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Homebuilders produce Spring Parade of Homes

May 21, 2015
| By Pat Evans |
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Homebuilders produce Spring Parade of Homes
One of the 2015 Spring Parade of Homes is a remodeled home in Rockford by DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen. Photo via

Eighty homes by 57 builders will be at the center of the Spring Parade of Homes that starts tomorrow.

The Spring Parade of Homes by the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids will run from May 22 to June 6, with homes open from 1-9 p.m. on Memorial Day, Fridays and Saturdays and 5-9 p.m. on Wednesdays.

The tour gives prospective home buyers and remodelers a chance to see new trends in home building and interior design.

“Our builders have been working throughout this hard winter, and we can’t wait to see the finished products,” said Nelson Van Elderen, interim executive officer, Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids. “We expect to see the latest technology, appliances and interior design ideas.”

"Universal design" homes

The Spring Parade of Homes offers a chance for potential customers to get up close and personal with “universal design” homes.

“Many of our builders are keeping the needs to accommodate all family members’ needs in mind as they construct their homes,” Elderen said. “More and more people are looking to make sure that their dream home will suit them for many years to come, which means incorporating universal design into the homes.”

The homes include many attributes that make the homes accessible to everyone, such as zero-step entrances, wider doorways and easy-to-reach outlets.

A variety of price ranges will be featured on the tour, from $200,000 to more than $1 million.

The varying prices allow the homebuilders to showcase the latest building styles, green practices, custom detailing, flooring, interior design and landscaping.


The Spring Parade of Homes features homes in communities from Grand Rapids to the lakeshore: Allendale, Alto, Byron Center, Caledonia, Cascade Township, Cedar Springs, Coopersville, Dorr, East Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Township, Grandville, Hudsonville, Jenison, Kentwood, Pierson, Rockford, South Haven, Spring Lake, Walker, Wayland and Wyoming.


Spring Parade of Homes tickets can be purchased for $12 at the homes or $10 at Option 1 Credit Union locations, online or the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids office. 

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