SEPTEMBER FEATURE – TRENDING NOW
Southern Nevada’s Builders Lead the Way in Tastemaking and Trendsetting
From green building and energy efficient conservation methods to multi-generational home designs, Southern Nevada’s builders are at the top of what’s hot in the trend game. Offering cutting edge design choices that include everything from sun rooms to Nevada rooms, Distinctive Homes pulls out all the stops to meet new homebuyer demand by offering the latest and greatest in design innovation. Lennar also raises the bar for the most current in design trends with its Next Gen – The Home within the Home. Designed specifically for multi-generational living, its features include a private suite attached to the main part of the home that has its own bedroom, living room, bathroom, front entrance, and kitchenette. Like Pardee, Ryland Homes not only offers multi-generational home designs, but also its signature rooftop decks, which provide homeowners with unparalleled outdoor enjoyment opportunities. And, finally, Pardee, continuing to lead the building pack in the green movement, uses recycled marble and installs energy-saving fluorescent bulbs in every home they build. In addition to design innovations and planet-friendly features, all four builders understand the importance of Home Automation, offering new homebuyers the option to manage their homes remotely. Read on to find out what’s trending now in the Southern Nevada new-home marketplace.
DISTINCTIVE HOMES OF LAS VEGAS
The team at Distinctive Homes is constantly evolving with the times — creating new and innovative designs that reflect and accommodate their homeowners’ lifestyles as well as the way they utilize the spaces in their homes.
As designs constantly evolve, new technologies and trends make their way into Distinctive’s homes in the form of sunrooms, modern kitchens, energy efficient light fixtures and Home Automation systems.
Sunrooms offer lots of light and have become a popular desert staple. Distinctive Homes has a standard sunroom on one plan and has also built a custom addition for one of their buyers. Distinctive’s Nevada Room — a multi-purpose space good for entertaining and entertainment center, among other things — is also becoming increasingly popular. Because their homes are semi-custom, buyers can choose their own color palettes with two-tone paint, which is very popular right now.
The kitchens built by Distinctive all have a modern/streamlined look with features that include flat panel or slab cabinet doors and modern stainless steel appliances with glass, and contrasting cabinets and countertops (dark cabinets and light counters or vice versa). There are also pocket offices near the kitchen as well as an ultra-modern Elica Como range hood.
Light fixtures have come a long way and now have numerous energy efficient options in many different styles giving Distinctive buyers a wide variety from which to choose. Outdoors, the builder uses large exterior coach lights on walls that are powerful enough to provide a great deal of light making street lamps unnecessary.
Distinctive is all about customer service and so takes a variety of requests for plumbing fixtures, such as stand-alone tubs and walk-in showers with body sprayers and rain shower heads.
Distinctive Homes offers keyless entry and an entry-level home automation system. The system includes an interface screen and keypad to control the alarm system, lighting, door locks, thermostats and motorized window coverings. As well, the builder offers a Home Automation System capable of interfacing with iPad and smartphone apps so that home technology — door locks, heat, AC, etc. — can be controlled remotely.
Distinctive Home’s Southern Nevada communities are Springs Ranch and Canyons Estates. www.dhlv.com
Shifting the design paradigm, Lennar has recently opened their newest concept in new home design, Lennar’s Next Gen – The Home within the Home. With more and more families living together — children taking in parents, parents taking in adult children, siblings living together as adults, etc. — Lennar is now building homes designed specifically for multi-generational living. These homes include a private suite attached to the main part of the home that has its own bedroom, living room, bathroom, front entrance, washer and dryer, and kitchenette with fridge, sink, Advantium oven and cabinetry.
Lennar has done much research on what people currently desire in their kitchens today and offers those coveted features as standard in their homes. Granite slab kitchen countertops, extra tall Timberlake® maple cabinetry with upper crown molding, ENERGY STAR® rated GE® appliances are just a few of the kitchen features included as standard in each Lennar home.
Another trend Lennar offers is Home Automation which allows home owners z-wave lights they can control on their smart phones or any internet device. They can even schedule them to turn on and off at any given time. These light features are included at no extra cost. Home Automation by Nexia™ Home Intelligence also offers a number of energy saving and convenient features including key pad locks, programmable digital thermostats, and a camera that you can view via the internet.
Lennar has taken up the trend to communicate with new home buyers via social media informing realtors of the latest offers, telling homeowners about the latest events near them, and posting home related photos, décor and maintenance tips. New home buyers can view some of the builder’s professional photography on Pinterest for décor ideas, watch a virtual tour and other videos on You Tube, like Lennar on Facebook and enter for a chance to win cash giveaways or follow them on Twitter for the latest on local and real-estate news.
As for the future, green features and multi-generational living are the two concepts Lennar envisions will grow and so will continue to build homes with the most modern green technology and develop floor plans designed specifically for multi-generational families and other unique family living arrangements.
Lennar has communities with Next Gen floorplans all across the Las Vegas Valley and Henderson. The builder’s Southern Nevada communities are Andalusia, Arbor Ridge, Hampton Glen, Madison Grove, Windsor Hill Estates, Lexington Park, Coronado Hills, Mountain Terrace, Willows, Summit Ridge, Sommerset, Sedona, San Marcello, San Gabriel, Jasmine Falls, Ladera Terrace, Lantern Gardens. www.Lennar.com/LasVegas
One of the most prominent trends Pardee foresees continuing into the future is the greening of the builder landscape. Continuing to take the lead in building green, which the builder initiated in 1998, Pardee uses Piedrafina, a recycled marble with the look of luxury granite, as standard in Pardee bathrooms. Putting their money where their mouth is, energy-saving fluorescent bulbs come standard in every new Pardee home. Also on the energy-efficient front, Nexia Home Intelligence products are offered as an option at Pardee’s Durango Ranch. The Internet-based system allows home owners to control their home’s energy consumption from anywhere with most computers, tablets or smart phones.
Design trends that Pardee has implemented are enclosed Nevada rooms or covered patios with optional lighting, ceiling fans and TV outlets at Durango Ranch, LivingSmart Homes in Providence and Eldorado Ridge. Durango Ranch also offers a fireplace at the patio.
More design trends include optional “drop zone” cabinets in expanded laundry rooms for sports gear, jackets and electrical gadget plug-ins — an all-purpose place to put things on your way in or out of the house. Furniture-style cabinets and double mirrors are standard bathroom features in all Pardee LivingSmart Homes. Double kitchen islands are standard in Pardee’s Durango Ranch Plan Three residence. Buyers of Pardee LivingSmart® Homes in Mountain’s Edge and Providence as well as Durango Ranch have the option of decorative pavers on their driveways, walkways and porches. In addition to providing an attractive feature, the pavers allow for better water drainage.
On the subject of mortgages and financial matters, Pardee has in-house financing for homebuyers through Linear Financial, a joint venture with Wells Fargo Bank NA. Pardee also helps many families overcome obstacles to buying a new home through Smart Move Advantage. Offered exclusively for Pardee home buyers in this market, Smart Move Advantage, will rent a qualified buyer’s existing home for up to three years, allowing them to take advantage of the best buyer’s market in decades.
Jumping on the social media bandwagon, Pardee Homes has more than 2,000 followers on Facebook (www.fb.com/PardeeHomesLasVegas), is active on Twitter @pardeehomes.com, and also has its own You Tube channel.
As for the future, Pardee notes that the stabilization of land prices in Southern Nevada will increase the future of new-home neighborhoods that may be all single-story designs, a popular choice for many home buyers.
Pardee neighborhoods include LivingSmart Homes Mountain’s Edge and Durango Ranch in southwest Las Vegas; LivingSmart Homes Providence in northwest Las Vegas; Montclaire in Henderson; and LivingSmart Homes Eldorado Ridge, Solstice in Aliante and Riverstone in Prescott Park in North Las Vegas. www.pardeehomes.com
Ryland, too, is meeting the needs of those homebuyers on the hunt for multigenerational living spaces. The builder’s latest plans offer contemporary style and configurations ideal for roommates or multigenerational living. Another home design innovation offered by Ryland Homes includes the builder’s signature rooftop decks, which provide homeowners with unparalleled outdoor enjoyment opportunities.
Ryland offers the Nexia Home Automation System which gives new homeowners simple and remote access to their home systems—locks, lights, thermostats, cameras, and small appliances—via the web from either their smart phone or computer. This allows new homeowners to take care of their home, including everything from visitors to all the details of managing your home, at any moment, from any place.
As for social media trends, Ryland Homes has a mobile app. And on the subject of mortgages, Ryland Mortgage offers in-house financing, closing cost assistance as well as access to lenders for buyers that don’t meet standard guidelines.
Ryland’s Southern Nevada communities include Maravilla Courtyards, Jasmine, Catania, Cordova Estates, Auburn & Bradford, Kensington, Windimere, Allora at Davyn Ridge, and Indigo at Hillside. www.rylandvegas.com