Staying true to its original character was the primary objective for The New American Remodel® 2022 – a flagship exhibit of the 2022 NAHB International Builders’ Show® in Orlando. As the project prepares for its debut at IBS Feb. 8-10, the build team is confident show attendees will be impressed with the final product.
“My vision for the 2022 New American Remodel was to really capture the essence of this midcentury-modern home, without taking away from its original beauty and charm,” said Phil Kean, president of Phil Kean Design Group and the project’s lead architect. “I’m very excited to showcase how we’ve managed to modernize this entire property, while still keeping the basic structure of the original house intact.”
Some of the original elements that were kept and enhanced include a large great room, the original stone fireplace and the front porch overlooking Lake Sue. However, because the original home only had two bedrooms and two baths, expansion was necessary to accommodate the designs and amenities of modern living.
“Being in a COVID environment now as everyone is spending more time at home, we’ve had to think a little differently about design,” said Eric Gray, owner of Designer Trade Services and lead builder of the project. “When you want to have an office space, a gym and outdoor living space, you need creative ways to optimize the square footage you have and, if possible, add more square footage.”
Luckily, the property’s backyard was conducive to expanding the home’s footprint, which gave the build team even more opportunities to create elements focused on entertaining – both indoors and outdoors. And in doing so, the home has more than doubled in size to 6,993 square feet of total living space.
Despite the size increase, the renovated home is projected to have a net-zero energy footprint. The original home had a HERS Index of 115, meaning it was 15% less efficient than the average new home. The post-remodel home will achieve a HERS Index of -22. And its high-efficiency solar package will be able to provide 100% of the home’s electricity needs.
For more about how the home will achieve such high performance marks, visit tnarh.com.
You can also get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the renovations from earlier this year in the following video: