During CES, iShow hosted a reception at the NextGen Home Experience. Located in southeast Las Vegas, just across the street from Wayne Newton's ranch, this 5,300 square foot demonstration home showcases the latest in green, disaster resistant construction and state of the art technology. It will be featured during a number of Vegas trade shows later this year and will be televised on numerous decorating and design shows.
The NextGen Home Experience demonstration home (artist's rendering)
The house is constructed from insulated concrete forms and is 95% more energy efficient than standard homes. It has a non-combustible stone coated steel roof that can withstand winds up to 120 mph and garage doors made from 100% recycled wood.
Let's take a look inside . . .
The house was not completely finished when we had our tour. Many of the rooms were unfurnished and there was an occasional wire or pipe protruding from the walls.
The leather tile in the library (and makeshift cloak room) off the main foyer was made from recycled BMW car seat scraps.
The living room has energy efficient windows and a gas fireplace made from natural sandstone.
The view from the upstairs balcony:
Adjacent to the kitchen, the family room sports wood floors and stone walls. The Mitsubishi flat panel TV is equipped with Windows Media Center running off a 12 terabyte media server.
Like most parties, everyone ends up hanging out in the kitchen . . .
. . . but not every kitchen has a countertop made from 550 pounds of recycled glass.
The downstairs powder room, like the rest of the house, has a warm modern look.
Also downstairs, the VIP suite has a Seura HDTV that doubles as a mirror when the TV is turned off.
The upstairs vestibule, as seen from an outdoor balcony, is accessible by elevator or stairs from the foyer.
A morning kitchen leads to the master suite and comes with a wet bar, wine cooler and built-in coffee/espresso/cappucino maker.
The master suite has wood floors, automated blinds . . .
. . . and another mirrored HDTV.
The NextGen Home calls itself the "first to the future," but there's nothing futuristic about it. Everything you see in the house is available now. All you have to do is figure out how to pay for it.