May 03, 2012The 2012 Spring Parade of Homes continues in Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point, Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6 from 1 to 5 p.m. each day. And admission is free.
The Spring Parade of Homes showcases the latest trends in home design. It doesn't matter whether you're looking to build a new home, want to remodel your existing home or are just interested in getting ideas on appliances, hardware and decorating, you're sure to find something in the parade that will intrigue, inform or inspire you.
The builders in this year's parade each have their own way with ceilings. Jennifer Strimple of Home Team Builders is no exception. Her 4,500-square-foot, Energy Star Certified house in Jessup Ridge welcomes guests with a stunning red and white coffered ceiling in the entry hall.
The red and white theme is carried through to the dining room with a deep red tray ceiling, outlined in contrasting white on white wainscoting that sets off rich red walls. A magnificent black wrought iron, eight-globe chandelier, however, is the true focal point of this elegant room.
Unique lighting treatments are to be found in most of the rooms in Home Team's spacious entry. Under-cabinet lighting illuminates the earth tones of the granite countertops in the kitchen as well as the countertop in the butler's pantry that separates the formal dining room from the kitchen. Granite also tops the stool-height counter that overlooks both the breakfast area and the great room.
Complementing the energy-efficient kitchen's granite is the earth-toned granite of the gas fireplace. The fireplace's white mantle and surround draw the eye upward to another coffered ceiling. To one side of the fireplace is a door that opens to a roomy screened-in room where you can relax on warm summer nights in bug-less comfort.
This Parade of Homes entry at 2401 Meadow Road by Building Dimensions has five bedrooms, a circular loft and theater and fitness rooms, as well as a salt-water pool and outdoor kitchen. It is one of 50 entries open for free to the public from 1 to 5 p.m. for one more weekend – Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6.
The master is on the first floor, and it too has a tray ceiling and a deep bay window that looks out to the wooded backyard. The master bath has his/her vanities, a walk-in glass-walled shower and jetted soaking tub. A lovely stained glass window over the tub gives light to the room as does the bronze and crystal chandelier in the center of the room. A heated tile floor and his and her closets with built-in shelves complete the master suite.
There is a second bedroom on the main level, as well as office space across the foyer from the dining room. Two more bedrooms are downstairs, along with a finished family room with a fireplace and an enormous amount of storage. Storage space can also be found adjacent to the bonus room over the garage.
Otey Construction's Craftsman style home in Northern Point at Lake Jeanette also features interesting ceilings and elegant lighting fixtures. A floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace is the focal point of the home's airy great room with a cathedral ceiling. On either side of the fireplace, curved, triangle-shaped windows let in lots of natural light.
Open to both the great room and wood-ceilinged breakfast nook is the efficient gourmet kitchen. Black granite countertops, cream-colored cabinets, stainless steel Energy Star Certified GE appliances, plus a walk-in corner pantry show that Otey knows that cooks want both beauty and functionality in their kitchens.
The master bedroom in this home has an elegant chandelier that drops from a vaulted ceiling. The adjoining bath has a large walk-in shower with two benches, a separate water closet and a double sink vanity with granite countertop.
Separating the two upstairs bedrooms is a huge bonus room. Under-eave storage is accessed through a door in the bonus room, and abundant walk-in attic storage is reached through another door in one of the bedrooms.
Situated on a quiet cul-de-sac, Otey's cottage-style home reflects its Craftsman heritage with a brick exterior, dormer windows and extensive interior hardwoods. Look for the unique compass medallion set in the front walkway as you approach the home.
Nestled on another peaceful cul-de-sac, this time in The Gates at Brassfield, is D. Stone Builders' four-bedroom, 3,442-square-foot parade home. Although the house is on a private street, The Gates at Brassfield is just off New Garden Road, convenient to restaurants, shopping, the airport and highways.
The home has a huge master suite with a tray ceiling on the main level. It has its own sitting area that looks out to the private backyard. Elegant crystal prisms drop from the sitting room's chandelier and reflect light from a half-moon window near the top of the vaulted ceiling. A matching chandelier graces the elegant master bath. His and her vanities on either side of the bath have light fixtures with crystal prisms that mirror those of the chandelier.
Don and Annette Mills of Don Mills Builders in the great room of their entry at 7724 Chesterbrook Dr. in Stonebridge. The floor-to-ceiling surround of the fireplace behind them is tile but looks like upholstered leather, and is flanked by built-in bookcases with inset windows.
Another unique chandelier hangs in the breakfast room, and the kitchen has recessed ceiling lighting and under-cabinet lights to illuminate the granite topped counters. The stainless steel appliances are by Jenn-Air.
An angled sink and counter in the kitchen allow a view of both the breakfast area and the great room's gas fireplace. Windows all across the back of the house let in lots of light, and there is an airy screened-in room and large deck accessed by a door in the breakfast room. Hardwood floors throughout the first floor tie the rooms together. There is also a second bedroom on this level, as well as a laundry room.
Upstairs are two more bedrooms and a bonus room. Recessed lighting, two ceiling fans and dormer windows make this a comfortable room for any family activity. There is also walk-in attic storage and under-eave storage for all those seldom used items.
D. Stone Builders' second parade entry is in Jordan Creek off Mackey Road in Jamestown. This twin home has many of the same features as the Brassfield house, but on a slightly smaller scale. At 2,147 square feet, it offers an open floor plan, with a formal dining room and first floor master bedroom and bath.
Hardwood flooring, standard in all Jordan Creek homes, flows from the front door, through the foyer and into the kitchen and living area. The kitchen is open to the living area, separated by a granite-topped L-shaped counter that houses the stainless steel double-bowl sink. Well-placed lighting in the kitchen accentuates the rich warmth of the cabinets that provide ample storage. A small butler's pantry works as a pass-through from the kitchen to the dining room.
Upstairs is another bedroom, bath, and an unfinished bonus room over the two-car garage. There is also walk-in attic space, which could also be finished if the need arose.
The largest parade entry is by Building Dimensions, at 6,265 square feet, the gamble-roofed house has a wide hand-cut stone porch, covered by an arched wooden ceiling. Inside, the foyer, with its unusual wrought iron spherical chandelier, leads into the wide open space of the great room and kitchen.
This space is divided by two large pillars that are bridged by a lighted glass rack over a wet bar that houses a wine cooler and an icemaker. The wet bar, like the large center island and kitchen workspaces, is topped with black, river-washed granite. The granite is a striking contrast to the sparkling white cabinets of the wet bar and kitchen. A large center island with a unique hammered steel prep sink, two convection ovens and a six-burner Wolfe cooktop make this kitchen a gourmet's dream; and, because this is an Energy Star Certified home, it's energy efficient too. The apron-front farmhouse sink, kerosene-style drop lights over the island, and the mason jar chandelier above a barn wood table in the eating area lend a real country feel.
The large master suite is on the main floor. It has built in shelving, his and her closets, and a magnificent all stone walk-in shower. There is also an office and laundry room on this level.
Three more bedrooms, a bonus room and another laundry room are upstairs. At the top of the stairway is a circular sitting area graced by a curved built-in window seat and an elegant black and crystal chandelier that drops from a round tray ceiling. Each of the bedrooms has a window seat, built-in shelves, its own bath and a walk-in closet. The bonus room's dormer windows each have matching hand-blown pendant lights over built-in desks.
This house also has a full basement, and it's there that you find the theater room, exercise room and family room with its own wet bar, wine cooler and ice maker. Walk outside on this level to the patio and enjoy the saline swimming pool, hot tub and fire pit with gas starter. Here you will also find an outdoor kitchen with a gas grill and smoker set in a granite-topped, stacked stone work wall. From the patio, a winding wrought-iron stairway takes you to the overhead deck and screen room.
This is a magnificent home with far too many features to mention. See it, and Building Dimensions' other home in Stafford Forest in Oak Ridge, for yourself this weekend.
Directions to each home, a picture of the house and a drawing of the floor plan, along with a list of sponsors, contractors, suppliers, and service providers for each home is included in the 2012 Spring Parade of Homes magazine. Magazines are available at each home, and at any Harris Teeter or Lowe's Home Improvement store; or, visit www.TriadParadeofHomes.com for more information.
Check out the Parade of Home's new mobile application to map your tour route this year. For additional information, visit the Greensboro Builders Association website at www.GreensboroBuilders.org.