The 2013 Showcase Home is taking shape. All of the major structures are in place, and we’re starting to see glimpses of what we’ve all been waiting for: the details and décor.
“The finishes in the home are stunning, yet live-able; glamorous, yet comfortable; and low maintenance,” says Landmark Builders co-owner Maribeth Wolfe. “Our vision was used to develop plans, and now those plans are being implemented. It is always very exciting to see everything come together.”
Gina Nimmo of Accentrics has assisted with the decorating process and staging of the home to prepare for the opening night party and tour. Nimmo has been “very generous of her time and talents,” according to Wolfe.
The house has a Hollywood Regency style, “a new house that will take on an old tradition,” as Wolfe previously described. “This home will have all of today’s modern conveniences while providing details and thoughtful designs of past eras.”
One modern convenience is that Advanced Electrical Systems is wiring the home to be a “smart home.” Surround sound and audio will be in most rooms, and the home will have a fully-integrated security system. Ipod docks will even be built into the rooms.
Another vendor Landmark has partnered with is ALAGASCO, “who has embraced our vision for responsible luxury,” according to Wolfe. “Together we have selected open-cell insulation provided by Sensi-green and paired it with super-efficient Trane gas furnaces.” The home will also boast of other luxurious and energy-efficient perks like a gas-powered Kitchen Aid professional range, welcoming gas lanterns and Navien tank-less water heaters.
More of the home’s luxurious details include a custom-built elegant staircase, grandiose fireplace and a pair of fabulous 1930s enameled sinks. “I’m a scavenger and am always looking for something,” says Wolfe. She found one at a salvage store in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and her father found the other in an old farmhouse. “I wish they were in my own personal home.”
The extraordinary windows in the home, constructed to resemble French casements, were built by Windsor and supplied by Wall Zone in Opelika. Daltile provided most of the tile for the home including an elegant Crema Marfil choice for the foyer and a whimsical bubble-cut Carrera tile in the Jack-and-Jill bath.
Landmark chose artisan Micheal Gleaton to provide remarkable replications of old-world stone for all of the exterior porches, patios and the cabana. The home’s exterior finish is traditional European stucco. “This is a finish that has stood the test of time,” says Wolfe. “It’s not EIFS, and it’s a time-tested product.” EIFS products (exterior insulation and finish systems) have received a great deal of criticism in the past because of performance issues. Traditional stucco is made with Portland cement-based materials and sand, creating a plaster with sturdiness and stability.
“This is a home with great bones,” says Wolfe. “Its framework exudes style and grace. From the oval transom in the foyer to the arched tray in the master bedroom, this home is built to wow!”
Be sure to check East Alabama Living’s next issue for pictures of and details about the completed 2013 Showcase Home.