Allan and Lisa Campfield, owners of Homeworks of Alabama Inc, continue their trailblazing trend on The East Alabama Living Showcase Home. “We wanted to introduce some of the latest in home automation, but of course on a budget,” says Allan. “We called on Chuck Wright of Advanced Electronic Solutions (AES), and he brought in some of the most advanced smart technology found in the state at a price we could afford.”
The home enters its final phase fully equipped with the technological features desired by a family on the go. “Being the first EarthCents home in the state of Alabama, the home is very energy efficient,” says Lisa. “The home automation system is not only super convenient, but it is also one more technological feature that can put money in the homeowner’s pocket through energy savings.” Wright of AES describes the endless features of the home automation. “Starting with remote access of the lighting, the heating/cooling system, the home’s eight cameras or the security system, our customers are constantly finding creative ways to take advantage of AES Systems. A few include: checking on the kids; being notified if a medicine cabinet, gun safe, liquor cabinet or other dangerous area is opened unexpectedly; checking to see if you remembered to arm the security system or even opening a door for a guest. You have complete access from your smart phone or any computer giving you control from the office, gym or across the world.”
“From our EarthCents endeavor to smart technology, we’re constantly looking for the latest advances for our homes where the end benefit is to the buyer,” says Allan.
While mindful of amenities unseen, Lisa dresses up the home in a décor she considers tri-polar (rustic, contemporary and glam). “I’ve said from the beginning, this house is constantly surprising me. We have modern fixtures contrasted with stained, knotty-pine walls. Bathrooms contain colorful, glass tile in the showers for a glitz factor while the downstairs flooring and staircase is made from reclaimed lumber. An indoor/outdoor, direct-vent fireplace adds a contemporary element. The design flows seamlessly while appealing to all tastes,” says Lisa.
The powder-room walls near the front entry, for example, have a metallic look through a trowel application which offers a sheen texture contrasting nicely with the rustic stone flooring.
Inline Electric Company, the lighting supplier, worked closely with the Campfields to ensure the LED and florescent fixtures used throughout the house are as aesthetically pleasing and complementary as they are energy efficient.
Buyers Mark and Julia Wood could not be happier with all aspects of the home. “We are still pinching ourselves that we’ll be living in that gorgeous home,” says Julia, an author and quilter relocating from Birmingham for Mark’s job with Alabama Power Company. “I was sold as soon as I walked into the great room. It almost has a loft feel — the epitome of an open-floor plan. Everywhere I looked, there was a feature I’ve always wanted.”
Julia, an award-winning baker, was particularly enthusiastic with the kitchen accommodations, including a custom spice rack and endless cabinet space. “There’s a mixer lift in the kitchen! I truly think this house was always meant to be ours,” says Julia. The “green” factor appealed to the couple as Julia incorporates recycled items like clothing, pop tabs and bottle caps into her quilts.
While an upstairs bedroom will be staged as a boy’s room during the open house, Julia plans to use it as her studio. “The room overlooks the lake, and the windows provide so much light. I can’t wait to set up my sewing machines and get to work there,” says Julia.
The backyard offers an entertainer’s delight. The covered porches lead to sunshine as you step down to the curve of the concrete patio which is bordered by a beautiful privacy trellis. “Looking up, even from the back patio, you can see the copper finials and weather vane that adorn the roofs,” says Lisa. Julia says the couple has never seen such attention to detail in a home. “Allan and Lisa have been amazing to work with. I really love every selection she’s made for the house, from the floors, the tiles, the countertops, the barn door in the master suite, even the paint colors. We are getting a brand new house without the hassle of picking out every little thing,” says Julia. EAL
Before the Woods move in, you are invited to tour the 2012 East Alabama Living Showcase Home during the Open House June 1 through June 10.