The 2024 Virtual Concept Home by Livabl is the latest project from Zonda, ARCHITECT’s parent company. Designed to be flexible and attainable, the virtual house, which was previewed at the Builder 100 conference in May, is roughly 2,300 square feet and can get smaller or bigger depending on the buyer—whether an empty nester or a multigenerational family. Designed by Bassenian Lagoni in collaboration with CDC Designs and SMP Environmental Design, the project also partners with some of the biggest brands in architecture and design—Jeld-Wen, Kohler, Propane Education & Research Council, Schneider Electric, Trex, and James Hardie—to showcase their latest innovations in sustainability and energy efficiency. Here, we preview some of the products that will be featured in the concept home.

Auraline True Composite Windows and Doors, Jeld-Wen
These composite windows and patio doors are made from structural fiber with synthetic polymers and co-extruded color aiming to offer designers a durable, efficient fenestration option. The windows also rely on low-E insulating glass to maximize thermal efficiency while maintaining daylighting and are available in a variety of screen options and grille designs.

Pulse Smart Panel, Schneider Electric
This app-connected electrical control panel aims to help homeowners streamline solar, battery storage, and electric vehicle charger integration. This second-generation smart panel also offers settings such as an away mode to maximize energy savings and sustainability.

Aluminum Sliding Doors, LaCantina Doors
Specified for residential and commercial projects in moderate climates, this aluminum sliding door system features a 23/4-inch narrow stile and rail profile, allowing for more glass and light. The system is available in a range of glazing options—low-E glass, laminated glass, and glass developed to reduce water spotting—and in stainless or bronze hardware finishes.

Extra White SW 7006 Paint, Sherwin-Williams
This crisp, white paint boasts a high light reflectivity and can be specified for interior or exterior finishes.

Sivoia QS Drapery Systems, Lutron
Users can operate these shading systems with the push of a button, electronically deploying pinch-pleat or ripplefold curtains for daylight control. The drapery track systems provide a wide range of options: Tracks can span up to 30 feet in length, and single or multi-bend curved tracks, manual-open override, track splicing, and 90-degree curves are all possibilities.

Quartz Sirius Polished Countertop Tile, Daltile
This collection of engineered stone countertops aims to unite the beauty of smoky quartz with modern technology. Specified for interior use, the stain- and scratch-resistant slabs are polished, nonporous, and available in 2- and 3-cm thicknesses.

Architectural Panel Collection, James Hardie
Boasting a straightforward installation process, these siding panels can be oriented vertically or horizontally to form a V-groove appearance. The 6.25-inch-wide fiber-cement panels are primed for paint and are available in multiple textures. The panels are built to resist fire, moisture, wind, and extreme temperatures. Plus, the collection offers a range of panel sizes and thicknesses. The fine sand-grooved panel, shown here, is .312 inch thick and can be specified at either 120 or 144 inches long.


Stillness Soak Bath, Kohler
Reminiscent of Japanese soaking tubs, this 46-by-46-inch acrylic bath provides a deep, 235/8-inch well and slotted overflow. Clocking in at 275 pounds with a 111.5-gallon water capacity, the free-standing bath also includes lumbar support and a central, toe-tap drain that matches the tub’s white finish.

Tankless Water Heaters, Propane Education & Research Council
Propane tankless water heaters heat water only when it is needed, reducing the standby losses that come with storage water heaters. In homes that have moderate hot-water use, tankless water heaters can be up to 34% more energy efficient than conventional storage water heaters.

French Door Refrigerator, LG
This 22-cubic-foot, three-door refrigerator is equipped with a smart cooling system and LED interior lighting so that users can get a clear look at the goodies inside. Finished in black, smudge-resistant stainless steel, the refrigerator also features exterior hidden hinges, a linear cooling compressor, and dual ice makers.

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Transcend Lineage Decking, Trex
This high-performance decking is made from a plastic-and-reclaimed-wood composite material with a scratch-resistant shell. Available in four subdued hues, the decking does not require painting or staining and was designed to avoid rotting, cracks, or splintering. The product, which is 5.5 inches wide and 12 inches long, also sports a protective cap that helps maintain a cool surface—a boon for bare feet in the summer.

Custom Walk-in Closet, California Closets
This pass-through dressing room, shown here in a misty orchard wood-grain finish, aims to provide ample hanging space as well as shelving for accessories, shoes, and more. With custom design and installation available, the closet is also finished with lighting that creates what the company calls a “luxurious boutique feel.”

This article appeared in the May/June 2023 issue of ARCHITECT.

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