MEDINA COUNTY – The newest in home design was on display this past weekend throughout Medina County.

The spring Parade of Homes welcomed visitors May 4 amid beautiful weather and warm temperatures. Sponsored by the Medina County Home Builders Association, 18 houses were open throughout the county.

“This is the 39th year the MCHBA has held a Parade of Homes to showcase the latest features and benefits of owning a new home,” said Dave LeHotan, HBA director. “Everyone has a dream home in their mind and our job is to help create and build it for you.”

Bringing life to that dream is the number one reason many people choose to tour the Parade of Homes. The latest in floor plans, interior design and amenities can be seen in these houses. Whether you’re looking to build or just looking for decorating ideas, there’s something to interest nearly everyone.

Open floor plans are still popular for new homes, according to Michael Burianek, owner of Modern Home Concepts. He said that more people are looking to use space wisely instead of opting for the largest house possible.

“People are downsizing and looking to spend a little bit more on the finishes,” he said.

Some of those added touches include an increased use of granite and natural stone throughout the house. For example, Burianek’s Hickory Creek model featured a stone-covered exhaust hood over the stove and stacked granite details in the shower.

In general, shower stalls are seeing upgrades like ceramic tile and multiple shower heads for a multidirectional experience. The newly popular his-and-hers showers include multiple water fixtures within one shower stall.

In addition to showcasing the latest in home design, the Parade of Homes also features work and goods from local businesses, such as flooring, lighting and decorating.

“The residential construction industry is a huge generator of jobs, and the resulting economic benefit to Medina County since nearly all the labor necessary to build new homes comes from local employees,” LeHotan said.

Event sponsors include Carter Lumber, Westfield Bank and 84 Lumber as major sponsors, as well as All Construction Services, First Federal Lakewood, CabinetCraft by Graves Lumber Co., Home Savings & Loan Company, Rochelle Masternak, Realtor – Keller Williams Tri-County Properties, Lawyer’s Title, Mason Structural Steel Inc., Ohio Title Corp., Paramount Plumbing Inc., Sundance LTD, The Allen Thomas Group and Third Federal Savings & Loan.

“Unemployment numbers will never get better until residential new construction gets stronger,” said LeHotan. “As one of the three essentials of life, housing not only fulfills the shelter requirement for a family, but creates a lifetime of memories, and despite the recent difficult economic times for housing, it still represents one of the best, long-term creators of equity for the average family – all the while satisfying the all-American dream of owning your own home.”

The Parade of Homes, which is free to the public, continues through Sunday, May 19. Models can be toured weekends only, from noon to 6 p.m. and are closed Monday through Friday. Specific information, a map, photos, floor plans and more are available at www.medinacountyhba.com. You can also pick up maps at the Medina County Home Builders office at 4081 N. Jefferson St., Medina.

This year’s list of builders and homes includes: Charis Homes, Windy Hill in Wadsworth; XL Builders, Whisper Creek in Lodi; Paradise Homes of Medina, Inc., Hunter’s Glen in Medina; Bridgeport Custom Homes & Design with three models – Whitetail Crossing and Blue Heron Estates both in Medina, and The Estates at Woodfield in Wadsworth; Windridge Homes in Country Lakes Fox Meadow, Medina; Modern Home Concepts, LLC with models in Blue Heron Estates, Medina and Hickory Creek in Granger; Legacy Homes of Medina Inc. with models in Blue Heron Estates and Sutton Place, both in Medina, and Rim Rock Estates in Valley City; Hearth Homes LLC in Birch Hill Court, Medina; Artisan Building and Design LLC in Trophy Club, Medina; Mason Builders in Valley Estates, Valley City; and Gonser Builders Inc., Riverwalk in Valley City.

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