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Summit County Parade of Homes: floor plan and home size trends

Karen WraySpecial to the Daily
Special to the Daily/Mountain Log Homes of Colorado

Keeping up with the Joneses doesn’t always means adding square footage and specialty rooms to wow the neighbors. Smart planning, concern for sustainable building practices and the economy have all factored into Smart Space Planning in the 2011 Parade of Homes. You should find something for everyone. Square footage for this year’s entrants ranges from under 1,200 square feet in the multifamily residences, to just over 10,000 square feet in some of the true luxury residences. The common trend is livability. The homes all feature common gathering spaces for friends and family with central gourmet kitchens complimented by private quiet spaces. With an average of four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms, these all-suite rooms feature sensuous bathrooms, fireplaces, sitting areas and great outdoor living spaces. Most of the homes feature multiple decks, terraces, patios and covered porches that include fire pits, fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, hot tubs, comfortable furniture, mood lighting and other amenities that used to be found only indoors. And when the weather is not conducive to enjoying these outdoor living areas, the homes bring the outdoors in with expansive windows and natural materials.Single function home theaters have been replaced by more multi-functional game rooms that include large-screen TV and surround sound systems, but also incorporate pool tables, kitchens and other features that encourage guest interaction.The 17th Annual Summit County Parade of Homes is Sept 17, 18, 24 & 25. Tickets are $10 each and good for entry to 19 homes. A portion of the proceeds benefit The Summit Foundation. Official programs are available starting August 20 in Mountain Living Magazine, at most Summit County Real Estate offices, Visitor Information Centers & City Markets. Tickets may be purchased at and Summit County City Markets. Please read the Summit Daily News for trends to look for at the 2011 event. “Like” us at Wray is a design coordinator for Mountain Log Homes & Interiors in Frisco.

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