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2019 The New American Remodel

Avant-Gardner

Michael Gardner creates a masterpiece of technology, design and home performance at The New American Remodel.

 

BY Jessi C. Acuna

 
Local architect Michael Gardner is no stranger to showcasing innovation and design in his projects.  The sought-after designer has left his mark in Las Vegas’ most prestigious neighborhoods – Spanish Trail, The Ridges, Ascaya.  So it’s no surprise he was tasked as the visionary behind The New American Remodel, the official show home of National Association of Home Builders’ annual gathering.  Located in a historic neighborhood on Pinto Lane, this is the first in Gardner’s portfolio for his new all-in-one design-build service firm, Luxus Design Build.
 
You Previously did homes in 2013 and 2016.  What are some of the most innovative elements of the 2019 home?  Form a technology standpoint, the full integration of the home with the Crestron system, you’re able to control everything. The home security, all of the lighting, your fire features, your television, all your mechanical systems are all integrated through an app.  You’re able to control the house from within the home, out in the orchard or 10,000 miles away.
 
What about the sustainability standards? As far as the technology that most people didn’t see, we call it a building science design approach.  We built these wall assemblies and roof assemblies to mitigate any heat gain or mitigate as much heat gain to the home as possible.  We created this nice tight thermal envelope, really reducing the thermal bridging.
 
Which feature would you like to see in other Las Vegas Homes as we continue to grow?  The biggest thing, which is the most different than a lot of the other homes, is this gas heat pump HVAC system.  The efficiency to cost benefit is one of the best investments clients can make, especially when you pair it with solar because you can really then start to offset a lot more of your costs.
 
What are the trends to look out for? The sizes of homes are starting to dwindle, especially on the higher end.  The days of 20,000-30,000-square-foot houses are becoming much more of an anomaly.  People are spending a lot more money on higher-quality materials and getting more sophisticated with the palette of the materials – creating the use and contrast of smooth and textural environments so it’s this transition.
 
Original published in Modern Luxury Vegas Magazine.  To read more of the issue go to vegasmagazine.com.

The New American Home Remodel Phase 3

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The Video Transcript:

As part of a high-performance home it’s not always just about building materials.  It is about design and looking at the project kind of holistically.  You have these goals right, but then there is these design challenges so you develop a solution that works for your site conditions. For a desert climate, our goal is entirely to stop the heat from getting into the home.

One of the reasons we picked the lot that we did, was there is three existing trees that are all south-facing.  They block the house so we made sure we kept those, they are deciduous trees.  They lose their leaves in the winter, we want the heat and then in the summer those trees create the shade.  Most of our south-facing glass or a lot of it is high.  And what we did, is we have four to five-foot-deep eaves so those eaves were very deep, the windows are about two feet tall, so we are able to get indirect light but not direct Sun and solar rays on the south-facing side.

We have developed our own wall assemblies in conjunction with a series of different materials.  We have high-density foam wrap around the whole exterior which minimizes any thermal bridging inside to the house. In addition, we used open cell spray foam about three and a half inches thick to act as our air barrier and then the addition of the hi-fi and five foil to the exterior walls. In conjunction with our sound bat insulation and we did very similarly the same thing with our roof assembly as well.  So effectively in those conditions we’re going to be closer to an ar-15 even.  Currently, when you walk through the home you can feel a 10 to 15 degree drop because of all of those envelope assemblies.  Doing the project has been spectacular. I think it tests you in ways that you never thought you’d be tested.  And it tests your team, it tests your resolve, it tests your ability to think on your feet but ultimately, you’ve gotten to do something that’s pretty spectacular.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

The 2019 New American Remodel Vision and Complications

[vc_row row_type=”row” type=”full_width” text_align=”left” video=”” css_animation=””][vc_column][vc_separator type=”transparent” up=”35″ down=”0″][vc_column_text]As you may already know, The National Association of Home Builders has chosen Michael as the architect for the 2019 New American Remodel.

In this video clip, Michael discusses some of the unique challenges he and his team have been facing during Phase I of construction. Michael also explains the importance of the location and his vision for the remodeled home, as well as some of the complications his team continues to conquer during this process.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”transparent” up=”35″ down=”0″][vc_column_text]

This is his third project for the International Builders Show and his first in the remodel category. He was selected to design the New American Home for the show in 2013 and 2016.  This is Michael’s first New American Remodel project, as well as the first home he is both designing and building.

Stay tuned for progress updates here as we continue the remodel process.

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