A home is more than just a roof and some walls. It’s a place where you relax after a day’s work, unwind, raise your family, entertain, and pursue your hobbies and interests. Choosing a builder for your new home can be one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. Most people considering new home construction approach the idea by looking at home designs in books or online, and perhaps talking with various builders. There’s no substitute, though, for getting out and looking at how it’s done. That’s where the Spring Parade of Homes comes in.
What Is the Parade of Homes?
The Parade of Homes is an event hosted by The Building Contractors Association of Southwestern Idaho, an organization that was founded for the express purpose of bringing the Parade of Homes to Boise. The Spring Parade of Homes has been held since 1956, and is a means of showcasing excellence in residential construction by Association members. The membership of the Association has an opportunity to see what others in the field are doing in terms of new home design, and the general public also has the chance to see what’s new and innovative, and may even be motivated to purchase one of the showcased homes.
What’s New in 2014?
This year, the 2014 Spring Parade of Homes showcased 40 high-end homes reflecting new trends in home construction and décor. Brighter colors seem to be increasing in popularity for wall treatments. In flooring, porcelain is gaining in popularity while hardwood continues to dominate. Homes of all sizes were featured, with the largest being just over 7,700 square feet. Prices ranged from under $220,000 up to $2.7 million. All 40 homes can be viewed at http://www.bcaswi.org/events/parade_of_homes/parade_of_homes_2014/.
Awards were presented in various categories, including kitchen, master suite, interior design and finish, and exterior design across seven categories representing various price ranges. Awards were also given for best decoration across the seven categories, and for energy efficiency.
The following are the winners for best overall home in the seven categories:
Category 1 - $220,000 and under
Category 2 - $235,000-$274,000
Category 3 - $275,000-$310,000
Category 4 - $335,000-$350,000
Blackstead Building Company
Category 5 - $365,000-$480,000
Syringa Construction LLC
Category 6 - $600,000-$750,000
Clark & Co. Homes
Category 7 - $1 million and over
What Does This Mean to a Home Purchaser?
Anyone thinking of building or buying a home could benefit from the 2014 Spring Parade of Homes. The 40 featured homes are representative of what’s best in construction. Some of the homes featured have already been sold, but many are still available for purchase. Even if a person touring any of the 40 homes showcased was just looking for ideas on what to feature when building their new home, the 2014 Spring Parade of Homes was an outstanding opportunity to do so.