Construction delays force latest start in the history of the home showcase
The director of the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati confirmed Thursday that due to unforeseen construction delays, that this summer’s Homearama at Carriage Hill in Liberty Township is being pushed back to July.
It will be the latest Homearama, which will now take place July 13-28, in the 50-year history of the home showcase, according HBA executive director Dan Dressman. The event was previously scheduled to take place June 8-23.
“We made the decision to ensure that we had all the homes completed in time and that all of the builders had an opportunity to provide the high-quality show that people come to expect from Homearama,” Dressman said.
Overall, there are six homes, all presold and priced between $780,000 and $1.2 million, at this year’s event.
Dressman says the main reason for the delay was that builders were forced to get off to a late start while waiting for bank financing. Builders of the six presold homes include Daniel Hicks Homes, Wieland Builders, W.V. deStefano Homes and Justin Doyle Homes, which are building three of the homes.
When ground was broken in November, Dressman called Carriage Hill “one of the nicest locations” that has ever hosted a Homearama. The 400-acre Liberty Township community features lakes, streams and woodlands.
“People are going to see a first-class show and I don’t think this year is going to be an exception,” Dressman said. “It has been a Cincinnati summertime tradition for 50 years. It is going to be a top-notch show, which is what people expect when they come to a Homearama in Cincinnati.”
Carriage Hill co-manager Randy Terry thought it was important that the builders had ample time to compete their homes.
“It is just too important of an event, which represents the industry as a whole, to not ensure the builders the maximum opportunity to finish all the details that goes into these type of homes,” Terry said. “We didn’t want to risk in any way compromising the experience of the show.”
The HBA is currently finalizing its decision for the 2014 Homearama location. Dressman said an announcement should be coming in the next few weeks. Furthermore, the HBA is still accepting applications for its 2014 Citirama and a decision on that location will be decided in a month or so.