BY BILL PHILLIPS
You should go for a drive this Sunday.
When you’re on that drive, you should stop at eight of the city’s newest houses, take a look inside and talk to the people who built them.
Even better, you should let someone else drive you around to those eight houses and be eligible to win prizes while on the trip.
It’s all possible during the Canadian Home Builders Association of Northern B.C.’s annual Parade of Homes this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“We’re kind of bringing HGTV to the streets of Prince George,” said Terri McConnachie, executive director of the homebuilders’ association. “We have member builders who have finished their projects in different neighbourhoods throughout the city.”
The idea is for anyone who would like to get some ideas for their own homes, or ones they’re contemplating building, to check out what some of the city’s best builders are putting together. There are eight homes for viewing and it costs nothing for residents to get out and see them. Residents can drive themselves or, even better, take a shuttle around to the eight homes. McConnachie will be your tour guide on the shuttle and there will be plenty of prizes available to win while you’re being shuttled around town.
It all starts at the home base, located at 4096 Brink Place in the Nechako View subdivision. Whether you want to drive yourself or take the shuttle, you’re encouraged to start at the home office.
At the home base you will be able to grab a coffee and some treats and, most importantly if you want to drive yourself, a map of the eight homes. It’s also where you can catch the shuttle if you want the royal treatment. The shuttle will make two trips, one at 11 a.m. and then again at 1 p.m.
“We have so much fun,” said McConnachie. “We have contests on the bus and as we arrive at each home, I’ll tell you a little about what makes that home unique and then you get to go in, tour the home and meet the builder.”
The lead home for the Parade of Homes is also in the Nechako View subdivision. Built by Rise Construction, it is the Hospice Dream Home. Not only do you get to view the home, but you can purchase a ticket on the home and, with any luck, be living there by Christmas.
There is also a Shaw Scavenger Hunt throughout the homes, so keep your eyes peeled.
Other homes on the tour will be in College Heights and downtown.
“It’s just a really fun way to spend the day, and get some ideas for your own home,” said McConnachie.
There is no cost to take in the Parade of Homes, so you have no excuse not to check it out.