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Luxury home designs go high-tech

By Valerie Putnam, Las Vegas Review-Journal

One leading example showcasing the technological trends in the housing industry is The New American Home, which will be featured at the National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders Show when it returns to Vegas in 2023 after a two-year run in Orlando, Florida.

Las Vegas contractor and architect Michael Gardner, principal of Henderson-based studio g Architecture and Luxus Design Build, is building the 7,575-square-foot, two-story NAH in Ascaya, a Henderson luxury community. He said the purpose of the home is to integrate the latest technology and showcase new advancements.

The four-bedroom, three-bath property showcases a fully integrated Crestron system. Controlling all the home’s features through a Crestron Home App, the system provides control through multiple inputs, including a smart device, mounted panels and a designated remote.

Gardner is in discussions with South Korea-based LG, a global manufacturer that produces a wide range of home appliances and electronics, to install a significant television innovation.

“LG came out with a roll-up television,” Gardner said. “It rolls up vertically and you can tuck in underneath a bed or in a piece of furniture. It is a cool innovation, especially for Vegas. You can make a television come and go to maximize the Strip view.”

The LG television is planned to release this year with a $100,000 price tag.

Technological advances in construction methods are leading to higher levels of energy efficiency. The standard Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index for residential construction is 100. Integrating technology in tandem with enhanced construction methods, Sun West exceeded the HERS Index for both the 2019 and 2020 NAHs.


Original published in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. To read the entire article, go to reviewjournal.com.

Michael Gardner at 2019 The 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.

Ascaya custom home

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.

The Garage Design for the 2019 New American Remodel

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Watch the video above to learn more about our design for the 2019 New American Remodel garage.  The garage was designed, as Michael explains, to function as both a garage and a man cave.  Check it out!

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The Video Transcript:

The square footage of the house is about 5,200 square feet. We have a three-car garage plus an RV garage, which most people go why would you do an RV garage?  In that neighborhood a lot of people either have boats or have fifth wheels.  They have RVs and even the next door neighbor runs a landscaping company out of their property so the ability to store equipment in a climate controlled environment, is pretty critical.  We felt that that was kind of a really nice bit and we intentionally made it larger than normal.

So most RV garages will be 18 feet by 40 45 foot but what we wanted to be able to do is if it was a car collector or someone that had the equipment they could kind of stack up a bunch of different things.  I could turn it into a workshop so we’ve really turned the garage into a man cave so we’ve got a workbench.  They’ll have TVs refrigeration, a small little dishwasher, a urinal in there.  So it kind of becomes a space without it being a livable space.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]