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NAHB Showcases Two New Exhibition Homes at International Builders’ Show 2018

WASHINGTON – (RealEstateRama) — The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Leading Suppliers Council, in collaboration withProfessional Builder and Professional Remodelermagazines, today unveiled the latest official show homes of the International Builders’ Show (IBS): The New American Home® 2018 and The New American Remodel™ 2018. IBS attendees and media members can tour the homes Jan. 9-11.

“Each year, The New American Home program continues to raise the bar with a remarkable display of home building innovations,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald, a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas. “Each of these homes illustrates the countless benefits and seemingly limitless potential when using modern home building products and techniques. The homes are sure to spark new trends and innovations throughout the industry.”

  • The New American Home 2018, designed and constructed by Legacy Custom Built Homes, boasts 10,690 total square feet under roof (6,676 square feet of air-conditioned space) and is located on the outskirts of Orlando in the Bella Collina community of Montverde, Fla. It features modern-Tuscan style architecture that blends traditional with contemporary designs and uses a variety of earthy textures. The home sits on an elevated, lakefront lot with a multi-tiered landscaping design that has several levels of outdoor living space and an expansive view of Lake Apopka.
  • The New American Remodel 2018, renovated by Farina & Sons, is an 80-year-old residence located in an established neighborhood north of downtown Orlando. The entire home was modernized, yet maintains several key elements of its original design. Renovations brought the total square footage to 7,262 under roof (4,883 square feet of air-conditioned space) including a large kitchen with adjoining great room, an outdoor pavilion and an all-new master suite. The build team also included Nasrallah Architectural Group, Gribble Interior Group, Redmon Design Company and green build consultant Two Trails Inc.

“Our overall goal was to create a distinctive, high-performing remodeled home that incorporated the latest designs and technology, but in a way that honored its original character,” said Victor Farina, president of Farina and Sons. “After an incredible amount of hard work from an extremely talented team of professionals, we’ve built a real show stopper of a home that will exceed all expectations.”

Both homes are projected to achieve Emerald status­—the highest of the four levels of green building recognized by the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard. Other anticipated certifications for both homes include the Department of Energy’s Energy Star, Builders Challenge qualified/Build America Program and Net Zero Energy Ready Home. The New American Home will also achieve Indoor airPLUS certification.

Achieving such high-performance ratings was made possible by incorporating state-of-the-art green/sustainable building products. Each home features spray-foam insulation, high-SEER air handlers, automated LED lighting and a full array of energy-efficient appliances.

“This was one of the more challenging projects we’ve done, but it was also one of the most exciting,” said John Kolb, executive vice president of Legacy Custom Built Homes. “We successfully turned several obstacles into opportunities and created a magnificent, truly one-of-a-kind home with several ‘wow’ factors. We could not be more impressed with the final product.”

Tour Admission

All registered attendees of IBS and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show are eligible to tour the homes. Complimentary shuttle bus tickets will be distributed at The New American Home booth in the Hall C lobby of the Orange County Convention Center between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Shuttles will depart every 30 minutes from behind the West Hall beginning at 8:30 a.m., with the last bus departing at 3 p.m. Shuttles returning to the convention center from the show homes will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday.


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