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Parade of Homes

Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 9:56 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 10:46 a.m. CDT
(CNA photo by SARAH BROWN)
This home owned by Gary and Shelly West of Prescott is one of the houses featured of Southwest Iowa Homebuilder's Parade Saturday.

Whether you are looking for a prefabricated or custom built home, the 2013 Parade of Homes offers a range of inspiration and insight from local professionals with years of experience.

“It’s a chance for all the builders and sponsors to show what they are made of,” said Dave Long of American Homes by Dave Long. “It’s a way to make people aware of what we do as builders, subcontractors and people that work for us.”

Long, who has been building homes professionally for 37 years, has three townhomes on the Parade of Homes tour, which he built after they were destroyed by the April 2012 tornado.


The Parade of Homes is sponsored by Southwest Iowa Homebuilder’s Alliance. This self-guided tour is free of charge and will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

“It is everything from exteriors to the different interiors,” said Long. “There are some pretty nice kitchens.”

Long said the Parade of Homes is a way to see, touch and feel products before purchasing them.

“People can say ‘I like this cabinet’ or ‘that backsplash’ and get a quote right then” said Long.

Each location will have information and tour participants will be able to talk with builders and contractors on site.


This year’s Parade of Homes features a four bedroom, four bath house in Prescott, built by Brad Waltz Construction of Creston and owned by Gary and Shelly West.

The home spans more than 6,000 square feet and features four bedrooms, four bathrooms, an office, weight room, game room, second kitchen, three-car garage and walkout basement.

The West’s home also features a variety of bells and whistles, such as ground-source heat, Pella mini-blinds, LED up-lighting, surround stereo and light sensors, which are triggered by movement as you walk through the house. The custom trim around the windows and door frames, cabinetry and deck were custom made by Waltz, with the help of his son Luke, at Waltz’s shop in Creston.

According to Waltz, the design process was started when Shelly West brought photos to Gina Knox at Diagonal Building Products, who created a digital drawing to visualize Shelly’s ideas.

“It was like we were able to walk through it,” Waltz said. “Because the house is so big, we made everything big.”

In the West’s newly-built house, hall and stairways are wider than an average home. Each gathering room, from the kitchen to the living rooms offer a bit of grandeur, because of the home’s wide open floor plan.

Waltz praised the contractors he worked with on the house for their craftsmanship; Rich Reid Painting and Decorating, John Grossnickle of Fudgetown Interiors in Corning, Chad Briley of Briley Plumbing and Heating, Roger Roberts Construction, Al Gates Electrical in Creston and Curtis Klejch masonry.

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