In a business that loves terms like "curb appeal", Marianne Cusato is known for using words like "affordable" and "sustainable."
Her team has introduced the New Economy Home, its answer to the McMansion, in the Warwick Grove community in Warwick, NY. Unnecessary hallways, and formal dining rooms and livings rooms have been replaced by functional alternatives. Instead of a room filled with furniture covered in plastic, Cusato's houses offer spaces that can be converted to formal areas during the few times in a year the modern family needs them.
"It's actually designed to live through multiple life phases," designer Marianne Cusato said.
A concept drawing of the New Economy Home. Rendering courtesy of the New Economy Home.
The houses have two master bedrooms, one that can be transformed into a elderly parent's bedroom, or a space for an adult child living at home after college.
"You can have plenty of storage and big rooms even. You can have all of that if its designed in such a way to make it liveable," she said.
The company estimates that a 1800 square foot New Economy Home, with four bedrooms and 3.5 baths, will cost about $150,000 to build.