Spring Parade of Homes showcases Bay area building talent
Looking at floor plans on paper can only go so far for helping us envision how a home will look, flow and feel. Seeing a finished, furnished and fully decorated home helps us visualize what a new home will truly look like. That's the benefit of looking at the model homes entered in the 2010 Spring Parade of Homes set for April 17 to May 2 and hosted by the Tampa Bay Builders Association (TBBA). More than 50 homes throughout Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco counties have been entered in this year's parade and will feature the latest in home designs and housing trends, providing the ideal opportunity for families to take a peek at the talents of local builders, said Mike Bartoletta, president of the TBBA. "Touring a parade of homes is a great way for homebuyers to see the newest home design concepts in a real setting and to see what the local building industry has to offer," Bartoletta said. "There's nothing like seeing for yourself and taking in the full impact of the newest options and designs available."In addition, visiting homes entered in the parade allows potential homebuyers the opportunity to see the range of choices they have among different builders, and gives a glimpse at how a floor plan flows, which helps tremendously when it comes to choosing a home builder, he said. This year's parade will offer more virtual tours, interactive online services, as well as access to new home models throughout the Tampa Bay region. At any of the model homes in the 2010 Parade, you can enter for a chance to win one of many prizes, including an all expenses paid cruise for three days and two nights for two people, a new washer and dryer, and other prizes. Visit the model homes for complete contest details. Models on display this year will include a mix of single- and multifamily homes. Prices will range from $141,400 to $2,590,000. Model homes are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday throughout the event. Among the 50 homes in the parade are four Showcase Homes. These models are hosted by Newland Communities and can be found in the FishHawk Ranch and MiraBay communities. Showcase Homes are the focal point of the parade and feature the newest designs, products and styles in the home market. In addition, many of the events planned for the parade are held at these Showcase Homes. In FishHawk Ranch, the Showcase Homes are the Gulfport (by Arthur Rutenberg Homes, Custom Craft Homes) and the Waymont (by David Weekley Homes). The Gulfport features a Tuscan-style elevation with ornate, old-world style interior furnishings and heavy faux finishes with dark fabrics and colors. The Waymont is a certified green home by the Florida Green Building Coalition. In MiraBay, the Showcase Homes are the Coral Harbor II (by Cardel Homes) and the Brunswich (by K. Hovnanian Homes). The Coral Harbor II is a new two-story design with an open kitchen and kids' loft/game room. The Brunswick is a two-story design from the Coastal Collection that features studio apartment options over the garage. In addition, the parade is a competition, meaning builders and developers are showcasing their best as they vie for top ranking within various categories. Homes will be judged by a panel of independent home-building experts who consider site plan, curb appeal, design, materials, outdoor living spaces, architectural detailing and workmanship. Entries in the parade will have a 2010 Spring Parade of Homes sign in front and builders and sales representatives will welcome customers and answer questions. Headquartered in Tampa, the TBBA is a professional organization serving Tampa Bay area construction-related businesses, including builders, developers, suppliers and subcontractors. Its members also include lending institutions, architectural and engineering firms, as well as other related businesses. Currently, the TBBA has more than 1,000 member firms, and is among the largest building-trades organizations in Florida. Visit www.tampabayparadeofhomes.com for more information about TBBA and the 2010 Spring Parade of Homes, including maps for finding the model homes.