The Importance of Drowning Prevention

It’s that time of year when more and more families are spending time in swimming pools. Unfortunately, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional deaths in Southern Nevada for young children. There was a total of 96 fatal drownings in Southern Nevada between 2000 and 2012. That’s an average of 7 child drownings each year.

Constant adult supervision is essential to preventing childhood drowning. These tragedies often occur while a caregiver is at home and there is a brief lapse of supervision.

A drowning can occur in seconds, in any water that cover’s a child’s nose and mouth including pools/spas, inflatable pools, bathtubs, toilets, buckets or natural bodies of water. It is extremely important for everyone to remember the simple rules to stay safe around the water.


A is for Adult Supervision

B is for Barriers (for your pool)

C is for Classes (Swim Lessons & CRP)

D is for Devices (PFD’s/Life Jackets and Rescue Tools)

It is also a smart idea to make sure you have a phone by the pool. In the case of an emergency, you do not want to have to run back into the house to look for a phone.

The ABC & D’s of Drowning Prevention

Have a safe and happy summer!

Reasons to Buy American West

  •  Your home, not ours

Unlike other builders, American West let’s you choose the home you want, on the homesite you want with the exterior style and color you want. You also get to choose your front yard landscaping. This feature is usually only found in custom homes.

  • Quality Craftsmanship & Construction

Your new home is brand new and is built by a builder who is the only one in the nation to be awarded the ACE (Award for Construction Excellence) Award twice. We don’t have to build to the highest standards. We just do.

  • A Beautiful Neighborhood

As a company, we believe you should have all the benefits of master plan living without extra fees associated with it. Today’s families spend more time at home and place a greater importance on the community in which they reside than ever before. Understanding this importance has led American West to pioneer communities in the most desirable Southern Nevada locations. Our neighborhoods encompass state-of-the-art schools, convenient shopping and dining and easy access to the main highways.

  • Energy Efficiency

American West offers homebuyers energy-efficient designs and uses energy saving materials and products in all our homes. Your new home is better built, uses less energy which reduces your carbon footprint and more importantly reduces your monthly energy costs.

  • Confidence and Reassurance

Purchasing a new home is one of the biggest investments that you will make in your lifetime. Today’s home buyers are seeking homes constructed by quality builders with established track records, who stand behind their homes. American West is a local, privately owned business that has been building in the Las Vegas valley since 1984 with thousands of happy homeowners. Dollar for dollar, square foot for square foot, no builder offers more value than American West.

  • Unbeatable Investment

Purchasing a new home is still one of the best long term investments anyone can make today. Even in down markets, over the long term home prices still appreciate more than the stock market.

American West is currently selling at 8 communities located throughout the Las Vegas valley. The new home designs ranges from 1,608 to 4,770 square feet. With a wide array of variety in the home designs, there is sure to be a home that fits your new home needs. For more information, interactive floorplans and beautiful photography, visit  



Larry Canarelli Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Larry Canarelli, company founder of American West Homes in Las Vegas, Nevada was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Silver Nugget Awards ceremony. The award was presented to him by Steve Schorr, vice president of marketing for the Las Vegas Review-Journal who first met Larry back in 1979. Schorr said the Silver Nugget’s Lifetime Achievement Award “honors those who have given so much to their industry”.

Larry has had the dream of building homes since he was a young child living in a tent by a river in Northern California. The tent burned. “At one point”, he said, “we lived in a migrant worker shack on a dairy farm in the San Joaquin Valley of Central California and took Saturday night showers with a hose used to wet down the cows. All my life I wanted to live in a nice home.” As a fourth-grader Larry found a classified ad in the local newspaper for a house for sale. He presented it to his parents. They accepted his proposal and used his mom’s tip money from her waitress job as a down payment. Finally, the family had their own home.

As an older child, Canarelli, said he used to love to flip through his grandmother’s coffee table book filled with photographs of California mansions.

It’s those experiences, he said, that have driven his career of more than 40 years in the homebuilding industry.

“I work for the enjoyment of work,” he said, over the thunder of applause, as he received the award. “Not only did my childhood dream come true but I also get to help fulfill the dream of a new home for the families of Las Vegas.”

Larry and his family moved to the Las Vegas Valley in the mid-1970’s. While working for Metropolitan Homes, he helped build Green Valley, one of the first master-planned communities in the valley. Since opening his own company, American West Homes in 1984, Canarelli has continued to develop some of the most well known communities in the Las Vegas valley such as: Whitney Ranch, The Lakes, El Capitan Ranch, Silverado Ranch, Coronado Ranch and Highlands Ranch. Under his leadership, American West has built more than 100 new home communities and more than 16,000 homes.

Larry Canarelli and his company has garnered over 200 national and local awards for design and construction excellence. American West is the only builder in the nation to have been awarded the industry’s most coveted ACE (Award for Construction Excellence) honor twice which honors the best homebuilder in the nation. Larry was president of the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association in 1987 and in 2010 was honored by SNHBA as a pioneer in the Southern Nevada homebuilding industry. He has also been recognized by NAHB as one of “10 Legends of National Housing”.

Unlike many national, public-owned homebuilders, the staff and leaders of American West are here in Las Vegas. Larry and his wife Heidi have raised all four of their children in Las Vegas. The family, including 11 grandchildren, continue to live in Las Vegas. Being the owner of a private, local company, both Larry and Heidi have always believed strongly about giving back to the city where they live. They and American West are heavily involved in many philanthropic endeavors. “Las Vegas is our city, we love it and have loved being a part of its tremendous growth,” said Canarelli. Larry and Heidi’s commitment to this incredible city was never more evident than with the naming of the Larry and Heidi Canarelli Middle School in Coronado Ranch.

American West is currently selling at 8 new home communities located throughout the Las Vegas Valley with new home designs ranging from 1,608 to 4,770 square feet. For more information, visit


Larry Canarelli

Benefits of A Tankless Water Heater

One of the custom features that American West offers to our new homebuyers is a tankless water heater. Are you aware of the benefits of a tankless water heater?

Comfort & Convenience:

A tankless water heater allows you to enjoy a continuous flow of hot water. There is no more having to compromise on hot water usage – no more cold showers. There is a constant supply of hot water. It also allows you to run more appliances at the same time as you do not need to worry about running out of hot water.

A tankless water heater will also save you space. They take up significantly less space than traditional tank water heaters.


A tankless water heater only heats water when you need it. You are not wasting energy heating unused water sitting in a tank. A traditional tank style water heater heats and reheats water all day long.

Safe & Clean:

A tankless water heater does not use water that has been stored in a tank.

Fewer Worries:

The lifespan of a tankless water heater is longer than a typical tank water heater. Their life expectancy is typically 20 years. And with a tankless model, the risk of water leaks and water damage is a thing of the past.

For more information or to see a tankless water heater in person, visit any of our 8 communities located throughout the Las Vegas valley. Information of all our communities and homes can be found at


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