Launch Slideshow

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Gen Y: Feathering the Nest

Gen Y: Feathering the Nest

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    House of Wonders Looks can be deceiving: Behind this appealingly modest façade is a home that feels both intimate and spacious—and that lives a lot bigger than it looks.
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    Inside Out Woodley used two smart tactics to make this house spacious. The open plan layout makes for long views and rooms that spill into each other and onto the outside spaces. So does capitalizing on the warm-climate environs. Telescoping glass doors blur the line between interior and exterior, offering good views of and easy access to the outdoor areas—which increase the overall living space by a third.
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    Serene Spaces

    1. At the end of a long, hard day, everyone needs a quiet place to retreat. The Gen Y master bathroom has a double-sized shower with a toweling-off area set right outside the shower door.

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    2. The entire master bedroom suite is off the kitchen, in its own separate wing, with its own private door to the pool area.

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    3. The pool and hot tub are inviting places to relax in the sun, or in the evening when the water is illuminated with multi-colored fiber-optic pool lighting.

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    4. Tucked at the front of the house is a cozy guest room with a cottage-like vibe. The casita is separate but not isolated: Kitchenette, bathroom, and a separate entrance mean that friends and family who come to stay can enjoy their own space. Depending on local zoning laws, a casita like this can also be rented out for extra income.

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Launch Slideshow

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Gen Y: Products

Gen Y: Products

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    1. Cold Storage

    A 26-cubic-foot French door refrigerator from Whirlpool Corp. keeps food fresh in the Gen Y home. The Energy Star–rated unit features SpillGuard glass shelves, an exterior ice and water dispenser with a PuR six-month filter, LED interior lighting, and humidity-controlled crispers. www.insideadvantage.com.
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    2. Tanks a Lot

    Offering increased energy efficiency over traditional tanks, the Voltex from A. O. Smith pulls heat from the surrounding air and uses it to warm water. The tank then exhausts cool, dehumidified air as a by-product. Available in four operation modes, it has a 2.4 Energy Factor. www.hotwater.com.
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    3. Window Dressing

    A variety of openings by window manufacturer Deceuninck adds a little drama to the front and rear elevation of the Gen Y home. The vinyl windows are low maintenance and energy efficient and are available with a nail fin for new construction. www.deceuninck-americas.com.
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    4. Silence, Please

    In the Gen Y home’s apartment, an Ultra Silent QTREN110 bath fan from Broan will help keep the air clean and eliminate the chance for mold growth. The 110-CFM unit operates at a very quiet 1.3 sones. www.broan.com.
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    5. Reef Madness

    Eldorado Stone’s Coastal Reef in a pearl white color pulls triple-duty on the façade, courtyard, and kitchen backsplash of the Gen Y house. Simulating ocean-worn coral, the product is precision cut with texture and color that looks like the real thing. It’s available in lengths of 4 inches to 16 inches. www.eldoradostone.com.
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    6. Wrap Up

    All three homes are covered with Fiberweb’s Typar housewrap. Part of the manufacturer’s Weather Protection System, the wrap blocks water from entering the wall cavity and breathes so moisture can escape. www.typar.com.
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    7. Code Compliance

    The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials’ Research and Testing arm certified that the homes’ plumbing and HVAC measure up to its stated water- and energy-use performance standard. The ANSI-accredited group ensures that systems are in compliance with established codes and works with labs to test products for manufacturers.
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    8. Shaker Heights

    A contemporary interpretation of Shaker design, Timberlake Cabinetry’s Sonoma is used throughout the Gen Y house. The full overlay doors have crisp edges, flat veneer centers, and adjustable hinges, while the 21-inch drawers feature side-mounted glides and dovetail joints. www.timberlake.com.
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    9. Floor Ways

    The Gen Y great room and main living areas are covered with a highly durable porcelain floor tile from Mohawk Hard Surface. The Santa Flavia tiles measure 20 inches by 20 inches and will withstand lots of foot traffic thanks to its high wear rating. Tiles are specified in Vanilla Roast. www.mohawk-flooring.com.
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    10. Clean Up

    Electrolux’s Serenity IQS central vacuum will come in handy when it’s time to clean. The system features sealed suction and a large dirt bucket for collecting debris. It also includes power hose, handle, and cleaning tools. www.beamvac.com.
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    11. Keyed In

    A Camelot battery-operated keypad deadbolt from Schlage will allow Gen Y homeowners to enter and leave the home without using a key. Featuring an easy Turn Lock feature, the unit can be customized to fit security needs, can be installed in about 30 minutes, and is preset with two user codes so it’s ready to go right out of the box. The battery lasts three years. www.schlage.com
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    12. Pump It Up

    The Infinity Series heat pump from Carrier is part of the homes’ energy-efficiency strategy. Available in one- and two-stage units, the product is engineered to team with an Infinity Series furnace to create a Hybrid Heat dual-fuel system. Available in SEER ratings that go as high as 19, the unit is made from galvanized steel with a powder-coat finish and uses Puron refrigerant. www.carrier.com.

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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.