Parade of Homes set for Sept. 8-16

The annual Parade of Homes, the premier event coordinated each year by the Home Builders Association of the Greater Rockford Area to showcase the region’s new home and condominium construction, will be Saturday, Sept. 8, through Sunday, Sept. 16, this year. Previously, the event was held in mid-July.

“Moving Parade of Homes to September will allow more people to attend,” said Dennis Sweeney, executive director of the Home Builders Association. “July seems to be a popular time for people to go out of town. Plus, the weather will likely be a bit more cooperative.”

The Home Builders Association has sponsored Parade of Homes—a free event open to the public—since 1983.

More than 50 homes and condominiums in Winnebago, Boone and Ogle counties are on the Parade of Homes roster, showcasing a range of styles, sizes, amenities and locations.

Attendees at this year’s event will have the chance to win several home-related prizes, some valued at $500 or more.

“This year’s Parade of Homes includes a new home or condo for just about any family and any budget,” said Sweeney. “It’s also a great event to get up-to-date on the latest building and decorating trends, even if you’re not in the market for a new home.”

The Home Builders Association’s Sweeney says Parade of Homes attendees will see some of the following new-home construction trends on this year’s tour:

Smaller lot sizes, but with more effective home designs. Look for innovative designs that maximize smaller lots, such as homes with their main entrances on the side.

More special-use rooms equals fewer formal living rooms. Sunrooms, media rooms, play rooms and home offices are becoming standard, not just luxury add-ons.

Dining rooms’ survival. Most new homes still retain a formal dining room, despite Americans’ busy lifestyles.

The proliferation of decks, pantries and mudrooms. Multi-level decks, multiple pantries and an all-purpose “mudroom” are quickly becoming the new “must-haves.”

For more info, contact Rockford Home Builders Association, 631 N. Longwood, Suite 102, at (815) 962-1148 or visit

from the Aug. 22-28, 2007, issue

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