This article is from the NH Home Builders' "Granite State Builder" Winter 2017 Edition.
Some of the Lakes Region’s most stunning custom homes threw open their doors recently as part of the highly-anticipated Lakes Region Parade of Homes – a three day open house event that puts some of the building and remodeling industry’s best work on display. Attendees at this year’s Parade of Homes, held during Columbus Day weekend, were once again treated to some beautiful homes scattered throughout five communities, including Meredith, Center Harbor, Moultonborough, Alton and Tilton. Participants received a guidebook with a map and home descriptions, “swag” bags filled with supporting industry information, giveaways and an official ticket. As the visitors toured the homes they were asked to choose their favorite home and cast their ballot at the completion of the tour. Pictured Below: Getty Construction’s “Gateway to Fish Cove in Meredith,” was the visitors’ overall favorite home on the tour and voted Lakes Region Parade of Home’s People’s Choice Winner.
Visitors had no special criteria to judge on but to pick the home that resonated as the best out of the eight homes. Some people picked the one with the best overall amenities, size, flow of the house, energy efficiency and most innovative technologies, while others just picked the home that they would most likely like to live in. Getty Construction’s “Gateway to Fish Cove in Meredith,” was the visitors’ overall favorite home on the tour and voted Lakes Region Parade of Home’s People’s Choice Winner. This was the company’s first time on the tour and the spectacular home showcased Getty’s craftsmanship. Getty Construction, Inc., owned and operated by Kevin Getty, has been in business for more than 30 years and has built many custom homes and several commercial projects. “Client satisfaction is our top priority we thrive on bringing clients ideas to reality,” says Kevin Getty, owner of Getty Construction. “Start to finish we see it through.”
The 7,200-square-foot custom home was designed to be reminiscent of an antique estate beach/lake house and featured six bedrooms and six bathrooms. The IPE iron wood decking, Maine-style mahogany lattice, raised granite fire pit, perch beach and granite steps leading to the water all have created interest and beauty to the outside living space. Inside, expansive custom cove moldings with lots of attention to detail, then wide open, bright spaces feature planked walls and bead board ceilings, custom finished oak flooring and tile welcome you to family living at its best. Three stone fireplaces, radiant heat and high velocity heating and cooling systems were part of the Energy Management System that ensures comfort year-round. A number of other winners were selected in different categories.
A separate Awards of Excellence program took place, recognizing builders in a variety of categories. The judges were required to rate each home on eight separate categories. Some of the specifics that the judges looked at were overall layout, use of natural lighting, originality, trim work, curb appeal, effective land use and creative use of space. The winners were announced at a general monthly meeting held at the Chase House in Meredith. Winners included Getty Construction, recognized for Best Kitchen, Best Floor Plan, Best Interior Design as well as Most Unique Feature and Product.
Cargill Construction won Best Bath, Best Exterior Finish as well as the Best In Class – New Construction Award. K.A. Clason Fine Woodworking took home the Best Interior Finish award and Belknap Landscape was recognized with Best Landscape on the tour. The Lakes Region Parade of Homes is a long-standing community event showcasing beautifully crafted homes. Over 1,000 visitors toured the homes over the three days of Columbus Day weekend and the money raised through the ticket sales goes towards the Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction, funding of educational scholarships and tool belt scholarships as well as this year’s “Tiny House” – workforce development outreach to get students involved with the trades as a profession.