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6/14/07-Tyler

Parade Homes Serving It Up In The Kitchen

Granite counter tops, stainless steal microwave and double ovens. Just some of the features in a traditional-style kitchen in one home on the tour, boasting some elegant must-have's.

"The cabinets have been antiqued which is a really impressive way to do cabinets and expensive way to do cabinets and decorative venti-hood," says Parade of Homes Committee Chair Carey Crist.

"This is instant hot water. So if you're making tea or if you just need some hot water to clean something that is a neat feature to be able to have that," Crist adds referring to the hot water spout at the sink.

But for a cool drink in the summer heat, just look behind closed doors.

"It's a unit that's actually built into the wall. So from an aesthetic standpoint it blends in with the furniture of the house and the cabinetry. We put some decorative hardware on it and it's really handsome," says Crist about the refrigerator.

An extension of the kitchen includes a serving area that Crist says comes with,"an ice machine, a wine cooler that keeps your wine at different temperature and also warmers."

But another million-plus dollar home is for the serious cooks. You get two kitchens in one.

"A double wide basin, sink. This marble is very special it's called Carrera marble. It's also in the backslash," Crist explains.

With two Subzero refrigerators, Wolf gas range and this pot filler some good eating is on the menu.

Your prep work and clean up can happen on the backside of the kitchen away from your guests.

"This is a little pass through area right here right from the back of the kitchen into the formal dining room. It allows you to go ahead and plate the food and go ahead and have it distributed to your guests or your server," Crist shows.

It's fine dining in homes that have more than just a cook's essentials.

The value of both of those homes we were in is in the millions. The Parade of Homes will continue through the weekend.  Click here for ticket information and parade maps.

Christine Nelson reporting. cnelson@kltv.com

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