2005 Parade of Homes
Best in Show
Three stories, five months, six awards.
Completed in just five months, the “Giving House” was our first turn at bat with tour homes, so named because we donated all the profits to Open House Ministries, a local family shelter.
Over the years, we’ve learned some things about building tour homes. On one hand, having thousands of area residents view one of our projects provides great exposure to potential clients. On the other hand, homes with compressed schedules and an impending “Opening Day” when viewers will be sliding borrowed cotton booties across the hardwood floors have a way of demanding most of your attention. If you’re not careful, other important projects can get neglected. You know how the eight-year-old twins can crack skulls while jumping on the big bed in the master bedroom while everyone else is doting on the newborn baby? It’s kinda like that.
The “Giving House” was our first turn at bat with tour homes, so named because we donated all the profits to Open House Ministries, a local family shelter. Despite being the smallest house in the 2005 Parade of Homes, the Giving House won six out of seven People’s Choice Awards, including Best in Show.
Completed in just five months, this three-story classic bungalow with a guest suite above the garage felt intimate and cozy next to its McMansion competitors. Viewers loved the painstaking detail they found in every corner of the home. While our kitchen failed to provide a clean sweep of People’s Choice hardware — Best Kitchen went to one of the McMansions — it remains one of our favorite parts of the house.
- John Fazzolari Co-Project Manager
- Paul Huckaby Co-Project Manager
- Jeff Flansburg Engineer
- Andy Morr Cabinet Design
- Vladimir Sumchenko Decorative Downspouts
- Dave Buckner Drywall
- Bart Thor Electrician
- Audrey Faulkner Flooring
- Harry Brown Framing
- Kathy Johnston Interior Design
- Ipolito Delgado Painting
- Chad Namanny Plumbing
This house reminded me of the classic Portland bungalows I grew up in. For me, it was nostalgic. It was also an opportunity to see that era of home recreated, only with brand new materials and modern appliances and building techniques.