels for the hallway, behind the sink in the principal bath, and the ceiling above the rooftop bar. Soft neutral colors accented with edgy dark pops of style and softened with the curved millwork and furnishings.
A curved sink and decorative hardware are used in a guest bathroom. Round shaped light fixtures are seen throughout the home.
I hope you enjoyed my tour of this home. There was so much design and building inspiration to be absorbed. Looking for more design inspiration? Follow us on social media or visit my portfolio pages here.
Sharon L. Sherman CKD, ASID, NCIDQ, CID
Sharon is the founder of Thyme and Place Design, headquartered in Wyckoff, New Jersey. She’s been practicing kitchen and bath design for the past 40 years and is a Past President of the American Society of Interior Designers – New Jersey chapter.
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Her award-winning designs and editorial comments have been featured in Forbes, The New York Times, Design Milk, Bergen NJ magazine, Kitchen & Bath Design News, Woman’s Day, Country Decorating, Design NJ, New Jersey Home Magazine, 201 Magazine, The Best of Bergen, Savvy Living, The Vue, The Record, The Star-Ledger, and Aspire as well as several books.
Her blog “Tips from the Trade” appears in digital form on DesignNJ.com and KBBonline.com. She has also appeared on HGTV’s My Big Amazing Renovation and episodes of House Smarts with Lou Manfredini. In 2022, she was a featured *Voices From The Industry* speaker at the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s international convention.