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2015 Birmingham Ideal Home: 10 modern amenities not to miss

Tamika Moore | tmoore@al.comBy Tamika Moore | tmoore@al.com 
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on May 15, 2015 at 3:21 PM, updated May 16, 2015 at 10:25 AM

You'll want to take your time looking through the 2015 Birmingham Ideal Home as the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders (GBAHB) Parade of Homes continues this weekend. 

While taking in features that add to its overall traditional Southern look, it's easy to miss some of the modern amenities blended seamlessly throughout the home. 

"Everything in this house is the newest, latest and greatest," said Vicki Fowler, of Fowler Custom Homes.  "We wanted everything to be very livable in the house." 

The home is located in The Preserve at 451 Renaissance Dr., Hoover, AL 35226. The parade is free and open to the public. Homes can be toured this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m to 6 p.m. The tour features 72 houses in the Birmingham metropolitan area and includes four custom homes. 

Check out 10 trends and modern amenities found on a recent visit to the 2015 Ideal  Home below and in the gallery above. 

Instant hot water: One of the coolest things in the home is actually the opposite. A hot water faucet, located near the traditional faucet on the farmhouse sink, dispenses hot water instantly and cuts out time needed to warm water for things like hot beverages and cooking. 

Outlet-free backsplash: You won't find any outlets on the backsplash in the kitchen  because they are all hidden underneath the upper cabinets with under-cabinet lighting. Those outlets include USB ports to to charge devices. 

Two main-level bedrooms: Though the second bedroom on the main level is staged as an office, it can be used as either. The downstairs bath is split by a door that separates a powder room open to guests on one side and a walk-in shower to complete the full bath on the other. Popular wood-look porcelain tile covers the floor and provides a rustic feel without the maintenance of real wood. 

Low maintenance counters: 
White Silestone quartz also covers all of the counters in the home. "This will give you the look of marble, without the maintenance," said Fowler. They are scratch resistant and heat resistant. No grout showers: The two full bathrooms on the main level feature Silestone quartz walls. The large pieces form a grout-free surround that is easy to clean.

Bathroom HDTV: A mirror in the master bath conceals a HDTV that can be viewed from the luxurious freestanding Kohler soaking tub. 

One button magic: An automated control panel in the home's living room controls music, temperature, security, media equipment, etc... throughout the home. 

Color scheme: The color palette steers clear of beige. The interior is painted in shades of gray, white, and blue, all colors that are popular in home decor right now. "What you don't want is a house that is going to be out of style in five years and white is just so classic," Fowler said. 

China closet: Fowler Custom Homes built a china closet off of the dining room to provide ample room for china, platters and more. It eliminates the need for a bulky china cabinet or buffet and provides plenty of added storage. 

Open concept kitchen-living space: The open space allows everyone to be a part of the action when cooking. Custom cabinetry in the kitchen hides the Sub-Zero fridge and plugs within a built-in hutch keep small appliances out of sight. A walk-in pantry with a swinging door and butler's pantry provides ample storage. A computer nook, drop zone and large laundry room with utility sink are located down the nearby hallway that leads to the three car garage. 

For more information about the Ideal Home, maps and other houses in the Birmingham Parade of Homes, visit www.birminghambuilder.com.  A 2015 Parade of Homes magazine can also be picked up at local Lowe's stores. A digital version can be viewed here

Source: http://www.al.com/living/index.ssf/2015/05/10_details_not_to_miss_at_the.html#incart_river