The way we live has evolved drastically over the past century, with the rise of indoor-outdoor living and smart home technology. So what’s next? How about a home that automatically responds to your needs, with no need to swipe your phone and get it all greasy?
The 35th annual New American Home was unveiled at the International Builders Show in Orlando, FL, this week, showcasing the latest luxury building designs, products, and technology. The five-bedroom stunner (with a four-car garage) in central Florida effortlessly integrates indoor and outdoor living. Want to scoop it up? The price tag is $4.2 million.
The 6,678-square-foot, two-story, Tuscan-inspired house sits on about 2 acres in the Bella Collina golf community in Montverde. All the first-floor rooms have glass sliding doors and screens facing the backyard, flooding the space with light and creating a seamless indoor-outdoor experience.
Outdoor features are well-integrated with the landscape as well. The L-shaped pool and hot tub seem to blend into the view of the rolling hills and the lake behind (although at night, they’re illuminated with color-changing LEDs which probably make them look more like a disco).
Indoors, it seems the home itself is attuned to its residents’ needs. Sensors can tell when someone enters a room and can automatically adjust the lighting, raise or lower the blinds, or play music.
“One of the things that was really important to us is that the house would feel like a home. We didn’t want it to feel just like a show home,” says John Kolb, executive vice president of Legacy Custom Built Homes. The Winter Park, FL–based builder designed and put up the house. “We wanted it to be spectacular for entertaining but also [where] people could see themselves living in the home with their family.”
Legacy broke ground on the abode in late March, but construction was delayed due to a shortage of skilled construction workers and Hurricane Irma. Yet it was finished in time for the builders show, which began on Jan. 8.
The home is a sort of new Tuscan architecture, Kolb says. It melds warm Tuscan beige tones in wood, stone, and stucco with more modern features like large windows, glass openings throughout the home letting in lots of natural light, and floating (that is, without rails) staircases. The overall feeling is open, modern, and luxurious, yet simple.
There are five full bathrooms and three half-baths. The master bedroom, complete with its own fireplace, is on the first floor. The master bath has a free-standing tub, walk-in shower, and his-and-her walk-in closets.
Kate Clarke, the interior designer, played with lighting to accent the home. She created a frame for a painting by placing lighting around it, and underlit the cabinetry in the master bathroom and the bed in the master bedroom to create a floating effect.
The all-white kitchen has wall ovens and a spacious island equipped with a sink and plenty of storage. There is also a coffee station for whipping up that caffeine fix.
And luxury doesn’t have to mean wastefulness—the house makes use of Energy Star–rated dishwasher, refrigerator, freezer, and washing machines; automated LED lighting; and water-saving appliances.
“We really wanted to incorporate the newest technologies,” Kolb says. “It just stands above any house that I’ve ever seen.”
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