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.

A Home for Entertaining

A Margarita and a Dip in the Pool. Sound good? Or how about a maritni while you listen to Frank Sinatra?Those are the spirited words Phil Kean, architect and builder of The New American Home, uses to describe the atmosphere he’s created. “This house has a sexiness,” he says. “It’s designed for someone that enjoys entertaining.”

Pool Bar

The sunlit pool at the center of the C-shaped home is the sparkle for any gathering, indoors or out. Whether viewed from the spacious lanai and patios or through the glass walls of the living space, it creates a decidedly festive vibe.

Go with the Flow

The flow of the house is also an important part of the hospitality. Each area feels fully defined, yet open to the next without the interruption of hallways and walls. “There’s a beautiful flow, no bottlenecks,” confirms Rob Turner, interior designer. “It’s all in the space planning. Each area has its own character, but it’s drawing you from one into the next.”

The design also offers a space for every type of entertaining, notes Kean. “There are spaces for groups of ten, or people in small groups, or one person on a cell phone. People can move according to what they’re doing.”

Eat, Drink and be Merry

The bar  inside The New American Home 2012 gallery

The must-have features in the kitchen are the cornerstone for unforgettable entertaining. “The kitchen is designed to be a clean space that always looks organized,” begins Kean “There are beautiful, ample cabinets, and there’s a large nearby storage corridor.” He adds, “There are two stoves, two microwaves and two warming drawers,” And for bigger events? “The kitchen is just off the garage, so it’s perfect for caterers.”

The art gallery features a bar that includes refrigerator drawers, a wine chiller and generous storage cabinetry. There’s also a summer kitchen on one of the poolside patios, designed for sociability. Notes Turner, “Sometimes these features are facing a wall. Here, it faces the people you’re serving. And it’s a bar, so you can have a drink and a conversation while someone’s cooking.”

“In The New American Home, we’ve created an oasis in an urban setting,” smiles Kean. That calls for celebration. Martini, anyone?

This article originally appeared in Volume 12, Issue 2 (February 2012) of Portfolio Magazine.
Portfolio Magazine is an award-winning showcase of exciting design ideas and industry insights.