ORLANDO, Fla., (Jan. 12, 2006) – The Reality House®, an English-inspired Arts & Crafts-style home co-produced by Builder and Home magazines, is making its debut at the 2006 International Builders’ Show®. Timberlake Cabinet Company™, a leading supplier of cabinetry to the home building and remodeling markets and the official cabinetry supplier of the home, is hosting a special breakfast event and privately-guided tour for the media January 12th from 6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Transportation is available upon request.
Located in Celebration, one of the nation’s premier planned communities, The Reality House is a “real-life,” 5,394-square foot, two-story show home designed by architects Looney Ricks Kiss and built by Issa Homes. Based on a research project conducted by Builder magazine about the way American’s really want to live, the home is meant to inspire builders and architects with design ideas that address real-life, day-to-day living challenges. The home showcases storage solutions for organizing daily clutter, enhancing work-at-home and multi-generational situations and achieving a balance between private and common spaces. Outfitted with the latest construction techniques and products from leading manufacturers, the four-bedroom home includes a “second generation suite”, a workshop outbuilding and a pair of home offices.
Timberlake® provided cabinetry in 19 areas of the home to accompany the family and lifestyle-oriented plan, including four bedrooms, a laundry room, a prep kitchen, a breakfast room, two home offices, a second generation suite and three bathrooms. From the stacked wall cabinets of the home office to the refined lines of the breakfast bar, Timberlake cabinets add a custom look that compliments the home’s Arts and Crafts style. Timberlake has addressed the real-life needs of homebuyers with the following built-in solutions:
Problem: Clutter in the Home
Families do not have enough space for backpacks and shoes, sporting equipment, home business supplies, files or bulk purchases, and closets are typically bulging, resulting in garages being transformed into additional storage rooms.
Solution: Roomy Niches
Storage space has been maximized in the home through the creative use of niches. Timberlake’s Rushmore® Maple Mocha cabinets with matching French Twist knobs and pulls are featured in the home’s pantry hall located between the prep kitchen and the butler’s pantry. This stylish and versatile area organizes letters and documents, accommodates jackets and sweaters and acts as a place where family members can put on their shoes. Ideal for the family who is always on the go, the niche is the perfect area for grocery home delivery as well.
Problem: Common Spaces
In conducting the research prior to building the house, Builder magazine found that common spaces are missing in many homes today. Common spaces—specifically in the kitchen—need to be extended to accommodate room for projects, food preparation and bill paying.
Solution: Customized Cabinetry Designs
Families will be able to enjoy ample space in the heart of the home creatively designed with Timberlake’s Sierra Vista™ Maple Mocha cabinetry. Using varieties of stacked, increased and reduced depth cabinetry throughout the kitchen and breakfast room, Timberlake has helped create zones throughout the kitchen for serving, entertaining guests and completing special projects.
Problem: Drop Off Areas
Drop off areas are needed for hanging coats, bags and other daily personal items. The space should be accessible to the rest of the house and all of its occupants.
Solution: User-friendly Storage Units
The mudroom, located near the garage entrance, acts as a convenient drop off area and features Timberlake’s Montana® Maple Coffee cabinets. Accessorized with eclectic glass knobs, the cabinets provide utility space and storage for coats and bags.
Problem: Work-at-Home Realities
Many families manage full or part-time businesses from home causing space problems for equipment, work areas, storage and accommodating in-home appointments.
Solution: Space-Efficient Home Offices
Closely situated near the formal entry way, the larger of the two home offices features Timberlake’s Montana® Cherry Chocolate cabinetry.
Problem: Kitchen Storage and Serving Areas
The study revealed that families who live in homes with open floor plans have very little wall cabinet space and almost no room to store extra kitchen appliances or dinnerware. Families interviewed also cited the need for a food preparation and serving area while entertaining guests at home.
Solution: Butler’s Pantry
Responding to this need, Timberlake created this butler’s pantry in its Rushmore® Maple Mocha cabinetry. Equipped to contain a second dishwasher, wine cooler, plate rack and stem glass holders, this area is ideal for holding excess dinnerware and serving pieces.
Problem: Functional and Luxurious Bathrooms
Homeowners’ needs for functional rooms with abundant storage have extended into the bathroom. This need doesn’t take away from the beauty of these rooms, however.
Solution: Master Bathroom
Adorned with decorative molding along the ceiling, this luxurious spa-like bathroom features Timberlake’s Sierra Vista Cherry Chocolate cabinetry and is loaded with built-in storage space. The rich, warm-hued hutch-style design provides abundant storage for linens and supplies and the stacked wall cabinetry above the vanities helps keep everything in its place.
“Families are changing, and while they may not be ‘cocooning’ anymore, they certainly are nesting,” says Connie Edwards, CKD, CBD and Timberlake’s director of design, “and they want their home to reflect the way they really live and to make their daily tasks easier and more comfortable. The Reality House provides multiple ideas for homebuilders to incorporate into their home designs that meet families’ everyday needs for storage and functionality.
“Working with the architect and design team, we helped create functional spaces out of stock cabinetry that add storage space and grandeur to multiple rooms of the house. Some of Timberlake’s newest products, including our new mitered door, are featured throughout the house in ways that bring elegance and a sense of craftsmanship to this luxurious Arts & Crafts style home. We are thrilled to have been able to participate in a project that brings so many options to the builder in the form of ideas and upgrades.”
About Timberlake Cabinet Company
Timberlake Cabinet Company is a division of American Woodmark Corporation, the third largest manufacturer of kitchen cabinets in the United States. Timberlake cabinets are sold directly to major homebuilders through a network of builder service centers and independent dealers and distributors. With more than 156 cabinet styles and a full array of coordinating moldings and accessories, Timberlake brand cabinets combine style and affordability. The Company manufactures Portfolio® and Portfolio Select®, Timberlake’s premier lines that deliver a full range of styles and upgrade options that make customizing homes easy, and Value-Built by Timberlake®, a line that offers well-crafted, stylish cabinets for more affordable homes.
American Woodmark Corporation operates 15 manufacturing facilities in Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, as well as various service centers across the country. American Woodmark shares are traded on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol “AMWD.” To find out more about American Woodmark and Timberlake Cabinet Company and view the entire collections of cabinetry styles and accessories, log onto www.americanwoodmark.com and www.timberlake.com.
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