HG: Annie Payne Column September 13, 2008

Overheard at the Parade of Homes

This home at 2689 Whisper Court, called “The Panorama” had plenty of beautiful views of the valley and a stove hood, inset, that some on tour thought was “sexy.”

193 River Ridge Dr. Annie Payne considered this home at 193 River Ridge Drive to be “Best in Show” for the 27th annual Parade of Homes. “The Outlook of Spyglass Ridge” had wonderful views of the Gunnison River Basin, inset, and, in Payne’s opinion, the best tile work as is seen in this photo of one of the bathrooms in the home.

The back deck from 193 River Ridge Dr.  Annie Payne considered this home at 193 River Ridge Drive to be “Best in Show” for the 27th annual Parade of Homes. “The Outlook of Spyglass Ridge” had wonderful views of the Gunnison River Basin, inset, and, in Payne’s opinion, the best tile work as is seen in this photo of one of the bathrooms in the home.

Four-by-six construction couldn’t dampen the sound of the excited Homies (Home and Garden enthusiasts) who made their way through the 15 homes on the Parade of Homes last weekend.

Here’s an example of what this columnist heard as she took the self-guided tour.

“Do I have to put these on?”

Because of the number of people on the tour and the desire to maintain these new homes in pristine condition, booties are provided to be slipped over your shoes.

I recommend reaching down into the bottom of the “bootie basket,” pulling out a fresh pair of booties and taking them with you from house to house.

Some of the parade hosts don’t mind if you enter with bare feet. Just check your socks for holes or paint your toenails ahead of time.

“What? We are here already?”

This was my sister’s reaction to the quick trip from the Mesa Mall area to Orchard Mesa. The Riverside Parkway made that leg of the tour not just bearable but enjoyable.

It took minutes off the drive, minutes that could be better spent inside the homes. This was our first drive down the parkway and we were impressed!

“Orchard Mesa — the new Redlands?!”

The Orchard Mesa leg of the parade is not to be missed. You will take in sweeping views and great architectural details in these homes.

One subdivision has even included a neighborhood clubhouse with a pool.

What you won’t see in these homes are white walls, vinyl flooring or gold fixtures. The newest homes are all about stucco, travertine tiles, granite counter tops, raised ceilings and custom lighting that adds personality.

“That will keep the Boogey Man away.”

It’s all in the details. I took plenty of notes on how to add some extra lighting here or some moulding there to increase the look and value of my current home.

Home No. 12, 2685 Lookout Lane, “The Gunnison,” has recessed lighting in the tray ceiling that could be used as a night light or mood lighting.

Whatever you want to use it for, I won’t judge.

“I can see the Gunnison River from here!”

There is nothing unlucky about home No. 13, 193 River Ridge Drive. I consider it to be the Homie’s Choice for “Best in Show.”

The picture in the official program does not do it justice. This home, touted as “The Outlook at Spyglass Ridge,” is more than 3,700 square feet with views of the Gunnison River basin, and in my not-so-humble opinion, has the best tile work and the best staging.

“I think having a hood instead of a microwave over the stove looks sexier.”

There is a lot to like about home No. 15, 2689 Whisper Court, called “The Panorama” for its picture window views of the Grand Mesa and Mount Garfield.

But it wasn’t the knock-out views that attracted the attention of some fellow parade-goers.

It was the kitchen! The microwave that is traditionally found above the stove was moved to a built-in unit below counter level and a “sexy” hood was put in its place.

“Who are the people who live in these homes, and why aren’t we friends?”

This is actually a quote from me after touring “L’avion Masion,” house No. 6 at 359 High Desert Road on Redlands Mesa.

Five bathrooms (count ’em, five bathrooms), a home theater room, a workout room, a chicken in heels and a goat.

Take an Advil before you tour this house. All the opulence you’re going to take in will make your head hurt.

“The faucet over the stove — that’s genius.”

Keep your eyes out for smart ideas, such as the ones found in “The Lake Home” in Fruita, No. 1, 723 Moore’s Diamond Drive, on the parade route.

The builder, Nate Porter of Porter Homes, had some great ideas, such as a “pot-filler” faucet over the gas range, insulated interior walls for sound-proofing and cold and hot water hook-ups in the RV parking.

Extra additions such as under-the-cabinet lighting and TV and phone hooks-ups in the master bathroom are just some of the things that make this house special.

No need to pull out the stereo equipment for a party on the patio. Outdoor speakers could be found in several of the homes on the route, such as in the “Alta Vista,” by Maves Construction Inc.

“Two laundry rooms? In Fruita?”

Aside from outdoor speakers and a great floor plan, the “Alta Vista,” No. 2, 1001 Ute Canyon, on the route, has two laundry rooms, one on the first floor and one on the second.

I’ve lived in Fruita for more than 20 years, and I never imaged that there would be a home here with two laundry rooms.

I’m going to covet this house every time I haul my laundry basket up and down the stairs.

If the Parade of Homes is any indication of the quality of homes being built in the Grand Valley right now, I would say, “build, build, build!”

And then invite me over for a looksee.

For more on an unpredictable variety of other topics, visit Annie Payne’s “Anniethology” blog online at Anniethology.blogspot.com.


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