{Tri-Cities} Our experience with the 2013 Parade of Homes (tickets still available!)

by Melody on September 10, 2013

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This past weekend, my husband and I attended the Tri-Cities Parade of Homes put on by the Home Builders Association of the Tri-Cities and had a blast!  If you have never been, the Parade is a collection of 26 homes around West Richland, Richland, Pasco and Kennewick done by different builders in the area.  The ticket you purchase has a space for each home that you get stamped at each visit.

The Parade ran all last weekend, this Wednesday September 11th from 1 PM – 7 PM and next weekend, September 14th and 15th from 9 AM to 5 PM.  You can visit the homes anytime during these windows and you are welcome to poke around anywhere in the house, ask questions, take pictures and just enjoy the amazing features and design. The houses range in size and are broken up by square foot category.

We spent a FULL day on Sunday running up and down Tri-Cities, checking out as many houses as possible but still trying to enjoy them.  We still made it to only 15 houses!  They varied so much in design, color, layout, landscaping and size and it was really fascinating to see how different builders envision a home.  My husband and I love to dream and talk about what the future holds, so we really enjoyed this time we got to spend together.  Even if most of the houses were out of our league, we were able to talk about small upgrades we could make to our house or design upgrades or even how to decorate to really make a space pop. SO much fun.

Just a few of our favorite rooms and ideas:

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I absolutely adore this entryway.  So simple, but so welcoming.  The designer did a great job in making this house seem completely liveable.

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The wall in the shower is the same material as the flooring!  Love how it makes the room look so cohesive, brilliant.

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This was a pretty common theme, with the outdoor living space and a TV.  Football was on at every house we went to, making this seem like the  perfect hang out spot.  Several had misters built in for those hot Tri-Cities summer days.

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Wallpaper in the closet is genius.  This is seriously the only closet I remember because it just popped.  I made my husband take a picture and all he said was “I am NOT putting wallpaper in our closet”.

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And then there was this view. Gah.

Be sure to check out the kids’ room at home #26 by Easton Construction, it’s worth it.  If my kids had seen it, we would have had to move in.  Plus, the dining room floor is part of the old Hanford High gym.  Talk about memorabilia.

You can pick up tickets to the Parade at all local area Circle K gas stations, priced at $10 each.  Each ticket is good for one visit to each home and is valid across all days of the Parade.  You can start at any house you choose.  You can find a Parade map at the Parade of Homes site or through their mobile app, which shows you locations of each home, directions and information about the builder.

Visit all 26 homes and drop your fully-stamped ticket at the last home and be entered to win a $3,000 closet package from California Closets!  You can also enter to win a $4,000 appliance package from Fred’s Appliance at 13 of the houses, plus some of the builders are offering their own individual giveaways.

Last but not least, if you tweet a picture to @KAPPKVEW and @HBAEvents with the hashtag #PoHTC and you will be entered to win a $2,000 gift certificate to Fred’s Appliance!

Question: I’d love to hear from those who went on the tour!  What was your favorite home?  Did you pick up any ideas you’d love to implement in your own home?

Disclosure: I was provided a pair of tickets to attend the Parade of Homes, but received no additional compensation for this post.

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