Check out the top houses from the 2018 Parade of Homes

From September 1st through September 16th BIA, Building Industry Association, hosted its annual Parade of Homes, in Plain City, OH. The Parade of Homes is an event in which different builders and interior designers sponsor the event by building and decorating seven unique houses in order to market their designs to potential customers. People from

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across central Columbus come to view these houses as prospective buyers, looking for design ideas, or just looking for something fun to do on a nice day.

    Each of the houses are the perfect fit for different types of people. They all have unique and state of the art functions, as well as some characteristics that are not too functional.

    The Manor Homes house had three stories, with a walkout basement. It had five bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, 4970 square feet, and the asking price was $979,000.      

    The basement had great entertaining space, complete with a pool table and a mini bar.

    The main level had a spacious family room, with high ceilings, that flowed into the kitchen. Although I liked the open floor plan, the kitchen did seemed kind of crammed and it would be hard to have more than a couple people working in there at the same time.

    All of the door frames were made out of logs and the house reminded of me a lodge or cabin, except it had more modern features. I loved the homey vibe that these details brought to the house, and it was my favorite interior design of the parade.

    The Romanelli and Hughes Building Co. was completely different. It had roughly the

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same square footage, but had one less bedroom and full bathroom than the first house.  Immediately, the exterior drew my eye in a negative way. The bottom half of the house was stark white and the top half was dark blue. This color block was very unique but reminded me of a child’s plastic doll house.

    I was more impressed with the inside of the house, however despite the childlike exterior, the house was definitely not designed with a family in mind. Probably 85% of the house was white. White furniture, white floors, white walls, there would be no way any 5 year old could keep their spilled grape juice a secret from their parents.

    The one positive in this $1,050,000 house is the outside space. On the first floor there is a deck that wraps around part of the house with a couple seating areas, a built in grill, and a full table. The house also has a walkout basement which leads to another seating area, as well as two built in swings that are comfortable and fun to relax on.

    Although I was disappointed with the majority of the house, the outside area was my favorite of all the houses, to the point where I even thought that having those spaces, might be worth all of the white.

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    Finally, the biggest, as well as second most expensive house happened to be my overall favorite house. At 6,359 square feet, with five bedrooms and four and half bathrooms, this $1,300,000 house was complete modern amenities, extra rooms, and was even decorated for the holiday season.

    The entire house is shaped around the rotunda staircase at the center, which you see

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the moment you walk through the front door and enter the grand foyer.

    The basement was unfinished, leaving a lot of space for additions by the owner, however it did have a guest room, kids room, as well as rec room, complete with a home entertainment system.

    On the main level the dining room, kitchen, and family room all flowed into one another niceley, allowing there to be plenty of space to entertain or even just spend time with your family while everyone can still have some elbow room.

    The quality that really set this house apart from the rest were the rooms unique to this home, that have the potential to be whatever you would like it to be, but even if you keep

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it the same, they still give the house a lot of character.

    The first addition was the pet room. On the first floor there was a room dedicated to the family’s pet. It had storage areas to keep food, toys, treats, etc, as well as space for the pet to move around freely so if it cannot be out in the house for the time being, they can still enjoy themselves in their room.

    Another amenity was the yoga room. Connected to the master bedroom on the first floor, the yoga room had the supplies needed for a couple of people to do yoga or meditate. This was the only house in the parade to have this extra room connected the master bedroom. Even if you don’t do yoga, this room could easily be transformed into something a little more functional.

    Overall, this house was my favorite and there were very few negatives I could take away. Assuming I had an extra $1.3 million lying around, I would definitely choose to invest in this home.

    The Parade of Homes was very interesting and it was cool to spend an afternoon seeing different houses and design ideas. In total the seven houses cost $8,192,900 and contained roughly 32,266 square feet. If you ever get the opportunity, I would definitely recommend going to see the Parade of Homes or any sort of fancy house showing.

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