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Parade of Homes: All about kitchens

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The 60th annual Parade of Homes marches on this week, and with it, some new ideas for when you build or remodel your house.

This year includes 28 homes open for tours across three counties.

At one home in Bullard, the kitchen is the focal point of advances in new home building.

The home mixes modern appliances and features with antique accents, merging the new with the old.

We have antique doors that are about 150 years old. We bought at an antique store in Austin," said the homeowner, Chip Crist. "We have Indian corbels from a building in India from the 1800s above our stove. Our brick arch in our kitchen is made of the old Chicago brick from the Chicago fires. They would push the bricks into the lake and now they've taken them out and they clean them up and sell them for use."

One of the main ideas in the kitchen deals with hiding appliances you might not want to see out on your countertops. A cabinet in the kitchen has a shelf that stores a heavy baking mixer. When you want to use that appliance, you pull the shelf out and it comes up to the counter top level for you to use. When you've finished using it, it pushes back down into the cabinet, keeping you from ever having to pick up the equipment.

That is not the only thing the kitchen hides. Organized hideaways for cooking utensils and storage for appliance are all around the room. Even the dishwasher blends into the cabinets.

Going with the theme of clutter-free counters, the garbage disposal button hides just next to the sink.

"It gives you more available space while you're cooking and you don't have all the clutter," Crist said.

The kitchen isn't the only place hiding every day useful items. A drawer in the laundry room actually stores an ironing board that folds out when you're ready to use it.

Other features like a faucet over the stove allows the user to pour water into pots without making a trip from the stink to the stove top.

"You don't have to worry about carrying them back and forth from the sink, spilling it and sloshing it everywhere," Crist said.

The kitchen also extends into the living room, making the space a hub for the entire family to congregate.

"We wanted a large workspace even for arts and crafts," Crist said. "We have a 13-year-old daughter that has lots of friends. We wanted them to be able to sit here and eat together."

Perhaps the coolest feature? A vacuum system that sucks up the dirt when you are sweeping the floors. That means no more bending over and picking it up with a dust bin.

Vic Thompson Homes, In Detail, Lonestar Millworks and Holland Marble & Granite all worked on the new home, which the owners plan on moving into in the next couple of weeks.

The Parade of Homes continues running every day through June 9th.

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