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2018 Parade of Homes: Showcase of new design trends from affordable to dreamy

Comito Building and Design / Forest Lakes, $ 1,775,000

Comito Building and Design / Forest Lakes, $ 1,775,000

The 2018 Parade of Homes is shaping up to be a spectacle of the latest trends in home building today and in some cases builders have gone out of their way to bring movements from other parts of the country that have not yet made it to the Front Range.

We’ll be showing off a jewel-box home that is just so special it will knock your socks off,” says Rick Delesk of The Newport Company, whose Parade home will be located in the Broadmoor. “It will be a combination of design and materials seen in other parts of the country but people have definitely not seen it done here.” 

Delesk, along with more than 25 other local homebuilders, will put their craft on display from Friday, Aug. 3 through Sunday, Aug. 19 in 18 different communities for the public to enjoy. Homes are generally open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.  A $15 ticket will allow entry into all 35 homes in the Parade.

Shirley Rouse, Events and Operations Manager with the HBA, says this year is significant because it has been years since this many homes have been featured. “Homes this year will range from $250,000 to $2.8 million and several are custom homes,” she says. “It’s always exciting to have the public see the new homes, design trends and discover new communities.”

Delesk is one of those builders who have not participated for 8-10 years and he is thrilled to be building a showcase home for this year’s event. “We have two new gated communities in Broadmoor proper and a host of suppliers who want to show off the latest and greatest that they offer,” he says. 

Trish Ingels, Delesk’s wife and exclusive marketing agent for The Newport Company, says this home, located in a new subdivision called, “The Polo Club” off Marland Road, will surprise people. “This home is going to look very traditional on the outside with an all-stone exterior but it will be very current on the inside,” she says. “The interior is open with rough weathered paneling, very high ceilings, 10-foot doors and mountain views that come right inside. It will be a very fun house to go through.”

At nearly 8,000 square feet, other features include theatre and billiards rooms, large and well-appointed closets, 10-foot glass bookshelves and a 6-car garage as the platform for two guest suites.

Lain Chappell of Solid Rock Custom Homes is introducing a new trend in homebuilding with his Parade home this year. The Solid Rock home, located in the Skyway area, will be Rustic Industrial Modern or RIM and will feature exposed steel, clean lines and smart technology for a truly special offering. “We will be showing something you might see in Breckenridge, Snowmass or Aspen,” Chappell says. “The owners of this home enjoy entertaining so people will get to experience some very innovative entertaining features plus nearly 2,000 square feet of deck and patio space and a detached workshop for those interested in man caves.”

The home also features an outdoor kitchen with serving window, pullout wine cart and a master suite with private deck, hot tub and incredible views.

The 2018 Parade of Homes communities cover a lot of ground throughout Colorado Springs and include Meridian Ranch, Wolf Ranch, Cathedral Pines, Forest Lakes, The Farm, Cumbre Vista and High Forest Ranch plus several other locations. The HBA featured communities are Banning Lewis Ranch, Gold Hill Mesa and Flying Horse and are designated as such because show-goers will be able to view more than three homes in each of these communities. Local homebuilders participating this year include Classic Homes, Alliance Builders, Goetzmann Custom Homes, Keller Homes, Galiant Homes, Vanguard Homes and Hi-Point Home Builders to name a few.

The Comito Building and Design Parade home is a fusion of mountain and modern but its wow factor will come from how the home and setting complement each other. “It’s definitely classic Colorado on the exterior and offers a more open, entertaining floor plan on the interior,” says owner Claude Comito. “But when you look through the house, you will see that it backs to open space, wetlands, grasses and a creek yet it’s five minutes from the interstate. It’s very private and I think people will feel very comfortable in this home.”

Comito has been participating in the HBA Parade of Homes since 1986 but this will be his first parade house in four years. “When you are a small custom home builder, there are limited opportunities to show people what we do. The Parade of Homes is only two weeks but people really look forward to coming to it and it’s a great way for us to show what we do best,” Comito says.

In addition to touring the Parade homes, the HBA also will be hosting several seminars throughout the show that are consumer-focused around homebuilding topics. “Seminars will deal with landscaping, design ideas and staging to sell,” Rouse  says. “These seminars will be offered during the weekday when the crowds are smaller and they will be at different sites for no additional cost.”

Parade attendees also will have a chance to win a $5,000 shopping spree from La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries or an Apple Watch.

Tickets go on sale July 20 and can be purchased at local Safeway stores, online at SpringsParade.com or at any Parade home when the show opens August 3. Tickets are $15 for ages 16 and older.

Proceeds from this year’s Parade of Homes will benefit the HBA and their efforts to promote polices that allow for the production of safe and affordable housing in the Pikes Peak region. For the most updated information about Parade communities, home locations, tour maps, special events and seminars, visit CSHBA.com and click on events.