By Mary Falconer-Williams
There are so many fun and quirky things to celebrate in April. We start off the month with April Fools’ Day on the ? rst, followed by “Sorry, Charlie Day” on April 6. (Observers of this event make a mindful effort to move beyond any bitterness they harbor at being rejected for a job, loan, date, sports team, etc.) If that single day fails to move you beyond the stress of rejection, take heart! National Stress Awareness runs for the entire month. Then, on April 22, two unlikely subjects share the same 24 hours when both Earth Day and National Jelly Bean Day vie for our attention.
More to my point here, did you know that April is also National New Homes Month? It’s a time to raise awareness of the complex impact of the new home construction industry on the pulse of our community’s economy.
“There is a direct connection between housing and the economic vitality of state, local government and neighborhoods,” said Al Scott, president of the Ohio Home Builders Association (OHBA). Every home that is built has a direct and indirect impact on our economy. With 2012 permit values totaling $2.8 billion, new home construction is an important piece of growth for the state of Ohio.
The direct impact includes jobs for construction workers, of? ce workers, estimators, accountants and supervisors. An increase in dollars to suppliers, architects, engineers and truckers creates a secondary ripple effect. Individuals in these varied work forces, in turn, spends wages in the local community. Studies have shown that for every dollar spent on the construction of a house, an additional 48 cents is spent in the community.
The numbers of jobs involved in building a single 1,200 square foot ranch-style home with 3 bedrooms and 1.5 baths locally is estimated at more than 250.
Scott encourages people building new homes to work with members of their local builders association who are familiar with the latest technology and building techniques in home construction.
“It’s the perfect time to buy a house” said John Sumodi, president of the Medina County HBA, owner of Legacy Homes of Medina Inc. and co-owner of Windridge Homes Ltd. He expects home building costs to rise in the near future, given the growing activity in the housing market and the growing shortage of product available.
Scattered Site Parade
If you already have plans for the remainder of April that do not include celebrating National New Homes Month, don’t worry. Beginning May 4 and running each Saturday and Sunday until May 19, take advantage of the opportunity to tour the 2013 Medina County Spring Scattered Site Parade of Homes presented by the Medina County Home Builders Association. The event is made possible by builder participation fees and HBA members who generously sponsor the event. Attendance is free to the public and includes tours of 18 new homes from an affordable $99,500 to an impressive $850,000 and everything in between.
This year’s participating builders and homes include:
• Modern Home Concepts, LLC, Hickory Creek in Granger
• SL Builders, Whisper Creek in Lodi
• Artisan Building and Design LLC, Trophy Club in Medina
• Bridgeport Custom Homes & Design, Whitetail Crossing in Medina
• Bridgeport Custom Homes & Design, Blue Heron Estates in Medina
• Hearth Homes LLC, Birch Hill Court in Medina
• Legacy Homes of Medina Inc., Blue Heron Estates in Medina
• Legacy Homes of Medina Inc., Sutton Place in Medina
• Modern Home Concepts, LLC, Blue Heron Estates in Medina
• Paradise Home of Medina, Inc., Hunter’s Glen in Medina
• Windridge Homes in Country Lakes Fox Medina, Medina
• Legacy Homes of Medina Inc., Rim Rock Estates in Valley City
• Gonser Builders Inc., Riverwalk in Valley City
• Mason Builders, Valley Estates in Valley City
• Bridgeport Custom Homes & Design, The Estates at Wood? eld in Wadsworth
• Charis Homes, Windy Hill in Wadsworth
The new-home parades of the local HBAs offer an opportunity for those considering new construction to interview homebuilders in a lowpressure setting. For those who are not currently in the market for a new home, parades are the perfect place to scope out new styles in homebuilding and vogue home decor.
“Parade guests will see highly innovative homes featuring the latest trends, with bold wide-open ?oor plans and more ?ex space,” said Sumodi. “We’re not into de?ned living anymore; the focus is on family living and space conducive to this life style.”
Plan your trek by visiting the Medina County Home Builder’s Association website at www.medinacountyparade.com. You’ll ?nd more information including a map, photos of each of the homes, ?oor plans and more. Maps are also available at the association’s of? ce, 4081 North Jefferson Street in Medina.
Sources: Medina County Home Builders Association, medinacountyhba.com; MentalFloss.com