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2013 BIA Parade of Homes

Glacier Park site for this year's event June 15-30

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

A new development sprouting on the northwestern edge of Dublin will host this year's nature-themed BIA Parade of Homes.

The 2013 BIA Parade of Homes will showcase 13 homes designed by 11 builders in Jerome Village, a 1,500-acre development that will include 2,200 homes, two schools, walking trails and commercial development when finished.

Jerome Village is expected to take shape over the next 10 to 15 years, and the Parade of Homes is being held in the first phase, Glacier Park, which will have about 130 homes when complete.

The development sits beside Glacier Ridge Metro Park, which helped inspire the theme of the June 15-30 tour, "Naturally Inviting. Awe Inspiring."

Michelle Craycraft, of Instyle Interiors, decorated the Coppertree home that is themed "Home for the holidays" for the tour.

The five-bedroom, four and a half-bathroom home has a rustic European decor.

"It has European elements like murals, rustic beams, columns (and) floor-to-ceiling stone fire places," Craycraft said.

A pub room, complete with a tin ceiling, bar and booth, is situated close to the kitchen and separated from the living room by a fireplace.

"You kind of feel like you're in a bar," Craycraft said.

The greenery of the Christmas decorations bring in the natural theme, as does a lodge-themed room upstairs, Craycraft said.

"There's a tree bark chandelier," she said.

The basement boasts a walk-in wine cooler, home theater and gym with stucco ceilings and walls.

The Romanelli and Hughes home is one of many with a walk-out basement.

"They're really big because of the elevation (of the area)," said Amy Weirick, who is handling public relations for the tour.

The home features interesting lighting fixtures and paint accents.

"Custom paint is big this year," Weirick said. "You see more gloss and shine, but it still looks natural."

Prism Construction Co. has joined the tour for the first time this year and its home includes natural elements with wood.

Hickory is used around the fireplace and as beams in the home. Elsewhere wormy chestnut reclaimed from a Civil War era barn is used in the kitchen and dining room.

The basement does have a few high-tech features with a concave TV for movies and gaming.

The BIA Parade of Homes runs June 15-30 and homes are open noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $11 if purchased online before the tour. Tickets purchased on site are $12. Parking is $2 per car.

For a complete list of builders featured in the tour or other information, look online at biaparade.com.

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