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Gen B: It's Chill Time

Gen B: It's Chill Time

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    James F. Wilson

    Fun House With an efficient layout that’s ideal for entertaining friends and family, the Gen B home is built for good times.

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    James F. Wilson

    Let’s Get Cooking The open-plan kitchen flows into both indoor and outdoor living and dining spaces—ideal for entertaining. The flared work island has a powerful gas cooktop, ample workspace for diehard cooks, and enough seating room for lounging onlookers. In this open and casual living space, no one misses out on the conversation or the action.

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    James F. Wilson

    A living room that’s just off the kitchen provides a seating area that’s open to the rest of this open plan living area.

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    James F. Wilson

    This courtyard does double-duty, serving as both entryway and sitting area. It flows gracefully into the kitchen and dining area, making it an ideal spot to sit and relax before or after dinner. Here, fire meets water: A glowing flame at the far end of the fountain helps animate and illuminate the space at night, giving a warm welcome.

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    The second-floor guest suite is a cozy place to stay and offers plenty of privacy, complete with double-sized shower and kitchenette. Its separate entryway is reached via a staircase from the courtyard.

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    James F. Wilson

    A hot tub and pool provide yet another place for fun and relaxation. But here’s the feature that everyone will be talking about: a swim-up bar (it’s on the far left edge of the swimming pool).

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Gen B: Products

Gen B: Products

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    Hand Carvings

    JELD-WEN Custom Carved wood composite interior doors grace the inside of the Gen B home. Made with recycled materials, the C1000 single-panel doors feature a simple molding detail and a clean look. A variety of sizes are available. www.jeld-wen.com.
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    Karbon Dating

    The Karbon articulating kitchen faucet from Kohler features five pivoting joints that allow the unit to put water wherever it’s needed. The company uses carbon fiber for strength and to give the faucet a stylish appearance. www.kohler.com.
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    James F. Wilson

    Vinyl Impact

    Large windows by Deceuninck bathe the Gen B home in light. Made from vinyl, the units will withstand the harsh effects of weather and ultraviolet light. In addition, the windows feature SunShield technology, which offers improved energy efficiency. www.deceuninck-americas.com.

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    Slide Over

    All three homes feature WinDoor patio doors in sliding or corner con-figurations. In the Gen B home, the team chose the 8100 series, 90-degree corner unit. Each panel has a depth of 1¾ inches with 4?-inch stiles and rails. The doors glide on stainless steel adjustable rollers. www.windoorinc.com.
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    Loyal Fans

    Gen B homeowners will not have to worry about turning on their bath fans. Broan’s QTRE100S humidity sensing fans in the Gen B master bath will sense a rise in humidity and automatically cycle on to remove mold-causing moisture. Rated at 100 CFM, the unit features an auto shut-off timer. www.broan.com.
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    Perfect Veneer

    The Gen B house features extensive use of Eldorado Stone’s Oyster Cut Coarse stone veneer. Used on the front elevation and outdoor kitchen, the profile is fabricated to resemble saw-cut Turkish limestone and is made in lengths between 12 inches and 24 inches. www.eldoradostone.com.
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    Steel Deal

    The Gen B three-car garage is enclosed with 9600 steel Sonoma doors from Wayne-Dalton. Panels feature polyurethane foam insulation, foam-filled horizontal struts, and Silent-Glide rollers. Low-profile hinges provide strength between sections. www.wayne-dalton.com.
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    James F. Wilson

    Double Stuffed

    The Gen B kitchen displays a unique Zodiaq quartz countertop from DuPont. The two-layer application features one layer of Warm Taupe (top) and a layer of Crema Marfil (bottom). The 93 percent quartz surface still retains its low-maintenance, durable properties. www.dupont.com.
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    Grab This

    Homeowners in the Gen B home will open their doors with handles from the Fusion Hardware Group. Featuring a rustic Old World design, the brass Sonoma levers are produced with pinned mortise-and-tenon joints and a rustic finish. www.fusionhardware.com.
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    No Tanks

    Hot water in the Gen B house will be produced by an A. O. Smith 520 tankless water heater. The Energy Star–rated unit offers a maximum flow rate of 9 gallons per minute. www.hotwater.com.
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    Cabinet Members

    The Gen B kitchen is highlighted by Sierra Vista maple hazelnut cabinets by Timberlake Cabinetry. Features include solid hardwood doors, mortise-and-tenon construction, and 3-inch frames around a raised center panel. www.timberlake.com.
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    Wash and Wear

    A Maytag Maxima laundry pair will get dirty clothes sorted out in the Gen B home. Featuring a 1,000-watt, built-in water heater, the steam washer features a PowerWash cycle for ultimate cleaning and a 16-hour Fresh Hold option that keeps clothes left in the washer fresh. The high-efficiency dryer features a moisture-sensing system that helps dry large, heavy loads. www.maytag.com.
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    Power Steering

    A 20-kilowatt Kohler generator will provide homeowners with power during outages. Housed in a corrosion-proof encloser, the unit provides quiet operation and weekly system diagnostics to ensure dependable operation. www.kohlerpower.com.

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Concept Home Products

Concept Home Products

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    Wall Flowers

    The project team chose Sherwin-Williams’ Duration Home interior acrylic wall covering throughout the three homes. Ideal for high-traffic areas such as kitchens, hallways, and bathrooms, the paint offers a long-lasting durable surface that is washable and highly resistant to fading. www.sherwin-williams.com.
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    Finish Up

    In some rooms, the design team chose Sherwin-Williams’ Faux Impressions line to give walls a dramatic appearance. The decorative finishes allow installers to create unique specialty looks such as Old World, metallic, stone, and artisan styles. Various colors are available. www.sherwin-williams.com.
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    Walk This Way

    The outdoor surface areas of the three homes are covered with Urbana manufactured interlocking landscape pavers from Belgard Architectural Products Group. Made from cement, pigment, and other additives, the products are resistant to temperature extremes and de-icing salts, and provide a stable load-bearing multi-use surface. The three-piece modular system has the appearance of clean natural cut stone. www.belgard.biz.
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    Eco-Conscious

    The homes feature Owens Corning’s EcoTouch insulation throughout to help make the structures energy efficient and highly sound resistant. Products are made from natural materials and use over 70 percent recycled content. Formaldehyde-free with GREENGUARD certification for indoor air quality, products are available in batts for attic, walls, ceilings, and floors. www.owenscorning.com.
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    Control Yourself

    The Carrier Infinity control is a perfect companion to the Infinity heat pump. Allowing remote programming, it controls temperature, fan speed, and ventilation. It also monitors air quality. www.carrier.com.
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    Hot Tops

    The three homes are topped with concrete roof tiles from Eagle Roofing Products: X (6), B (7), and Y (8). Made with up to 65 percent pre-consumer recycled content (depending on type), the products can last up to 100 years or more, do not rot in wet climates, and are resistant to insects, termites, and other pests. Tile roofs can be used in any climate or region and can withstand fire, earthquakes, and severe weather conditions such as hail, wind, and snow. All three roofs are Cool Roof rated. www.eagleroofing.com.

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The generation portrayed in the movie “The Big Chill” is ready to do some serious chilling after years of hard work. To design a haven that’s geared to winding down—but not slowing down—Builder turned to award-winning architect Michael Woodley, who observes that buyers at this stage of life usually have grown children and need to worry much less about choosing a house that caters to their family’s needs. In addition to working hard at their careers, buyers in this group have put heart and soul into rearing kids. It’s quite likely they’ve cared for aging parents, too (there’s a good reason Boomers are sometimes called the Sandwich Generation). “It’s their time, and they want to celebrate,” says Woodley. “Like the Gen Y and Gen X homes, this one flows beautifully for entertaining,” says Osterman of Centerline Homes. “Everything about this house says, ‘Let’s party,’” he adds. Walk into the courtyard: It’s both entry and lounge space, complete with a fountain, fire pit, and seating area. Step inside for a kitchen that’s a foodie’s dream and this home’s true heart. A tapered work island anchors the room. With a five-burner cooktop, it’s perfect for channeling your inner Iron Chef. The kitchen has its own bar area with seating and plenty of wine storage. The living room, both cozy and open, is perfectly set right near the action. C’mon outside: A tiled pool, hot tub, and swim-up bar offer plenty of room for hanging out, sunbathing, drinks, and snacks. For a dramatic touch come nightfall, a second fire pit lines the far edge of the pool.

In this house, the less visible spaces are just as inviting as the open ones. The laundry room, just off the kitchen, offers pantry storage, stacked washers, and a roomy sink for hand-washing. The master bedroom has sliding doors that lead out to the pool and its master bathroom has a deluxe-sized double shower. In the study, there’s even a secret storage space hidden behind a fake wall that’s made for hiding valuables. Last but not least, don’t forget to circle back outside through the courtyard for a peek upstairs. The guest room, a private aerie with its own bath and mini-kitchen, is separate from the rest of the house yet connected to it. Here’s the ideal weekend hideaway for friends who are in from out of town, or for adult children and their young kids, whose sleeping schedules might be a different than the rest of the family. “Boomers feel that finally, it’s their time,” says Woodley. “They want space for themselves, and they want to celebrate it.” 

Plan B The house is situated on a wide, flared piece of property that’s typical of a cul-de-sac end lot. The flare is reflected in the angling of the wing where the guest room, study, and second bedroom are located. But the plan flexes easily for a conventional lot: The angled wing can be brought parallel to the rest of the home. Except for the upstairs guest suite (located above the second bedroom), this home is all on one floor, making it suitable for aging in place.