Festive 12-stop tour puts spotlight on new and remodeled homes
There’s nothing quite like decking the halls and hosting guests for the holidays, especially when you have a new or newly renovated home to show off.
That’s the idea behind the second annual Holiday Homes on Parade, which takes place Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8.
Sponsored by the Building Industry Association of Lancaster County, the tour will feature 12 stops all dressed up for the holidays, including new construction, major remodeling projects and Penn Stone, one of the tour sponsors.
The Holiday Parade is more than merely a smaller, winter version of the popular summer Parade of Homes tour held each June, says Jared Erb, a designer/partner at Custom Home Group who came up with the idea for a holiday tour last year.
For one, unlike the summer tour, Holiday Homes on Parade includes remodeling projects, showing another side to the work BIA members do, he says. Due to the time of year and the fact that many of the homes are already occupied, the tour also places a greater emphasis on interior features like decor and accent lighting.
“It’s a good way to invite people to see a finished product,” Erb says. “You try to explain that to people on paper, but it’s a whole lot easier when it’s in three dimensions. It’s a totally different thing when you can walk through a space and experience it.”
And that’s especially true of remodeling projects.
“It’s really neat seeing what some of the homes had been and what they are now,” says Shannon Smith, a member of the tour committee and design manager with Indoor City, one of the tour sponsors.
An additional advantage of Holiday Homes on Parade is the opportunity, in some cases, to meet the homeowners themselves.
“You get to come in contact with some of the end users who are really proud to show off their new home or remodeled home,” Smith says. “Having them share their experience is something you don’t gain from attending the Parade in June.
“Many of the homes are lived in and most of the time the homeowners are involved,” she says. “Last year a few of the homeowners sort of entertained guests as if they were just hosting a normal Christmas party for friends.”
In keeping with that festive mood, all stops on the tour will offer some kind of treat and a chance to win a door prize — everything from a box of chocolates courtesy of Lancaster Sweet Shoppe to a gourmet toaster from LH Brubaker.
Among the renovated homes on this year’s tour are 1940 Linden St., East Petersburg, and 202 W. Market St., Marietta.
The East Petersburg home features a two-story addition by Kitchens by Eileen that includes a new kitchen and a master suite with custom walk-in shower and soaking tub.
The Marietta home, by Kitchen Encounters, features a new custom kitchen, as well as a laundry room update, outdoor kitchen and brick driveway.
The tour also features a not-so-new, but equally impressive remodel at 1810 Putter Ave. The mid-century modern home, owned by a tour sponsor, is a former Armstrong Idea House that was originally purchased with the intention of flipping it. Its 2008 renovation added an outdoor living space and an addition that includes a foyer, den, office, dining room, butler’s pantry, bath and laundry.
In addition to the 11 homes on the tour, the 12th stop will be Penn Stone, the tour’s hygge sponsor. Hygge is a Danish word describing a mood of cozy contentment.
“They’re going to be really harnessing that hygge thought process with some of the food and drink items they’re going to be offering,” Smith says of Penn Stone “It’s also a really great destination for holiday gifts.”
Here’s a complete list of tour stops:
- Costello Builders, 2546 Camas Lane, East Petersburg
- Costello Builders, 22 Station Stone Lane, Lititz
- Custom Home Group Inc., 27 Springview Drive, Lititz
- EGStoltzfus Homes LLC, 218 Silverleaf Court, Lancaster
- EGStoltzfus Homes LLC, 1416 Pennscott Drive, Landisville
- Garman Builders Inc., 1085 Lititz Bend Drive, Lititz
- Greystone Construction, 378 Fern Lane, Lancaster
- Kitchen Encounters, 202 W. Market St., Marietta
- Kitchens by Eileen, 1940 Linden St., East Petersburg
- Landmark Homes, 324 Home Towne Blvd., Ephrata
- Penn Stone, 190 W. Ross St., Lancaster
- Sponsor’s home, 1810 Putter Ave., Lancaster
For full descriptions of all the tour stops, visit www.holidayhomesonparade.com. Tour hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at www.holidayhomesonparade.com or in person at Penn Stone, both in advance and on the day of the tour. Tickets are good for both days. Proceeds benefit Salvation Army Coats for Kids.