Concept Home Legacy

The Builder Concept Home series has promoted innovative yet market-ready design ideas and progressive building practices since 1998. Produced by Builder magazine in conjunction with the annual International Builders’ Show, the Concept Home Series has demonstrated solutions that address contemporary community planning, demographics, technology, building science, and lifestyle. Its legacy can be seen in thousands of homes today that employ live/work opportunities, flexible floor plans, structured wiring, factory-built components, and energy and resource-saving materials and methods.


KB Home GreenHouse

2011, Orlando and Online

The KB Home GreenHouse, an Idea Home Created with Martha Stewart, brought high-performance housing to the suburbs. This single-level, 2,800-square-foot home achieved a net-zero energy balance and delivered a high level of style at a competitive price point thanks to innovative yet market-ready building practices and energy- and resource-efficient products and systems. Architect/ Builder: KB Homes; Interiors: Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.

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A Home for the New Economy

2010, ONLINE

A Home for the New Economy was “built” and opened exclusively online as the most comprehensive and realistic virtual home tour ever produced. At just over 1,700 square feet, the two-level, four-bedroom house showcased the virtues and values of sustainability, adaptability, livability, and buildability and promoted a dramatic shift in how homes are designed, built, and maintained in the post-McMansion era. Designer: Marianne Cusato.

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Builder LivingHome


Builder LivingHome was a model of high-performance modern modular building. Built in a factory and shipped and assembled on the exhibit floor of the convention center for IBS, the house exemplified the efficiencies of off-site construction as part of a comprehensive dedication to green building. Builder: LivingHomes. Architect: KieranTimberlake and LivingHomes.

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Tradewinds harnessed the power of the sun, wind, earth, and water in a contemporary setting that is both comfortable and energy-efficient. Taking advantage of its lakeside lot, the house is designed around a pool courtyard and adjacent outdoor living space that optimizes breezes and views. Builder: Charles Clayton Construction; Architect: Geoffrey Mouen Architects.

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The InSync Home


The InSync Home leveraged a sophisticated yet accessible home technology network to create the luxury of time and enabling homeowners to drive the use of their high-tech toys instead of having them dictate their daily lives. Builder: Goehring & Morgan Construction; Designer: Morales-Keesee Design Associates.

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The Reality House


The Reality House addressed the needs of multi-generational households in order to make the home convenient and comfortable for everyone. The home featured a dedicated home office, bonus living and highly organized storage areas, and the coming-of-age outdoor living spaces. Builder: Issa Homes; Architect: Looney Ricks Kiss

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The New Urban Challenge


The New Urban Challenge featured a trio of modest-sized homes designed to attract and accommodate an increasingly diverse buying public, as well as draw attention to the value of traditional community planning and the promise of urban infill redevelopment. Builder: David Weekley Homes; Architects: Mithun (Shingled Cottage), Donald Rattner; Studio for Civil Architecture (Villa); Geoffrey Mouen Architects (Classic)

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The Ultimate Family Home


The Ultimate Family Home not only articulated the ideas and desires of both parents and children in an upscale home for a growing family, but achieved zero-energy status with the latest in alternative resources and systems, high-performance products and sustainable materials. Builder: Pardee Homes; Architect: Bassenian/Lagoni Architects

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Destinations at Southern Highlands


Destinations at Southern Highlands represented the pinnacle in luxury living for well-heeled baby boomers with a stunning, 10,000-square-foot, villa-inspired home. From its Wellness Room and basement wine cellar to a full outdoor kitchen overlooking a disappearing-edge pool and golf course beyond, Destinations fulfilled every dream imaginable. Builder: Christopher Homes; Architect: Scheurer Architects

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Homelink at Summer Grove


Homelink at Summer Grove pushed the envelope of the “wired home” to showcase its potential among several functions and reflect its growing market demand and acceptance in an upscale home for a young family. Builder: Morrison Homes; Architect: Looney Ricks Kiss

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Live/Work brought the mixed-use urban lifestyle to the forefront of housing’s consciousness, reflecting the work-at-home wave with a trio of homes featuring generous and well-equipped offices and hip and efficient living spaces in a vibrant urban setting. Builder: Beazer Homes; Architect: Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company

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1999, DALLAS

Lifestages introduced manufactured housing to a new realm by combining six sections into a single home designed to accommodate the aging-in-place lifestyle needs of an active adult couple. Builder: Fleetwood Homes; Architect: Devereaux & Associates.


Home of the Future

1998, DALLAS

Home of the Future served as a test bed for alternative design and construction ideas, techniques, methods and products—including solar roof shingles and insulated concrete forms—and enabled builders and architects to gain on-the-job insight into their market viability in a production-home setting. Builder: Centex Homes; Architect: B3 Architects.