my kind of parade 

This past weekend was the first half of the Parade of Homes, sponsored by Greater Orlando Builders Association (GOBA). The parade has been a central Florida tradition for over the past 50 years. Builders and contractors open homes that showcase their work all around town and compete for various awards. Often times, the homes in the parade are more elaborate than the standard homes so it can be a great place for inspiration! 

We made a point to check out six homes this weekend and got some great ideas of things to incorporate into our home. There were two houses that we really enjoyed and I think would be worth your time to check out. 

Notre Reve by Winter Park Custom Homes is truly one of a kind. It’s a 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath located in the heart of downtown Winter Park. The interesting part of this house, aside from the elaborate details and cathedral ceilings, are the wood accent beams. These are not your standard lumber yard beams, these beams came from buildings around Winter Park with some of them dating back over 100 years. The beams tie in nicely with the French country style of the house while bringing in a part of history. 

Urban Transitional by M. Lahr Homes is another house worth the visit. We may be a little biased because Mike is our builder, but his house is a great example of a transitional style that bridges the gap between traditional and modern. This house is a 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath in Collge Park with a well thought-out open concept floor plan. Between Mike, his wife Erin, and the interior designers at KDK, the house is also fully decorated/ furnished. Around every corner is a new design idea that is sure to inspire!

If you didn’t have time to check out things this past weekend, you are in luck as most of the custom homes will be opened next weekend from 10 am to 6 pm on both Saturday and Sunday! Or if you went by any houses, let me know what you think!


6 thoughts on “my kind of parade 

  1. You were right there were some beautiful homes and then some that just made you stop and think! Don’t know if we will make it back this weekend but it was fun to look


  2. Those houses are beautiful!!! LOVE that first house… no wonder, it’s 1.6 million lol I saw there’s a parade of homes this weekend on the space coast and I’d really like to go!


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