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June 9, 2013

Event allows builders to show off new home concepts

TRAVERSE CITY — Homebuilders across the region will showcase the latest trends and techniques at the annual Parade of Homes, starting next Saturday in Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties.

The Parade of Homes is presented annually by the Home Builders Association Grand Traverse Area Inc. The event is June 15 to 23 and features 15 newly built homes by nine different contractors in locations throughout the region. Attendees can tour homes in any combination of days and locations during parade week.

The association serves as a professional trade organization for licensed builders, tradesmen and related professionals who are committed to constructing quality housing, providing associated services and utilizing progressive technologies. Serving the five-county Grand Traverse region, it is also an industry resource for consumers and businesses.

The Parade of Homes can be a win-win for builders as well as visitors, according to Home Builders Association marketing and events coordinator Kerry Gartland.

“Builders and subcontractors are excited to share their concepts and designs…and the chance to showcase their work,” she said, noting that visitors enjoy seeing the houses while also picking up ideas that can be incorporated into their own homes. “There is so much for everyone and (for every budget)...even if you take away just one idea, it can add the same uniqueness to one’s home.”

A few highlights of the 2013 show include an Incochee Woods home with an extensive chef’s kitchen including a wood fired pizza oven, an Underwood Ridge kitchen featuring a four-drawer French door refrigerator complete with built-in LCD screen, 5-star energy houses and a Silver Lake waterfront home.

Other building industry trends seen in the Parade of Homes as well as new home construction throughout northern Michigan include greater use of granite and custom finishes and technology like cameras or security systems that can be programmed and accessed long distance via smart phone or iPad. Green building and energy efficiency are strong with many incorporating “LP wood” or “smart siding,” which is an engineered product that looks like wood but requires little upkeep and can provide a longer lasting exterior. Geothermal heating is also being used with increasing frequency.

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