The Roanoker - September/October 2020 - 66

THE

HOMES
ISSUE

BELOW, CLOCKWISE:
A new sinking tub
has a large picture
window to enjoy
the uninterrupted
mountain vista, and
the master bath
vanity is lighted
underneath to guide
your way in the dark.
The front of the
house underwent a
major facelift, and
the couple gained a
covered porch.

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S MART HO ME
F EATURES
Maynor has a background in IT, and was interested in
making the house as functional and automated as possible.
Smart features abound, from automatic lights to Wi-Fi
connected ovens in the kitchen. However, Maynor contends
that anyone can work smart features into their home, and a
lot of the equipment is available at big box stores.
"Most of the house can be controlled from a tablet," he
says, demonstrating by dimming the lights while seated on
the couch. "I can adjust the thermostat, or pre-heat the ovens
or turn on lights while we're away," he notes.

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Most every light in the house is app or voice controlled,
or both. Smoke and carbon dioxide detectors, as well as the
thermostat are app controlled. All lighting is LED, which
is both green and cost saving. On the convenience front,
nothing was left to chance-built-in dog bowls hidden in
a pull-out drawer, dog doors so the dogs can go outside at
will, and the well-designed kitchen have yielded a house
that is fit for easy living.
"There is only one interior step in this entire place,
which is the step-down into the family room, so we can't
age out of this house," says Maynor. "It was built in '81,
but we effectively gave it a new life with the renovation.
We could stay here forever." I

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