Green features highlight Parade of Homes

October 4, 2013 

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    Parade of Homes

    October 5-6, 11-13 and 18-20, 2013

    Noon - 5 p.m.

    Self-guided and free

    55 homes by 30 builders in 34 neighborhoods

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If you are looking to build a home using green building techniques or find a community that puts sustainable building practices in the forefront, this year’s Parade of Homes in Durham, Orange and Chatham counties is for you.

Twelve homes meeting the National Green Building Standards (NGBS) Green Certification at the Bronze Level were entered into this year’s Parade, organized by the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties and running through the first three weekends of October.

Briar Chapel and Valley View, both in north Chatham County, are building homes to achieve NGBS Green Certification at the Bronze Level or better. There are also several neighborhoods on the Parade that are dedicated to using green construction techniques and energy-efficient building products and appliances.

Carrboro’s Winmore neighborhood, located off Homestead Road, which connects north Chapel Hill to Carrboro, is being built on land once owned by the Hogan family, local farmers who were deeded the land in 1716. Developed by Capkov Ventures, the neighborhood is “focused on green building and sustainable living,” according to Capkov principal Scott Kovens.

Kovens said that his company was so committed to honoring the land and the Hogan family, they created “Winmore Green Building Standards.” These construction guidelines include using environmentally-friendly building materials, discharging fewer pollutants, having improved energy-efficiency and better indoor air quality.

There are a variety of single-family detached and townhomes in Winmore. Two single-family homes are on the Parade: the Griffith by Kovens Construction at 208 Della Street priced at $482,000; and the Brookstone III by Carolinian Homes at 113 Ruskin Drive priced at $709,900.

“The 3,793-square-foot Brookstone III with its five bedrooms and 4.5 baths is perfect for a large family,” said Kim Johnson, Carolinian Homes’ product selection manager. “It has a guest suite downstairs, which makes it a good floor plan for an inter-generational family, too.”

The house has KitchenAide Energy Star appliances, including a gas cooktop with convection oven. The master bath has a frameless glass walk-in shower with rain showerhead, garden tub, double vanities featuring under-mount, oval sinks set in black pearl granite counters. Sink faucets are eight-inches wide, which makes for easy cleaning.

The Griffith is reminiscent of Charleston homes with its four-column front providing a covered front porch with a covered balcony above. The 2,835-square-foot home has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. White subway tile is the perfect tub surround on the main-floor bath, and white Shaker-style kitchen cabinets contrast beautifully against the hardwood flooring.

Greenbridge Condominiums at 601 West Rosemary Street is another green community with four condos on Parade that range in price from $338,900 to $554,900. This multi-story building, near the boundary of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, has three living rooftops which do double duty: help cool the building and control water runoff. Four condos will be on the Parade: 315, 316, 616 and 804. The condo at 316 has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,633 square feet and is priced at $450,900. Like all Greenbridge condos, floor-to-ceiling windows bring the sky right into your home. High ceilings and beautiful cabinetry paired with energy-efficient appliances and building products keep utility costs to a minimum in these luxury condominiums.

Cruising Chatham

Ten of the NGBS Bronze Level homes are in Briar Chapel – and eight are scheduled to be complete and available for viewing during the Parade. There is another home just down Saint Andrews Store Road from Briar Chapel in Cimarron Homes’ Valley View neighborhood that has also achieved the Bronze Level from the NGBS. Builders in both of these communities build to meet Green Certification standards.

Briar Chapel, located approximately 15 minutes from Chapel Hill in northern Chatham County, has Green Certified entries by Drees Homes, Saussy Burbank, Homes by Dickerson, ForeverHome LLC, Garman Homes and M/I Homes. These homes range in price from Saussy Burbank’s house at 273 Tobacco Farm Way at $282,900 to Homes by Dickerson’s home at 658 Bennett Mountain Trace for $569,900.

The Sullivan at 658 Bennett Mountain Trace in Briar Chapel is priced at $569,900 and has five bedrooms and 4.5 baths with a first-floor guest suite and a media room in the bonus room. The Parade house has 3,760 square feet of heated living space. The Sullivan floor plans start at $539,900.

Briar Chapel has 900 hundred acres of preserved open space with homes clustered close together in neighborhoods with playgrounds and miniature parks. There are tennis courts, swimming pool and clubhouse available for residents and 24 miles of streets, trails and boardwalks. Multiple entries into Briar Chapel make it easy to get to work, school and shopping. Homes range in price from the $190,000s to

Valley View has 22 home sites and is approximately 15 minutes south of Chapel Hill. The home sites are wooded and range in size from just under an acre to more than two acres. The neighborhood will have 14 acres of pastoral community open space along a winding creek and small pond. Homes range in price from the $300,000’s to $500,000-plus. Floor plans of 2,000- to 5,000-square feet in ranch, one-and-a-half and two-story are available.

Fourteen acres of pastoral community open space include a small pond and creek. Although private and secluded, Valley View is moments to shopping and restaurants on 15-501 and the center of Chapel Hill.With homes priced from the $300s to the $500s+, Cimarron’s single family homes at Valley View consist of ranch, one and one-half, and two story plans of 2,000 to 5,000 square feet and larger.

The green house at 270 New Isley Trail in Hillsborough by Collins Design-Build has sold and will not be open during the Parade. Those interested in this $665,000 home of 3,824 square feet may contact the builder at 919-422-2818 or log onto Collins Design-Build is now building homes in Blackberry Hollow, off NC Highway 54 west of Carrboro. Terra Nova Global Properties is marketing the homes.

“The fall is such a wonderful time of year to tour the many beautiful Parade homes featured throughout Orange, Durham and Chatham counties,” said Carol Anne Colone, chair of the Parade of Homes Committee for the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties. “With home prices and interest rates increasing, now is the time to find a dream home that our builders have created.”

A drive down to Siler City in Chatham County should be beautiful this time of year. The house on Parade by Absolute Construction and Development at 1995 Bowers Store Road is not Green Certified, but has 3,500 square feet of finished space and 800 square feet of unfinished space and a three-car extended garage. The house has spray foam insulation and will be Energy Star certified, according to builder Nelu Skumpija. The three-bedroom house has three full baths and two half-baths. Countertops are of granite, quartz and Cambria. There are built-ins and upgraded trim throughout this home, stamped concrete patios in front and back and a courtyard with pergola at the front entry.

For more information on the Parade of Homes, call the HBA at (919) 493-8899 or visit Also follow the Parade of Homes on Facebook.

Sally Keeney can be reached at or 919-932-0879.