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Gen X: All in the Family

Gen X: All in the Family

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    Yours, Mine, and Ours Clever, handsome design that meets the diverse needs of an active, multigenerational family is no mean feat, but the Gen X house does all that and more.

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    Open House The main living area of the Gen X home has a living room, dining room, and kitchen that open into each other, with wide views and easy access to a generous amount of outdoor living space that’s equipped with a fireplace (check out the TV above it), cooking area, pool, and hot tub.

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    Bright and Airy

    1. At the top of the stairs is a hangout area, so kids have a designated den and terrace for visiting with friends, complete with ample space to sprawl on the couch and gab, play video games, or watch movies.
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    2. With two stories, this house can accommodate lots of windows, and the rear elevation shows just how to take full advantage of sunny days and lovely views.
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    3. At nearly 400 square feet—and that’s not counting outdoor space—the sunny “granny suite” rivals many big-city apartments. Accessible by both an exterior stairway and interior elevator, the apartment has a kitchenette with a dishwasher and microwave. The bathroom has an elevator tub that can be raised or lowered for easier access. There’s even a balcony terrace with plenty of space for outdoor furniture. (Depending on local zoning laws, this second-floor suite could also be used as a rental property that could generate extra income.)
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    4. With good closet space, a window seat, and a laundry room steps away, the kids’ rooms in this house are as deluxe as the grownups’ spaces.
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Gen X: Products

Gen X: Products

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    2. Store It

    The owners of the Gen X house will have ample space in the garage thanks to the extensive storage system from Gladiator GarageWorks. Components include a Modular GearBox, a GearWall, GearDrawers, shelves, a workbench, and floor tiles, among other pieces. www.gladiatorgarageworks.com.
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    3. Dreaming of Genie

    Wayne-Dalton’s Genie ReliaG 1500 opener powers each garage door on the Gen B house. The ¾-horsepower screw drive unit uses a 140-volt DC motor that operates at a maximum lift speed of 12 inches per second. An integrated motion detector adds security. www.wayne-dalton.com.
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    4. Wood Looking

    A Smooth-Star door from Therma-Tru graces the front entry of the Gen X home. Made from compression-molded fiberglass, it resists dents and corrosion. www.thermatru.com.
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    5. Walk This Way

    The Gen X house features a Montello wood floor from Mohawk Flooring. Specified in Poplar Buckeye, the engineered product can be glued, nailed, or installed as a floating floor. Measuring 4 inches, it comes with an aluminum oxide finish, and an eased edge. www.mohawkflooring.com.
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    6. Inner Tubing

    All three homes are outfitted with Uponor’s AquaPEX cross-linked polyethylene tubing that is flexible, durable, and kink resistant. It does not corrode, pit, or promote scale build up, and is highly resistant to leaks behind the walls. www.uponorpro.com.
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    7. Fireworks

    A Heat & Glo RED 40 see-through fireplace by Hearth & Home Technologies occupies prime real estate in the home. The modern unit has a 40-inch viewing area and a linear viewing window. It can be fitted with a variety of media, such as glass, granite, or onyx pebbles. www.heatnglo.com.
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    8. On the Surface

    In the Gen X house, a low-maintenance, heat-resistant Zodiaq quartz countertop from DuPont will ensure that spills and accidents are easy to clean up. Made from 93 percent quartz, the surface is easy to maintain, durable, nonporous, and chemical-resistant. It requires no sealants or waxes to retain its gloss. www.dupont.com.
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    9. Propane Game

    The Gen B and Gen X homes feature propane fuel for appliances and fireplaces thanks to an underground tank from the Propane Education & Research Council. Produced from both natural gas processing and crude oil refining, propane is nontoxic, colorless, and virtually odorless. It is an approved, clean fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act. The propane is used to fuel the tankless water heater and cooktop in the Gen B home and the fireplaces and range in the Gen X house. www.propanecouncil.org.
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    10. Heavy Load

    Eaton Cutler-Hammer load centers in all three homes will ensure that electricity is delivered without surges and other technical problems. The panels offer a commercial-grade main breaker, one-piece copper bus, single keyhole mounting, and an extra 1½-inch knockout for bundling. www.eaton.com.
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    11. Elevator Tub

    Ideal for anyone with a physical challenge, the Kohler Elevance tub in the Gen X home is an alternative to institutional-style products. An extra wide opening, a chair-height seat, and an integrated grab bar make it easy for bathers to enter and exit from a standing, chair, or wheelchair position. It measures 60 inches long. www.kohler.com.
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    12. Screen Saver

    Retractable panels from Phantom Screens will prevent insects and pests from entering the outdoor living spaces. The screens are installed with a motor that lowers and retracts at the touch of a button. www.phantomscreens.com.

2012 Concept Home Coverage

 
 

Take the Tour

The Builder Concept Home 2012 is open for free guided tours during exhibit hours of the International Builders’ Show, with free round-trip shuttle service from the Westwood Entrance of the West Concourse of the convention center. Parking is severely limited and driving is discouraged.


Contributors

Standing, l-r: Shawn Tofte, Canin Associates; Tony Weremeichik, Canin Associates; Scott Queckboerner, Centerline Homes; Michael Woodley, Woodley Architectural Group; Olaf Nillies, Centerline Homes; Peter Osterman, Centerline Homes; Eric Emerson, Emerson International; Seated, l-r: Alexy Reyes, Centerline Homes; Craig Perry, Centerline Homes; Debra Falese, Woodley Architectural Group; Boyce Thompson, Builder; Kay Green, Kay Green Design; Jerry Collin, Kay Green Design; Erin Nunnery, Kay Green Design


FOUNDATION

Deceuninck (windows) www.deceuninck-americas.com

Kohler (plumbing fixtures and bath accessories) www.kohler.com

Timberlake Cabinetry (cabinets and built-ins) www.timberlake.com

Whirlpool (appliances) www.whirlpool.com

SUPPORTING

Carrier (HVAC and thermostats) www.carrier.com

DuPont (Corian and Zodiaq countertops and solid surfaces) www2.dupont.com/Surfaces/en_US  

Mohawk (flooring, carpeting, and Daltile pool tiles) www.mohawkflooring.com

Therma-Tru Doors (entry doors and Fypon trim) http://thermatru.com

PERFORMANCE

Hearth & Home Technologies (fireplaces) www.hearthnhome.com

Owens Corning (insulation and roof membrane) www.owenscorning.com

Schlage (door hardware) http://schlage.com

Sherwin-Williams Co. (paint) www.sherwin-williams.com

ALLIANCE

A.O. Smith (water heater) www.aosmith.com

Belgard Pavers/Oldcastle APG (pavers) www.belgard.biz

Broan-NuTone (ventilation) www.broan-nutone.com

Eagle Roofing Products (roofing tile) www.eagleroofing.com

Eaton Corp. (electrical and low-voltage) www.eaton.com

Eldorado Stone (veneer stone) www.eldoradostone.com

Electrolux Central Vacuum Systems/Beam (central vacuum) www.electrolux.com

Fiberweb/Typar (housewrap, flashing, and geotextiles) http://typar.com

Gladiator GarageWorks (garage storage system) www.gladiatorgarageworks.com

IAPMO R&T (water-use certification) www.iapmo.org

JELD-WEN (interior doors) www.jeld-wen.com

Kohler Generators (standby generator) http://kohlerpower.com

Nisus Corp. (pest control) www.nisuscorp.com

Phantom Screens (screens) www.phantomscreens.com

Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) (propane tank) www.propanecouncil.org

Uponor (PEX plumbing rough) www.uponor.ca

Wayne-Dalton (garage doors and openers) www.wayne-dalton.com

WinDoor (sliding/telescoping patio doors) www.windoorinc.com

LOCAL CONTRIBUTORS

A-1 Roof Trusses (roof and floor trusses) www.A1truss.com

Capital Painting Group (painting labor)

Classic Floors Ferrazzano (flooring labor) www.ferrazzano.com

Dixie Pools & Spas (pools and spas) www.dixiepools.com

Hubbell Lighting (Progress division) www.progresslighting.com

Richard & Rice Construction Co. (building shells) www.richardandrice.com

Sams LP Gas Co. (propane supply) http://officialsamsgas.com

Southern Turf Management (landscape material and labor) www.southernturf.net

Stone Age Pavers (landscape pavers labor) http://stoneagepavers.com

Symmetrical Stair & Door (interior stairs and railings) www.symmetricalstair.com

For a virtual tour of the Builder Concept Home 2012, visit www.builderconcepthome2012.com.