Timberlake Cabinetry design and service spotlighted in 2014 New American Home at IBS

The New American Home 2014 Kitchen

The New American Home 2014 kitchen features Timberlake Lausanne Maple Espresso and New Haven Painted Cream.

Timberlake Cabinetry, a leading supplier to the new construction market, is the featured cabinetry provider for The New American Home (TNAH) 2014, a multigenerational show home presented in conjunction with the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, NV, February 4-6, 2014. This is Timberlake’s seventh year in a row with the annual showcase house produced and presented by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Leading Suppliers Council and Builder magazine.

Timberlake® cabinetry is incorporated throughout the 6,700-square-foot desert contemporary home built by Element Building Company. Fourteen rooms feature four Timberlake collections in various styles and finishes to accent the individual room concepts.

Josh Anderson, owner and president of Element Building Company, commented, “The collaboration was great. Especially with some of the newer features, there are definitely areas where Timberlake is bringing to market some custom features for a production or semi-custom builder. Everyone is blown away by the kitchen island, the seamless integration of appliances, and a lot of the organization features that have been added.”

Among the noteworthy features is a kitchen island that includes 13 spacious drawer bases to add needed storage in the minimalist contemporary kitchen and decorative cabinet doors that camouflage the refrigerator and freezer. In each of eight baths, cabinetry helps define different interpretations of style, with elements from floating shelves to furniture-style vanities. In the laundry room and carriage suite kitchen, the cabinetry enables big functionality in small spaces.

“Our goal is to show how Timberlake can provide the custom looks and functional features you expect in the highest level show home, designed and built with our standard cabinetry,” said Perry Campbell, Timberlake Senior Vice President and General Manager. “These are ideas homebuilders can offer affordably in homes at a variety of price ranges.”

Reviewing Plans

Ron Jolly and Tracey Burrell-Combs review plans during the cabinetry installation at The 2014 New American Home.

The New American Home is always an ambitious undertaking, bringing together an innovative vision on a compressed timeline. It requires a sharp focus on planning, thinking ahead to prevent problems, troubleshooting and going the extra mile. This year’s edition was plagued by inclement weather, putting even more pressure on the build.

“We had five days on the schedule to complete the cabinet installation. Timberlake did it in three,” noted Element’s Anderson. “Everything they committed to, they did – and when you’re trying to coordinate with different trades, that’s crucial.” He added, “We had very, very few callback items, and they were mostly trade damage; issues outside Timberlake’s control. They did a phenomenal job.”

“We have a proven, consistent process that keeps everything on track and on time,” says Ron Jolly, Lead Field Supervisor for the project. “We think like builders, and that means looking for ways to contribute to their success. The compressed build schedule is always a challenge, so our focus is on planning ahead to prevent problems, save time and, of course, add value for the builder.”

Tours of The New American Home are complimentary for registered attendees at the International Builders’ Show and include transportation to and from the house. Tickets are required and may be obtained at the show. Timberlake’s Portfolio magazine, a 26-page lookbook filled with photos and details on the home, is also available during the show and online afterwards at Timberlake’s website, https://timberlake.com.

More Information & Photos

Visit The New American Home 2014 Photos & Project Details page for more photography, details, and links on this home.

For more information on Timberlake Cabinetry, including a company fact sheet, official boilerplate and more, please visit the Timberlake Newsroom.

Timberlake Cabinetry unveils new Portfolio magazine with enhanced designer focus

Portfolio Magazine Volume 14, Issue 1 CoverTimberlake Cabinetry, a leading supplier to the new construction market, is unveiling a new design-centered approach to its signature publication, Portfolio magazine, at the International Builders’ Show.

The first of the refocused issues features The New American Home as it has in the past. However, the new concept centers on specific tips, trends and details of the cabinetry within the showcase home, allowing homebuilders and designers to incorporate fresh thinking into their own projects. It will become a guidebook for creating custom looks with standard Timberlake® cabinetry.

Some of the many insights include:

  • Creating a furniture-style kitchen island with recessed toe-kicks
  • Ways to increase storage in minimalist contemporary kitchens and smaller spaces
  • Designing built-in media cabinets and office credenzas with standard cabinetry
  • Crafting furniture-style bath vanities with floating cabinetry and hardware feet
  • Building floating open shelving with tall end panels
  • Affordable, easy-to-install convenience features

“In today’s market, successful builders are looking for upgraded styling at affordable prices to win consumer preference,” says Perry Campbell, Timberlake Senior Vice President and General Manager. “Now more than ever, Timberlake’s Portfolio magazine is a go-to resource for how to accomplish those differentiating features on any budget.”

The new Portfolio magazine will be released at The New American Home 2014. Timberlake is the featured cabinetry provider for the annual showcase house of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), presented in conjunction with the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, NV, February 4-6, 2014. Following the show, the magazine will be available at Timberlake’s website, https://timberlake.com.

Timberlake Cabinetry expands painted Linen finish to additional collections

Tucson Painted Linen

Tucson Painted Linen door

In response to increasing customer preference for lighter shades in kitchen and bath design, Timberlake Cabinetry, a leading supplier to the new construction market, has extended its premium painted Linen finish into new collections, representing a variety of affordable painted options.

Linen is the first painted finish made available in the Timberlake® Portfolio® series—specifically on the Sonoma® and Tahoe® collections. It’s a natural for Sonoma and its sleek, contemporary interpretation of Shaker styling, while Tahoe offers the premium finish on its recessed center panel door with a triple-carved inside edge for a traditional aesthetic.

Tucson® is the most recent Portfolio Select® collection to include the painted Linen finish. It brings a clean white appearance to the Tucson beadboard center panel, creating a wainscoting look and cottage feel. This brings the total number of Portfolio Select collections with this popular painted finish to five, including Sierra Vista®, New Haven®, Rushmore® and Wyoming®.

“Providing builders with affordable choices to design and build homes that attract and sell is basic to our definition of service,” said Perry Campbell, Timberlake Senior Vice President and General Manager. “When our customers told us they needed this top-selling finish in additional styles and price points, we responded.”

The Sonoma painted Linen finish is showcased in the carriage suite and laundry at The New American Home 2014, the annual showcase house of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), presented in conjunction with the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, NV, February 4-6, 2014. Timberlake is the featured cabinetry provider for the show home.

For more information on Timberlake Cabinetry, including a company fact sheet, official boilerplate and more, please visit the Timberlake Newsroom.

The Ultimate Vegas Party House

New American Home 2013 Loft

All of life can be a party. With great views and great spaces, the 2013 New American Home is made for entertaining.

While it would be accurate to dub this Vegas home a party house, it would by no means capture the almost endless— and flexible—entertaining options in this home.

Blue Heron principal Tyler Jones, builder of the home, says, “The whole house, actually the whole property, is geared toward entertaining.” He follows this with a list of areas custom made for entertaining, in ways both formal and casual, and it’s not just the usual suspects like the dining room, kitchen and great room, but also the sunken outdoor living room, the sky deck, the pool table loft room, the wine room…and the list goes on.

Functional and Fabulous

New American Home 2013 Great Room

Great Room/Kitchen

The combined kitchen/great room area is one of Jones’ favorite parts of the home, and a natural entertaining space because of its blend of sophistication and casualness, as well as its spaciousness, which lends nicely to entertaining. “The kitchen is really functional,” says Jones, “plus it’s absolutely gorgeous.” The main kitchen features two islands: the inner, lower profile island houses the sink, dishwasher and microwave; then there’s a high-top bar island that connects to the great room, which conceals the lower working area from view.

In addition to the main kitchen, there’s a butler’s pantry and a sub-kitchen/prep room, sometimes referred to as the “dirty kitchen.” This area allows for food preparation and catering to be out of sight from guests, but it’s only one step removed from the action. All of these areas are connected by a prep kitchen corridor, which leads to a serving area and wine bar that connects directly to the dining room.

Jones describes the dining room as “fantastic—over the top and a lot of fun,” and as the perfect spot for more formal gatherings. Lyndsay Janssen, lead Blue Heron interior designer on the project, is especially proud of the dining room, in particular a focal-point mural that adorns one wall and part of the ceiling. The dining room table she describes as “one of the best pieces” in the home. “It’s 15 feet of solid walnut that took about 30 men to bring in,” says Janssen. “It’s amazing.”

The Lower-Level Low Down

New American Home 2013 Basement Bar

Basement Bar

There seems to be consensus among anyone who’s been in this New American Home that the basement is also an amazing space, and one that’s ripe for entertaining. Although it’s the lower level, because of all of the interesting spaces here, everyone involved in the project is sure it will be a top choice for entertaining.

Architect of the home, Michael Gardner of Blue Heron, says the basement space is very dynamic and has a “nightclub-esque feel” to it. In his view, one of the most unique aspects of the basement is the wine room and wine tasting room. “We reinvented the wine room here,” says Gardner. “One of the ways we did this was to use cabinetry in a big way, and also uniquely.”

It’s so unique, in fact, it’s difficult to describe, but builder Jones says that the cabinetry really is the design—it’s functional, but also part of the design. “One wall of the wine room is completely open to the exterior courtyard, one wall is the entrance into the wine tasting room,” says Jones. “The other two walls are clad in cabinetry, used in an interesting architectural arrangement, with pop outs at varying distances from the wall.”

(See How The New American Home Went from Dream to Dream Home for more on the wine room.)

New American Home 2013 Media Room

Media Room

The media room is another highlight, which directly connects to the koi pond outside and several water walls; it also transforms into a fully functional media room that blacks out with drop-down screens.

Jones says that a lot of architectural design elements were used intentionally to bridge space that connects one area to the next, which is true of the lower level; all of the interior space opens up and relates directly to the exterior, including a subterranean courtyard replete with a full bar.

Gardner adds about the downstairs space, “You could fit at least 40 to 50 people there—you could literally host a whole party in the basement.”

Head Upstairs for Some Fun

Not all of the fun will be had on the main and lower levels; the upper portion of the home holds entertaining promise as well. Upstairs, there’s a loft area with a pool table and bar, and access to the outdoors through retractable windows in this room. There’s also a junior guest suite, which is a private space for overnight guests, and features two fireplaces and a kitchenette on the backside of the bathroom.

For an out-of-this-world, and out of this house, entertaining experience, the sky deck is the way to go. There’s intimate seating and a fire feature, as well as remarkable views of the house below, the golf course, the Strip, and mountain vistas.

The More the Merrier… or Not

With so many great potential party spaces, Jones conveys that this home can accommodate groups both big and small. And when he says big, he means big. “The home really comes alive when you put 200 to 300 of your closest friends in it,” he says with a laugh. In all seriousness, he points out that the home’s 8,000 square feet is deceiving. If you add up all of the outdoor living space, it’s probably close to 12,000 square feet of usable space. “While the home entertains well at a large scale,” says Jones, “we also created spaces that are simultaneously casual and serene for intimate gatherings, and comfortable for the end user who lives there.”

Architect Gardner says, “A lot of people can actually see themselves living here, but they also see the awesome entertaining potential. It’s a nice balance.”

What could be more entertaining? Perhaps a starstudded Vegas show. But when it comes to entertaining at home, this place gets rave reviews.

This article originally appeared in Volume 13, Issue 1 (January 2013) of Portfolio Magazine.
Portfolio Magazine is an award-winning showcase of exciting design ideas and industry insights.

Water is Everywhere at The New American Home

New American Home 2013 Front Entryway

Water is everywhere inside the New American Home 2013.

When you enter the 2013 New American Home, one of the first things you’ll notice is water. As you weave your way through the home, you’ll see water. On every level, still more water. That’s because water was an element extensively tied into the home to serve both aesthetic and functional purposes, and the result is spectacular.

New American Home 2013 Zero-Edge Pool

Zero-Edge Pool

It’s not just the pool that’s amazing—although it is— it’s all of the water features that separately are beautiful, but altogether, the sum effect is even greater than the individual parts. Those parts include a koi pond, tranquility pool, a trough water feature that runs from the front to the back of the home, and then there are water walls that wind through the house, and interact with all of the individual water features.

Water was one of the main elements use to connect the indoors with the outdoors, and according to Blue Heron principal, Tyler Jones, the water features relate strongly to the architectural design. “There are a lot of dynamic water connections,” says Jones, “that spill from the first floor to the basement and connect to the water elements at the subterranean level.”

The water features accomplish more than just giving the eye something beautiful to drink in; they also serve the purpose of adding moisture to the air, and help to keep temperatures within the home cooler and more comfortable, in an energy efficient manner.

New American Home 2013 Water Wall

Water Wall

New American Home 2013 Backyard Pool

Backyard Pool

Waterscaping and landscaping go hand-in-hand, and of course water conservation is a large part of sustainable design, which is at the core of how Blue Heron does business. Jones explains that desert smart landscaping is a strategy that his company employs in all of their homes. No grass was used (or harmed) in the making of the 2013 New American Home. “We achieved a great aesthetic using almost exclusively desert plants,” says Jones. “Our approach was a sculptural and architectural use of plants, mixed with the water features to create drama and interest.”

Blue Heron architect Michael Gardner says that the way elements like fire, water and plants were used in this home create a Zen feel. Many people associate Zen with Japanese—lush and tropical. Gardner explains that with this home, they’ve taken this concept, and applied it in a different way; yet they’ve still adhered to the simplistic nature of Zen principles. “It goes back to Zen design,” says Gardner. “Water and fire. Earth elements. You’re bringing them to the home, embracing them. Organizing them in a certain way. And that adds to the ability to have a Zen-like experience.”

This article originally appeared in Volume 13, Issue 1 (January 2013) of Portfolio Magazine.
Portfolio Magazine is an award-winning showcase of exciting design ideas and industry insights.

The Indoor-Outdoor Relationship

New American Home 2013 Outdoor Bedroom

The indoor-outdoor relationship is on full display at The New American Home 2013 in Henderson, Nevada.

From the time he first laid line to paper when designing this home, architect Michael Gardner of Blue Heron says he was thinking holistically, blurring the lines between indoors and out.

New American Home 2013 Outdoor Loft Bar

Outdoor Loft Bar

This is a common philosophy for Blue Heron, who built the 2013 New American Home, and whose specialty is desert contemporary. Blue Heron co-founder Tyler Jones says, “We focus on indoor and outdoor relationships, designing the in and the out at the same time.” Their approach is to treat the exterior of the home like the interior from the very start of planning, which means it’s an integrated team of architect, landscape architect and interior designer working closely together to bring the joint vision to fruition.

The blurring of lines that Gardner speaks of begins at the home’s main front exterior entrance between the two garages. In this area, you’re moving from public space to exterior private space; although it almost feels as though you’re inside, you’re not completely sure. Gardner explains that when you’re in the true front entrance, the northern part of the space is public, and the southern side is private, which allows you to leave that entry area completely open, while maintaining privacy and security. There are two sets of doors on each side that allow you to easily go back into conditioned space, which Gardner says makes the home “very livable.”

When Boundaries Disappear

New American Home 2013 Sunken Patio

Outdoor Living Space

Almost all of the rooms in the home have some direct access to outside, and architectural features are used to seamlessly blend outside and inside, such as pocket doors and sliding doors, which are all automated for easy use. “The purpose of these features,” says Gardner, “is to allow a line of sight and visual connection from inside to outside.” The kitchen/ great room area’s use of corner pocket doors allows for indoor/outdoor living possibly at its finest: when the doors are open you can experience this “wow” factor by literally sitting in the living room while dangling your feet in the pool.

The master bath is another area that highlights the seamless blending of indoor/outdoor. Cabinetry was suspended between two walls, so as you approach the sinks from the entrance of the master bath, you’re looking into a private master courtyard with an exterior shower. “Standing at the sink,” explains Jones, “you can look straight through to the courtyard because the mirrors are seamlessly integrated into the walls.” When needed, the mirrors swing out, and then can be tucked back in place so as not to disrupt the clean visual to outside.

Organic Materials Fit Right In

In plain view from the master bedroom is the outdoor bedroom, which includes an outdoor daybed with nightstands on both sides. Also in this area is a rejuvenation room, which opens to the outdoors on three sides like a spa.

New American Home 2013 Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

New American Home 2013 Master Suite Hallway

Master Suite Hallway

Interior Designer on the home, Lyndsay Janssen of Blue Heron, says that the use of a lot of organic materials, such as stone and wood, helped to create the seamless indoor/outdoor experience. Gabions—manmade wire supports filled with rock—were used in both interior and exterior applications, including the master suite along interior and exterior walls. Stone was produced by Environmental Stoneworks in panels that replicate a dry river bed, its horizontal lines fitting well with the architecture. “The stone is unique and totally novel,” says Jones, “so it fits right in.”

Wood also played a large role in multiple areas of the home, primarily through the use of Resysta, which is a sustainable product made from recycled rice husks and polymers, but it looks like wood planking. This product was used inside and outside, and was a large part of the design, according to Jones and Gardner. They especially liked Resysta for its versatility because it could be sanded, stained and applied in ways to give them the clean look they wanted, and also because of its sustainable properties and wearability in exterior applications.

While the use of so much wood and stone could be harsh, designer Janssen explains the plan of warming it up through the color palette, which is also borrowed from nature. The majority of the color palette in the upper levels is warmer brown tones, with pops of color here and there “to add an element of surprise.” Downstairs, a gray/white/blonde palette is used, along with a silver limestone pattern. Janssen says of the entire house, “None of the spaces make you feel like you can’t touch anything. It’s warm, and it invites you to sit down and relax.”

She also notes that greenery is used in a big way, both inside and out. “Because you can see straight through the home, and from inside to outside in so many places, even the backdrop of the home ties into the interior spaces.” She says that the team likes it when someone in the home has to stop and think, “Am I inside or outside?”

A Peaceful, Easy Feeling

New American Home 2013 Dining Room

Dining Room

Far from leaving a visitor disoriented, this seamless blending of indoor/outdoor leaves one feeling peaceful, says architect Gardner. He explains this is accomplished by creating different focal points. “When you’re in any space within this home, and you turn 360 degrees, you see into different interior spaces, as well as outside, but we’ve designed it so that you always have one focal point up close, and then something farther away.” One example of this is in the dining room, where the intimate visual focal point is the wall mural, while pocket doors allow you to look across the courtyard and down into the Zen garden.

Gardner describes having this series of vignettes as a way for the architecture, the landscape—everything—to work together. Jones adds that there are “a lot of architectural design elements that bridge space and connect one area to the next,” describing the relationship of some of the elevations and the water elements from this standpoint. “The interior and exterior spaces of the basement are particularly dynamic. Three spaces relate to a very large exterior space. The subterranean courtyard relates strongly to the first and second floor as well.” Much of what ties this all together is the water features that actually “spill” from one level to the next. Fire features are used throughout—inside and out—as another key crossover element.

Gardner believes that the indoors and outdoors truly do work hand in hand, and this has to be taken into account throughout the whole process. “We notice the hierarchy of the plants and the landscape to the architecture. You can see this in the organization of the elements. It’s a series of views. It’s not chaotic. It’s soothing and calming.” By paying such close attention to the indoor/ outdoor relationships, and by approaching it as a total, integrated space, Gardner says it expands people’s vision of what indoor/outdoor can be, and it enhances the home’s livability. “What you end up with is a home that feels and lives like it’s a luscious estate.”

The Climate Is Right

Admittedly, Jones and Gardner say that indoor/outdoor relationships are easier to do in Las Vegas than in some other areas. But indoor/outdoor living is a trend that is being seen not only on the coasts or in warmer climates, and there has been more consumer awareness and demand for these features in recent years.

New American Home 2013 Casita

Casita

The part of this home in regard to indoor/outdoor that builders in other parts of the country can take away, says Jones, “is the integration of the design, the blending of interior and exterior materials.” Architect Gardner agrees that there are elements employed here that are translatable to other climates, and he says the trick is to approach it through “regionally responsive design.” In this home, he says they used tactics to get light in without exposing it to too much heat, such as placing linear slit windows on the south facing side. “Everywhere in the country you have to deal with south facing or west facing glass,” says Gardner. He recommends examining solar orientation, overhangs, and using doors versus smaller broken up windows to invite the outdoor space in. “Think of it holistically as part of the design process. You can do this anywhere, and it doesn’t cost more.”

This article originally appeared in Volume 13, Issue 1 (January 2013) of Portfolio Magazine.
Portfolio Magazine is an award-winning showcase of exciting design ideas and industry insights.

The Hottest Night in the Industry

Guests mingle in the great room at the Timberlake Cabinetry VIP Event at the 2013 New American Home in Henderson, Nevada  on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.

Last night, over 150 people joined us at the New American Home 2013 for an exclusive look at this year’s International Builders’ Show (IBS) showcase home for building industry innovation in Henderson, Nevada.  Our invitation-only event brought together builders, architects, designers and media from across the country for an experience they will not soon forget – it was the hottest night in the industry.

Guests dined on hors d’oeuvres by At Your Service Catering, danced to the sounds of acclaimed singer Dian Diaz, participated in video interviews about the night and the home, which will be posted soon so check back, and had an opportunity to walk room-to-room to truly experience all that the New American Home 2013 has to offer.

Completed in just 9 months (!) the 6,721-square-foot home features, sixteen rooms of Timberlake Cabinetry, a touchpad system for total control of the home, a rejuvenation room, an indoor-outdoor master bedroom, a koi pond, water features that run throughout the home, a sky deck with views of the Las Vegas Strip, and the home has attained National Green Building Standard “Emerald” Level.

Talk about a jam packed tour! If you weren’t able to join us last night or visit the home during IBS this year, be sure to visit our New American Home 2013 project page, the latest issue of Portfolio Magazine, and check out the highlight video on our YouTube Channel and images from the event on our Timberlake Facebook Page.

Highlights of the Night

 

Snapshots of the Night

Be sure to visit the Timberlake Facebook Page to view and download your group pictures from the night, and check-out candid images from the festivities.

Dian Diaz and her band rocked through the night

The Party Doesn’t Stop

Just because last night’s event has come to close, it doesn’t mean the party has to stop.  Just as you have seen earlier in the week, we will continue to post articles from our latest issue of Portfolio Magazine, and share Tweets and Facebook posts with you about the International Builders’ Show here in Las Vegas. Make sure to keep coming back to our blog as we’ll have video interviews and more features on our event in the weeks to come.