The Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids is a professional nonprofit trade organization.Image via mygrhome.com
Koetje Builders, Gary Byker and Jannel Joppie, Muston Construction, Advanced Homes, Cutting Edge Builders and Sable Homes — along with a host of other designers and builders — are anxious to display their latest creations in the Spring Parade of Homes, which starts Friday.
The Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids puts on the annual event, and it’s the association’s largest undertaking each year, easily topping the Fall Parade of Homes.
Seventy-four homes are in the spring parade this year, up from last year’s 71.
The vast majority are new single-family homes, but a handful of condos and remodeled homes also are in the mix.
The homes are nicely distributed throughout Kent County and the allotment should provide potential buyers with a good choice of living locations.
“We’re expecting to see our tour and sales tickets to increase just because with the (housing) inventory lower, people are looking, and they need ideas. And they need to see the potential home they could move into,” said Emily Siebert, HBAGGR executive officer.
One home they just might want to take a look at is what Sable Homes calls “one of West Michigan’s first healthier homes.”
Sable built the 2,242-square-foot home at 9309 Stone View Dr. in Rockford, where it is part of the builder’s Stone Crest development.
Sable Homes said it’s the first home in the region to feature AirRenew gypsum wall boards, which have a reputation of enhancing the indoor air by reducing volatile organic compounds like formaldehyde by converting VOCs into safe inert compounds — and are moisture and mold resistant.
Walls containing AirRenew are reportedly able to purify air for up to 75 years.
The Sable home also contains VOC-free paint and primer.
“Energy efficiency and healthy living are always front of mind for us. We take pride in using the safest materials for living and the best products to preserve our environment,” said John Bitely, president of Sable Homes.
Building on 2012
HBAGGR's Siebert said last year’s spring parade was a solid success.
Entries were up by 25 percent, tickets sales rose by 17 percent and tour traffic increased by 42 percent last year from 2011.
She expects similar gains this year.
“Things have been on a steady climb,” she said, “which has been great to see.”
The spring tour
The spring parade of new homes will be open for touring on Friday, Memorial Day and each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from May 29 through June 8. Tour hours are from 1-9 p.m.
The remodeled homes can be seen on Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8, from 1-8 p.m.
Virtual maps, photos and descriptions of the homes are at HBAGGR's website. Six of the homes can be toured virtually.
Tickets are available at each home in the parade for $12, but can be purchased for $10 at any of the six area Option 1 Credit Union locations, the association’s headquarters, at 3959 Clay Ave. SW in Wyoming, and online at myGRhome.com. There is no charge for children 12 and under.
A VIP pass sells for $20, and it can be used for the tour throughout the parade’s duration.
The pass also is good for two VIP Nights, which includes two evenings of food, music, product demonstrations, chef presentations and artistic displays. The VIP Nights will be held Thursday, May 30 and June 6.