The New American Home 2023
One of my favorite excursions, when I attend the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, is to tour the New American Home. Each year the NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) in conjunction with the International Builders Show creates a masterpiece of design, function, and state-of-the-art technology in a new build home.
This year’s home, located in Henderson Nevada, was built by Luxury Design Build and did not disappoint. Come along on my tour of the home and party sponsored by Signature Kitchen Suite.
A Warm Welcome: The New American Home 2023
This beautiful contemporary-styled home built by Luxury Home Builders is set on a hill with incredible vistas overlooking Las Vegas. The designer used several types of fire features both inside and outside the home. This fire bowl welcomed all visitors.
Foyer and main hallway.
This beautiful double-sided fireplace feature and 2 wine rooms divide the great room from the main hallway. The fireplace serves as a warm gathering spot in the living room. This view is from the front entry through the main first-floor hallway. A game room sits at the end of the hall. Looking through the windows, you can enjoy views of the Las Vegas skyline.
Wine time at the New American Home.
One of my favorite features from The New American Home 2022 was the wine room feature tucked under the staircase in the entry foyer. I was happy to see the detail reenvisioned for this home. Here the wine room creates a dramatic entrance into the open-plan kitchen/great room.
First Floor Billard/Game Room.
The billiard/game room is outfitted in monochrome tones of greige and off-white. This interesting color palette expresses an understated sense of elegance. On one hand, rooms overlooking the back of the house feature floor-to-ceiling windows. On the other hand, rooms located on the side used a different approach. Obviously, as homes are built closer together, privacy certainly becomes a concern. A particularly interesting feature of the home is the clerestory windows. These windows have been around since ancient Egypt and were popularized by Frank Lloyd Wright here in the United States. These windows provide privacy and let in natural light.
In the kitchen at The New American Home 2023.
For the kitchen, mink-colored cabinets were used as a design statement. In the same way, a fabulous hood combining a verticle wood detail and highlighted by polished steel accents were the crowning jewel of the room.
Lighting and more and the second floor.
In the same way, accessories make the outfit, lighting makes the rooms. Once in a while, it is great to use an out-of-the-box idea and make a statement. In this case, the designer made an undeniable statement with light. Recessed LED light strips create a dramatic lighting effect in the stairway. As a result, the hallway is a well-lit invitation to explore the upper floor.
From the balcony at the top of the stairs, you have a full view of the kitchen and the great room below. The kitchen features a full wine wall of storage. Behind the refrigerator is a prep kitchen to keep messy work away from guests.
Bedrooms along the second floor all continue the color palette used on the first floor. Once again, full-height windows face the back of the home to take advantage of the views. Likewise, clerestory windows are used for privacy and light.
The Principal Bath.
This was a very interesting room for me. For one thing, diffused glass walls created separate water closets. A large back-to-back vanity created zones in the open room. A large wet room lined with magnificent slabs featured a free-standing tub placed in front of a floor-to-ceiling window. High clerestory windows were used on the side wall in the same way as in the bedrooms. Mood lighting was created with a full-length lighted niche in the shower. The full view from the tub is a key component in biophilia and design for wellness.
Even though this is a beautiful space, I am not sure how I feel about the reflections in the glass from all of the built-in lighting. Highly reflective surfaces are tough on my eyes. I guess I would have to try it for a month or two.
Steam and saunas are becoming very popular in home design. Wellness, self-care, and personal escape rooms are now often-requested features in today’s homes.
The Laundry Room.
More to see from The New American Home
The light fixture was interesting. At the same time, I am not sure how I feel about the sink. What do you think? I am often hesitant to use shallow sinks. Splashing water can be an issue. this is still a beautiful powder room.
Living in the West is all about the outdoors. To illustrate this fact, the patio features a well-appointed outdoor kitchen/bar. Creating a connection to nature and friends and family is the perfect combination of creating a happy joyous living environment.
Summing it all up.
Finally, we come to the party. As always, Signature Kitchen Suite and Chef Nick did not disappoint. The food was fabulous. Custom-crafted cocktails were created just for this occasion. I am truly honored to have been invited for this tour of The New American Home 2023. I look forward to hearing from you. Let me know what you think of the design style and details I have shown you.
Sharon L. Sherman, ASID, NCIDQ, CID, CKD
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. She is a current member of the editorial board of KBB Magazine, the official magazine of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Sharon has also received a Kitchen Bath Design News 2022 Innovator of the Year Award.
Her award-winning designs and editorial comments have been featured in Forbes, The New York Times, Design Milk, Furniture Lighting and Decor, Designers Today, 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. Sharon was a featured speaker for *Voices From The Industry* at the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s international convention and The International Surfaces Event and is available for further speaking engagements nationwide on all topics related to running a successful kitchen and bath design business. She is also a CEU provider for IDCEC.