The process begins more than a year in advance. Six houses, and a location for the annual Parade of Homes.
The event, staged by the Home Builders & Remodelers Association, continues this year in Clay at the Wildflower Development. A stroll through the street on Thursday feels like you’ve walked on to an HGTV set: saws buzzing, wallpaper stretching and pickup trucks pulling in and out. But by Saturday, Hollyshire Way will be ready to go.
“As exciting as the last-minute rush is, it’s also a little bit stressful,” HBRA Executive Director Mary Thompson said. “So I guess my favorite part is when we actually get started. When the patrons can come in and see what they like.”
Those patrons will have the opportunity to walk through all six houses. A few have been sold already, while others are still on the market.
“Whether you’re looking for new construction, you just want something different to do and poke through or you’re looking to do remodeling… there’s a lot to see out here,” Thompson said.
Houses with the type of detail of those in the parade usually take 5-6 months to build. A “condensed” timeline is applied to the parade homes, constructed in 3-4 months.
“We’re under a hard deadline and we’re challenged to get the contractors to the jobs,” Dan Barnaba said. Barbara is the owner of Eldan Homes, one of six builders on the project. “So we do it in a short time frame.”
He estimates about 200 people work on a single parade house, along with 20-30 vendors that are brought in.
The Parade of Homes begins Saturday, Sept. 14 and runs through Sept 29. It goes from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. during weekdays, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Advance sale tickets are available online for 10 dollars, while tickets at the gate are $12.