The New American Home 2012 features Timberlake Cabinetry

New American Home 2012 Kitchen

The New American Home 2012 kitchen features Timberlake Lausanne Maple Espresso cabinetry.

Timberlake Cabinetry, a leading supplier to the new construction market, brings custom-look style and personalized functionality to The New American Home (TNAH), the annual showcase house of National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). TNAH is presented in conjunction with the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, FL, February 8-11, 2012. The home is open to builders, remodelers, architects and designers as a way to discover new design trends, products and construction technology.

Twelve rooms of the 4,181 square-foot home feature Timberlake Cabinetry. The updated “White Box” architecture, reminiscent of the Sarasota School’s philosophy of the 50s and 60s, relies on contemporary collections from Timberlake to reflect the warm sophistication of the design. The sleek Lausanne slab doors in near-noir Maple Espresso extend a unified furniture-style look through the home, appearing in the kitchen, media room, loft, master bedroom, powder room, office, family room, art gallery and dining room. Phil Kean, whose trio of Phil Kean Designs companies served as the architect, builder and interior design service for TNAH, describes the effect: “This rich, almost black, tone gets pulled into this White Box, and it warms up the whole house. It’s a really good blend.”

In the master and guest baths and the art studio, the clean white of New Haven Maple Linen was chosen to add a counterpoint to darker shades throughout the rest of the home. A classic line and coloring creates a timeless feel that never feels outdated.

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Timberlake Cabinetry featured in three Builder Magazine Concept Homes at International Builders’ Show

Builder Concept Home 2012 Boomer Kitchen

The 2012 Builder Concept Home designed for the Baby Boomer generation, features Timberlake Sierra Vista Painted Maple Hazelnut cabinets throughout the kitchen.

Timberlake Cabinetry, a leading supplier to the new construction market, demonstrates the role cabinetry plays in defining the home styles of the three fastest growing generations of homebuyers as part of the Builder magazine Concept Homes in Eagle Creek, a master plan community located in Lake Nona in Southeast Orlando. Built in conjunction with the International Builders’ Show, the three show homes represent the unique lifestyles of Generation X, Generation Y and Baby Boomers. The Concept Homes are open to builders, remodelers, architects and designers February 8-11, 2012, during the International Builders’ Show as a means to showcase important shifts in home design, building products and community development.

“With Timberlake® cabinetry, the designers were able to use stock cabinets to create a custom look that clearly captures – and shapes – the lives of the very different generations who live in them,” said Laura-Jo Boynton, Brand Marketing for Timberlake. Adds Peter Osterman, Vice President of Operations for Centerline Homes, who built the homes, “For most customers, kitchens tend to be the most important room of a house and cabinets are one of the main elements that help set the tone.”

Builder Concept Home 2012 Gen Y Kitchen

Gen Y kitchen: Sonoma Maple Espresso

Builder Concept Home 2012 Gen X Kitchen

Gen X kitchen: Lausanne Cherry Bordeaux

The Gen Y home features an open floorplan and uses a single Timberlake cabinetry style and color to maximize the space with clean design unity. The sleek look of the Shaker style Sonoma® line is featured in a deep maple espresso in the kitchen and baths. For the tech-savvy Gen Y’ers, the cabinetry is used to create a built-in media center in the office. It also shapes a kitchenette in the guest suite, blending usability and furniture-style looks.

In the Gen X home, functionality is as important as fashion in the busy lives of young families. Two contemporary cabinetry collections, both in warm cherry finishes, set the look in 15 rooms of the show home. The open kitchen features the sleek lines of the Lausanne collection’s slab door. Interior organization features, such as cabinet pull-outs and cutlery drawer dividers, add convenience for on-the-go X’ers. In the guest suite, Lausanne cabinetry creates a built-in wardrobe and chest that provides storage, as well as defining the room’s architecture. The mission-style design of New Haven greets visitors at the home’s handy “drop zone” and beautifully eliminates clutter in the bath.

The Boomer home features a variety of cabinetry style and color combinations, reflecting the eclectic tastes the older group has developed over a lifetime. In the kitchen, the light look of Timberlake’s Sierra Vista® Painted Maple with a Hazelnut glaze creates a sense of openness, while a deeper Cherry Chocolate finish warms the study. The well-appointed guest suite uses Rushmore® cabinetry in Maple Auburn to form a storage unit and desk that maximizes living space. Says builder Osterman, “The built-in cabinets allowed us to fit all of the comforts of a home into 300 square feet.”

“Homebuilders have always chosen Timberlake for the styles and colors that can differentiate their homes,” concludes Timberlake’s Boynton. “Today, they’re also using Timberlake cabinetry in innovative ways, like built-in media centers, drop zones and room dividers, to create a custom-feel extras at every budget level. It’s the difference that can close the deal with discerning homebuyers.”

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

Southern Hospitality

A night view of The New American Home 2008 in Orlando, Florida

Mention of “plantation-style” homes often conjure images of Tara, Scarlett O’Hara’s palatial mansion in Gone with the Wind. Certainly The New American Home 2008, reminiscent of traditional Southern architecture, pays homage to a bygone era of genteel living and conveys a reverence for the past.

When considering an architectural style for the home, Charlie and Judy Robertson, of Robertson Homes in St. Cloud, Florida, gravitated toward Southern architectural styling, which reflected their interest in, and affinity for, Greek Revival. Even more than that influence, however, their goal was to build a beautiful and innovative home, while also honoring an era affected by an event in the more recent past: Hurricane Katrina. “We looked at Katrina and the devastation it caused,” said Charlie Robertson, “how it destroyed beautiful old homes that had stood for hundreds of years, and we wanted to do something to honor the history of those homes, as well as help the people in those areas.” Consequently, the Robertson’s decided to design the home in the tradition of old Mississippi and Louisiana-style homes.

The next step was to communicate their vision to residential designer Dan Sater of theSater Group, who worked hard to translate their ideas into a tangible form. “Dan did a great job interpreting period details to retain the old-style feel we were looking for,” said Robertson. Examples of those details include the use of extensive trim work and crown molding, minimizing the use of drywall, plus columns and stairways constructed of wood. The home’s 12-foot ceilings are also uncommon in today’s day and age, and create a feeling of spaciousness on a grand scale, reminiscent of the Antebellum time period. Multiple fireplaces, wooden floors and the use of wallpaper in many of the rooms also date back to that era.

A detailed view of the Greek Revival Columns that are used throughout the architecture home

Of course the columned portico along the symmetrical front elevation truly embodies the stately plantation style look, and beckons guests to enter in proper “Southern hospitality” fashion. Once inside, the home offers plenty of areas that perpetuates the tradition of entertaining in style. On the main floor, the grand salon and dedicated dining room are perfect for more formal gatherings, while the kitchen and adjoining leisure room naturally lend themselves to casual get-togethers. The kitchen is equipped for serious cooks, including two ovens, two dishwashers, and two sinks, along with a warming drawer and other convenient features that make it easy to accommodate a large group. The nearby butler’s pantry, which has an additional sink, as well as icemaker and under-counter wine cooler, helps with serving and keeps cleanup out of plain view.

The Club Room

Upstairs, the name of the game is family fun in the club room, which incorporates a wet bar, as well as theater quality entertainment, games and other activities. Robertson points out that Timberlake was instrumental in designing what amounts to four separate kitchens in the home: the main kitchen, the club room wet bar, the kitchen in the family suite area, and the morning bar in the master bedroom. “Timberlake worked as part of the team to design all of the kitchen areas, and we were extremely pleased with the outcome,” said Robertson. “Timberlake did an exceptional job all the way around.”

The old Southern style was updated in many ways throughout the house, with modern amenities added to make it relevant for today’s lifestyles. But there’s no question the home embodies the grandeur and generosity associated with the spirit of the South. Which is especially apropos considering its genesis. The inspiration for The New American Home 2008 is being carried through even after the home debuts at the International Builders’ Show in February. After the show, the home will stay open to host a fundraiser, and the proceeds will benefit the Katrina Relief Fund, along with a local children’s charity.


This article originally appeared in Volume 8, Issue 1 (February 2008) of Portfolio Magazine.
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