When architect Dan Coletti was asked to design The New American Home 2020 (TNAH 2020), a yearly showpiece for the latest design and construction ideas, his challenge was to top what he had done in 2019.
Coletti, president of Sun West Custom Homes, lets the sites inspire his blueprints. While both the 2019 and 2020 iterations of The New American Home were designed to showcase their desert surroundings (both are located in the Ascaya community in Henderson, Nevada), TNAH 2020 uses even more big glass, sinuous lines, and a softer, earthier color palette to blend into the landscape.
The view through the house extends to the Las Vegas skyline in the distance.
Coletti’s 2020 creation features wavy, laser-cut metal facing, curving blue stucco, and radiused entryway walls that, from a distance, create undulating façades that give the illusion of movement, like the home is flowing through its nearly half-acre lot. A massive glass pivot door makes a dramatic first impression.
“You can look straight through the house, see the water from the pool, and then a stellar city view of Las Vegas beyond.”
Western Window Systems’ contemporary stylings fit perfectly with updated Midcentury Modern architecture.
“As you approach the front of this home, you feel the radius walls coming together, focusing to the front door,” Coletti says. “When you walk through this beautiful, large pivot door, you’re looking through a large multi-sliding glass door section at the back of the home and you can look straight through the house, see the water from the pool, and then a stellar city view of Las Vegas beyond.”
With four bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms, and a great room that includes a glass-encased wine space, TNAH 2020 feels even bigger than its 6,500 square feet of living area, thanks to large openings like a window wall and trapezoid windows.
“I attribute that to the proper use of glass in different areas,” Coletti says. “Designers should capitalize on the ability to use glass to make open living environments appear larger than they really are.”
The kitchen opens wide to the outside via 90-degree sliding glass doors. Coletti further blurred the line between the interior and exterior with a unique design around a two-piece indoor-outdoor island counter.
A large awning window provides tons of natural light for this beautiful kitchen.
“I created multi-slide doors that are going right through the center of an island,” Coletti says. “So, you really get this illusion when it’s all opened – ‘Am I really inside the house or on the outside of the house?’ – when you’re in the breakfast nook area.”
The master bedroom features 90-degree sliding glass doors that provide views of the city in the distance and water features that wind around the house and flow into a vanishing pool.
“Designers should capitalize on the ability to use glass to make open living environments appear larger than they really are.”
TNAH 2020 was also designed to achieve National Green Building Standard “Emerald” certification. “We want to create as much energy efficiency as we can,” Coletti says. “Western Window Systems’ Series 7600 (Multi-Slide Door) is such a high performer. I remember when we were doing a Model Energy Code analysis, how great it was. It was amazing that we were able to put a lot of multi-slides in and still meet the energy objectives we were chasing.”
“We were able to put a lot of multi-slides in and still meet the energy objectives we were chasing.”