Madison Area Builders Association: Drawing on Great Ideas at the 2005 Parade of Homes

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Brian Klatt, Communications Director
Madison Area Builders Association
Office: (608) 288-1133 x 13
Cell: (608) 712-6454

MADISON, Wis. (May 27, 2005) – Sketching out dreams of the perfect home takes an inspiring turn at this year’s 55th annual Madison Area Builders Association Parade of Homes.

Thirty-one homes have been built by 31 different homebuilders creating Dane County’s prestigious tour of homebuilding, design and decorating techniques. Visitors will be able to interact with building professionals, learning the latest in home innovations and styles.

New this year, attendees to the Oak Meadow site in Fitchburg will be able to purchase tickets for the Great Kitchen Raffle benefiting the Junior League of Madison’s community programs. Prizes include a KitchenAid stainless steel, high-end kitchen appliance package valued at $5,900, $500 cash and a kitchen utensil basket valued at $200. Tickets are $10 each or 11 tickets for $100.

After last year’s success, extended Friday night hours return to the Parade, allowing visitors to enjoy special interior and exterior lighting.

The four Parade sites, including two new neighborhoods, are conveniently located across Dane County:

Fitchburg: Oak Meadow
Debuting this year is Fitchburg’s Oak Meadow neighborhood encompassing 83 acres and located near the intersection of Fish Hatchery and Lacy Roads. Oak Meadow will be a mixed-use neighborhood incorporating many traditional neighborhood design principles such as dedicated parks and open space. Visitors may tour nine homes ranging from 3,100 square-feet to 4,500 square-feet.

Oak Meadow’s Parade homes take advantage of the Madison skyline with wrap-around porches and numerous windows making the most of the view. One to three-story homes employ Craftsman, Modern and Transitional styles. Other highlights include a floating staircase, spirits center with glass block, basement gym and a “Grill Cabana Pond.”

Oregon: The Bergamont
The newly opened Andy North signature golf course community spanning 532-acres enjoys its second Parade year with seven homes ranging in size from 3,076 square-feet to 6,680 square-feet.

Tailored for golf course living, homes feature views of the course including the second fairway, and one home features a three-car garage with golf cart storage space. Observe architectural styles from Traditional to Rustic Ranch and Transitional. Highlights not to miss include 12-foot ceilings, a Jack and Jill bathroom, media room and a European-style courtyard designed using an all-brick exterior and gracious living spaces.

Sun Prairie: Providence
The second new addition to this year’s Parade is the Providence neighborhood and its five Parade homes located at the northeast corner of Hoepker Road and Rattman Road in Sun Prairie. Providence is a traditional neighborhood development with an emphasis on quality of life, aesthetics and finishes where the American hometown is revitalized through open green space, town squares and design efficiency.

Design efficiency is seen in these homes that range in size from 2,125 square-feet to 3,310 square-feet. Varied materials are used throughout including birch and cork floors, and a mix of natural stone, shakes and cedars. All but one home features the Craftsman architecture style. The Italianate styled home includes a courtyard off the master suite.

Waunakee: Eldorado Woods Addition to Savannah Village
There is plenty to see and do in this active neighborhood. This new Eldorado Woods Addition to Savannah Village will have access to a ten-acre park with a vista corridor and walking path leading to a beautiful arboretum and swimming pool, bike trails, play equipment, sport court and in-line hockey arena. With 10 homes ranging in size from 2,800 square-feet to 4,943 square-feet, this is the largest Parade site.

A variety of architectural styles are showcased including Tudor, Transitional, Craftsman, Ranch, French Country and Normandy. Hand-scraped cherry floors, a gourmet kitchen with knotty alder cabinets, radiant in-floor heat, loft, home gym and a theater room are all features visitors to this site will notice.

The Parade of Homes runs from June 11 through June 26. Hours are Monday – Thursday, 3-8 pm, extended Friday hours, 3-10 pm and Saturday/Sunday, noon-6 pm. Tickets are available in advance from May 27 through June 10 at any Dane County AnchorBankfsb or at all Parade sites during the event’s open hours. The cost is $11 for adults in advance, $12 at-the-gate. Children 3-12 and senior citizens 65 and over pay $5 in advance and $6 at-the-gate. Children under 3 are admitted free of charge. Receive a complimentary Plan Book with ticket purchases; the complete resource guide to the Parade of Homes.

The Madison Area Builders Association sponsors five annual events, which include the Home Products Show, the Spring Showcase, the Parade of Homes, the Parade of Condominiums and the Tunnel of Terror. For more information visit