The 2017 Spring Parade of Homes: Get inspired!

Kicking off the summer new home market and that invigorating season where we all get a taste for refreshing our family’s living spaces, the 2017 Spring Parade of Homes is set to fill two glorious weekends—April 29th–30th and May 6th–7th.

On those Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., visitors can immerse themselves in one of the largest marketing events geared towards new and remodeled homes in the Triad. A favorite event of the Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem, the Spring Parade of Homes is sponsored this year by Smith Phillips Building Supply in Winston-Salem, who is proud to continue their commitment to both the HBAWS and their customers, by sponsoring this informative—and fun!—weekend.

“We appreciate being allied with this Association because of the importance placed on the professionalism of its members,” says Rob Powell, Vice President of Sales for Smith Phillips Building Supply. “The Spring Parade, in particular, kicks off the summer market, as well as highlighting remodeling projects in the area. It’s a great time for new-home shoppers to get out, see beautiful homes, and meet builders face-to-face.”

By visiting the event’s web site ( you can browse the links to web sites of all the featured builders, along with both interactive and printable maps to plan your “viewing” route in advance. As always, the event is free, and the strong partnership between the HBAWS and the Greensboro Builders Association allows the tour of homes to broaden and include Forsyth, Stokes, Davidson, Davie, and Guilford counties. All featured homes have been built by members of one of these two professional associations, and these beautiful designs span a wide variety of locations and price points to suit every taste.

Then there’s the fun of all those details, like exciting design trends to watch for as you tour, and a sneak peek at what’s hot in new home construction. Sissy Goodman, Kitchen & Bath Designer for Marsh Kitchen & Bath, shares what she sees on the horizon, and what you’ll catch a glimpse of during the weekend, starting with a definite emphasis on clean lines and neutral colors.

“I’ve seen lots of grays with paint, tile, and cabinetry colors,” says Sissy. “Gray works well with the industrial chic styles that are increasingly popular right now, and I’ve used both light and dark gray painted cabinets, as well as our graphite stain on maple and cherry. Bright white and cream white continue to be popular with cabinetry and moldings, and espresso and dark chocolate stains are also trending.”

Distressed cabinetry and flooring—think hand-scraped hardwood—are gaining in popularity, along with leathered granite countertops with natural stone backsplashes such as travertine. (Hint: do your homework when it comes to the care and upkeep of natural stone products!)

Sissy continues to see stainless steel as one of the top appliance finishes, including the new additions of black stainless steel and graphite. “I think with the popularity of TV cooking shows, we are seeing more commercial-style appliances and hoods also,” she explains.

As you visit the homes on this spring’s tour, you’ll likely see another trend gaining attention: the use of open shelves—wood, glass, or even stainless steel—instead of wall cabinets, to create a “lofty” look. Sissy also suggests incorporating a few of the newer looks with your traditional design for an effect that’s long-lasting and comfortable. “I also can’t ignore the popular barn-door look, which lends itself to the industrial, urban-chic style that’s so popular right now,” she says.

Start planning your visit to the tour of new and remodeled homes with all the information you’ll need at, or contact Beverly Hayes, Director of Communications and Member Services, at the Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem at 336-768-5942 or You’ll also find a free resource guide to the weekend event in the Winston-Salem Journal each Friday before the Parade of Homes begins.