NAHB Officially Unveils The New American Home 2018

Filed in IBS by on January 8, 2018 4 Comments

NAHB’s Leading Suppliers Council, in collaboration with Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler magazines, today unveiled the official show homes of the 2018 International Builders’ Show: The New American Home® 2018 and The New American Remodel™ 2018. IBS attendees can tour the homes Jan. 9-11.

“Each year, The New American Home program continues to raise the bar with a remarkable display of home building innovations,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald. “Each of these homes illustrates the countless benefits and seemingly limitless potential when using modern home building products and techniques. The homes are sure to spark new trends and innovations throughout the industry.”

The New American Home 2018 (above), designed and constructed by Legacy Custom Built Homes, boasts 10,690 total square feet under roof (6,676 square feet of air-conditioned space) and is located on the outskirts of Orlando in the Bella Collina community of Montverde, Fla. It features modern-Tuscan style architecture that blends traditional with contemporary designs and uses a variety of earthy textures. The home sits on an elevated, lakefront lot that has several levels of outdoor living space and an expansive view of Lake Apopka.

The New American Remodel 2018 (above), renovated by Farina & Sons, is an 80-year-old residence located in an established neighborhood north of downtown Orlando. The entire home was modernized, yet maintains several key elements of its original design. Renovations brought the total square footage to 7,262 under roof (4,883 square feet of air-conditioned space) including a large kitchen with adjoining great room, an outdoor pavilion and an all-new master suite. The build team also included Nasrallah Architectural Group, Gribble Interior Group, Redmon Design Company and green build consultant Two Trails Inc.

“Our overall goal was to create a distinctive, high-performing remodeled home that incorporated the latest designs and technology, but in a way that honored its original character,” said Victor Farina, president of Farina and Sons. “After an incredible amount of hard work from an extremely talented team of professionals, we’ve built a real show-stopper of a home that will exceed all expectations.”

Abundant light spills through a two-story window on the front of The New American Home. 

Both homes have achieved Emerald status ­— the highest of the four levels of green building recognized by the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard. Other anticipated certifications for both homes include the Department of Energy’s Energy Star, Builders Challenge qualified/Build America Program and Net Zero Energy Ready Home. The New American Home will also achieve Indoor airPLUS certification.

Achieving such high-performance ratings was made possible by incorporating state-of-the-art green/sustainable building products. Each home features spray-foam insulation, high-SEER air handlers, automated LED lighting and a full array of energy-efficient appliances.

The New American Remodel features a great room that connects the kitchen, gallery and outdoor living space.

“This was one of the more challenging projects we’ve done, but it was also one of the most exciting,” said John Kolb, executive vice president of Legacy Custom Built Homes. “We successfully turned several obstacles into opportunities and created a magnificent, truly one-of-a-kind home with several ‘wow’ factors. We could not be more impressed with the final product.”


All registered attendees of IBS and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show can tour the homes during show hours via complimentary shuttle buses departing every 30 minutes from the Orange County Convention Center. The last shuttle bus of each day departs at 3 p.m. Timed tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of each tour in the West Concourse, Level 2, Hall C Lobby, Booths #W39 and #W38.

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  1. Allen Reed says:

    Love the homes although how did they get away with no guard or handrails on the staircase??
    How do you get around the code requirements??

    • NAHB Now says:

      Due to the extremely tight production schedule, the professional photos had to be taken before the project was complete. Handrails were added shortly after.

  2. Megan dinnes says:

    Stunning! Decorator and builder did an ahhhhmazing job!

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