In 1996, Executive Director, Bill Johnson, Jr’s predecessors in the Cape Coral Construction Industry Association sponsored the first Showcase of Homes event. Having realized that Cape Coral was uniquely qualified in residential construction, the CCCIA decided that local builders needed a way to showcase their products. They established the event so that the public could tour the homes and appreciate each individual builder’s craftsmanship and design.
2017’s Showcase of Homes was held over three weekends: January 20-22, January 27-29 and February 3-5. The Showcase included 31 builders and 35 models. The tour was open to the public at no charge.
Said Johnson, “In 2016 the number of applications for single-family home building permits grew to over 1000. The last time we reached that total was in 2007, before the downturn in the market! The total for 2016 rose to 1,280…a testament to our industry bouncing back!”
Over 200 members and prospective members of the CCCIA attended the 2017 Showcase of Homes Awards Banquet held on January 12th at Cabaret Café in Cape Coral. “It was a great night honoring our builders for their hard work,” said Johnson.
“The judges’ decision was really tough. Our builders had pulled out all the stops. Over the years they have been consistently putting forth a better and better product,” Johnson added.
Three judges considered the level and quality of materials, craftsmanship, detail, landscaping and design. “The most important consideration is value…the best bang for the money,” stressed Johnson.
Top Honors went to Koogler Homes’ Bluefin Bay, (Category 13 – $1,500,000 and up). Koogler also won a Specialty Award with R&R Sprinkler and Design for Best Landscaping.
Johnson enthusiastically described how easy it was for residents and visitors interested in touring the homes to locate the properties. Understanding the importance of mobile access and social media, the CCCIA’s website has been updated so that, with a “push of a button,” visitors could see a map containing the locations of all the models, or go to the list of builders and be directed to an individual home from wherever the visitor happened to be a the time. Another push of a button provided a list of award winners. At each showcased property a realtor or staff member representing the builder greeted visitors, gave them a tour of the home and answered questions.
Said Johnson, “Some of the homes on the tour are ‘model centers’ where a potential buyer may consider having a house built like the model and at the same time request some customization. Other homes are ‘spec’ homes which can be purchased on the spot. One of these homes may be exactly what a family has been looking for.”
Whether it’s a $240,000 home or a $3,000,000 home,” said Johnson, “the purpose of the Showcase of Homes is to show what our builders have to offer.”