Get ready to tour: Visit 8 Homes during the HBA Parade of Homes & Win!

2013-05-25T00:00:00Z Get ready to tour: Visit 8 Homes during the HBA Parade of Homes & Win!Michelle Krueger
May 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

New construction allows you to visualize how a home can meet your needs today . . . and well into the future. That’s because the best new homebuilders are in-tune with the different features you’ll enjoy now, as well as those that can make life easier down the road.

For example, living rooms – which were once “off limits” for everyday living - are being reinvented to meet the changing needs of families today. Main floor dens are now flex spaces that can easily be converted from their original purpose – dedicated office, craft space, music room, library, etc. - into an additional bedroom should the need arise. Wiring that can handle the ongoing technical revolution is essential, as are universal elements such as grab bars in bathrooms, which prove to be equally handy for all ages.

Kitchens remain the heart of any home. The great variety of design, amenities and finishes reflect individual taste, but also share common elements for convenience, storage and access to outdoor living.

Plus, it’s impossible to ignore the many benefits of energy efficiency in new construction since heating and cooling accounts for as much as half of all the energy used in a typical home (Home performance with ENERGY STAR report).

Presented by the Home Builders Association of Northwest Indiana (HBA), this year’s Parade of Homes features 36 new construction homes plus a development with locations throughout Lake and Porter counties. Once again a self-guided tour, you can visit Parade participants in any order, at your convenience.

“Everything’s fresh and new this year,” HBA Parade Chairman Paul Shinn of Paul Shinn Homes & Developments in Chesterton said. “One of the biggest benefits of a scattered-site Parade is the fact that more builders can put their homes in – builders with models in a variety of locations that wouldn’t get to participate otherwise. There are so many different homes to choose from as you tour this year – from base models to high-end homes with price points all over the map.”

Along with the opportunity to tour a great variety of the area’s finest new homes, visitors to the 30th annual local Parade of Homes have the chance to win one of three great prizes - the grand prize, a Samsung 46” LED Smart HDTV or the second and third prizes, Samsung Galaxy 7.0 Tablets with 8GB Memory.

Featuring the latest work of more than 18 local homebuilders, the 2013 Parade of Homes begins June 1st and continues through June 9th. Homes will be open from 11am-5pm on the weekends and 1-6pm during the week. Admission is free, and “Parade Bingo” cards will be available at all of the Parade homes. Simply fill out the registration information, collect 8 stamps along the way and leave the completed card at any home to be entered in the drawing. Winners will be selected and notified on June 21st.

“We started planning last December,” Shinn, who has been a member of the HBA for 13 years and is chairing the Parade committee for the first time, said. “Probably the biggest obstacle is just getting the word out, communicating our plan to the builders and then letting everyone else know what’s going on. Along with the Parade guide that will be available later this week, the HBA has an interactive map online with more information about all the homes so you can make decisions about where to go and print out maps.”

Each summer, the HBA Parade of Homes provides a unique opportunity to learn more about many of the area’s leading builders, inviting you inside to see what they have to offer. Having earned a longstanding reputation for excellence, thousands of visitors attend the Parade each year. As a result, participating builders work hard to showcase their unique brand of craftsmanship as well as the industry’s latest innovations.

With so many exciting new homes ready to welcome you, this year’s Parade promises to leave a lasting impression whether you’re looking to buy, interested in learning more about the latest trends in building, design and décor, or simply enjoy viewing new homes.

The 2013 HBA Parade of Homes is brought to you with the support of platinum sponsor Carter Lumber and prize sponsors NIPSCO and First State Bank of Porter. Along with Shinn, the HBA’s 2013 Parade Committee includes Julie Deal, Steve Huff, Hal Kemmerer, Palmer Myers, Jamie Sulcer, Ed Kelly, Todd Olthof and Vicky Gadd.

Look for the Parade of Homes guide featuring complete details plus a handy Parade map in The TIMES on Thursday, May 30th. Parade guides will also be available at Strack and Van Til stores throughout Lake and Porter counties. Detailed home descriptions and the interactive map can be accessed online at

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