With 22Â newly built houses in three suburban Milwaukee subdivisions, the annual Metropolitan Builders Associationâ€™s Parade of Homes is a spectacle of the latest and best in home construction, says builder Scott Thistle.
From trends in paint colors,Â wood tones andÂ home technologyÂ to gourmet kitchens, the three-week event, which starts Saturday and runs through Labor Day, offers visitors loads of ideas for decorating, remodeling or building their own home.
â€śItâ€™s a giant showroom for customers,â€ť said Thistle, owner of Halen Homes and chairman of the 2018 Parade of Homes.
The 22 houses, constructed byÂ 20 southeastern WisconsinÂ homebuilders, are located at Lilly Crossing in Brookfield, Lake Country Village in SummitÂ and Hidden Hills in Sussex.
“More than 35,000 visitors are expected to tour the homes over the course of this three-week event,” said Kathy Raab, executive director of the local builders’ association.Â “It’s the perfect chance for visitors to get unique ideas for building a new homeÂ or remodeling their current home.”
The homes range in sizeÂ from 2,100 to 6,500 square feetÂ and feature many different styles.
“Itâ€™s conceivable you’reÂ going to see almost everyÂ style of home, and you’re certainlyÂ going to be able to identify what it is that you like, what it is that you donâ€™t like, and it’sÂ just a great way to start your buying process,” Thistle said. “You’re armed with information right out of the gate.”
Regular tickets for the 2018 Parade of Homes allow entry into each of the three subdivisions once over the course of the event. They are available at Parade entrances and atÂ www.mbaparadeofhomes.comÂ for $12 for adults, and $6 for seniors 65 and olderÂ and children ages 3 to 12. Children younger thanÂ 3 are admitted free.
An all-access pass is $16 andÂ allows unlimited entry to each of the Parade sites during regular hours.
Parade hours are Monday through Friday from 4Â to 8 p.m., and on weekends and Labor Day,Â 11Â a.m. to 5Â p.m.
Special events and promotions will be held throughout the event, including a food drive, Half Price Days, Realtor DaysÂ and Military & Emergency Service Personnel Appreciation Days. Nonn’s Kitchen Bath and Flooring is the presenting sponsor of the Parade of Home.
The Metropolitan Builders Association, based inÂ Waukesha,Â is a nonprofit trade association that represents nearly 1,000 companies involved in the construction, development, and remodeling of single and multifamily housing and light commercial property in Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee, Jefferson, and Milwaukee counties.
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