As the landscape is turning green this spring, so are more of the regions homebuilders.
Green – as in environmentally friendly – is a recurring theme among the new homes being showcased in this springs edition of the Home Builders Association of Fort Waynes Town & Country New Home and Specialty Retail Tour.
This years tour, the associations 22nd, continues noon to 5 p.m. today, Saturday and May 6.
The biggest things that most builders are featuring in their homes are the new green technologies that are out there, says Jamie Lancia, association president and vice president of construction for Fort Waynes Lancia Homes.
Local builders, Lancia says, are eager to show off energy-conservation measures they can provide in complying with a new statewide energy code that went into effect April 5.
Buying a new home built to the code, he says, can yield a homeowner roughly $100 in monthly energy savings over a comparably sized existing home.
Thats the big push that were really excited about, that we can help people save money, he says.
Tour visitors also can find new trends in floor plans, kitchens, baths, colors, flooring, lighting, décor, landscaping and amenities by visiting the homes.
It includes 34 homes and seven villas and three subdivisions in Fort Wayne and surrounding areas. There is no admission cost.
Participating builders are Bob Buescher Homes, Carriage Place Homes, Colonial Homes, Delagrange Homes, Foster & Park Homes, Granite Ridge Builders, Heller Homes, Ideal Suburban Homes, J&K Contractors and Lancia Homes.
For more information, call the association at 422-2020 or go to www.hbafortwayne.com.