Modern farmhouse style big at Parade of Homes

Jeff Yates, project manager with builder Manor Homes, credits the trend to Chip and Joanna Gaines, the Texas couple who host “Fixer Upper” on HGTV.  The style predates the show, but the couple have come to personify the look.

“That’s our Chip-and-Joanna touch we like to do,” said Yates, referring to an antique metal light fixture on the lower level of the Manor parade home. “It seems like every buyer makes reference to that show.”

Manor Homes took a bold step away from granite, quartz or marble with a Geoluxe kitchen countertop, a thick man-made material meant to resemble stone and polished to a glasslike surface.

“It looked like a really interesting product,” Yates said, “and we thought this was a good opportunity to use it.”

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