TABA Parade of Homes kicks off with Bullard mayoral ribbon cutting

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The 65th annual Tyler Area Builders Association Parade of Homes kicked off with a ribbon cutting ceremony last week at the company’s headquarters, featuring a bit of Bullard area flair to the event.

Bullard Mayor Pam Frederick was the keynote speaker at the opening ceremony, held Tuesday, May 29, at TABA, located at 1504 W. Grande Blvd., in Tyler.

“I want to thank TABA for the invitation to be here today and for recognizing that the City of Bullard is important to what you do as an association,” said Frederick. “TABA was established in 1953 and the parade began in 1954, which is very impressive to me. The organization has over 650 members, which makes TABA one of the largest builder associations in the state of Texas. TABA’s mission speaks to the aspects of quality, accountability, and professionalism, which are traits we strive for in our staff and leadership in Bullard.”

In her speech, Frederick said the residential growth around the area is landing in the city of Bullard, with many working jobs in Tyler building houses in Bullard, calling the city their new hometown.

“In Bullard, we’ve got a big job,” said Frederick. “It’s no secret that the greater Tyler area is growing, and much of that residential growth is zeroed in right on Bullard. We have consistent steady growth in some of the older residential areas with lots available, as well as newly developed subdivisions, many of which have second and third phases going on inside of those new areas. A lot of the growth is attributed to our great school systems, both public and private schools with Bullard ISD and The Brook Hill School. We’re not oblivious to the fact that we’re a bedroom community for what Tyler has to offer our workforce, and we appreciate the opportunities Tyler creates for our people.”

The 65th annual TABA Parade of Homes will run through Sunday, June 10, allowing builder members and subcontractors an opportunity to showcase newly constructed homes with the latest technology and trends in home design.

“This year, visitors can expect to see custom pools, home automations, energy efficient features, safe rooms, and more,” said Libby Simmons, executive vice president for TABA. “The Parade will offer home styles for everyone’s taste, including modern farmhouse, Mediterranean, craftsman, traditional, and industrial modern Wabi-sabi.”

There are a total of 13 houses in the Bullard area featured in the 65th annual TABA Parade of Homes, which caused Mayor Frederick to brag about the number of participants attracted to her city in this year’s event.

“How many of you are builders of homes in the Parade in the Bullard area?” asked Frederick. “If you’re not, we look forward to seeing you in the 2019 parade. If you haven’t built in Bullard yet, you will.”

Frederick also said the large number of Parade participants this year choosing to build in Bullard is directly related to the large influx of growth the city has seen over the past decade.

“There’s about one-third of homes in the Parade this year that are located in the Bullard area, and we are very proud of that,” said Frederick. “It really speaks to the fact that TABA recognizes the potential in Bullard, which we are thankful for. We’re growing as a community with young families coming to our schools, but also the convenience of living in Bullard and working in Tyler. We’re not creating growth at City Hall, but we are attempting to manage it. We have a terrific staff that is willing to help in their transition to Bullard. The opportunity is there; but these builders just need to pick their spot and start building.”

Houses in the event located within the city limits of Bullard include 436 Coventry St. (Clader Homes, LLC), 237 Essex Dr. (Heritage Builders, LLC), 224 Providence Pl. (Household Properties, LLC), 128 Heritage Way (Household Properties, LLC), 223 E. Emma St. (Campbell Custom Homes), 200 Sunny’s halo Blvd. (EJ Homes), and 1109 Rhome Hill Rd. (Republic Custom Homes, LLC).

The remaining houses in this year’s TABA Parade of Homes within the Bullard area include 246 Eland Way (Carlton Edwards Builder & Designer, LLC), 2871 CR 3707 (Neches Construction, Inc.), 148 Eagles Peak N. (Trent Williams Construction Management), 15422 Lakeside Dr. (Pyramid Homes), and 20239 Deer Hollow in Flint (Texian Homes Custom Homes, LLC).

In addition, Bullard’s Campbell Custom Homes has the lone house in the parade in Whitehouse, located at 804 Hagan Rd.

According to TABA, houses built for the Parade of Homes can take anywhere from six months to over a year to build for the event. When builders commit to having a home in the Parade, they have to take into account weather, contractor availability, and availability of materials. All homes must be completed prior to opening day in order to participate in the parade. Homes are thoroughly inspected to ensure they are ready for guests.

During the 2017 event, approximately 4,000 visitors toured homes on the TABA Parade of Homes.

Tickets for the 65th annual TABA Parade of Homes are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 years old or younger, and can be purchased online on the TABA website, at select ticket sales locations, or at each of the participating homes during Parade hours.

Addresses for all homes featured in this year’s event can be found on the organization’s website. Visitors may begin the tour at any Parade home.

Hours for the event will be 5-8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 3-8 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturdays; and 2-6 p.m. Sundays.

TABA serves an area that covers Anderson, Cherokee, Freestone, Henderson, Navarro, Smith, Wood, and Van Zandt Counties. The mission of TABA is to promote the building industry through education, advocacy, and partnerships for its members.

Grand Tour Sponsor for the 65th annual TABA Parade of Homes is Insurance One Agency, while Texas Bank & Trust will serve as Ticket Sponsor, as well as Sherwin-Williams, Southside Bank, and Harry’s Building Materials are Rooftop Sponsors. This year’s Map Sponsor is Hunt Custom Homes.

A portion of the proceeds from this year’s TABA Parade of Homes will benefit Christian Homes and Family Services, Kingdom Life Academy, and Make-A-Wish North Texas.

For more information about the event, contact the TABA office at (903) 561-3964 or visit www.tylerareabuilders.com.

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