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Summer home tours scheduled by area builders

Spring has barely made its presence known, but area builders are looking forward to summer.

Three area builders’ groups have scheduled late-summer home tour events designed to showcase their designs and craftsmanship – and get a jump on 2015 construction.

Last week, the Home Builders Association of Fort Wayne announced its 2014 Parade of Homes and Lifestyle Show will take place Sept. 6 to 14. The location is The Forest of Foxwood, which hosted 2005’s parade.

The Builders Association of Northeast Indiana will host its annual scattered-site Builders Parade Aug. 1 to 3 and Aug. 8 to 10. And, the Builders Association of Kosciusko and Fulton Counties has moved its Homes on Parade from its traditional slot in May to Sept. 5 to 7.

According to Joni Truex, the Kosciusko area association’s executive officer, that group delayed the parade because the severe winter affected home construction.

“The frozen ground had prevented builders from being able to start or complete building projects,” she says. “We are waiting until the fall to unveil the beautiful new custom homes and excellent remodeling projects.”

Jan Garman, co-executive officer of BANI, says that group does not know how many houses will be on display in August. However, past events have had six to eight homes, many on the region’s lakes.

Kim Ward, marketing director for Foxwood’s developer, North Eastern Group, says the parade to date includes seven homes and two villas and a nearly 25,000-square-foot exhibition tent.

A new feature is that builders will be paired with major sponsors who will co-brand the homes, Ward says, adding about 15,000 people are expected to go through the properties.

Participating builders so far are Bob Buescher Homes of Fort Wayne and Angola, Granite Ridge Builders of Fort Wayne and Goshen, Timberlin Homes of Leo and Hickory Creek Homes, Quality Crafted Homes, Slattery Builders and Star Homes by Delagrange & Richhart, all of Fort Wayne.

Foxwood is on Flutter Road between Wheelock and Schwartz roads, and has upscale amenities including miles of walking trails and bike paths, wooded lots, a 15-acre lake and a pool with pool house.

Although some of the houses are already under construction, Ward says, the event will have a formal groundbreaking May 7.