Put the annual 'showcase of homes' on your calendar
Whether you’re hoping to build a new home at some point in the future or you simply want ideas to transform the home you’re currently living in, the Parade of Homes provides a marvelous way to check out the latest ideas and products, talk to local builders and evaluate the work of local subcontractors.
There are 14 homes in the 2013 Parade of Homes, and every home offers a different look, size, floor plan and finishes. While 13 of the 14 homes are brand new construction, there is also a remodel by Lannie and Rund, a general contractor with a reputation for amazing transformations and stunning remodels.
When a neighborhood is just too nice to leave or a view is too impossible to replace with a new home, remodeling is a great option. The Lannie and Rund Parade home is strictly an interior transformation; there was no additional square footage added to the home, so it might be good inspiration for homeowners who don’t want more space, just better space. The remodel succeeded in opening up the home to the views and to better traffic flows. Don’t miss the tile and rock work in the master bath; it’s a perfect fit for a home that sits at the base of the Colorado National Monument.
Unless you’re a fan of boring beige, one welcome trend you’ll see in the Parade homes is a venture into the world of color. In many homes, it’s no timid step into biscuit glow or smokey tan, either, but a full-blown explosion of color. Check out the ceiling colors in the Porter Homes house on 24 Road, the vivid burgundy in the Zag Built home, the rich hues in the Davidson Homes house and the warm kitchen tones in the On Track Builders home. When handled by an expert, color can turn any house into a living, vibrant home, and the Parade homes show how it ought to be done.
Several of the homes have some form of smart-home automation, and even if you don’t think you want the capability to turn off your lights from your smart phone, you might be interested in keyless entries or a simple panel that controls a home’s lighting, heating and cooling, as well as music and entertainment.
The Parade has been moved back a few weeks to Sept. 27 - 29 and Oct. 5 - 6, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.. It doesn’t conflict with either Colorado Mountain Winefest or Colorado Pork and Hops Challenge, so there’s no excuse not to get out and visit the Parade of Homes. Tickets are just $10 and are available at all City Market stores in Grand Junction and Fruita.