Home showcase adds green-built, remodeled homes to tour
The Park City Area Homebuilders Association is, once again, hosting the Park City Showcase of Homes, Aug. 26-27, to raise money for the PCAHA and Habitat for Humanity in Summit and Wasatch Counties.
Executive Director Kasey Ring said they will have to wait until the revenue from ticket sales is in to define how much their donation will be this year.
"We have to wait and see what sales look like, but I can tell you last year we gave them $15,000," she said. "I would hope it would be bigger, but it really depends on ticket sales."
"Working with Habitat is a natural fit for our industry. Our builders are working on homes in the area but through their advantages and windfall, we feel it’s super important to give back to the community and to help those who need it to get into affordable housing."
Tickets which are $5 cheaper if purchased online at http://www.pcshowcaseofhomes.com, at the Park City Concept Center or through SmithTix admit the holder to the home tour that includes 15 homes in Summit and Wasatch counties, giving local developers the chance to show what their homes are made of.
"It’s really an opportunity for the builders and developers in our community to showcase their talents and what they offer as far as services and products," Ring said. "It’s also a great way for us to market the homes that are in the showcase. It’s just really the best marketing and sales tool for our suppliers, sub-contractors and builders in the area. For anyone who is involved in the building industry, this is their big event to showcase what is cool and hot in the building industry."
Some of the homes on the tour will represent firsts for the 14-year-old showcase. There will be a green-built home and a remodel so visitors can see new environmentally friendly technology and what can be done to update an older home.
Although each home on the tour will have a sign stating what green-built technology the builders used when creating the house, home No. 8 on the tour was built entirely with the environment in mind.
"That one particular home was built from the beginning as a green-built example and to show the public that considering the environment and site-use planning, using sustainable or recyclable materials, can be beneficial."
Builders used a corn derivative to make the flooring material in the entry way, rather than using a substance based from petroleum, and they used cork flooring in the kitchen.
They also planned the positioning of house on the lot as to use the natural heating and cooling that comes with the natural movement of the sun.
Even the wood stains were made out of no-VOC compound, making them more people and environment friendly.
Home No. 6, located near the ninth green at the Jeremy Club, is a remodel, the first of its kind on the tour.
"We have a lot of inventory in Park City that might able a little bit older inventory, but it’s going to be a big part of our industry here as development slows down and more people to want to remodel a home," Ring said. "We thought it would be a really good idea to show a remodeled home so people can see what can be done with an older property after a remodeling job."
Thad Peterson, the contractor on the project, said he is extremely busy before the tour starts, but that the benefits of being involved keep him coming back.
"They call it Hell Week, the week before the Parade of Homes, but I was in it last year and got a job off of it," he said. "It’s good exposure and it gets your name out there. And, from a homeowner’s standpoint, it assures them that their home will be done on time."
He said plans are to take the 30-year-old cabin and bring it up to today’s standards and to please the new owner. He said the outside of the building will retain its charm, but that the inside needed to be gutted.
"It’s only 4,000 square feet," he said." "It’s a gem amongst the giants. Eveything else is twice the size."
Other homes are located in the gated golf-course communities of Promontory and Glen Wild, which gives "the public the chance to go into those communities and see how the other half lives, so to say," Ring commented.
There are also three homes in Heber City.
Ticket holders will be stamped for every house they see, and become eligible to vote for the People’s Choice Award once they have seen 11. When they vote, they will be entered into a drawing for prizes including The Piano Gallery gift certificates for $2,000, a $1,000 area rug from Interiors Unlimited and a $10,000 bedroom set from Direct Buy.
Driving directions and a brief explanation on each home and its builder can be found at http://www.pcshowcaseofhomes.com.
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