The New American Home 2022 Design and Features | Pro – Pro Builder

The New American Home 2022 Design and Features | Pro – Pro Builder

Healthy living is having a moment—or maybe a decade or perhaps even a century.

Even before the pandemic, builders and designers were creating home environments that respect physical and mental health. Now, demand for wellness is almost required by weary consumers, pushing the entire housing industry to rethink both public and private spaces, indoors and out, for the next generation of new homes.

And so it is not only appropriate, and certainly no coincidence, that The New American Home 2022—the 38th annual idea home built in the host city of the International Builders’ Show—exemplifies those new standards.

“Designing for wellness means including flexible spaces for exercise, work, community, and relaxation, as well as sanctuary spaces for self-care and a connection to the outdoors,” says architect Ed Binkley, AIA, an associate and director of design for BSB Design’s Tampa, Fla., office, which conceived the 4,674-square foot coastal-style home for the massive Orlando-area master plan of Lake Nona.

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A central interior courtyard is the home’s focal point; almost every room has a view of it, including the garage—which features a clever overhead door that extends the courtyard’s entertainment footprint. A pair of louvered pergolas and a cabana (lower right) provide shade.

“People like to say you should ‘think outside the box,’ but we like to ‘think inside the box’ to figure out what you do with every small space to create volume, light, and livability,” Binkley says.

Built by Envy Homes, a local custom builder, the two-level, three-bedroom home eschews the opulence of its recent brethren with a more modest, if certainly well-appointed, model for the industry. Optional spaces and alternative floor plans retain the built home’s style while making it more attainable, especially at scale.

“We emphasized the flexibility of the spaces, since we know everyone lives differently,” says Serena Hahn, Envy’s CEO, with partner and company president Steve Earl. “We wanted to reach a broad audience with this house.”


Location: Laureate Park in Lake Nona, Orlando, Fla.

Builder: Envy Homes, Orlando

Architect: BSB Design, Des Moines, Iowa (Tampa, Fla., office)

Interior Designer: Builders Design, Gaithersburg, Md.

Landscape Architect: BSB Design

Developer: Tavistock Development Co., Orlando

Lot size: 8,086 square feet

House size: 4,674 square feet (conditioned space)

Bedrooms: 3 + flex

Bathrooms: 4 full, 3 half

Anticipated sales price: $2.6 million

True to form, the home’s modern art deco interior design aesthetic also strikes a balance of post-pandemic demands. “It speaks to where we are in the crosshairs of advancement and technology and yet wanting cozy comfort,” says Alyssa Johansen, creative director of Builders Design, the home’s interior design firm based in Gaithersburg, Md.

In addition to extensive windows and telescoping patio doors that bring in ample natural light and blur the lines between interior spaces on both levels and the open-air courtyard, lighting …….


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