The 2008 International Builders Show is now underway at the Orlando Convention Center and will continue until the 16th. One of the homes that premieres at this event is the 2008 New American Home which is an embodiment of cutting edge design, innovative building materials, and the latest technologies in the building industry. The 6,725 square foot design by Dan Sater of Sater Design is located on the lake in the Waters Edge section of Lake Nona Country Club off Narcoossee Road. I’ve actually purchased a Sater Design plan myself and a big fan. Two Orlando companies contributed to this project. Robb & Stucky did the interior design and Robertson Homes did the construction.
The Gulf Coast facade graces the symmetrical H pattern plan that lends itself to generous outdoor living areas and takes advantage of the stunning lake views. Sater incorporated a lot of shared spaces in the plan and blurs the distinction between outdoor and indoor living. The upstairs theater in the design can also incorporates a game room feel with a pool table and the fireplace and wetbar make it more of a gathering space. French doors that lead to the balcony with outdoor kitchen makes it feel like it’s part of the room providing a more spacious appeal.
The master bedroom is located on the main level and Sater believes it to be a place for sleeping and privacy so he’s kept the shape of the room quite simple by making it just a square room. The adjacent master bath triggers multiple senses with a waterfall, jetted tub, coffee bar, and fireplace giving it a spa like appeal.
Green building is one of the key focuses on the property and makes the most efficient use of the 6,725 with solar and other high efficiency energy technologies. Aerated concrete blocks which achieve an R-8 insulation value without any insulation being added were used and with foam insulation achieves a R-20 value. The estimated electric bill is a mere $150 per month and uses 42% less energy than a comparable property without such energy saving technologies.
The 2008 New American Home is supposedly up for sale and can be had for just $4.8 million. Such a stiff price tag should ensure that this home stays on the market for quite some time. The 2007 New American Home is still up for sale at $4 million. Perhaps the market is telling us that green building is something we all desire but not willing to pay a premium for. Regardless, I love the innovations the building industry is making and just taking a look at such magnificent properties.