The Cavalcade of Homes Tour

The Cavalcade of Homes Tour is a showcase of new homes and the creativity of the companies that built them.  It is a great way to visit a builder’s work if you are in the market to build new or remodel a room.  But you don’t have to be.  I love walking through model homes for decorating ideas.  My SO looks forward to checking out the finished basements (not available in all models).

The tour this year consists of 18 model homes.  You have to purchase a ticket to get scanned before you enter each house.  Tickets can be bought online or purchased at the entrance to the first home you decide to tour.  The cost this year is $12.00 but it is not limited to one day.  The tour this year runs from September 7-16 so if you didn’t see all of the homes on the first day, you can finish up the next day (or the following weekend).  We are hard-core and knocked them all out (with the exception of the homes in Ottowa) in one day.


One great thing about this tour is that, even though the houses are spread apart, they have a fantastic app that, once downloaded, you can pull up each listing and get directions to the next stop.  We started our day arriving at our first location in Sugar Grove around 11:00 am.  Shout out to our longtime friends, Greg and Rosie Millen with our favorite kitchen and bath company, Heritage Home Decor & Design.  They did the kitchen, master bath, and laundry room in this model.

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We like looking at new improvements in the kitchen when we tour these homes.  It all goes on a bucket list for when we finally do remodel our kitchen.  One of the more popular attractions this year seemed to be the pull-out microwave.  Yes, you read that right.  The microwave is built into your cabinets, like a drawer.  Check it out in the photo above and in this close-up from a different house:

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Trends seem to change every couple of years with bathrooms as well.  Double sinks are great and seemed to be the norm in all of the master bathrooms that we saw.  Some had normal sized bathrooms with standard sized vanities and then some of them had this:

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I mean, come on.  It takes up a whole wall.  And it has a TV.  If I had this, it would take me twice as long to get ready.  Especially if I have Netflix on the TV and I am watching reruns of Parks and Recreation.  Or Scrubs.

Another big master bath trend is the open shower concept with multiple shower heads.  Walk-ins with benches.  Rain shower and massaging shower heads.  And stand-alone tubs.  Built in whirlpool soakers are dinosaurs now.

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Now for a couple of my favorites.  One of the models had a fireplace and a wet bar in the master bedroom.  If there was a TV over the fireplace instead of the picture, my SO and I would never leave this room.

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There was one home that had a stand-alone tub IN the walk-in shower.  It was like a spa.

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And finally, this walk-in closet.  What is this?  Maybe it’s what heaven looks like.

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This Cavalcade happens once a year in the Western Suburbs.  It is a fun way to spend an afternoon (or a whole day) together.  Even if you are not in the market to build or remodel, you would still have fun checking out the latest trends and maybe putting some of these on your “future” list.

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