Tyler Builders Parade of Homes continues throughout the weekend

Published on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 23:34 - Written by ALMA LINDA MANZANARES amanzanares@tylerpaper.com

An estimated 4,500 people are anticipated to walk through 30 new houses by the time the Tyler Area Builders Association’s Parade of Homes wraps up this weekend.

Since the parade kicked-off Saturday, Libby Simmons, vice president of the Tyler Area Builders Association, said builders have told her the houses have seen high traffic.

Ticket counts are not yet available.

Jason Campbell, president of Campbell Custom Homes Inc., estimated 800 people toured the home he built on Rose Road last weekend. He said even about 60 people visited during Monday’s stormy weather.

Campbell said in his 10 years of participating in the parade, the highest turnout is always the second weekend.

“The parade of homes is a vital part of a builder’s business. We average 2,800 people in nine days,” he said.

He added that the homeowners of his Rose Road house were met through the parade.

Trent Williams agreed, estimating about a third of his business at Trent Williams Construction Management, comes from his participation in the tour. He’s been part of the parade for seven years.

During the first weekend, Williams said there were so many people in the home he built on Equestrian Lane, there was no room to walk in the 700-square-foot living/dining room area.

“I really think we’re going to have in excess of 4,000 people go through the house,” he said.

More than 4,000 people toured the parade last year.

TABA has showcased homes with the latest in design, products and technology annually for 61 years. The homes are in Bullard, Flint, Hawkins, Lindale, Tyler and Whitehouse.

TABA will donate a portion of sales to two organizations: Rockin’ C Ranch’s Camp Courageous and Kingdom Life Academy.

The parade is an opportunity for people who want to remodel or build homes to gather inspiration, Simmons said.

“You have people who are looking for ideas that are about to build or dream of building a home one day, but there’s also lots of things you can do to existing houses to just refresh and update,” Simmons said.

At least half of visitors are remodeling, Williams estimated, adding that he’s commonly asked for ideas on tile and wood selections and paint colors.

Campbell said he’s had many questions about hidden and safe rooms for guns and bad weather.

“We do a lot of gun safe rooms because we got a lot of rednecks in East Texas, and they want a hidden room to where it’ll hide their gun safes of guns from their children,” he said.

The parade’s Grand Tour Presenting Sponsor is Sherwin Williams; Ticket Sponsor is Southside Bank; and Rooftop Sponsors are Aces AC Supply, StrucSure Home Warranty and Texas Bank & Trust.

TABA serves Anderson, Cherokee, Freestone, Henderson, Navarro, Smith, Wood and Van Zandt counties.