With another successful Fall Parade of Homes in the books, we here at Michael Lee Homes are looking back to see what we learned from the event. Each weekend our new home specialists met with all sorts of visitors, from home hunters and weekend remodelers, to those who wanted to see what is trending in the world of new home construction. Though every person has their own vision of what makes a perfect home, here are a few of the most talked about aspects of our Fall Parade of Homes.

Single-Level Living is a Hit!

Believe it or not, our single-story Harrison design was one of the most popular destinations of all our Parade models. From the towering vaulted ceilings to the modern open design of the living space, there is no wasted space within this design – and people took notice. For those wishing to downsize their lives and ditch the stairs, while keeping a yard and traditional neighborhood, our ramblers out in Easton Village are the best homes in the market right now. Combined with quality finishes and a great starting price of under $400k, there’s no doubting why our Ramblers were a go-to stop during the event.

A Unique Exterior is Turning Heads!

One of our most unique design choices for this years Parade can be found in the exterior of our newest model, the Johnson. By using James Hardie panels on the front elevation, instead of traditional lap siding or board and batten, we’ve created a distinct modern look that provides an amazing curbside view. Even better, James Hardie products are superior to vinyl siding in nearly every way, from quality to protection, making it a perfect match for our newest model. In the end, we wanted to show that there’s more you can do to the exterior of your home than changing the color of your siding, and it turned out great!

Transforming the Traditional Office

All too often the office near the foyer of most new home construction is a small room with just enough room for a desk, chair, and just maybe a bookcase. This time around, in our Johnson design, we sought to change how people view this room. By extending the space, creating a feature wall with see-through fireplace, and bumping out a picture window with a built-in bench, we’ve shown that an office can be so much more. Whether you use it traditionally with a desk or decide to mix it up by creating the perfect sitting room or den, after seeing this room you’ll never think of the simple office the same again.

More Color in the Kitchen

We decided to break from the white enameled kitchen this Parade of Homes and what an impression it made! By creating a clean look with dark stained cabinets, oversized hardware and clean quartz countertops, this modern kitchen in Lake Elmo shows a unique new design is attainable and not just for the dream homes of the Parade. If we learned anything from our visitors, it was that they are looking for something new and fresh in the kitchen. Whether that means a return to stained cabinets or just another palate of painted colors, one thing is for sure, the white kitchen trend is beginning to fade.