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LUXUS Design Build Appoints Project Manager

LUXUS Design Build, an award-winning full-service residential and custom home contracting firm, has appointed industry expert Travis Holden as the company’s project manager.

“Travis is a perfect addition to our team and a master of his trade,” said Michael Gardner, owner and founder of LUXUS Design Build. “His extensive background in civil engineering, architecture, design and construction are just a bonus to his unparalleled work ethic and the value he brings to our clientele.”

Since building his first home by himself at just 20 years old, Holden’s subsequent 16-year career has revolved around the architecture, construction and engineering industry. His skill set was solely developed through hands-on learning and field experience, allowing him to perfect his craft and organically evolve.

Holden’s role with the firm includes overseeing day-to-day operations, managing contracting and bidding, managing job sites and assisting with billing and finances. Holden joins the team from his role as a project manager and partner of a local architectural studio for 14 years.

“Joining the LUXUS Design Build team perfectly aligned with my professional and personal values, specifically because of the emphasis they place on quality over quantity,” said Holden. “The entire team is genuinely passionate about the craftsmanship of every project and always caters to the minute details, which is a rare find.”

With his new title, Holden plans to help develop the company’s construction division to ensure it is equipped to build all the company’s original designs and transition to in-house building only. Holden’s current projects include the 2023 The New American Home, a custom high-performance home as part of the National Association of Home Builders’ annual home build project.

Original published in the Nevada Business Magazine To read the entire article, go to nevadabusiness.com.

Michael Gardner at 2019 New American Remodel

C-SUITE: Michael Gardner, studio g ARCHITECTURE

BY Lyn Collier

Michael Gardner is the owner and founder of Las Vegas-based studio g ARCHITECTURE and luxus DESIGN BUILD.

Q: What are you currently reading?

A: “Reality-Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace, and turn Excuses Into Results” by Cy Wakeman.

Q: What is your favorite restaurant?

A: Javier’s in the ARIA. My wife loves Mexican food and it has grown my appreciation for the cuisine. When family, friends or clients are in town, we always love to take them to Javier’s.

Q: Where do you work out or play your favorite sport?

A: I usually start my days with a great morning workout before heading into work. I enjoy going to Lifetime Athletic because it gives me the flexibility and convenience to start my day off right.

Q: How do you decompress after a hard week?

A: Either working out or spending the weekend in Boulder City with my wife and pups. We have two Australian shepherds that love the outdoors, and there are some great places on the outskirts of Las Vegas that offer plenty of space to roam to relax with our dogs.

Q: What is the biggest challenge facing Las Vegas in the next five years?

A: One of the biggest challenges Las Vegas will face in the next five years is how to keep up with the incredible growth. This city has always been known for its hospitality services, but now it’s growing and becoming more prominent in areas like real estate, athletics and cuisine.

Original published in Las Vegas Business Press.  To read more of the issue go to businesspress.vegas.

Michael Gardner at 2019 New American Remodel

What Will Smart Homes Look Like 10 Years From Now?

BY PATRICK LUCAS AUSTIN

 

It’s 6 A.M., and the alarm clock is buzzing earlier than usual. It’s not a malfunction: the smart clock scanned your schedule and adjusted because you’ve got that big presentation first thing in the morning. Your shower automatically turns on and warms to your preferred 103°F. The electric car is ready to go, charged by the solar panels or wind turbine on your roof. When you get home later, there’s an unexpected package waiting, delivered by drone. You open it to find cold medicine. Turns out, health sensors embedded in your bathroom detected signs of an impending illness and placed an order automatically. Good thing you already knocked that presentation out of the park.

 

That, at least, is the utopian version of the smart home that exists 10 years out. Swedish research firm Berg Insight says 63 million American homes will qualify as “smart” by 2022, with everything from Internet-connected light bulbs to cameras that let us spy on our pets from the office (there were nearly 130 million homes in the U.S. in total in 2018). But a decade from now, experts say, we’ll move from turning the lights on and off with our voices to total immersion in the Internet of Things (IoT). Thanks to advancements in artificial intelligence, the smartest homes will be able to truly learn about their owners or occupants, eventually anticipating their needs. Developments in robotics will give us machines that offer a helping hand with cleaning, cooking and more. New sensors will keep tabs on our well-being. Central to all of this will be the data that smart homes collect, analyze and act upon, helping to turn the houses of the future from a mere collection of gadgets and accessories into truly “smart” homes.

 

All the automated attentiveness will come with a high price tag: consumers will spend $123 billion on IoT gear by 2021, according to advisory firm ABI Research, a number that’s likely to rise thereafter. Aside from Internet-connected televisions, manufacturers are putting their R&D and marketing budgets behind home-monitoring and security gadgets–they will have 22.6% of the smart-home market share by 2023, estimates research firm IDC, with smart speakers and lighting equipment not far behind, at 15.4% and 11.8% respectively. There are already at least 7 billion connected IoT devices, according to market-research company IoT Analytics. But as smart-home technology becomes easier to use and its benefits become more clear, the industry is poised to take off. “Sustained growth is expected to continue … as consumers adopt multiple devices within their homes and as global availability of products and services increases,” according to IDC.

Of course, as our homes learn more about us, keeping them secure will become all the more important. Every device that’s connected to the Internet is a potential target for hackers. When we’re talking about devices that can unlock our homes from afar, peer into our living rooms using cameras, and collect our most sensitive and personal data, cybersecurity will become all the more vital. Any kind of massive breach that turns off consumers, says Daniel Cooley, chief strategy officer at electronics-component manufacturer Silicon Labs, could be catastrophic for the industry. “I call it a mass-extinction event for the Internet of Things,” he says.

 

A range of technological developments will drive smart-home technology well beyond what’s available on store shelves today. Innovations in artificial intelligence, for example, stand to upend almost everything in our lives, including our homes. You might already be using some kind of AI-powered voice-assistant gadget to get the latest news or weather forecast every morning. But in the smart home of the future, those AI platforms could serve as the brain for entire homes, learning about residents and coordinating and automating all of their various smart gadgets. IoT company Crestron, for example, is working on software that tracks a person’s habits, like which music they want to hear in the morning or which lights they want to be on at a certain time of day. Then, once it gets the hang of a user’s preferences, it automatically plays just the right playlists or dims the lights before bedtime. “That’s really the next evolutionary step in true automation,” says John Clancy, head of Crestron’s residential business.

 

Robots, too, will have a role to play in the smart home of the future. Smart vacuum cleaners like iRobot’s Roomba are already picking up after us, while products like the Aibo, a robotic dog for children, show how they might help keep us company like a pet. As for the future? Robotic-furniture company Ori Living is working with Ikea on pieces that change based on your needs, getting the bed out of the way when you need a desk, or hiding your closet when it’s dinnertime. Design firm Design3 recently showed off a smart-home robot concept, CARL. The fabric-covered bot is meant to slowly roll around your home, activating its retractable cameras and sensors to detect intruders, notify you of any harmful emissions or keep an eye on your pet. And computer-graphics company Nvidia is working on a smart robotic arm that can act as its owner’s personal sous chef, doing everything from slicing and dicing veggies to helping with cleanup; it could be particularly useful for busy parents or disabled users. If such a device went into production, cameras and sensors could help prevent it from accidentally injuring an innocent bystander who’s just on the way to the fridge for a quick snack before dinnertime.

 

Health applications will drive at least some of the smart-home growth over the next decade. Cameras and sensors embedded in refrigerators will suggest more nutritious alternatives if people are reaching for the sugary sodas a little too frequently. Similar technology in medicine cabinets will check if residents have taken their prescriptions. And sensors will even show up in toilets to check for signs of any potential health conditions by scanning human waste before it’s flushed. Bathroom-fixture company Toto has experimented with urine-sampling toilets, while one company has filed patents for devices including a mirror that’s meant to monitor users’ health just by analyzing their skin. Homes will have health sensors of their own, too, that check for issues like water damage, pest infestation and so on, alerting owners to any potential problems before they become far costlier to manage.

 

All this learning and scanning that the smart home of the future will be doing may understandably raise privacy concerns. Indeed, some smart-home devices have already been targeted by hackers, whether to access the data they hold or to use them as tools in larger cybersecurity schemes. In 2016, hackers took over hundreds of thousands of insecure IoT devices, then used them to send bogus Internet traffic to target websites in hopes of crashing them; the incident temporarily crippled Internet connections throughout parts of North America and Europe. Government regulation is in the works too. A bill put forth by Virginia Senator Mark Warner in March would push the government to set up minimum security requirements for smart devices used by federal agencies; such requirements could eventually become standard for the industry at large.

 

You’re more likely than not to end up in a connected home one day, whether you mean to or not. Architect Michael Gardner, founder of construction firm Luxus Design Build, says homes are increasingly being built “smart” from the ground up. “It’s such an integral part of the home that we’re designing it from the beginning, where beforehand technology was always an afterthought,” he says. Ultimately, experts say, people will come to see smart-home technology as essential as electricity, refrigeration or air-conditioning. Smart-home tech, and the data it collects, will “be like plumbing,” says Cooley, from electronics-component manufacturer Silicon Labs. “You’ll rely on it.”

 

Original published in Time Magazine. To read more of the issue go to time.com.

ASCAYA Introduces Accelerated Design Program

ASCAYA, the premier gated community in Henderson, Nev. has partnered with award-winning residential design/build firms Blue Heron Design Build, studio g ARCHITECTURE/LUXUS Design Build and Sun West Custom Homes on exciting new desert contemporary custom residences available through an accelerated design program. The elite firms, who have all previously built homes within ASCAYA, worked together with the ASCAYA team to incorporate feedback on the most sought-after features on the luxury market into their designs. The result is an array of opulent single-story and two-story homes with picturesque mountain or city views sure to exceed the expectations of future ASCAYA residents. Simplifying the decision-making process, the program allows buyers to move-in to their brand-new custom home within one year. Prices range from $2.8 million to $4.5 million and are fixed prior to construction.

“These designs allow ASCAYA clients an opportunity to jump start their new home by having thoughtful architecture with all of the interior fixtures and finishes already specified,” said Michael Gardner of studio g ARCHITECTURE/LUXUS Design Build. “Once they select their home, construction can begin quickly. This significantly reduces the time frame to completion and move-in.”

ASCAYA is a popular relocation destination for California residents seeking refuge from their state’s traffic, high cost-of-living and tax structure. These out-of-state-buyers as well as locals alike, are drawn to ASCAYA’s breathtaking views and prime location near deluxe amenities, schools and trails. The accelerated design program was conceived with these families in mind.

“The design process can sometimes be lengthy and many people looking to relocate to Southern Nevada don’t have the time to travel back and forth regularly,” said Darin Marques, ASCAYA sales manager. “In addition, we often find that buyers value an expert opinion when selecting décor that will give their home the right look and feel. Our accelerated homes are perfect for this type of consumer as well.”

Gardner has created several accelerated design options for ASCAYA. The residences range from 4,000 to 6,000 square feet in both single-story and two-story designs with both mountainside and Las Vegas Strip views.

“Our overall concepts are for efficient and functional designs that integrate high levels of design and finishes but retain their livability and comfort,” said Gardner. “Each home we have designed in ASCAYA has a unique and custom layering of spaces that takes advantage of all of the amenities ASCAYA has to offer, along with amazing mountain views in the morning and Las Vegas Strip views in the evening.”

Visionaries at Blue Heron and Sun West created welcoming estates that embody the desert contemporary style for which the upscale mountainside retreat is known.

Blue Heron’s spectacular 6,200 square-foot, two-story estate has five bedrooms, a four-car garage and gorgeous city views beyond the generous pool and outdoor entertaining areas. The home’s kitchen, dining and master bedroom are all located on the first floor, with the additional bedrooms on the second level. The fifth room functions as a flex space allowing for use as a home gym, guest space or home office. “At Blue Heron we want the experience of designing and building a custom home with us to be an exciting and fun experience,” said Tyler Jones, owner/founder of Blue Heron Design Build. “We want to remove the uncertainty and apprehension that can accompany building a custom home and in doing so, are excited to introduce our accelerated design program.” The program will allow clients to get the sought-after Blue Heron Vegas Modern ® design with an expedited design schedule of 90 days to submit for a permit, together with a guaranteed fixed price on the construction of the home.”

Sun West Custom Homes designed a single-story 5,200 square-foot home with five bedrooms and a four-car garage. The fifth room functions as a flex space that can be used as a guestroom, fitness room or office. “I am really excited to be part of ASCAYA’s custom home acceleration program,” said Dan Coletti, owner of Sun West Custom Homes. “It’s going to be great for families to break ground on a new residence more quickly and they won’t have to wait on the design review and permitting as it will be ready to go. This along with our ability to rapidly build a home due to our very detailed design/build processes here at Sun West Custom Homes, enables new ASCAYA homeowners to move-in within a year.”

For more information, call ASCAYA’s sales office at 702-978-5800 or visit https://ascaya.com.

To view the full article published by Nevada Business Magazine on April 30, 2019 CLICK HERE.  This article was also published in Las Vegas Review Journal on May 10, 2019, to view it CLICK HERE.