Lakeshore Levels The New American Remodel 2021
Located on the shores of Lake Sue in Orlando, FL
The New American Remodel 2021 (TNAR), features 6 bedrooms, 6 full baths, 2 half baths, and almost 6,500 square feet of living space. Originally built in 1973, the home was made up of five levels. Our goal for the project was to keep the integrity of the home, but make it more functional for the modern family. While we kept the multiple levels, we opened up the floor plan to allow for larger gathering spaces and a more seamless flow to the outdoors. In addition to remodeling the original structure, we added a 875 square foot cabana in the rear of the property which features a bedroom, two bathrooms, full kitchen, dance/yoga studio and home office. The outdoor space is comprised of a modern lakefront dock, large pool and spa, kids splash pad, and gourmet summer kitchen and lanai.
TNAR 2021 Summary
This year’s New American Remodel draws inspiration from a variety of mid-century modern architects. Originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright protégé, Roger Allen Leibin, the home was set on multiple levels, creating separate living spaces. When designing for the New American Remodel, the team wanted to keep the homes design foundation, but update it for the modern family. The new design takes cues from famed architect and founder of the Sarasota Modernist Movement, Paul Rudolph – embracing cubed structural elements and capturing the outdoors from every floor.
When the client first purchased the home, there were several structural challenges that were present. The overall building envelope was failing, the roof was sagging, and the varying ceiling heights throughout presented an exciting puzzle for E2 Homes to solve. The goal of the build was to keep the integrity of the home intact, while enhancing the views of the lake and opening up the floor plan. Through some very unique tactics, such as lowering slabs and incorporating ceiling details, the home now features large spacious rooms with higher ceilings, allowing for expansive views on all floors.
The 2021 New American Remodel boasts over 6,349 square feet of living space, including a separate 875 square foot cabana with a yoga studio, office, kitchen and a bedroom. The open, multi-level floor plan, features six bedrooms, six full bathrooms and two half bathrooms, seamless indoor and outdoor living spaces separated by large La Cantina sliding glass or folding glass doors, a lanai with a gourmet summer kitchen, a large pool and spa with a kids splash pad, and a mid-century inspired modern dock with a hydraulic platform lift.
One of the biggest features of the remodel are the enhanced views of Lake Sue. The original home had solid wood exterior railings and large trees blocking the views of both the house and lake. Updated landscaping and expansive folding glass doors allow for lakefront views on the entire second floor and the majority of the home.
In addition to the structural challenges of the project, the building envelope had several energy inefficiencies. During the initial testing phase done by Two Trails, Inc., it was determined the home was the worst performing New American Remodel in the program history - with a HERS Index of 147, 47 percent less efficient than the average new code-built home. Upon completion, testing showed the 2021 New American Remodel achieved a net-zero energy rating with a HERS index of -10. In addition to being EPA ENERGY STAR and Indoor airPLUS rated, the home is a Platinum Certified Florida Green Home, certified NGBS Emerald, DOE Zero Energy Ready, and pursuing LEED certification.
While the home is highly technical on an energy and sustainability front, the design of this year’s New American Remodel stays true to its original form, bridging the gap between old and new. This home is a true example of how one can breathe new life into what was already a modern masterpiece, while updating it for the modern family.