New American Home backyard

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The 2021 New American Home Unveils ‘Design Flip’

February 10, 2021

An inverted layout takes the main living space to the upper floors in the three-story 2021 New American Home, made public Tuesday at the all-virtual International Builders’ Show. The Winter Park, Fla., home layout has the living room and kitchen at the top of the home to maximize the light and views from the upper levels. After all, it’s where homeowners are most likely to spend the most time. The home’s third story also featured 14-foot ceilings with floor-to-ceiling windows to maximize light and two outdoor balconies.

New American Home living room

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Each year, the International Builders’ Show showcases homes built by leading designers and builders to spotlight the latest design concepts, efficient construction methods, and innovative products. This year, IBS 2021 moved to an all-virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The middle floor of the 2021 New American Home is devoted to an expansive owner’s suite, an at-home gym with exercise equipment and sauna, an intimate lounging area with lower ceilings, and a laundry room. The first floor and lowest level of the home contains a three-car, frosted glass-door garage, outdoor garden, pet room, guest room with bathroom, home office, and entry foyer. The home originally was to have an extra bedroom on the lower floor, but the designers changed it in response to home buyers' preference for home offices due to an uptick in remote work in the pandemic. Designers also added the home’s at-home gym due to the growing demand for these spaces.

New American Home bedroom

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The 4,397-square-foot home was built by Phil Kean, owner of Phil Kean Design Group. “The interior was designed with the inspiration of an urban loft that overlooks the treetops and was achieved through meticulous use of many different materials, textures, and colors,” Kean says.

A warmer color palette with a modern aesthetic was used throughout the home, Keri Ferguson, an interior designer with Phil Kean Design Group, explained in a video promo of the home. A floating staircase connects the three levels of the home and an elevator is also available.

New American Home exterior

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The home boasts numerous energy-efficient components, including solar panels, high-efficiency, and smart appliances, and light walls and roofs that help with the home’s insulation. It was designed and built to be a net-zero carbon emissions residence. The home was also constructed in a three-story stacked layout to increase energy efficiency instead of having a sprawling footprint. The home is Energy Star certified and EPA Indoor airPLUS qualified. It features exterior-mounted automatic blinds, and by screening the exterior windows—instead of the interior—the sun is prevented from hitting the glass and heating up the home, allowing the structure to be more even more energy-efficient, builders noted.

Watch videos of the 2021 New American Home at

New American Home dining room and kitchen

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