Homebuilder’s showcase has a two-fold mission
The annual Park City Area Homebuilder’s Association Showcase of Homes is a great way for people to get ideas about their own homes.
It’s also a good way for builders, subcontractors, interior and exterior decorators and architects to network, and it’s the association’s biggest fundraiser of the year, said Geri Strand, executive officer with the Park City Area Homebuilders’ Association.
"This is what keeps us going," Strand said during an interview with The Park Record. "We are member driven and currently have 200 members. They are all from the business and include builders, subcontractors, mortgage lenders, interior designers and basically anyone who has a hand in the building industry.
"The show also promotes the builders and the subcontractors," she said. "It lets them get their product out to showcase them in a very professional setting."
This year’s Showcase of Homes will run every Saturday and Sunday for three weekends beginning Aug. 17. The last weekend will be Labor Day weekend, so there will be tours held on Monday, Sept. 2, Strand said.
"The tour, which started in 1992, is a convenient way to display the homebuilders’ skills and to help them get other jobs," she said. "The homebuilders wouldn’t be able to have this type of promotion by doing something on their own, and the association wants to help our members network with each other for future projects."
The tours are all self-guided and the neighborhoods spotlighted will all be in Wasatch and Summit Counties.
"One of the nice things is that some of the showcases are in gated communities, including the Colony, Promontory and Red Ledges," Strand said. "Typically the general public can’t just drive into these areas, so the showcase gives our attendees what types of homes are offered in these places to see what the builders can do."
The Homebuilder’s Association also represents Duchesne County, but this year’s tour doesn’t feature any homes there.
"We have 17 homes that are included on the tour, which is up from the 11 we had last year," Strand said. "To me, that shows the economy and the building industry has picked up."
The guidelines for selecting the houses that are on the tour are strict.
"They all have to be newly constructed," Strand said. "They were all built within this past year."
They also have to be fully constructed.
"That means they have to be landscaped and interior decorated," Strand said. "We require this because we want people to come in and see them and if they like what they see, they can buy them right off the bat.
"We’ve sold a few during the showcases throughout the years," she said. "All the houses are unique, as they usually are, and they have the latest in technology, energy efficiency and architecture. And the homeowners and architects will be on hand to answer any questions."
Strand likes organizing the event because she feels confident in saying this tour is on of the best showcases in the West.
"We’re quite proud of that and there are just two of us planning the event," she said. "We work hard six months out of the year to do this event."
Strand is also pleased that people from other parts of the country come to the tour.
"We sell tickets in 23 different states to those who, one, are looking to move here at some point in the future, or, two, to those who just like coming to see what different homes we have here in the area," she said. "We have been told constantly by these people that the Park City Area Showcase of Homes is one of their favorites in the nation,"
Tickets are $15, but if they are purchased online at http://www.pcshowcaseofhomes.com, they are $12.
"Tickets can also be purchased the days of the showcase at seven different homes on the tour, and the addresses of those homes are available online as well," Strand said.
"The ticket is good for all the weekends. So if someone can’t finish the tour on one weekend, they can come back."
The Park City Area Showcase of Homes will run every Saturday and Sunday from Aug. 17 through Sept. 1. The tours will be held in neighborhoods throughout Park City and Heber from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. For more information and locations, visit http://www.PCShowcaseOfHomes.com.
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