New American Home Design Features “Upside-Down” Layout –

Each year the National Association of Home Builders highlights a New American Home, the design of which is meant to indicate upcoming trends in living styles. This year’s selectee is a three-story residence located in Orlando, Florida, by Phil Kean Designs, and it’s certainly a conceptual departure from conventional homes.

The layout of the house may take some getting used to, as it’s inverted. The kitchen, dining room and living room are on the third floor. The owner’s suite is below it, on the second floor, along with the laundry room. The ground floor contains the garages, a guest bedroom, a dog room(!) and a home office, the latter being a nod to COVID.

Living room, 3rd floor

Living room, 3rd floor

The explanation for the lofty location of the living spaces, which are typically on the ground floor, is that the best views are high up. The space has been designed to exploit this. “The third floor offers awe-inspiring 14′ ceilings throughout making it the perfect place to entertain,” writes PKD, “whether it be in the great room and music room or the state-of-the-art kitchen that connects to a large outside terrace and summer kitchen overlooking the treetops.”

Dining room, 3rd floor

“As you go up to the top level there’s more light, more tree tops. That’s where the