Showcasing NWA’s Splendid Shelters

Conner Custom Homes

This June 19 through 21, more than 2,000 people will tour the 34 homes featured in this year’s Annual Parade of Homes, presented by the Northwest Arkansas Home Builders Association.

Photographs courtesy of NWAHBA


Above Photo: Conner Custom Homes

The Northwest Arkansas Home Builders Association (NWAHBA) was founded in 1960. Today the organization has 320 members and works “to serve, preserve and promote its membership through educational opportunities, political advocacy and showcasing events.” One of those events is the Annual Parade of Homes. This three-day tour includes 34 homes ranging in value from $120,000 to $2 million, constructed by 16 builders and covering more than 320 miles in Washington and Benton Counties.

Liberty Bell

Liberty Bell

“The Parade of Homes is a great opportunity for people looking to build a custom home. It’s the best way for the public to speak with the builders in the homes they’ve built,” said Brenda Jones, executive officer for the NWAHBA. “Participants will have the pleasure of seeing a number of features such as great outdoor living spaces, which are still hugely popular, media rooms and smart home applications that allow users to control things like lighting, heating and air conditioning using smart phone apps.”

Jones said the homes will also showcase the latest innovations in lighting, cabinetry, flooring, countertops and more. Many of the homes are completely staged, so visitors can get decorating ideas as well as ideas for remodeling.

Several subcontractors who worked with the builders will be on hand to share information about special materials, specialty rooms — there’s a least one storm shelter — and things like landscaping.

Buffington Homes of Arkansas

Buffington Homes of Arkansas

A members-only dinner will be held June 18 during which awards will be given for the best curb appeal, best master suite, best kitchen, best floor plan and best overall home. These designations will be given in seven categories and are based on the costs of the homes. Plaques acknowledging the awards will be displayed in the homes.

AY is proud to be a media sponsor of the 2015 NWAHBA Annual Parade of Homes. Oak Tree, Liberty Bell, Holcomb Heights and Dixieland Crossing subdivisions are also sponsors for the tour, and each has at least one home in the tour. The following builders are participating in the 2015 NWAHBA Annual Parade of Homes:

Paradigm Development Enterprises

Paradigm Development Enterprises

  • Buffington Homes of Arkansas
  • Celtic Construction
  • Cobblestone Homes
  • Conner Custom Homes
  • Craftsman Builders
  • Homes of Distinction
  • Lance Johnson Building Company
  • Liberty Bell
  • Paradigm Development Enterprises
  • R&N Builders
  • Rausch Coleman Homes
  • Riggins Properties
  • Riverwood Homes
  • Rouse Custom Homes
  • Sunrise Developers
  • Tall Oaks Construction

Admission is free, and the homes are open June 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and June 21 from noon to 5 p.m. For more information about the Parade of Homes, links to the home builders’ websites and to obtain a map of the parade, log on to; for information about the Northwest Arkansas Home Builders Association, log on to or call (479) 751-6688.

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