Spring 2024 Parade of Homes Review

Every year, the Grand Rapids Parade of Homes offers a captivating glimpse into the world of architectural innovation, interior design trends, and luxurious living. This showcase of homes brings together builders, designers, and enthusiasts alike to celebrate the artistry and craftsmanship of residential properties. Along with my Husband and a couple of good friends, I recently had the opportunity to tour a handful of the homes featured in this Spring’s parade, and for those of you who were unable to attend yourself I am going to take a moment to share a few pictures and talk about some of the my personal favorite trends.

88th Ave-Wierenga Builders

The first home we toured was located in Zeeland and built by Wierenga Builders. This home’s sprawling kitchen leads into a dining area surrounded by windows allowing for lots of natural light and views of the wooded back yard where you would be sure to view wildlife. The kitchen itself featured an oversized island complete with quartz countertops, double ovens, electric cooktop and a spacious walk-in pantry. The combination of both natural wood and white finishes on the cabinets provided a very clean look, and made this kitchen by far my favorite out of the homes we walked through. 

Creekside-Buffum Homes

1923 Creekside in Byron Center built by Buffum Homes, featured a beautiful vaulted ceiling in the main living area complete with a cozy fireplace. Throughout the home you can find board and batten accent walls painted in dark colors. This was a design element that I noticed was not specific to this home, it was a trend I saw throughout several of the homes we toured, and I particularly love this trend. It is a simple way to add both dimension and touch of color to your living space. 

Red Barn Ct.-Genesis Builders

My favorite of the parade homes we walked through was by Genesis Builders on Red Barn Ct. in Jamestown. This custom built home spared no detail. The cathedral ceilings are complemented by beautiful cherry stained beams that lead your eyes to the stone, wood burning, fireplace. When stepping into the adjoining kitchen it was easy to see they truly thought of everything. It includes a food prep station with a separate sink, large pantry with built-in shelving and a second freezer, a pot filling station over the stove, and a large functional island perfect for entertaining. A walk downstairs takes you to a finished living area and two more bedrooms. Each of the bedrooms has their own custom features, a built in loft style bed and illuminated shelving. I don’t believe I could have even dreamt of all the custom touches added to this home, it was beautiful. 

Many of you may not know but the Home Builders Association puts on both a Spring and Fall Parade of Homes every year. This was my first time attending the Parade, and if you have never done so before, I highly recommend you do this fall. Even if you are not in the market to build or purchase a new home, coupled with going out for dinner afterwards it makes for a great date night and provides some inspiration for your next home renovation project!

Brittany Holthof