Each fall and spring, the Wichita Area Builder’s Association features beautiful new constructions in the Parade of Homes. If you’ve ever been to an open house during the Parade, you may have noticed colorful ribbons laying on the kitchen counter, each with a separate distinction written on it. Here’s a look at what they mean.
The homes featured in the Parade of Homes can be judged in a variety of categories, including effective design, basement design, master suite/bath, kitchen, decorating, and unique feature.
Each builder entering a home into the Parade can elect to have it judged in any category or categories he or she wishes.
“Judging is done by teams of individual with varied degrees of expertise that qualify them to serve on a judging team,” said Debra Moore of the Wichita Area Builder’s Association.
Judges are chosen because of their expertise in a specific field or their knowledge of the building industry and standards due to their experience, and they volunteer their time to evaluate homes on the Parade.
Each team of judges evaluate only the homes in a particular price range. The judges have established, written criteria to use, to ensure that they inspect the same aspects of every home and score them with the same point system.
From here, the homes receiving the highest amount of points in each category are recognized as the winners.
The Pick of Parade is the highest distinction any home can receive. This prestigious award is reserved for the home with the highest score in the following categories: Effective Design, Master Suite/Bath, and Kitchen.
Come check out this years winners at the 32016 Fall Parade of Homes! The Parade will be open from noon until 6 p.m. on October 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16.
Homes entered in the Parade must be new constructions, ranging in price from the $150,000’s to over $1,000,000. Homes will be on display in city of Wichita, Sedgwick County and surrounding communities including Andover, Bel Aire, Derby, El Dorado, Kechi, Maize, Mulvane and Rose Hill.