Entries solicited for annual contest in remodelingThe...

REAL ESTATE WATCH

June 23, 1996

Entries solicited for annual contest in remodeling

The Remodelors Council of the Home Builders Association of Maryland will start accepting entries Aug. 15 for its annual awards contest. The entry deadline to participate in the 7th Annual Remodeling Award of Excellence Banquet is Sept. 13. The banquet will be held in early November. The competition recognizes excellence in design and construction of remodeled and renovated residential and commercial buildings.

Entries must have been completed between January 1995 and September 1996.

Use of 'Smart House' automation growing

The "Smart House" is spreading.

In Greensboro, N.C., the 2,000-home community of Grandover is using "Smart House" systems. Each home in the Koury Corp. development will be wired to permit home automation. Minimum features will be installed in each home, such as a security NTC camera at the front door -- which transmits a picture on the family-room television -- and full-house lighting control at the touch of a button. Then buyers will be able to choose from a range of automation options.

For example, by clicking on icons on a computer screen, homeowners can control heating and air-conditioning, security systems, communicate with neighbors, schedule tee times at the community's golf course, and make dinner reservations at restaurants.

Locally, "Smart Houses" are being built by Koch Homes in the Woodberry community of Severna Park.

Pub Date: 6/23/96

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