New American Home Spotlights Trio of Lifestyle Designs
By John Filippelli
Introduced at the recent National Association of Home Builders' 2003 International Builders' Show (IBS), and sponsored by Masco Corp. and Timberlake Cabinet Co., among others, the showhouse consists of three attached town homes in the Lake Las Vegas Resort golf community.
What makes the project unique is that each home targets distinct lifestyles: the young, well-traveled family with children, the empty- nester and the single executive.
Designed by Connie Edwards, CKD, CBD, and design director for Timberlake, the showhouse features a variety of high-end, yet low-maintenance products.
To make each kitchen as accurate and authentic as possible, Edwards working in conjunction with John Gilmer and Jennifer Ann deLignieres of ABA Avery Brooks & Associates sought the insight of celebrity chef Todd English.
"The interiors of each home feature stainless steel appliances that give each environment a 'serious cook lives here' look," she says.
English adds, "[The best part of the project is that] the kitchens combine functionality and fashion, allowing the homeowners to not only cook in their kitchens but to live in them, too."
The galley-style kitchen is central to Unit A, offering a large island and long bank of cabinetry for storage.
The island, which provides a visual barrier between the kitchen and great room, features Madura Gold granite countertops from Dal-Tile, Edwards explains. She adds that the island is tall enough to hide any cooking mess from the seating area while still functioning as a serving or eating station.
Meant to promote the participation of family members in the cooking process, the kitchen features a Wolf range, Sub-Zero built-in refrigerator and a low-level microwave from Wolf built into the island. Moen sinks and faucets and a KitchenAid dishwasher round out the product lineup.
Designed for cooks who enjoy entertaining, the Unit B kitchen features Sonoma Collection cabinetry in Maple Spice from Timberlake to enhance its warm yet contemporary feel.
But, the highlight of the space, according to Edwards, is that the kitchen which has two islands maximizes workspace and provides ample "stations" for meals.
As she explains: "The center island offers access to work areas from four sides, while the lower island which doubles as a formal dining room table allows pastry chefs to roll dough out easily."
Gilmer adds, "The Unit B kitchen is more traditional and is defined as its own room. But, it does flow into the dining room via the large opening and is further connected by the dining table/island."
Spicing up the space is a separate serving station outfitted with restaurant-style stainless steel shelves for easy access to pots and pans as well as a wine storage facility that provides access to favorite wines.
While smaller, the Unit C kitchen fits well with the lifestyle of "a single cook on the go," Edwards says.
Complete with mullion glass doors, the kitchen's Timberlake Rushmore Maple Spice cabinetry helps create a sense of elegance, Edwards points out.
The design team also integrated the peninsula in Rushmore Cherry Bordeaux with all other cabinetry in Rushmore Maple Spice to create a "furniture-feel," she says.
Completing the product lineup in Unit C are a Jenn-Air cooktop,
hood oven, dishwasher and refrigerator; countertops in Cygnus Pearl
Zodiaq, and Kohler Co. sinks and faucets.
The master bath of Unit A is highlighted by a double vanity in Timberlake's Washington Cherry Spice, and comes with storage for his-and-hers bath products.
Featuring Cygnus Pearl Zodiaq tops, the vanity contributes to the soothing feel of the bath as does the warm, ceramic tile flooring, according to Edwards. An oversized shower highlighted by a bath surround in Corian Butter Cream enhances the bath's elegant feel as well, Edwards notes.
Adding a unique twist is a "morning bar" kitchenette, which comes with a stainless steel refrigerator, coffee maker and Washington Cherry Spice cabinetry.
Similar to Unit A, the downstairs master suite of Unit B which is the second in the home also features a double vanity. Highlighted by Timberlake's Sonoma cabinetry in Maple Spice, the vanity features furniture legs and light rail moldings for a warm look.
Integrated with the vanity is a large soaking tub that is accented by a tub deck in Zodiaq Abyss Black.
For the ultimate in luxury, the elegant Unit B bath offers access to the client's terraces and pool, and features a double-sided fireplace that links with the whirlpool tub.
Finally, the three New American Home town homes were designed to be environmentally stable. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of builder Wayne Krygier, of AmLand Development, LLC; Walt Richardson, of RNM Architect and Planners, and interior design specialist Todd Avery-Leeann, of ABA Avery Brooks and Associates, the home integrates Easy-Living Home Design, advanced home automation technology and Energy Star certification.