Maine Parade of Homes Winners Announced

2021 MAINE PARADE OF HOMES WINNERS NAMED

Chase Construction was named winner of the Judge’s Choice award. Southern Maine Remodeling was named People’s Choice Winner

Scarborough, ME, November 22, 2021 – The Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Maine (HBRAME) announced the winners of the inaugural 2021 Maine Parade of Homes event. Chase Construction of Wells was named the Judge’s Choice award winner for their submitted entry “Perkins Overlook”. The award for People’s Choice went to Southern Maine Remodeling of Scarborough for their submitted entry “Contemporary Addition”.

Maya Bogh, President of HBRAME, presents Colby Chase with the Judge’s Choice award in recognition of the Chase Construction Parade of Homes Entry ‘Perkins Overlook’

Judging panelist, and Founder of Maine Life Media, Erin Ovalle said “Each one had something so special but I think one definitely stood out for just overall greatness. The Perkins Overlook home has custom features like the stunning built-ins around the fireplace and a painted claw foot tub that really stood out. For me, small details go a long way, but the home has a great use of space overall. It is large, but doesn’t feel overwhelming.”

The Ogunquit home’s exceptional timber framing design takes it to a whole new level with beautiful use of color throughout. Trending features include a black metal staircase railing and built-in locker style shelving units for the mudroom. Unique interior features found in the home include an expansive custom library with a classic rolling library ladder, stained wood beams, wide shiplap paneling, and designer accent walls in the bathrooms and children’s bunk room.

Maya Bogh, President of HBRAME, presents Travis Blake with the People’s Choice award in recognition of the Southern Maine Remodeling Parade of Homes Entry ‘Contemporary Addition’

The “Contemporary Addition” from Southern Maine Remodeling was also a stand out project at the Maine Parade of Homes and named winner of People’s Choice award. Southern Maine Remodeling built a large addition on the back of the Scarborough home to create an expansive new kitchen with a much needed pantry area.  The backyard received some upgrades as well: a new composite Azek deck, a patio with a firepit and hot tub area.

With the help of industry sponsors, including the Headlining Sponsors Hammond Lumber Company, OSC Web Design, and Maine Homes by Down East magazine, 9 projects were presented in a virtual format using 360° virtual reality technology. The properties ranged in location from urban to coastal to lake front.

Sarah Stebbins, Editor of Maine Homes by Down East magazine, said “I loved reading the stories contractors submitted and seeing their clever approaches to building dream homes and improving existing spaces. Their work changes people’s lives for the better and it was gratifying to play a small part in honoring them.”

All ticket sales from the 2021 Maine Parade of Homes will be donated to the Central Maine Community College next month. Tickets to view the Parade homes are still available for $5 at the website www.maineparadeofhomes.com 

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Maine 2021 Parade of Homes will showcase building, remodeling industry

Article By Maureen Milliken written for MaineBiz can be seen here: https://www.mainebiz.biz/article/maine-2021-parade-of-homes-will-showcase-building-remodeling-industry

Maine’s construction and home remodeling industries are gearing up for a three-day virtual and in-person event that will showcase the industries’ work as well as help guide consumers during Maine’s raging hot real estate boom. 

The Maine 2021 Parade of Homes, an industry first in the state, will kick off Tuesday in Scarborough with an in-person event for builders interested in taking part. Participants’ work will be featured on the Maine Parade of Homes website, which is in development, and the public will be able to tour sites both physically and online the weekend of Oct. 9-11.

The 12-site tour is sponsored by the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Maine, and is a way for consumers to familiarize themselves with the industry, including construction, remodeling and more.

“It is very important to us that members of the Maine Home Builders Association have this opportunity to showcase their work,” Maya Bogh, HBRAME president, said this week in announcing the launch. “It is equally important that homeowners, who may be looking to build a new home or complete a substantial renovation, have the opportunity to learn more about the builders they may choose to work with in the coming year.”

Bogh said that because Maine does not require a license for builders, homeowners need a way to learn as much as they can about a builder before they sign a contract. The event also provides opportunities for affiliate members to feature products that homeowners are asking for in new construction and remodeling, trends and more.

“We have an unbelievably talented pool of remodeling and building professionals in Maine, but we don’t have a showcase where people can view their work,” Bogh told Mainebiz in December.

Plans for virtual pivoted to hybrid 

The public will soon be able to buy tickets to take part in the tour, which currently stretches from the southern coast to Brunswick. As additional properties are added, it could expand to other areas in the state, said Melanie Merz, Parade of Homes event planner.

“We have a few builder spots left to fill and we’re actively looking for projects ready to show in person by the October date in the Portland region to round out the tour route,” Merz said.

The tour part of the event will including 12 featured properties. A panel of judges will award a “Best in Show,” and attendees will pick a “People’s Choice,” after the October weekend event. 

Merz said that when planning for the event began late last year, organizers had no idea what would be allowed physically this coming October.

The event template was developed by the National Association of Home Builders, which reports increased member-to-member partnerships and sales in regions that hold one.

“A traditional Parade of Homes is a 100% in-person home tour experience,” she said. “This event emerged for HBRAME in the midst of the pandemic, so we had to go into this planning for robust virtual content.”

The association has been working with Jesse Fowler, of OSC Web Design, to build the website for the event, with the thought initially that it may have to be completely virtual. “Luckily, it’s clear now, that for our builders who want to show in person, that can be a reality by October,” Merz said.

Merz said builders interested in showcasing a project may contact her to learn more about entering or attending Tuesday’s event. Those who aren’t members of the association get a one year membership with their entry into the parade.

Maine Parade of Homes 2021

The Parade of Homes is the Home Builders and Remodelers Associations premier home showcase event. Visit beautiful homes and meet the talented builders who make up the membership of the Maine Home Builders this October. This inaugural Maine Parade of Homes event is set to go live this October 9th and follows a trail of beautiful homes up of the coast of Maine. Please stay tuned for more details as we reach the event start date.

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