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Parade of Homes

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Check the Parade of Homes planned this weekend and next by the Greater Morgan County Builders Association.

With 28 houses open, including two showcase homes and a Habitat for Humanity house, you can hunt to buy, or simply borrow ideas for your home-improvement project.

The Parade of Homes includes locations in Decatur, Hartselle, Priceville and Trinity. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Aug. 25-26.

Stevi Price, spokeswoman for the 15 builders involved in these houses, said you can get ideas on design, decorating and energy efficiency. While there is no charge for touring, donations will be taken for Habitat for Humanity.

Kent Hollingsworth, vice president of the Homebuilders Association, is the developer of Mountain Cove Subdivision, one of three new areas to live in Trinity. He will have six houses open, including two showcase homes he built there.

For the last Parade of Homes, he built a showcase home at Crown Point, but this time he decided to build two mid-size houses in more affordable price ranges instead of one big, showy home, he said.

"The profits are not as much on a smaller house, so we decided to build two," said Hollingsworth. "The whole thing behind these show houses is to make donations to charity. The Builders Association will donate some of the sale proceeds to Habitat for Humanity and sponsor some scholarships."

His showcase houses range from 2,000 to 2,370 square feet.

"They have maintenance-free exteriors, all vinyl and brick with some stone accenting the exterior, which is a new trend," he said.

Some of the other trends you'll see in his houses, Hollingsworth said, include a room near the front that can be used as an office or study, a split bedroom plan, stainless steel kitchen appliances, covered porch in back, open floor plan without a formal living room, and a bonus room over the garage.

You can register to win a grill at the showcase homes, and refreshments and prizes will be available there on the opening afternoon.

For maps showing locations and information about builders, floor plans, square footage, materials and prices, check the Parade of Homes section in Thursday's Decatur Daily and at www.decaturdaily. com.

Decatur houses are located are 2615 Birkshire Way, 2011 Eighth St. S.E., 2023 and 2025 Sarah Lane, 2303 Monaco Ave., 2221 Naples Drive, 2353 Tintagel Drive S.W., 2416 Aldingham Drive S.W., 908 Tracey Lane S.W., 3418 Highland Drive S.W., 4104 Clydesdale, 3909 Palomino Drive S.W., 707 Appaloosa Lane S.W. and 2701 Summerwind Drive. S.E.

In Trinity, showcase homes with furnishings are at 64 and 74 Mountain Cove Drive, while other houses will be open in the Mountain Cove Subdivision at 55, 65, 114 and 124 Mountain Cove Drive.

In Hartselle, a house at 1318 Autumn Lane will be open.

Priceville houses on the tour include 17 Ivy Place, 63 and 65 Jackson Way, 26 and 46 Little Creek Crossing, 240 Derby Drive, and 126 Amber Way.

Call 350-4594 for more information.

- Patrice Stewart

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