Parade of Homes

Parade of Homes participants discuss the dining room May 11 of the award-winning house at 22 Cedro Circle in Temple built by Carothers Executive Homes.

Today is your last chance to check out the 2019 Parade of Homes.

Residents looking for new homes can attend the event, sponsored by the Temple Area Builders Association.

The event — held from noon to 5 p.m. today — features 26 houses from 19 builders. Homes shown in the parade are in Temple, Belton, Morgan’s Point Resort, Salado, Buckholts and Troy.

In 2018, nearly 700 new homes were built in Temple. Projections call for about 700 to 750 new homes to be built each year over the next five to six years, according to a demographic study commissioned by the city.

That amount of homebuilding will help Temple exceed 91,000 residents by 2023 and reach 100,000 residents by about 2029, according to the study.

Developers are offering a variety of homes and models as building continues.

Homes featured in the Parade of Homes will vary in style and pricing, with houses ranging from as low as $195,000 to luxury homes costing more than $700,000.

In addition to the homebuilders at the event, there will be those who can help participants fix up their homes with new additions or new styles.

The Parade highlights the newest trends in construction, interior and exterior design, and landscaping within the local area.

The People’s Choice and Builder’s Choice Awards score homes on their own merit, and the curb appeal, kitchen, master bath, overall interior design and overall architectural design were considered. Each category was then calculated to come up with a final overall score.

There are four categories based upon sales price: $300,000 and Below; $300,001 to $400,000; $400,001 to $550,000; and $550,001 and Above.

Winners for the People’s Choice Awards are:

  • $300,000 and Below: Kiella Homebuilders, 3124 Trinity Drive
  • $300,001 to $400,000: Carothers Executive Homes, 3324 Laurel Highlands
  • $400,001 to $550,000: Carothers Executive Homes, 22 Cedro Circle
  • $550,001 and Above: Brandon Whatley Homes, 6641 Cedar Creek Road

Award recipients for the Builder’s Choice Awards are:

  • $300,000 and Below: Kiella Homebuilders, 3124 Trinity Drive
  • $300,001 to $400,000 (tied): Omega Builders, 2244 Limestone Court, and Arnold Builders, 6419 Clayton Court
  • $400,001 to $550,000: Orchard Valley Homes, 714 Haymarket Drive
  • $550,001 and Above: Empire Custom Homes, 7048 S. FM 1915

“We also think it is important to recognize the ‘Most Impressive Feature’ in some of our Parade Homes,” Kacie Beevers, executive officer of the Temple Area Builders Association, said in a news release. “These were decided on by write-in nominations from the Builder’s Choice and People’s Choice judges.”

Named as Most Impressive Features, based on the most popular comments, are:

  • Stillwater Custom Homes, “Outdoor Living” at 13 Lago Verde Lane
  • Randy Taylor Custom Builders, “Exposed Beams” at 1005 Deer Crossing
  • Brandon Whatley Homes, “Accent Wall” at 6641 Cedar Creek Road
  • Carothers Executive Homes, “Interior Finishes” at 22 Cedro Circle
  • Jarolik Homes, “Hidden Closet” at 1924 Berger Road
  • Arnold Builders, “Floating Ceiling” at 6419 Clayton Court
  • Quarles Construction, “Brick Accents” at 1319 Kyleigh Drive
  • Jarolik Homes, “Pantry” at 1924 Berger Road
  • Orchard Valley Homes, “Fireplace Design” at 714 Haymarket Drive

Tickets cost $5. Admission is free for children younger than 12.