HGTV Smart Home opens doors for a look inside modern living


HGTV Smart Home opens doors for a look inside modern living

By JAY POWELL / For Franklin Home Page

The HGTV Smart Home in Green Hills opened its doors to media Tuesday morning for pictures, tours and an up close experience with what ites like to walk through a smart house.

The HGTV Smart Home in Green Hills opened its doors to media Tuesday morning for pictures, tours and an up close experience with what ites like to walk through a smart house.

eWe were in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. last year and had always wanted to do a project in Nashville,e said Jack Thomasson, HGTV house planner. eIeve spent some time in Nashville and I think ites a really cool town. Ites got a great lifestyle here and everyone knows the music scene, of course, even though I think most people donet realize how broad that music scene is beyond just country music.

eSo one of the advantages of our Smart Home project is that ites really a home thates more real, where ites in a town that youed want to live year round and in a neighborhood that has a nice lifestyle and good schools nearby and access to all of the amenities that youed want too,e Thomasson added.

The house, nestled inside the Duncanwood Reserve neighborhood, was built over the summer by Carbine & Associates, a local building group located in Cool Springs, and was designed by local architect Preston Shea. Developer Micah Walker said that he was in complete disbelief when he first got the call to build an HGTV Smart Home in his neighborhood.

eI thought it was a practical joke because all my buddies, they do that,e Walker said. eBut weere excited to have them choose Nashville first off and then our neighborhood out of all the neighborhoods they could have chosen.e

Murfreesboro-based Audio House designed all of the technology in the home, which consists of state of the art oven and stove, motorized shades, a remote control toilet, a 120-inch projection screen, home gym, flat-screen TVS in just about every room including the master bath, and the latest ADT security system.

eThe easiest way I know how to say it is ites real subtle,e said Dwight Carter of Audio House. eItes state of the art with the time, because you walk in here and go, eOh, well therees nothing real special about it.e Ites real subtle, but everything about ites practical.e

The home was also designed to reflect the aspects that make living in middle Tennessee so great. Much of the art that hangs from the walls is by local Nashville artists, which reflect the historic culture of Tennessee as well as the diversity of its local art community. Interior designer Kelly Grakulski said that although the house is about as modern as you can get, she still wanted whoever lived there to feel like it was still a traditional Tennessee home.

eThe home is very much traditional architecture and we wanted to keep that feel throughout the house, and so we went with the traditional blue and white color pallets,e Grakulski said. eWe went with a very traditional color pallet and we wanted to keep that feel throughout the house. And also just the clean layering of patterns you see a lot of right now e and really just kind of pumped it up with a lot of intense color.e

Entries for the HGTV Smart Home Giveaway will open Tuesday, April 15 and runs until June 9. During that time, those eligible can enter twice a day. Aside from the smart house, the winner will also receive a brand new 2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and a $100,000 prize courtesy of Quicken Loans.

For more information and to enter to win the HGTV 2014 Smart Home Giveaway, click here.

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