2014 Parade of Homes “Building the American Dream” opens Oct 11

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The Huntsville/Madison County Builders Association opens its 2014 Parade of Homes “Building the American Dream” on Saturday, October 11th.  A total of 69 homes will be open for viewing to the general public.

Prices range from $159,900 to $849,900. Maps will be published in The Huntsville Times or you can visit the Parade of Homes’ website (www.MadisonCountyParadeOfHomes.com). Guidebooks are available at any Parade entry or in the Sunday, Oct 6, Huntsville Times. There is no charge to visit any home on the Parade route.

“With interest rates at record lows, now is definitely the time to buy and take advantage of this opportunity. There is an outstanding selection of homes to choose from and we invite everyone to come out and find their dream home,” commented President Mark Rovere.

The 2014 Showcase Home built by Stoneridge Homes, “The Tonya,” is located in The Meadows of Hampton Cove and is a grand, two story brick home with stone accents. The decorative iron doors with operable glass windows welcome you into the majestic two story foyer. The Main Level features a Formal Dining Room with coffered ceiling, Study with French doors, 2 story Great Room with decorative iron double mantel with stone surround and fireplace, large Gourmet Kitchen area and a Master Suite. Priced at $559,900 this is definitely a home you will want to see.

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  • Badboy

    If folks only knew the minimum standard of workmanship going into the homes by the builders in North Alabama since the building boom started back in 80’s / 90’s. Yes the homes pass the inspections, yes they are built to a standard, but for the most part, again, it is an absolute minimum standard. No builder would ever admit to this fact, but I’m positive they know what I’m talking about. The cheaper it’s built, the more corners are cut, the higher the profit, it’s pretty simple math. And then there are the folks that know nothing about building a home and subcontract everything out, yikes!! Subcontractors can pull the wool over their eyes, and they wouldn’t have a clue. Yes I know, “that’s why we have Inspections performed”.

    I was told years ago there was a very strong push to maintain Alabama as a Buyer Beware State. As a buyer most are unaware of what to look for therefore all Home Builders and Inspectors alike take full advantage of this fact and are off the hook once a sale is made on a new home. But I have a year new home warranty! 99.9% of the time nothing is going to fail the first year of a new home. Hmm these ill facts, times the number of homes built since ohhhh let’s say 1980. Ok, but I had my home inspected prior to purchase you say? Sorry, form and function is the Inspectors only obligation and they cannot see inside walls. It’s not there job to point out all the homes short comings, for the most part they’re just there to point out what doesn’t work, or is about to break.

    Want examples? First I’ll say none of what follows is hear say, all of it is witnessed by me on multiple different homes. In 2007 I watched a new build site being developed near me. The home site was built up with loads of dirt, the dirt was compacted but not given time to actually settle, and immediately a home was built on site within two months complete. The result was a 2 story $400K home with a half inch wide crack up the front steps, across the porch, up the front brick wall, up to the roof. Was it corrected before the sale, sure, but if you knew about it would you want that home? Buyer Beware, of course it sold. I’m a little curious the condition of that home today. What recourse does the homeowner have, ZILCH!

    Last winter my neighbor had a pipe freeze and burst, she panicked, called me at 4 in the morning and now we’re outside digging frozen dirt from around the shut off in her front yard. Question, why no shut off access inside the home, by now you know the answer. The water ran full blast inside her home for a half hour.

    No shut off valves under sinks, no plumbing access to tubs should the valves wear out, pipes fail or freeze and burst. No access to outside faucets without tearing a hole in the wall to fix it. No back flow preventer on the Water Heater, I was watering my lawn, it started siphoning water from the heater, next thing I know the hose is hot and I’m watering with hot water.

    In 2008 Providence Main had an open house like this one coming up. I took the tour and noticed on the show home, doors that wouldn’t close. Doors that gravity closed, hmm can you say not level? Doorways without neither framing, nor square edges so I’ll call it a rectangle archway opening. The archways had rounded corners. Now first let me say, maybe it was something the customer requested. If it was done intentionally the builder saved the cost of drywall metal edging, some mudding, and sanding on all the archways in the home. I will say it did look very new and unique, meanwhile, where does the home owner change paint colors with nowhere to stop from room, to room, to room? The whole first floor was like this.

    Door frame trim that doesn’t go all the way to the flooring, the money in builders’ pockets for popcorn ceilings, and do I really need to spell out the issues afterward? Electrical boxes flush with the 2×4; they’re supposed to be flush with the outside edge of the drywall or, flush with the side you paint. Poor finish sanding of drywall seams, no glue between drywall and rafters in garages, result of drywall sag over time, (the house I’m in now). Insufficient insulation in attics, I could see drywall in one guys attic, hmm, now how did something that obvious pass inspection? Prior to sale the home inspector caught it, but whaaaa?
    Rain gutters not running downhill water stands in the gutters. Shock absorbers in the plumbing to eliminate water hammer. There should be three quarter supply lines to all appliances before reducing to half inch. A Half inch supply line is what gives you that cold shower when someone flushes the toilet or runs a faucet.

    This one I’ll never understand, no tar paper under the roof shingles. I realize this is becoming more of a common practice, but it’s an insurance mechanism why would any builder agree to this, oh that’s right, it’s cheaper and YOU will never know the difference.
    From my experiences the physical structure of these same homes are also very questionable. When building a slab home why would a builder use cement nails to secure a home to the slab instead of bolts. This is Tornado country, the homes don’t stand a chance anyway, but nails? REALLY?? I’ll tell you why, bolts you set in cement, drill very exacting holes when setting the pre built wall. Nails the builder gets out his Ramset and fires nails in at random, no labor to drill holes, no mistakes, faster and cheaper, no mistakes by laborers.

    I could keep going with examples, but I’ll close with food for thought. With a little maintenance the houses built way back when, up to say 1980 are still standing. I wonder how well the houses built thru today will last over the next 50 years. You say you don’t care you’ll just move, and it’s someone else problem. Do I need to explain the problem with that logic? Eventually the builders will be filthy rich on your dime, and there will be nowhere left to build a NEW home. The homes of today will be caving in, and that WILL be your problem.

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