Give your home a million dollar look without breaking the bank

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by Scott Pasmore

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Posted on April 30, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 1 at 11:50 AM

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. - We've all seen those million dollar homes in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. Well, it turns out you can use some of those same luxury ideas in your own home, without breaking the bank.

On Tuesday's Good Morning Arizona, Scott Pasmore got to take an inside look at one of the finer homes in the valley with some million dollar ideas.

With its 12,000 square feet, a Paradise Valley zip code and an acre and a half of land, this MRA custom home would be a dream home for anyone. But it comes with a price tag to match: $9.6 million dollars.

Builder Dominick Abatemarco says the same ideas can happen with any price point.

The home's kitchen is light and bright. And Dominick says the kitchen is the most important room in the house. "The more skylights and windows that can be incorporated will help make it bright," he says.

Dominick prefers light and soft colors and natural materials, with granite accents and a tile back-splash. "It doesn't have to break the bank," he says. "I think some of the guidelines people might follow are light, bright, simplicity. What people are turned off by is clutter and too many bells and whistles."

Another feature that stands out in this home is high baseboards and no outlets on the walls.

"The idea is probably 200 years old," he says. "The idea is to keep your walls nice and clean and not see a white plate."

Dominick also doesn't like a fireplace that's too busy. "There's going to be a beautiful piece of artwork above there," he says.

By the way, the home is very green, with solar power to help lower bills. It also has its own water well, making for a water bill that's about six bucks a month.

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