TOURING THE PARADE of Homes is a rite of spring in southern Manitoba.
Whether you’re building a dream home, contemplating a renovation or just checking out the latest trends, you’ll always find plenty of inspiration and information in the current crop of display homes.
Along with the latest upgrades in energy-efficient mechanical systems and construction techniques, builders are showing what they can do with a surprisingly eclectic range of materials, from natural stone and wood to high-tech composites.
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Trend-watchers will note that traditional brick looks have made a comeback on exteriors and on interior feature walls and fireplaces. And while ultra-glossy cabinetry is in vogue, you’ll find it paired with warming wood accents and flooring in designer kitchens. Speaking of kitchens, we’re still seeing a lot of classic white, grey and greige — yes, greige is officially a thing — but bold has definitely taken hold, with metallics and dramatic black for walls, cabinetry and hardware.
If you’re considering a move, there are dozens of prime locations to explore, from Brandon to Selkirk, and Stonewall to Niverville and St. Adolphe. Barely beyond the Perimeter, new developments are taking shape in West St. Paul, East St. Paul, Headingley and La Salle. You’ll find affordable starter homes, luxury walkout bungalows, attached townhomes and condos of every description, with Parade entries in more than 30 communities.
The Parade’s 120-plus display homes are basically catalogues for Manitoba’s home builders, and if you see something you like, it can be reproduced — with modifications tailored to your wants and needs — in the location of your choice.
Chances are you already have some ideas about what your dream home will look like, but chances are even better that after a Parade tour, you’ll want to make a few additions to the plan.
Accessible homes with main-floor bedrooms and bathrooms are increasingly common choices for multi-generational families, and for mature home buyers who plan to age in place. Butler’s pantries and spice kitchens are cool conveniences that keep cooking odours, splatters and food-prep messes away from entertainment zones in open-concept kitchens and great rooms. And big mudrooms with custom storage, dog showers, and durable floors will help you preserve that neat-as-a-pin show-home look.
Talk to your builder about your lifestyle, favourite hobbies and plans for the future. They have a lot of experience building dream homes, and it’s a safe bet they have some creative ideas up their sleeves to give you a some truly unique personal space.