Homearama 2013 | Edinburgh - October 19 - November 3

On behalf of the Tidewater Builders Association, I extend heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in Homearama 2013 at Edinburgh in Chesapeake. Homearama is a huge effort and wouldn’t have been possible without the professional and positive efforts displayed by all involved.

A special shout-out goes to our sponsors who supported us every step of the way: our Presenting Sponsor, Monarch Bank & Mortgage, whose involvement continues to strengthen local builders, businesses and families in Hampton Roads; The City of Chesapeake’s 50th Anniversary sponsors; Pender & Coward Attorneys and Counsellors At Law; Cox Communications and Priority Auto Group for lending their endorsement to Homearama, and Basnight Land & Lawn and Yorktown Materials for creating a magnificent outdoor exhibit for show visitors to sit and take in the beauty that is Edinburgh.

Thanks to our builders who designed livable custom homes that were a complement to this beautiful setting. Appreciation goes to our developer Precon Development who showed great foresight by inviting us back to this location for a second time. And we are indebted to the residents of Edinburgh who allowed us to turn their tranquil and peaceful neighborhood into a temporary construction site.

I especially thank our guests, who made this 31st showcase of homes one of the most successful in the history of Homearama.

Precon’s Doug Fuller best sums up the shelter industry’s perspective, “Things are on the up-tick in the building industry. In the past few months sales have been encouraging, and inventory is declining.”

These signs forecast good things ahead for homeowners.

Thanks for being part of Homearama 2013, and please visit again next year.

- Sam Cohen
Homearama Chairman

The Homes

House #1: The Linda Joan: ABT Custom Homes, LLC, Suffolk. It features all Wolf and Sub-Zero gourmet kitchen appliances, a covered back porch overlooking the lake, custom ceiling treatments and superior millwork and moldings. There is an outdoor kitchen and living area, and the home theater room has a drop-down theater screen.

House #2: da Vinci II: Charlie Anderson Builder, Inc, Chesapeake. Charlie Anderson has been building beautiful custom homes for more than 40 years. The da Vinci II doesn’t disappoint. It features copper ceilings, terrazzo floors, granite countertops, a fireplace, and lots of crown molding and trim. Its media center includes a wet bar, and the home has a pool.

House #3: Le Chateau: J.F. Schoch Building Corp., Virginia Beach. This 4,900-square-foot transitional home has a first-floor bedroom, a master bedroom with a sitting area, and a three-car garage. The large kitchen features an island, and there is a laundry room on the second floor. Jack and Margaret Schoch have been building custom homes for almost 20 years, and are known for their Floridian style as well as transitional homes.

House #4: Chesapeake House; Joey Corp., Chesapeake. This 5,800-square-foot Georgian Revival home showcases the city of Chesapeake’s 50th birthday. It features an outdoor kitchen, with remote controlled screened in areas and a fireplace. The dramatic entry foyer leads visitors to a staircase that opens into a spacious family room boasting a view of the pool and the lake. The large kitchen has a keeping room. A unique feature is a three-stop dumbwaiter from garage to both the first and second floors.

House #5: The Retreat: Strickland Homes, Norfolk. This home shines the spotlight on Triple R Ranch camp, the Mid-Atlantic’s premier residential camp dedicated to healthy living and fellowship. From riding a horse, conquering a climbing wall or paddling a canoe down the Northwest River, the Triple R Ranch uses a broad range of outdoor adventures to develop spiritual and moral depth in tomorrow’s leaders. Features in the Retreat include a huge master closet, a professional gas cook top stove, an enchanting view of the lake, and a balcony.

House #6: The Bra-Ha-Ha House: Preston Homes, Inc., Chesapeake. When it comes to cancer, there’s not much to smile about…but the Bra-Ha-Ha House is uplifting and inspirational and downright sassy. This home features a front and back porch, a fire pit in the backyard, elegant hand-scraped cherry hardwood floors, and a gourmet kitchen with a modern keeping room off to the side.

House #7: The Freedom House: McLaughlin Construction Co., Chesapeake, VA. The Freedom House salutes the men and women in uniform and honors our veterans for their service. It has a detached pool house with a guest suite, and a large pool and patio area with fire pit. The transitional/traditional home features a rear veranda; exterior stone arched entry and a grand winding staircase to the second floor.

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