The Parade of Homes is happening now, and every day I get questions from friends, family and strangers asking about the parade process and where we purchased things. I’ll answer some of them on the blog. Keep in mind, this is just our experience. I’m sure it is different for everyone.
|Accessible sink in the kitchen|
A couple of years ago, a builder approached me about building a wheelchair accessible parade home, but I didn’t like the style, price, or lot location of that builder. Ever since then, I toyed with the idea of how nice it would be to feature a home that was accessible for children. As a Realtor, I’ve walked through many homes that are wheelchair accessible. Typically it is the master bathroom that is accessible, and the other bathrooms are “normal”. I’ve never seen the floor plan that I was looking for that had an accessible jack-and-jill bathroom. The parade was a way to showcase that a home can be accessible and beautiful at the same time. Ramps do not have to be an eyesore. The parade is supposed to be a way to save money, but it didn’t end up that way in the end.
|Love that girl, and ramp!|
The parade also provides a real deadline. We all know that when a builder says, “Plan on your house being done in June”, you’ll finally get keys in August. It was a miracle we made our deadline. Our equity loan to get the construction loan took way too long which stressed our already tight deadline. Then different contractors wouldn’t show up. Over and over this would happen. Things were still being installed and touched-up even after the parade.
before the parade starts, they move in beautiful furniture and decor. They did not design or pick options for the home though. I had many sleepless nights when I wished Joanna Gaines would appear and help me decide between…black or charcoal, horizontal or vertical, wood or metal, brick or shiplap, pewter or nickel. She never came, so I relied on my stylish husband, parents, and sister. Matt’s choices were typically dictated by, “What’s the price?” My sister would say, “This is a forever house so do it right the first time.” And my parents spent countless hours shopping with me. We made a great design team, and I think our plaque should be on the kitchen counter during the parade!
I see pics of our house on Instagram and Facebook. Some people really hate our kitchen back splash which I totally get. I’ve never been one to play it safe, and I understand it will be dated in a few years. Good thing I love to change things up! We walked through our house the other day during “parade hours”. One lady was jostling the barn doors open and shut. She said laughingly, “Oops, I think I broke them.” Sigh. The carpet already looks matted and dingy, but maybe it’s just my paranoia. Yesterday, I worried as it rained all day, and I hoped the booties didn’t have holes in them.