Concept to Reality


See the Builder Concept Home 2010 become Reality!

The first Home for the New Economy is scheduled to be unveiled at Warwick Grove, a traditional neighborhood in New York. See more at www.warwick-grove.com and www.facebook.com/warwickgrove.


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Change of Plans

Slight but logical changes to the floor plan and exterior elevations of A Home for the New Economy has enabled builders to respond to local market demand.

Designer Marianne Cusato has seen demand for her New Economy Home floor plan blossom since it was unveiled as the Builder Concept Home 2010 in January as an exclusively online virtual tour.

While builders, developers, and even a few homeowners are drawn to its classic, comfortable design, some of those interested in making the concept a reality have asked Cusato to alter the elevation and/or the floor plan to accommodate their buyers.

Cusato obliged, finding that the requests fit well within the home’s core concepts of livability, sustainability, buildability, and adaptability boosting the marketability of her house plan across North America. “These changes are a fantastic additions to our concept,” she says. “It’s fun to see people engage with the idea and make it their own. The base concept has always been to make the plan adaptable to as many markets, site and climate as possible, and we’re seeing this happen with the New Economy Home 2.0,” the next phase of house plans following the same concepts.

The following alterations exemplify some of the more common adaptations Cusato has made to date:
Wrap-Around Porch
Master Back
Single Story

BUILDER's Online Concept Home Becomes Reality


Wrap-Around Porch: The first floor plan remains the same as the “base house,” except that the deep front porch wraps around the living/dining area to create even more livable outdoor space. In-swing French doors replace a window in the loving/dining area to provide accasdfasdfasdfess to the porch extension. The front elevation, meanwhile, maintains its classic look.

Wrap-Around Porch

Master Back: Several builders at and since IBS 2010 have imaged the master bedroom replacing the expansive storage area at the back of the second level. Cusato shows how to accommodate that swap by reworking the mechanical room to become an extended bath, closing off the hall to the new bedroom suite with a passage door, and remaking the original master bedroom as an upstairs family room with doorless access to the hall and secondary bedrooms beyond. The side elevation shows a shed dormer with two hung windows to bring light and ventilation into the master bedroom.

Master Back

Single Story: Builders in basement markets, including Eastern Canada, asked Marianne to devise a single-story plan that put the secondary bedrooms below grade. So, while the first floor plan remains the same (and makes the Adaptable Suite the primary Master), the elevation obviously changed. Cusato also added the wrap-around porch to further break the mass of a single-story elevation. The roof form for the rear of the house remained largely unchanged from its original design.

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