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Home builders show off what's new in luxury and affordable home styles

The National Association of Home Builders 2019 International Builders’ Show recently drew 67,000 home building professionals from around the world, including Brevard, to the Las Vegas Convention Center, where they could ogle the latest and greatest products in the industry.

The massive event was actually only part of the home-lust-inducing activities. Design and Construction Week, which combines the Builders’ Show with the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show for the annual Design & Construction Week, attracted 100,000 attendees.

The stars of the event are the New American Home and the New American Remodel. This year’s New American Home, though designed to glitter high up on the McCullough Mountain Range with magnificent views of the Las Vegas Strip, offers plenty of ideas that translate well along the Space Coast.

Built by Sun West Custom Homes, which started in Tampa, the house features a mixture of circular and square design patterns that blend seamlessly indoor and outdoor spaces. At the heart of the airy residence is a brilliant tongue-and-groove ceiling by Synergy Wood Products accented by the open-cage design of a flock of light fixtures from Progress Lighting.

Expansive pocket doors from Western Window Systems disappear into the walls to create panoramic views of the outdoor living space. Sliding glass panels are also used in the professional kitchen, enabling entertainment space to be extended outdoors. In fact, every room in the home opens to the outdoor entertainment space, which features a vanishing pool and romantic fire pit.

In an established neighborhood within sight of the Stratosphere, The New American Remodel, created by Luxus Design Build, sports a C-shaped floor that enhances energy efficiency through a protective barrier from the sun and wind. An indoor garden provides fresh herbs and veggies for any reception, which could easily be spill from the courtyard into a state-of-the-art RV garage big enough to host such events.

The garage neighbors the home’s orchard and veggie garden. Though very visually pleasing, the space probably won’t get much use for receptions, since the house also boasts a second-story outdoor kitchen and dining area that overlooks the pool.

Several walls once separating the interior from the exterior were replaced with motorized screens from Phantom Screens. These not only enhance energy efficiency but also blur the lines between outdoor and indoor spaces.

The Elveron Home Elevator from Garaventa Lift aids access to both levels of the house.

At the Builders’ Show itself, more than 2,000 exhibitors offered the latest and greatest. Here is just a sampling of must-haves for the home:

CAFÉ anyone?

GE’s CAFÉ line introduced its Customizable Professional Collection, which gives buyers the option to change handles and knobs in different metal colors. Copper, a classic kitchen staple in both décor and high-end cookware, is the signature CAFÉ metal. Each handle in the Professional Collection will carry a copper cuff and soft brushed copper hardware will also be offered as one of the custom hardware options available for order.

In September of this year, CAFÉ will roll out a second collection that features a unique glass finish, the first glass appliance line available in the U.S. The Modern Glass Collection should prove popular with homeowners interested in the clean lines of urban chic design.

Pipe dreams

Owning a home can seem like a pipe dream for many, but Rinker Materials has stepped up to the plate with a concrete tiny home that makes housing affordable at a cost of about $15,000.

The home is the first concrete pipe tiny home in the United States. The homes can be stacked to create a “pipe condo” or set independently in a community of tiny homes.