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Show house tour guide: six distinctive show homes give 2006 International Builders' Show attendees a peek at the industry's latest design and product innovations.

House 1


The "me" generation meets environmental consciousness in a lakeside luxury home.

CELEBRATING ITS 23RD YEAR AS the premier show house at the International Builders' Show (IBS), the latest iteration of The New American Home, co-sponsored by BUILDER and the NAHB's National Council of the Housing Industry/The Supplier 100, addresses two of the biggest issues confronting the industry: accommodating the latest whims of the baby boom generation and responding to heightened consumer awareness of and demand for energy efficiency and sustainable construction. At first glance, the two-story, Mediterranean revival house appears to cater exclusively to the former, providing the fiftysomething crowd with 6,981 square feet of conditioned space, 1,400 square feet in covered outdoor living areas, and 1,100 square feet spread among four garage bays--all of it outfitted with the newest high-tech and luxury products and finishes, entertainment areas, and personal-use spaces a mature family could want. But on closer inspection, from the deep-profile moldings milled from sustainably harvested timber to the high-efficiency HVAC equipment in the mechanical closet, one can see a commitment to resource-efficient materials and systems that significantly reduce the home's energy use and create a more comfortable indoor environment.

A systematic approach that includes correctly sized, high-efficiency heat pumps, high-performance air filtration and central dehumidification, sealed ductwork in conditioned spaces, insulated concrete block walls and roof sheathing, tankless water heaters, and spectrally selective low-E windows, among other measures, results in a 64 percent reduction in cooling costs, a 13 percent cut in heating costs; and a 50 percent savings in hot-water energy use compared with a similarly sized home in the same climate.

In addition, some of the wood used for the home's extensive trim and millwork is certified sustainable, while the gutter system directs rainwater for irrigating the native, water-efficient landscaping. These and other measures meet the guidelines of the Florida Green Building Coalition, making The New American Home 2006 the first in the program's history to achieve that distinction. "Opulence doesn't have to be abusive," says the home's builder, Alex Hannigan, of Hannigan Homes.

The New American Home's long-shallow plan takes advantage of its lakeside lot, revealing across the entire back of the house a dramatic view and multiple points of access to the extensive pool deck. The design also provides cross-ventilation and controlled passive solar heating and cooling and reduces the home's dependence on mechanical systems and light fixtures.

On the street side, the house unfolds strikingly, with a central stair-tower entry off a circular drive and the garages tucked out of view to the far right of the elevation. Concrete tiles replicating wood shakes, a combination of stucco and clapboard siding, and rich detailing convey an impressive yet inviting and comfortable approach.

The New American Home 2006 will be open to IBS attendees for free guided tours during show hours, with free, round-trip shuttle bus service provided between the house and the convention center. Look for extensive coverage of the house in the January 2006 issue of BUILDER.


Project: The New American Home 2006, Lake Burden South, Orlando, Fla.; Unit size: 6,981 square feet (conditioned); Builder: Hannigan Homes, Orlando; Architect: WCI Architecture & Land Planning, Bonita Springs, Fla.; Interior designer: Saxon-Clark, Orlando; Landscape architect: Redmon Design Co., Maitland, Fla.; Consultants: IBACOS Consortium (Building America/U.S. Department of Energy), Pittsburgh; the Florida Solar Energy Center, Cocoa, Fla.; and the Florida Green Building Coalition, Cocoa; Web site: /newamericanhome.aspx

Directions (from convention center): South on International Dr., under Bee Line Expwy./ Toll 528; right on Central Florida Pkwy.; I-4 West (toward Tampa) to Exit 68; turn right. Go through light at Hotel Plaza Blvd.; take next left (at light). Go approximately seven miles, through Reams Rd. traffic light. Right on Brickyard Ln., which runs into Center Lake Dr. House is at 11525 Center Lake Dr.

Drive time: Approximately 35 minutes.

House 2


Life is unscripted, so this house shows builders and designers how best to accommodate the little surprises and day-to-day challenges facing today's families.

A SINGLE MOTHER, JOAN LIVES IN suburban Las Vegas with her adopted niece and nephew and elderly widowed mother. In San Diego, Sondra lives with her husband and two preteen daughters while managing a day-care center out of their home. Meanwhile, Tony and Maria share a house in Oviedo, Fla., with their young son as well as Maria's mother, brother, and sister.

Standing ready to meet those challenges is The Reality House, the latest in a series of show homes co-sponsored by BUILDER and Home magazines together with a host of leading building products manufacturers.

Built in Celebration, the Disney-conceived community, the house's traditional, English-inspired, Arts and Crafts exterior belies a contemporary and flexible, 5,394-square-foot floor plan that permits a variety of living situations and household formations for enhanced value and comfort.

Specifically; the linear plan features a den separated from the rest of the living space by a hallway, generous indoor and outdoor family and entertainment areas, and a second-generation suite on the main level. There's also a detached workshop and a utility and drop-off area for various household chores, all amid a thoughtful marriage of private and public spaces.

The house also features the kind of amenities that appeal to today's family lifestyle: a finished but unfurnished attic space that permits long-term and seasonal storage; a pair of pantries serving the kitchen and dining room (among other area-specific storage spaces elsewhere); and multiple work-at-home enclaves. Behind the walls, a fully equipped structured wiring system facilitates entertainment, communications, security, and other functions.

Like The Reality House, the community of Celebration presents a comfortable, safe, and convenient neighborhood that blends old-fashioned appeal with an eye to the future. Founded in 1994, Celebration will eventually boast several thousand homes in addition to education, health-care, commercial, retail, and recreational facilities.

The Reality House will be open to IBS attendees for free guided tours during show hours, with free, round-trip shuttle bus service provided from the convention center. The January 2006 issue of BUILDER will provide extensive coverage of the house.


Project: The Reality House, Celebration, Fla.; Unit size: 5,394 square feet; Builder: Issa Homes, Celebration; Architect: Looney Ricks Kiss, Memphis, Tenn. (Orlando office); Interior designer. The Interiors Group, Boca Raton, Fla.; Consultant: Marketscape Research and Consulting, San Diego; Web site: www

Directions (from convention center): South on International Dr., under Bee Line Expwy./Toll 529; right on Central Florida Pkwy.; I-4 West (toward Tampa) to Exit 62/Celebration (bypass Disney World exit to Celebration exit). Left on Celebration Blvd.; right on Waterside (about a mile). Waterside terminates at Celebration Ave.; right on Celebration Ave.; over red-paved bridge into Artisan Park. Sweeping right curve to stop sign; left on Artisan Ave. Left at next intersection (Flagstone); right on Stickley Ave. Curve around to the end of the street; parking and house are on the left (1453 Stickley Ave.).

Drive time: At least 25 minutes.

House 3

The latest NextGen project, incorporating innovative and sustainable building technologies, is actually a model home for an entire community down the road.

IT WAS A RELATIVELY QUIET STORM SEASON in Central Florida this past year (knock on wood), but that's no reason to slack off on building houses that can withstand most of what Mother Nature dishes out.

With help from the "Fortified ... for safer living" program from the Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) and innovative products and systems identified by the federally supported Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH), the latest NextGen Demonstration Home--named "Peace of Mind"--will be on display in the convention center parking lot during the IBS.

The single-level, 2,569-square-foot modular house delivers comfortable curb appeal, with stucco and stone exterior detailing, carriage-style garage doors, and a covered entry. Inside, the L-shaped, three-bedroom plan includes a dedicated home office, generous entertainment spaces flanking an open kitchen, and a "storm room" ... just in case.

The real story, though, is mostly behind the walls, where advanced framing techniques provide the structure for up to 15 PATH-approved technologies, including an optimized HVAC system, Energy Star-qualified windows and doors, and expanded foam insulation that seals penetrations and blocks thermal transfer.

There are also a wind-resistant roofing system, volatile organic compound-free paints and coatings, a kitchen recycling center, and a backup generator--all of which enhance the home's indoor air quail energy efficiency climate control, and resistance to the elements. Given its barrage of products and systems, the house qualifies under various yet complementary standards set by PATH, the IBHS, Energy Star and the U.S. Department of Energy, Green Guard, and the Consumer Electronics Association.

In addition to its advanced design and construction, the Peace of Mind house previews an entire community of NextGen-certified homes planned for a 32-lot, riverfront parcel in Tampa, Fla. "We wanted to apply the NextGen specs to our climate and then give consumers a chance to buy it," says Frank Daly, a partner with BrownStone Builders & Associates, the project's on-site builder and developer. "We didn't want [the demonstration home] to just go away after the show."

Following the IBS, the multisectional house will be disassembled and moved from the convention center to the Tampa site, where it will serve as the community's model home.

The NextGen Peace of Mind Demonstration Home will be open for free, unguided tours during IBS hours.


Project: NextGen Peace of Mind Demonstration Home, West Building parking lot, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.; Unit size: 2,569 square feet; Builders: BrownStone Builders &, Associates, Landenberg, Pa. (on site); Palm Harbor Homes, Addison, Texas (off site); Architect: Hillcrest Associates, Landenberg (modified Palm Harbor elevation); Consultants: Institute for Business &, Home Safety, Tampa, Fla.; Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (supported by HUD), Washington; Producer: iShow, Bellevue, Wash.; Web site:

Directions: The house is located in the northwest parking lot, behind the West (main) Building of the convention center.

Drive time: At most, a 10-minute walk from the West Building; a bit longer if you start from the North/South Building.

House 4


Architect/author Sarah Susanka's most recent take on her Not So Big House philosophy conveys the benefits of a "factory-crafted" home.

SARAH SUSANKA WANTS TO CHANGE the world ... or at least housing's corner of it. Having carved herself a popular niche as the guru of space-efficient residential design with her Not So Big House series of books and previous idea houses, Susanka has extended her mantra beyond space planning to actual housing production with the 2006 version of the Not So Big Showhouse.

Specifically, the architect/author teamed with "factory-crafted home" (read: modular) manufacturers R-Anell Housing Group and HEED House to showcase the production benefits and design flexibility of off-site construction. The 1,600-square-foot, two-story home was adapted from a plan in Susanka's design library to R-Anell's factory-crafted process and per-module dimensional limitations for transportation purposes.

But the architect insists nothing was lost in the translation. "Once you understand the limitations, it becomes part of the design process," she says, noting that spaces such as shared-use areas and an "away room" on the first level, among other staples of her Not So Big approach, are preserved in the show house.

During the show, visitors will use headsets to take a guided tour of the house and use their IBS-issued I.D. cards to see information about the home's products and the design/build method at stations set up along the way. The stations will include an exhibit of the factory-crafted process and the home's myriad energy-efficient and sustainable design and construction aspects.

But what Susanka hopes builders and design professionals really take away from the tour is a greater appreciation for factory-crafted housing as a more labor- and resource-efficient building process that addresses critical issues in the housing industry. "It's not difficult, but it is a different set of rules," she says. "It's a way of making a house that has tight tolerances and a high level of precision with an affordable price point for the mass market."

The Not So Big Showhouse 2006 will be open for free, self-guided tours in the Show Village during IBS show hours. A simplified version of the house is also being assembled on a lot in Charlotte, N.C., where it will serve as a more realistic test of combining high-level, smart design with the factory-crafted production process.

"There's a cultural belief that when a house is made in a factory, it's cheap," says Susanka. "We hope to communicate that this process can create any home you want."


Project: Not So Big Showhouse 2006, IBS Show Village, West Building parking lot, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.; Unit size: 1,600 square feet; Builder: R-Anell Housing Group, Denver, N.C.; Architect: Susanka Studios, Raleigh, N.C.; Web site:

Directions: The house is located in the Show Village in the northwest parking lot behind the West (main) Building of the convention center.

Drive time: After sitting for an hour in a seminar, use this 10-minute walk to stretch your legs.

House 5


Country Living magazine partners with modular builder Genesis Homes to create the lifestyle publication's 2006 House of the Year.

NESTLED AMONG HISTORIC HOMES in a century-old lakeside neighborhood in Auburndale, Fla., the Country Living House of the Year 2006 is a testament to the design adaptability of modular home construction and a reflection of the comfortable and casual lifestyles of the magazine's readers.

Built by Genesis Homes, a division of Champion Enterprises and the nation's only coast-to-coast modular builder, the 2,537-square-foot, two-story home fits right in with its much older neighbors. In fact, it looks like a house that's been added to over time instead of constructed mostly off site in Genesis's nearby manufacturing facility in Lake City Fla., and assembled in mere days on a recently subdivided lot on the shores of Lake Ariana.

The metal-roofed wraparound porch, with a distinctive roofline from the main home's gabled front elevation, looks like a thoughtful addition. The section also includes the first-floor master suite, complementing a secondary bedroom on that level along with all the requisite common spaces. Upstairs, a third bedroom and an all-purpose loft space with a shared bath and an overlook to the great room below complete the floor plan.

Country Living's editors consulted with Genesis Homes to develop a custom design, which the builder will now offer in selected markets and with regionally specific elevations. Following the on-site assembly of the house, a team of editors selected and installed furnishings and other decorating items to complete the project.

The Country Living House of the Year 2006 opened for the Polk County Parade of Homes in mid-October and will be open for free, unguided tours during the IBS. It will also be featured in Country Living's February 2006 issue, as well as online. (see page 30)


Project: Country Living House of the Year 2006, Auburndale, Fla.; Unit size: 2,537 square feet; On-site builder: Sunshine Capital Corp., Tampa, Fla.; Architect/Off-site builder: Genesis Homes, div. of Champion Enterprises, Auburn Hills, Mich. (Lake City, Fla., manufacturing plant); Interior designer: Country Living magazine, New York; Web site:

Directions (from convention center): South on International Dr., under Bee Line Expwy./Toll 528; right on Central Florida Pkwy.; 1-4 West (toward Tampa); Hwy. 159 South exit (toward Auburndale); right on Bay St. The home is two blocks on the right, on the corner, at 310 West Lake Ave.

Drive time: About 45 minutes; no shuttle service provided.

House 6


One of the nation's leading providers of modular homes opens a best-selling model to convey the benefits of systems-built housing.

AS WITH MOST MODULAR HOMES these days, the front elevation and floor plan of the 1,664-square-foot, single-story Georgetown model from All American Homes appear for all the world to form a site-built home.

Which is exactly what All American Homes, the third-largest modular-home provider in the nation with more than 2,600 units shipped in 2004, hopes builders take away from touring the house during the IBS.

Encompassing three, 14-foot-wide modules of varying lengths, the Georgetown is one of All American Homes' best-selling plans, one of hundreds the modular provider keeps in its in-house library and outfits with leading name-brand appliances, flooring, cabinetry, and other finishes and fixtures. A great room open to the kitchen and a formal dining room in the center of the plan are flanked by an owner's suite and a pair of secondary bedrooms, as well as a generous utility room that connects the garage to the kitchen. On the exterior, a gabled portico clearly identifies the entry and helps break up the roofline.

Located in a parking lot behind the West Building of the OCCC, the All American Homes show house will be open for free self-guided tours and tours led by company staff during IBS show hours. After the show, the house will be reassembled in an as-yet determined community nearby.


Project: All American Homes show house, West Building parking lot, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.; Unit size: 1,664 square feet; Builder/Architect: All American Homes, Decatur, Ind.; Interior designer: Expressions by Decor & More, Nappanee, Ind.; Web site: www.allamerican

Directions (from convention center): The house is located in the northwest parking lot behind the West (main) Building of the convention center.

Drive time: A 10-minute walk at most. A shuttle is available from the North/South Building as well.


IBS attendees interested in touring The New American Home 2006 and The Reality House (numbers 1 and 2, respectively, on the map) are encouraged to ride the free shuttle buses provided. The two show homes, along with the Country Living House of the Year 2006, are west of the convention center, toward Tampa. Drivers can use this not-to-scale map as a general reference and follow the specific driving directions provided for each house on the preceding pages,

1. The New American Home 2006

2. The Reality House

3. NextGen Peace of Mind Demonstration Home

4. Not So Big Showhouse 2006

5. Country Living House of the Year 2006

6. All American Homes show house
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