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Parade of Homes in Colorado mountain towns (sponsored)

by Jessica Smith, brought to you by Breckenridge Building Center

In a place like Summit County, driving around to gaze at beautiful houses can take up your entire day, if not your weekend. From prominent mountaintop mansions to hideaway gems tucked into the trees, Summit's homes are marvelous monuments of architecture both traditional and modern. That's what the Parade of Homes is for — to show off the best of the best of homes in Summit County.

Organized by the Summit County Builders Association, the Parade of Homes is an annual event that celebrates the pinnacle of architecture, construction and internal design in local homebuilding. Now in its 22nd year, it is one of Summit's premier real estate events; a chance for builders and designers to show off their best work, from the latest trends to experimental and artsy flourishes.

It's also an opportunity for people to see these elements close up and speak face-to-face with the people who designed them.

How it works

The homes are generally divided into three categories based on size. There is a category for 2,900-3,999 square-foot homes; a category for 4,000-4,999 square-foot homes; and the largest category of more than 5,000 square feet. All square footage is "livable" space, not counting garages.

Each year, the featured homes are a mix of new custom-built or speculation-built homes, alongside recently remodeled houses. Sometimes, a featured for-sale home will be purchased before or during the event.

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Each house will be judged by a panel of three judges, comprising an architect, a builder and an interior designer. Awards are given for categories such as Best Master Bedroom Suite, Best Kitchen, Best Landscaping, etc.

The parade represents a number of neighborhood communities across the county, from Breckenridge to Frisco, Keystone and Silverthorne.

Labors of love

Participating in Parade of Homes is a prestigious affair for anyone in the industry, but it's also a time-consuming and occasionally nerve-wracking process, getting the house perfect before the public comes to view.

Interior designers pair up with builders and architects to furnish the homes, giving viewers a glimpse into what life in this house might be like. These designers work hard to match the personality, feel and style of the home with the décor. Unique elements of the latest trends and designs are likely to make an appearance for the showcase, and those working on them do their best to save their reveals for the last moment.

Builders and designers are available at each home to answer questions and speak with attendees about their ideas, inspirations, techniques and materials.

Community connection

The Parade of Homes event also serves as a fundraiser for The Summit Foundation, a local nonprofit that acts as an umbrella organization for nonprofits in Summit and surrounding counties.

All ticket proceeds go to the Foundation. In previous years, the amount raised has exceeded $30,000.

This year the Parade of Homes will take place on September 17-18 and 24-25. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.SummitCountyBuilders.org/ParadeOfHomes.