CCCIA’s Builders’ Showcase of Homes starts today
When looking to buy a home in Cape Coral, finding the right design and layout of your home is paramount to a buyer’s future happiness.
The Cape Coral Construction Industry Association’s 2019 Builders’ Showcase of Homes starts today, as 22 of the Cape’s best and most talented creators display 29 different models for prospective buyers, or just anyone, to tour over three weekends.
“The Builders’ Showcase of Homes gives potential buyers a taste of what Cape Coral offers,” said CCCIA Executive Director/CEO Bill Johnson Jr. “There are homes at all price points for people wanting to retire, just looking for something new, or buying their first or last home.”
The homes will be open to the public this weekend, next weekend, as well as the weekend of Feb.1.
Touring hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
Of the 29 houses, 27 are in Cape Coral, two are in Fort Myers.
“There are a lot of great builders in Cape Coral, and a lot of great designs,” Johnson said. “We have production-style homes, as well as custom builders who can create whatever the customer wants. It’s all about how much you want to spend. There is a great variety in our showcase, with lots of different styles and techniques to view.”
Going strong now for more than 25 years, the showcase presents customers a taste of the local flavor when it comes to builders, and even provides a friendly competition between them to show the community what they’ve got.
At The Westin Cape Coral Wednesday night, participating builders gathered to see which homes would stand out above the rest, as awards were given in various categories broken down by price and design.
The 13 categories were differentiated by price range and awards were given for best pool design, best landscape, best outdoor living, best exterior, best interior, best kitchen, best bath, best livability and best overall in that price range.
There were also top overall awards for best overall interior design, best overall landscape design, best overall pool design and best overall home, all regardless of price.
Best overall interior design went to Imperial Homes & Simply Done Interiors & Designs for “The Serenity.”
Best overall landscape design went to Koogler Homes & R&R Sprinkler & Landscape for “The Gosford.”
Best overall pool design went to Sposen Signature Homes & Fildi Pools for “The Rambler.”
Best overall home went to Imperial Homes for “The Serenity.”
“I’m ecstatic,” said Imperial Homes President Justin Negip of winning multiple awards on the night, including best overall home. “We put so much hard work into every single house that we do, but to have that actually be recognized in a venue like this, it means the world to us.”
“I’m thrilled to be partnered with Imperial Homes. We built a beautiful home and worked really, really hard. The award means everything,” said Paula Strickland, interior designer for Imperial Homes.
So what sets Imperial Homes apart.
“It’s really the creation process,” said Negip. “We really take the time to get to know the client and find out what their passion is and what they love, and find a way to mold that into the house. We want to make it something that no one’s ever seen before. So when they bring their friends and family over and they say, ‘Wow, I’ve never seen that aspect of a house before.’ That’s what’s so great about being able to work so close with a designer and a builder, and have it all be seamless. We can literally create anything they can even imagine.”
For Strickland, she said that having a builder such as Imperial Homes, that takes the time to listen and value the creative side of things from a designer, makes all the difference in the world.
“The proof is in the awards,” she said.
Other than best overall home, Imperial was recognized as category 8 (601K-700K) best pool design for “The Bentley,” and swept all of the category 11 (901K-1M) awards for “The Serenity.”
The Westin was full of talented builders, designers and more, something Johnson is proud to represent via the CCCIA.
“They’re the best of the best,” he said. “We’ve always had a strong showing of builders in Cape Coral. This is a great way for them to showcase what they can do and gives them the ability to get people into their homes to see what they’d want.”
The three-weekend showcase truly gives people the opportunity to spend time in each of the homes, getting to talk to the builders and designers about their work and potential future collaborations.
“This is always a very well-attended showing. The nice thing is it gives people looking three weekends to do it. You don’t have to be rushed. It can even be for those just wanting to remodel or spruce up their home. You can walk through, talk to the builders and people can get the most out of their experience,” Johnson said.
Other overall category winners included: Option One Builders for “The Genova”; Holiday Builders for “The Charleston”; SC Homes for “The Oasis”; Riverside Ave Villas for “The Ambrose”; Coral Isle Builders for “The Osprey Grand”; Arnold Roberts Signature Homes for “The Savannah”; Arnold Roberts Signature Homes for “The Savannah Grand”; Windsor Properties for “The Cape View”; Frey & Son for “The Palm Beach”; Winward Construction for “The Windsail”; Tundra Homes for “The Tortuga II”; Sposen Signature Homes for “The Rambler” and Koogler Homes for “The Gosford.”
“There’s a lot of talent in this room, a tremendous amount of talent,” said CCCIA President Marty McClain. “I’m very proud of it. I couldn’t ask for a better start up to the year.”
For more information on The Builders’ Showcase of Homes and the CCCIA, visit www.cccia.org.
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