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The New American Remodel 2023
The New American Remodel: Disjointed Design to Cohesive and Efficient
Originally built in the ‘90s for a special Street of Dreams housing showcase, The New American Remodel 2023 in Winter Park, Fla. came to Phil Kean Design Group as a disjointed, cramped, dark, and outdated home. Its original construction lacked efficient systems and products, creating a home without ideal performance.

Working closely together, both the designer and energy consultant were able to create a home performing nearly 50% better than an average code-built house through a systems-engineering approach. The design is now fit for its homeowners, a young family who dreamt of their own luxury lake house.

In this 45-minute webinar, learn how the two teams did it, their creative solutions to challenges, and takeaways in both design and efficiency.

Learning Objectives:
1. Insights into reworking complicated existing floor plans
2. House-as-a-system concept for retrofitting homes
3. Trending and efficient products and systems for a modern day remodel


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Phil Kean
Owner @Phil Kean Design Group
Growing up the son of a contractor, Phil Kean aspired to be an architect from the age of 11. Studying at prestigious Harvard University and Washington University, Phil earned his Masters of Architecture and Masters of Business Administration. He is a Licensed Architect (AR95091), Certified Residential Contractor (CRC1327855), Licensed Interior Designer (ID6290), and Certified Green Professional. Phil is a member of the American Institute of Architects, American Institute of Building Design, American Society of Interior Designers, past-president of Central Florida’s Master Custom Builder Council, on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Home Builders, member of the Greater Orlando Builders Association, Florida Green Building Coalition, U.S. Green Building Council Central Florida Chapter, and serves on the Historic Preservation Board for the City of Winter Park, FL.
Drew Smith
COO @Two Trails
Drew Smith is the Chief Operating Officer of Two Trails, Inc. Drew is also the first and current governor-appointed Green Building Commissioner for the State of Florida and chairman of the Florida Building Commission Energy Technical Advisory Committee. As an active member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Drew serves as its National Director and serves on its Green Board of Directors and Energy & Green Sub-Committees. He is a also state director for the Florida Homebuilders Association and the founding president and current board member for the Florida Green Building Coalition. His resume includes several more current and former leadership positions in important industry associations and organizations.
Caroline Broderick, Moderator
Managing Editor @Pro Remodeler
Caroline Broderick is the managing editor for Pro Remodeler. Most recently, she served as the associate editor for PR’s sister publications, Pro Builder, Custom Builder, and PRODUCTS where she covered design, building products, trends, and more in the residential construction industry.
Phil Kean Design Group
Internationally recognized and highly design driven, Phil Kean Design Group relies on a conscientious architectural and design approach as the foundation for each Phil Kean Design Group project. Led by the design talents of Principal Phil Kean, AIA, PKDG designs reflect Phil's signature approach to integrating natural elements and the surrounding environment, creating seamless transitions of indoor and outdoor living spaces that are a PKDG hallmark.
Two Trails
Two Trails, Inc. is a worldwide Sustainable Building Consulting firm established in 2001, with offices in Florida (Headquarters), Nevada, Georgia, and Illinois. The company is licensed, insured, bonded, and keeps a large staff of skilled building professionals including architects, engineers, general contractors, LEED professionals, and energy raters. Founded by former builders, Two Trails is sensitive to deadlines and privy to the science behind building sustainability. With over 500 LEED projects to its credit, Two Trails has earned its place as a respected leader in providing timely, affordable, and obtainable USGBC LEED Certifications, LEED Project Administration, and Commissioning. Our services cover newly constructed, major renovations, and existing buildings.