New American Home Spotlights Trio of Lifestyle
By John Filippelli
LAS VEGAS There’s a saying that if one of something is good, then
two is better. But, for the 2003 New American Home, three was the
Introduced at the recent National Association of Home Builders’
2003 International Builders’ Show (IBS), and sponsored by Masco
Corp. and Timberlake Cabinet Co., among others, the showhouse
consists of three attached town homes in the Lake Las Vegas Resort
What makes the project unique is that each home targets distinct
lifestyles: the young, well-traveled family with children, the
empty- nester and the single executive.
Designed by Connie Edwards, CKD, CBD, and design director for
Timberlake, the showhouse features a variety of high-end, yet
To make each kitchen as accurate and authentic as possible,
Edwards working in conjunction with John Gilmer and Jennifer Ann
deLignieres of ABA Avery Brooks & Associates sought the insight
of celebrity chef Todd English.
“The interiors of each home feature stainless steel appliances
that give each environment a ‘serious cook lives here’ look,” she
English adds, “[The best part of the project is that] the
kitchens combine functionality and fashion, allowing the homeowners
to not only cook in their kitchens but to live in them, too.”
The galley-style kitchen is central to Unit A, offering a large
island and long bank of cabinetry for storage.
The island, which provides a visual barrier between the kitchen
and great room, features Madura Gold granite countertops from
Dal-Tile, Edwards explains. She adds that the island is tall enough
to hide any cooking mess from the seating area while still
functioning as a serving or eating station.
Meant to promote the participation of family members in the
cooking process, the kitchen features a Wolf range, Sub-Zero
built-in refrigerator and a low-level microwave from Wolf built
into the island. Moen sinks and faucets and a KitchenAid dishwasher
round out the product lineup.
Designed for cooks who enjoy entertaining, the Unit B kitchen
features Sonoma Collection cabinetry in Maple Spice from Timberlake
to enhance its warm yet contemporary feel.
But, the highlight of the space, according to Edwards, is that
the kitchen which has two islands maximizes workspace and provides
ample “stations” for meals.
As she explains: “The center island offers access to work areas
from four sides, while the lower island which doubles as a formal
dining room table allows pastry chefs to roll dough out
Gilmer adds, “The Unit B kitchen is more traditional and is
defined as its own room. But, it does flow into the dining room via
the large opening and is further connected by the dining
Spicing up the space is a separate serving station outfitted
with restaurant-style stainless steel shelves for easy access to
pots and pans as well as a wine storage facility that provides
access to favorite wines.
While smaller, the Unit C kitchen fits well with the lifestyle
of “a single cook on the go,” Edwards says.
Complete with mullion glass doors, the kitchen’s Timberlake
Rushmore Maple Spice cabinetry helps create a sense of elegance,
Edwards points out.
The design team also integrated the peninsula in Rushmore Cherry
Bordeaux with all other cabinetry in Rushmore Maple Spice to create
a “furniture-feel,” she says.
Completing the product lineup in Unit C are a Jenn-Air cooktop,
hood oven, dishwasher and refrigerator; countertops in Cygnus Pearl
Zodiaq, and Kohler Co. sinks and faucets.
The master bath of Unit A is highlighted by a double vanity in
Timberlake’s Washington Cherry Spice, and comes with storage for
his-and-hers bath products.
Featuring Cygnus Pearl Zodiaq tops, the vanity contributes to
the soothing feel of the bath as does the warm, ceramic tile
flooring, according to Edwards. An oversized shower highlighted by
a bath surround in Corian Butter Cream enhances the bath’s elegant
feel as well, Edwards notes.
Adding a unique twist is a “morning bar” kitchenette, which
comes with a stainless steel refrigerator, coffee maker and
Washington Cherry Spice cabinetry.
Similar to Unit A, the downstairs master suite of Unit B which
is the second in the home also features a double vanity.
Highlighted by Timberlake’s Sonoma cabinetry in Maple Spice, the
vanity features furniture legs and light rail moldings for a warm
Integrated with the vanity is a large soaking tub that is
accented by a tub deck in Zodiaq Abyss Black.
For the ultimate in luxury, the elegant Unit B bath offers
access to the client’s terraces and pool, and features a
double-sided fireplace that links with the whirlpool tub.
Finally, the three New American Home town homes were designed to
be environmentally stable. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of
builder Wayne Krygier, of AmLand Development, LLC; Walt Richardson,
of RNM Architect and Planners, and interior design specialist Todd
Avery-Leeann, of ABA Avery Brooks and Associates, the home
integrates Easy-Living Home Design, advanced home automation
technology and Energy Star certification.