Best of Show Award Winners!

Thank you to everyone who attended the 40th Annual Parade of Homes or followed this blog!

We are pleased to announce the Best of Show award winners for the 2014 Parade selected by Parade goers:

  • Category I ($225,000 and under): Hainstock Homes
  • Category II ($226,000 – $300,000): Bungalow Point Homes
  • Category III ($301,000 – $400,000): Wurzer Builders, Inc.
  • Category IV ($401,000 – $500,000): JW Custom Homes, Inc.
  • Category V ($550,000 – $1,000,000): Storybook Custom Homes
  • Category VI ($1,000,000 and above): Steen Construction

This year’s Parade featured 18 homes demonstrating quality craftsmanship and innovative products and features.  Over 5,000 attendees viewed the Parade homes during the eight day event.

Videos of each home will soon be available for viewing at

The 40th annual Parade of Homes was proudly sponsored by the following Chippewa Valley businesses:  Advanced Disposal, Cesspool Cleaners, Eau Claire Energy Cooperative, Ferguson Bath & Kitchen Gallery, Lyman Lumber, Leader Telegram, Mega Foods, Menards, Royal Credit Union and Xcel Energy.


The Chippewa Valley Parade of Homes is hosted by the Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association (CVHBA). CVHBA is a non-profit trade association representing the home building industry. The organization has been supporting the area’s housing industry by offering substantial resources to members and the public since 1972. Its mission is to build a better area housing industry through promotion, advocacy and education. 


Sneak Peek at Other Parade Homes!

Now that we’ve seen one home from the Parade built from start to finish, it is important to keep in mind there are 17 other beautiful homes to visit from June 7th-June 14th. Here are a couple of sneak peek photos as the homes put some last finishing touches before they are showcased this year:

Ashley Construction:

                Ashley Exterior

               Ashley Shower

Briggs Brothers Construction:

                Briggs Kitchen

                Briggs Wet Bar

Bungalow Point Homes:

            Bungalow Exterior

            Bungalow kitchen

C & E Wurzer Builders #15:

C&E exterior 1

C&E stairs 1

C & E Wurzer Builders #17:

C&E exterior 2

C & M Home Builders and Real Estate:

C & M exterior C & M interior

Hainstock Homes:

Hainstock exterior Hainstock interior

Heartland Contractors #10:

Heartland 1 exterior Heartland 1 kitchen

Heartland Contractors #11

heartland 11 exterior heartland 11 bathroom heartland 11 living room

JW Custom Homes:

JW Exterior JW Stairs

Mike’s Custom Homes:

mike's exterior Mike's kitchen

Peterson Custom Homes:

peterson exterior peterson kitchen

Steen Construction:

Steen exterior Steen kitchen steen fireplace

Storybook Custom Homes:

Storybook exterior front Storybook exterior back Storybook interior

Timber Ridge Homes:

Timber exterior Timber kitchen

Wurzer Builders:

Wurzer exterior Wurzer interior

For maps and home descriptions, feel free to check out: We look forward to seeing you all throughout the next week! Don’t miss a chance to see these beautiful homes in person and get ideas for building your own dream home.

Anne’s Finished Home!!

The time has finally come. Anne’s home, beautifully constructed by MyNextHome, is complete. CVHBA’s Parade of Homes starts tomorrow and you’ll be able to completely tour this home from the inside out! For maps and information on where the homes are located, please visit We have greatly appreciated your support with us through this journey of following a Parade home being built from start to finish! We look forward to seeing you from tomorrow until next Saturday, June 14th.

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Look at How Far We’ve Come!

Anne’s home is almost completely done! On Friday we’ll show you the complete home, but for today let’s take a look back at our progress thus far:

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Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association’s 40th Annual Parade of Homes starts in 3 DAYS on June 7th. Come out and see this beautiful home along with 17 others. There’s no denying the craftsmanship and hard work that goes into building a Parade Home. See Anne’s finished home on Friday, along with sneak peeks at some of the other Parade homes!


Exterior Finishes

The exterior of your home is the first impression people are going to make. It’s important to take the time to figure out what exterior siding best suites your needs. There are many features- weather, location, comfort, and budget- to think about. While there are many factors to consider, the idea of everlasting and maintenance free is always the most appealing. From horizontal lap siding to wood strip siding to stucco to brick to shingles to board and batten- there are so many options to choose from.  Anne decided on siding with a wood pattern, in addition to beautiful custom stone work on the exterior of her home. Admire the beautiful craftsmanship throughout the home: 

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Since the Parade of Homes starts this Saturday, later this week we’re going to show a sneak preview of the other 17 featured homes. Get excited with us about this event! It already starts this Saturday, so mark your calendars and join us in visiting these beautiful houses in the Chippewa Valley area. Ticket information:

Bathrooms and Trends

Bathrooms are no longer just a utilitarian space. This day and age, the bathroom can be a place of luxury and convenience. Achieving this is easier than ever with the latest innovations and design elements.


Latest Trends:

  • High Technology- Top features of new bathrooms range from showers able to adjust based on pressure and temperature you desire, to having a booming sound system without visible speakers, to having a refrigerated medicine cabinet. The possibilities are literally endless.
  • Water Conservation- The most common new innovation is the dual-flush toilet. You have the option to control how much water is used per flush. Another big trend in bathrooms is the use of motion censored faucets to save water.
  • Storage Options- Hide-a-ways and “now you see it, now you don’t” in order to have more storage in the bathroom is another common trend.
  • Nature Inspirations- From nature scene tiles to bamboo tiles to just using more earthy tones, this is the easiest way to give your bathroom a “homey” and updated feel.


Anne’s bathrooms are really coming along! Below she is meeting with an expert and picking out which finishes she wants for her home:


She has also picked out some unique tile and design features for her showers and bathtubs:



Lastly, here’s a peek at the paint colors Anne chose for one bathroom and where the space is ready for the bathtub:


Next week we’re finishing up the house with the exterior detailed stonework and siding! Check back to see Anne’s finished home. Since the Parade starts a week from Saturday, June 7th, we’ll also show you a look at a couple of the other 18 homes! Be sure to attend the Parade of Homes event to see all the hard work and craftsmanship in person. Ticket information is available at Have a great weekend and stop back next week! 

Fireplaces- Safety and Maintenance

Fireplaces have been around forever. In the past, they were used primarily for warmth and to radiate heat in the home. More recently, fireplaces are seen as part of the décor. While they are still used for heat in the winter, they are not used like a furnace. Recently, there is more of a creative process that comes with picking out styles and designs. Anne actually has two custom fireplaces in her home, both with very different looks. This is the one upstairs in her great room: 


Compared to the one downstairs:


Both fireplaces have excellent detail and make for a great focal point in each room. They also both incorporate a floor to ceiling design. It’s important to keep in mind the amount of maintenance that comes with keeping your fireplace safe.

  • Make sure to check your chimney (or have an expert show you how the first time) once a year, or after every 80 fires
  • Glass doors may develop tough stains from flames and heat. Cleaning instructions: when glass doors are cool, take a razor blade to scrape off any thick gunk; add a squirt of liquid dishwashing detergent to a bucket of warm water- spray or sponge the cleaner on, and wipe it away with newspaper.
  • Wait at least 3 days to clean out the ashes, because fire coals can stay hot enough to start a fire
  • Clean the firebox (area where the logs burn) at least once a week during the months you use it, when ash builds up. Leave about an inch of ash because it acts as insulation, so the coals are able to heat faster and retain heat better. During the months you don’t use the fireplace, keep the firebox completely clean.
  • To clean the exterior:

                      o   Slate Hearth- wash, dry and coat it with lemon oil every six weeks to make it shine

                      o   Brick Hearth- buy a brick cleaner at a fireplace shop

Let’s take a look at more shots of Anne’s beautiful stone fireplaces:





Almost every single home in the Parade this year has either a stone fireplace or gas fireplace. You don’t want to miss this wonderful craftsmanship! The parade starts 10 days so be sure to purchase tickets ahead of time. Information and a look into the other 17 homes is found