The sun came out just in time, builder Jason Campbell says. His crews were able to finish his company's three entries in the Tyler Area Builders Association's 2015 Parade of Homes, which lasts from Saturday through next Sunday, June 14.
"A week and a half ago, you couldn't get grass in East Texas because all the sod companies were under water," he said. "But we found some, and things have dried out enough, and I think we'll be ready."
More than 30 homes will be on this year's Parade.
"There's a wide variety of styles," Campbell said. "The three custom homes I have in the Parade are very different. One is contemporary, with straight lines, no curves, all white, very clean. Another has a rustic, Southwest look, a lodge feel, with outdoor living areas."
Outdoor kitchens and lounge areas are popular today, he said. Seeing the different styles is one reason more than 4,000 visitors toured last year's Parade.
"A lot of people come out and look for new ideas," he said.
Hours for the 62nd Parade will be: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays 2 to 6 p.m.; Monday through Thursday 5 to 8 p.m.; and Friday 3 to 8 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. A list of ticket sale locations is available at TylerAreaBuilders.com. A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to Christian Homes & Family Services and Hope Haven of East Texas.
The homes featured in this year's tour will highlight the latest in home building trends and technology, the group says. The homes are located throughout the Tyler area with homes in Bullard, Flint, Lindale, Tyler and Whitehouse.
Ticket Sponsor is Texas Bank and Trust. Rooftop Sponsors are Sherwin Williams, Texas National Bank and StrucSure Home Warranty.
"Come on out and look at some neat homes," Campbell said. "You'll get some great ideas."
The Parade of Homes includes the following houses:
760 Esperanza Place, Tyler; 756 Esperanza Place, Tyler; 733 Esperanza Place, Tyler; 1417 Covewood Lane, Tyler; 5058 Shiloh Ridge Drive, Tyler; 7252 Morning Mist Court, Tyler; 7282 Morning Mist Court, Tyler; 20471 Ashley Circle, Troup; 21863 Syrah Drive, Tyler (Bullard area); 103 Windswept Drive, Bullard; 131 Lake Lou Ella , Bullard; 582 Kwando Lane, Bullard; 21404 Boone Drive, Bullard; 19511 Sara Lane, Flint; 18830 Spanish Oak Court, Flint; 18859 Spanish Oak Court, Flint; 10196 Sugarcreek Drive, Flint; 12295 Jazmin Circle, Flint; 12135 Jazmin Circle, Flint; 12076 Jazmin Circle, Flint; 9250 Quiet Water, Tyler; 1211 Rainmaker, Tyler; 7354 Lake Pointe Cove, Tyler; 11094 Hidden Hollow Lane, Tyler; 2217 Fallcrest, Tyler; 1363 Old Farm Road, Tyler; 612 College Avenue, Tyler; 5405 Browns Landing Drive, Chandler; 5401 Nathan Drive, Chandler; 744 Abbey Road, Lindale; 8514 Trophy Point, LaRue; 3443 CR 3420, Hawkins.