Spokane Home Builders Association’s Fall Festival of Homes returns for 18th year

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Spokane homebuilder Kyle Marsh loves bringing unique residential project concepts to life.

One such project is the Marsh Family Home, a nearly 7,000 square foot, five bedroom, seven bathroom property that combines modern farmhouse elements with traditional features on 10 acres in Colbert.

“I hand drew the floor plan for the house,” said Marsh, owner of Kyle Marsh Construction Inc. “When I started conceptualizing it and putting it together, I thought, ‘ It’s gonna be pretty cool. It’s very special for us because everything I thought I could give my kids, I put in there.

The home, valued at over $1.8 million and built over 18 months, includes two indoor playhouses as well as a 1,900 square foot garage with a heated floor system. Each room in the house has a different theme but seems to blend cohesively throughout the property, Marsh said.

“I’m kind of excited to see people’s response because I think it turned out as good, if not better, than I imagined,” Marsh said. “I had a lot of help from my wife and a designer. Everything went well, I think.

Marsh is one of 10 Spokane-area homebuilders participating in the Spokane Home Builders Association’s annual Home Festival.

In its 18th year, the festival will offer in-person and virtual tours of 16 single-family homes this weekend and next — Friday through Sunday and September 30 through October 30. 2.

This is the first year the festival has returned to a full in-person event without pandemic restrictions, which were in place in 2021. The event was virtual in 2020.

Home tours, available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., allow people to access home building industry experts and learn about the latest trends in architecture, energy efficiency and design interior.

“We have more of a modern feel to the show this year with increased technology in the homes. There are a few new designs that I haven’t seen before,” said Joel White, general manager of the Spokane Home Builders Association. “People are going to be wowed by some of the features and views created on some of the lots.”

Attendees are encouraged to begin the tour at one of three host sites featuring homes from local builders Greenstone, Camden Homes Inc. and Pennsylvania-based Toll Brothers, a luxury home builder that has entered the Spokane market. in spring.

From the host sites, attendees can use the printed guide or the SHBA Fall Festival of Homes app for step-by-step directions to the newly constructed homes, some of which are mapped using GPS coordinates as they are not yet listed on Google Maps.

This year, the homes will offer “something for everyone” with prairie, farmhouse, craftsman and contemporary designs, White said.

Homes are spread across North Spokane, the West Plains, South Hill, Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, and Deer Park.

Properties on the tour that are for sale range in price from nearly $420,000 for a 1,400 square foot home in the West Plains to nearly $1 million for a 1,970 square foot home in Deer Park.

Before the pandemic, the festival drew several thousand people, with builders seeing around 400 to 500 guests at their homes on average, White said.

It has been difficult for builders to get homes ready this year as the construction industry has faced a shortage of skilled workers, a lack of building land and supply chain issues. As a result, a few homes are missing items, like a mirror or an appliance, that are out of stock, White said.

The association expects more than 3,000 attendees on opening weekend, said Jessie Madison, marketing, events and communications coordinator for SHBA.

“It’s really a way for builders to grow their name,” she said of the festival. “They meet new people, potential clients and real estate agents. If they get two or three leads out of it, we consider that a success. »

Those unable to attend the festival in person can view virtual 3D tours of each home starting Friday. Virtual home tours will include information on builders, floor plans, smart home technology trends, and interior design.

Marsh is a newcomer to the festival this year, along with Big Blue Homes, Grit & Timber Properties and Toll Brothers.

Marsh joined the festival to potentially gain exposure for his business and continue a family legacy of homebuilding, he said.

Marsh grew up in the construction industry as his father, Ken, has been an award-winning home builder since the early 1980s. At age 23, Marsh founded his construction company, which has grown steadily for over 16 years .

“I’ve always looked up to him and the quality he’s been able to put together, and that’s why I’m in this industry,” Marsh said of his father. “Hopefully I can bring home an award and follow in his footsteps.”

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