Home for a downsized economy unveiled

The notice on the Web site for the International Builders Show, being held in Las Vegas this week, pretty much says it all:

"As a result of tight credit and a soft market for high-end homes in Las Vegas, The New American Home 2010 will not be completed in time for tours during the International Builders' Show (IBS). It is the first time in the 27-year history of the program that the home will not be completed on time."

Into that softer market comes the latest dwelling from minimalist designer Marianne Cusato dubbed, appropriately it seems, "The New Economy Home." Unveiled at the show Tuesday morning with a virtual tour, the three-bedroom, three-bath home is 1,800 square feet -- including an "adaptable" room intended to flex over time, from a family room to an office, a fourth bedroom or a separate apartment.