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Parade of Homes

February 27, 2007

For anyone building a house, I would strongly suggest attending as many Parade of Homes events as possible. These are useful in many, many ways. At a Parade of Homes, you can walk through houses and see what types of floorplans you like best. You can make notes of room sizes that feel comfortable to you. You can look at features that you like; we realized how much we enjoy the 2 story great room by touring other houses.

Once your house is being constructed, the Parade of Homes serves a different purpose. When we were in Charlotte, we used the Charlotte Parade of Homes there to help with house design. Now that we are here and have our house designed & partially built, we’re using the Lake Sumter Parade of Homes for interior decor ideas.

By touring houses, we realized yet again why we went with a custom builder, rather than one of those larger on-your-lot builders that would have made us choose from a series of floor plans. We only tour the more expensive houses ($600,000+), because these are the houses with the features we’re interested in. It seems that, with the larger national builders, houses come in 2 styles. Either you have a HUGE house with lovely features that is, just by virtue of its massive size, out of our price range. Or else you have a medium sized house that’s in our price range but that is missing those details that we value, like granite or quartz counterops, crown moulding, hardwood floors and hardwood stairs, etc. There doesn’t seem to be a happy medium, so, for ideas’ sake, we only tour the pricier houses with the features that we like.

We really liked the color scheme of this kitchen, with its light wood, dark countertop, and neutral-colored tile:

We thought this bathroom was neat; the color scheme is similar to what we would like for ours, and the idea of having the shower behind the bath was intriguing.  It’s now what we’re doing with our house, but it’s a good idea for future houses!

Here is the same bath from a different angle:

I also like that you can set up drinks or candles alongside the tub.

We didn’t like this exact look, but were interested in how they used molding on their walls to make the walls more distinctive:

The Parade of Homes is also about finding out what you DON’T like, and this house made us realize that we didn’t like what we’d planned for our entertainment center.  The drywall just looked too chunky:

This was an interesting looking house in Howey in the Hills; I’d driven by it a few times as it was going up, and it piqued my curiousity.  The asking price is $1.6 million, but I would be surprised if it sold quickly.  It’s a neat house but has insuperable location problems:

It is a very, very Disney house; the builder worked for Disney for many years, and it definitely shows in his construction and decoration style.  Here is the door knocker; I thought it was interesting, though not at all suited to our beachy house.

Here is another fun photo; I liked this door – very European, and the peephole area reminded me of the Wizard of Oz.

This theatre isn’t anything we’re interested in doing, but it was fun looking:

And here are several pictures of children’s rooms that were really over the top, Disney-themed: Nemo, Pirates, and Princesses, as well as a Raggedy Ann-themed room:

The Parade of Homes is a great experience, from which you can gain a wealth of ideas for new home construction & interior design.  I would highly recommend using it as a resource and taking the opportunity to tour as many houses as possible in a low- or no-sales pressure atmosphere.