Get with the Program 

Have you ever been told to "get with the program"? Or maybe you remember a time when you were ostracized for not being up-to-date with society's latest trends. With the overabundance of how-to books and Web sites, people can learn about the new and upcoming trends of nearly any industry they choose. When it comes to the home-building industry, however, why go out and buy a book or spend hours surfing the Web when you can see the latest developments in home building and interior design with your own eyes?

At the 2007 Mid-South Parade of Homes, which runs October 12th to 14th, 18th to 21st, and 25th to 28th, you can witness the newest ideas for kitchens, bedrooms, ceilings, floors, screened porches, technology centers, bathrooms, landscaping, home décor, landscaping, and more. Best of all, there are over 160 model homes in this year's Parade of Homes, ranging from the $125,000 starter home to the million-dollar custom home. We have the perfect variety for consumers with a particular preference. Whether you are considering building a new home or remodeling your current home, you will find fresh ideas to help you succeed.

Maximizing space is becoming an increasingly prominent factor for new-home builders and remodelers. Large islands and an abundance of countertops are becoming exceedingly popular in kitchens and provide plenty of room for families to cook, children to do homework, or hosts to entertain guests. Ten-foot ceilings — or higher — with barrel-vaulted and wood-beamed effects make the home not only look but feel more spacious. Oversized windows are also becoming more common and create openness. Screened porches offer extra space for homeowners to relax with views of the outdoors, and some lead to an open deck area, perfect for summer get-togethers. Clearly, these new homes prove there are a variety of ways to make the most of your space.

Not only will this year's Parade of Homes show you great ways to enhance space, you will also observe trendy ideas for spicing up your home. Hardwood cherry floors are popular, especially in the kitchen and living-room areas. Brick and stone accents around walls and fireplaces make the home distinguished, while double-door entries offer guests a friendly welcome. Crown-molded and multi-layered ceilings, two traditional trends, are gaining popularity once again in both "great rooms" and master bedroom suites. Decorated arched openings, the most popular trend of all, give formal distinction to spacious rooms. Regardless of the amount of space, areas should be tailored to give the home unique character.

Before constructing a new home, be sure to "get with the program." Observe the clever use of space, unique styles, and other home-building trends at the 2007 Mid-South Parade of Homes. The innovative homes at this year's event are definitely something you won't want to miss. ■

Visit for more information regarding the 2007 Mid-South Parade of Homes.

Keith Grant is president of the Memphis Area Home Builders Association.

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