First let’s get the alphabet soup of acronyms out of the way. The convention that Wendy and I went to in February was actually two shows: the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), combined with the 75th annual International Builder Show (IBS), which is put on by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Collectively, the shows are known as Design & Construction Week (DCW). The keynote speaker, comedian Dana Carvey, had a field day with all those acronyms – especially “IBS” (as you may well imagine).

Anyway, one highlight of the show for us was touring NAHB’s The New American Remodel, located in a historic residential area not far from the Las Vegas Convention Center, where the shows were held. And, yes, this one gets an acronym, too: TNAR.

The home’s staggered roof lines and deep overhangs help soften its large scale. The front door is tucked away for privacy, which I liked but Wendy found a bit unwelcoming.

This was not your typical remodel. The home was transformed from a two-bedroom 1950s ranch house to a luxurious estate spanning nearly 6,000 square feet and featuring three courtyards, five fireplaces, an elevator, a pool, a private orchard, and two garages (one of them a massive RV garage that doubles as a man cave). It’s currently for sale for a cool $4 mil, if you’re interested:

Of course, what Wendy and I were primarily interested in was great design ideas, and we found those aplenty.

Railroad ties create a rustic privacy screen across the front of the house. I may steal this idea for my own back yard.


With this much glass at the front of the house, who wouldn’t want a little shade and privacy? We did both love the hefty pivot door!


The house was lit with a warm, even glow, thanks to these channels in the ceiling.

The lighting grid also added interest to the expanse of flat ceilings throughout the open floor space.

The colors throughout the house were soft neutrals, accented by interesting textures like these unusual dimensional tiles on a powder room wall.

Here’s another way dimensional tile was used to add interest: This shower is tiled all in white, but the contrasting textured patterns keep the monochromatic color from becoming monotonous.


Yet another interesting use of tile, with flooring tile continuing up one wall of the bedroom.

Here’s an idea anyone can use: A textured wallpaper is applied to the wall behind these freestanding bookcases, adding an eye-catching contrast while also making the simple bookcases look more like built-ins.

Speaking of bookcases, as an avid reader, I appreciated the generous amount of built-in shelving throughout the house. I especially loved this “reading loft” that led into the master bedroom, with the shelving framing out this wide entryway.


The kitchen was clearly designed with catered entertainment in mind, with multiple sinks, cooktops (two induction, one gas), and ovens. Overall, this house had a mind-boggling array of appliances, not only in the kitchen but also in the adjacent butler’s pantry — which itself was larger than many homes’ full kitchens! And then there were the upstairs and downstairs outdoor areas, each with their own kitchens, and even a “morning kitchen” in the master bedroom, with its own built-in coffee-maker and sink. So … many … appliances!

Seriously, does anyone really need this many ovens?


We did love the massive island, with its countertops that contrasted in both height and color.


We found it interesting that they left this little gap between the two materials.


The dining space includes a wide expanse of cabinets and a bar sink, flanked by two large wine fridges.


The backsplash features another textured tile.


The butler’s pantry gets its own cooktop and oven …


… plus another sink and dishwasher …


… and even an herb garden.


The outdoor kitchens were also fully equipped with a wide array of sinks and appliances, including refrigerators and ice-makers.


Trough sinks in the upstairs outdoor island would be handy for filling with ice and drinks during a party.


One thing we liked was the use of simple wood panels laid on top of a bed of gravel in the main courtyard. This would be an easy way to create an outdoor patio without installing a full deck.


The house wraps around this central courtyard, which was stunning, and visible from nearly every lower-level room.


Here’s Wendy, looking from the upper walkway down to the central courtyard.


Phantom screens divide the covered outdoor areas from the open pool area. The massive screens are nearly invisible when closed, and are motorized for easy operation.


Here, you can see where the screen is mounted in the wall.


Our tour guide explains the features of the Phantom screens.


The master suite spans the upper level of the home, with a walkway to the upper outdoor entertaining area.

The master bathroom includes an infinity-edge soaking tub in front of a walk-through shower.


The extensive use of wood throughout the bathroom – including the teak shower floor — is a continuation of the organic materials used throughout the house.


The shower features multiple shower heads and body sprays.


The white panels at the top are Kohler’s new Real Rain silicone panels, which have 775 nozzles to mimic natural rainfall, plus a “deluge” function that releases a heavier gush of water at the center.


Here’s one last interesting design feature: these fun steel I-beams used as shelving in a mud room. We did wonder what kind of reinforcement was needed to hang such heavy beams on a wall!


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