Vintage Vegas is back with a vengeance and cooler and hipper than ever at The New American Home 2009, a 9,000-square-foot, multi-level, contemporary home featuring interior design by Robb & Stucky Interiors Las Vegas. The home is located on historic Tomiyasu Lane near Wayne Newton’s estate in the neighborhood that was once home to famous Las Vegas residents such as Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, the Sultan of Brunei and several of the city’s founding families. It was designed by Danielian Associates Architecture & Planning of Irvine, CA and built by Blue Heron, Inc. of Las Vegas and will be officially unveiled at the National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders’ Show (IBS), Jan. 20-23 in Las Vegas.
According to Lee Lundquist, lead interior designer on the project for Robb & Stucky Interiors, the home features “all the latest and greatest in technology, is fully wired and has some of the most innovative ‘green’ home building materials available today. Those features, coupled with its ultra-hip interior design, make the home a must-see for anyone who appreciates vintage charm with a modern-day edge,” Lundquist said.
As the centerpiece of IBS, The New American Home is a virtual showcase of products and includes the newest offerings from sponsoring vendors such as Kohler, Dal Tile, Progress Lighting, Baldwin, Closet Factory, Viking, Whirlpool, and Timberlake Cabinetry. “This is a project unlike any other,” said Lundquist, who along with designers Kevin Johnson and Kellie Miller, spent nine months transforming the home into a contemporary masterpiece.
The home juxtaposes crystal chandeliers with dark exotic woods, graphic prints with travertine floors, reclaimed wood furniture and ultra-contemporary lines with fun, whimsical accents – to create an environment that is uniquely Las Vegas, yet accessible and not cold, Lundquist said. “From spectacular closets to built-in buffets, from amazing outdoor spaces to smart technology and energy efficient design, the New American Home has bells and whistles galore. It’s truly a home for the 21st century.”
“This house is built and designed for entertaining,” said Johnson, whose unique touches include framed vintage Vegas showgirl costumes. “Talk about conversation pieces,” said Johnson of the three-dimensional art that hangs in “the basement,” a cavernous entertainment pit complete with 4 plasma screen TVs, an expansive wet bar and kitchenette, wine cellar, and with the touch of a button – transforms into a screening room. “It’s a modern-day version of a Rat Pack hangout,” he said. The basement features dark chocolate shag carpet, stark white leather chairs and a Thayer-Coggin sectional that is a replication of the famed one from the set of Perry Mason.
The home’s entertainment theme is highly evident in the outdoor spaces that blend with the home’s interior, creating seamless indoor/outdoor environments. “This is the perfect Las Vegas party house,” said Lundquist of the home that offers stunning and unimpeded views of the Las Vegas Strip – located just a few miles from the house. A negative edge pool is lined by a sunken barbecue pit and bar that offers diners a pool-side view at water level. “A Zen Gazebo cocoons an outdoor lounging bed, balconies and a sky deck fill the home’s enormous backyard and create the ultimate entertainment retreat in the ultimate party city,” said Lundquist.
According to Miller, the home’s impressive entry features a ten-foot custom table of reclaimed teak, a travertine floor and a massive chandelier affectionately referred to as the “planet.” “The home definitely creates a Frank Lloyd Wright first impression,” said Miller of the entry that easily sets the tone for the rest of the home.
The master bedroom’s adjoining outdoor Zen garden and floating rejuvenation room – a room that seamlessly reflects the house itself as it cantilevers into the pool creating the perfect spot to reflect, relax, and rejuvenate. Within a custom-built bed that appears to float in the middle of the room is a hidden TV that appears at the foot of the bed with the touch of a button.
“The house is fully and totally wired,” said Lundquist. Heating and cooling systems are operated through a natural gas-fired mechanical system; photovoltaic panels create enough power to make the house totally sustainable and create more energy than it uses; and it features a passive solar design, thoughtful building orientation and window overhangs to mitigate the desert heat.
“The house is not only stunningly beautiful, it’s smart and eco-friendly as well,” said Lundquist. The home is certified to the ‘gold standard’ by the National Green Building Program through the National Association of Home Builders. The home’s insulated concrete walls, along with its ability to produce more energy than it uses, make it a Net Zero home. An agreement with Nevada Energy allows the home to pull power from the grid and push power back so it can receive credits upon which it can draw.
According to Tyler Jones, principal of Blue Heron and developer of The New American Home, the house is one of 14 others that are under development within the home’s exclusive neighborhood called Marquis. Marquis is on the leading edge of construction science and creates luxury living environments that cater to the whims and fancies of the affluent, while also featuring sustainable designs that don’t have a negative impact on the natural environment.
About Robb & Stucky
Founded in 1915, in Fort Myers, Fla., Robb & Stucky (robbstucky.com) is a nationally-recognized interior design and premier home furnishings retailer with showrooms in Florida, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, and Costa Rica. Robb & Stucky offers a unique lifestyle shopping experience with an unparalleled collection of fine furnishings and award-winning ensemble of designers. Celebrating more than 90 years, Robb & Stucky recently opened showrooms in Costa Rica and Las Vegas, Nevada. The outdoor division of Robb & Stucky expanded with the opening of showrooms in Boca Raton and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Images of The New American Home 2009 available upon request.