Welcome to Homearama!

By Les Ore, Homearama Chair
Fall Homearama 2017 celebrates its 35th anniversary at The Estates of Pitchkettle Farms in Suffolk. This annual traditional Homearama is a single-site event highlighting custom-built, professionally decorated and beautifully landscaped homes.

Homearama’s half-dozen truly distinct homes will exhibit the most discriminating custom builders in the region: ABT Custom Homes, Ainslie Group, Heardon Construction, Joey Corp and Ore Builders. Home prices range between $450,000 and $600,000.

Homearama 2017 runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from Oct. 20 to Nov. 5.

We have a lot of activities planned for our Homearama guests, beyond the unique homes and gardens. The first weekend we salute first responders and our military with a 50 percent discount on admission. Military visitors are invited to take it easy in a special tent with complimentary beverages and snacks. They also will have the opportunity to win various prizes.

Bluegrass and Brews is the theme for the second weekend. From 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, guests are invited to sample a variety of craft beers while listening to some down-home bluegrass music performed by local artists.

On Saturday and Sunday of the final weekend our focus is Family Fun Days, with costumed characters, face painting and lots of activities for the children.

Pitchkette Farms is the perfect place for a fall adventure. The neighborhood features rolling hills, a meditation garden, a neighborhood park, and a playground for kids of all ages. Local amenities include Sentara Obici Hospital, the Suffolk Family YMCA, Nansemond River Golf Club, nine fishing stations, a tennis complex and Lake Meade Park.

As Homearama 2017 chair and on behalf of our custom builders and Tidewater Builders Association, I am extremely proud to welcome you to this event. Please enjoy browsing Homearama homes at The Estates of Pitchkettle Farms and experience local country living at its absolute finest.

And remember, all home furnishings and furniture in the Homearama homes are for sale during the event and can be picked up at the close of the show.

Building a Better Community

By Doug Smith, President,
Tidewater Builders Association

You’ve probably been to a party with one. He could be the coach of your son’s soccer team. She could be the woman who walks her dog past your house each morning. And you may even be one…

A member of Tidewater Builders Association, that is.

The folks who belong to this local professional trade association are more than just builders, remodelers, plumbers, bankers, real estate agents, apartment managers… the list goes on. They are neighbors, friends, volunteers and coaches.

Together, they are the strength behind an organization that was founded 64 years ago to advocate for affordable housing and provide business and educational opportunities to its member firms.

TBA also seeks to educate area residents about all that’s new and exciting in housing through its Homearama events, as well as the annual Mid-Atlantic Home & Outdoor Living Show. Although TBA is a trade association with a business purpose, you’ll find that the association and its members are enthusiastic supporters of:

Higher education
TBA established a scholarship foundation in 1965 and has since given more than $1.8 million to 483 local students to attend college.

Training opportunities
Through its Building Trades Academy, founded in 1978, TBA has provided skills training to more than 4,000 economically disadvantaged and at-risk youths and adults. After completing a training program, graduates are placed in jobs with member companies.

Helping children
Since 1988, when the first Charity House was built with support from numerous TBA members, beneficiaries have included Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia and St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children. Over $1.5 million has been raised for these charities.

Want to learn more?
For more information about TBA and its many programs and activities, visit www.tbaonline.org