A Builder, Walking a mile in a client's shoes : Gearing up for the 2008 Parade Of Homes poses its challenges

Home Builder with Jeff Click Homes, L.L.C.
The past 2 weeks have been an intense on-again, off-again struggle through dozens of conceptual sketches, job site walk-throughs, thinking, and re-thinking lighting design, flooring selections, you name it.

Everything that each one of my clients goes through in one form or another, and it's been good to experience it first-hand again myself as I finalize all of the numerous details for this year's Jeff Click Homes entry into the 2008 Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association Parade Of Homes, which kicks off September 13th and runs through the 21st. This year's parade entry will unveil the first rendition of what is quickly becoming my favorite plan: The Numbers Plan.

It's not that this is a draining struggle, but rather a good exercise and challenge to push the envelope of what I do otherwise every day. I try to make each Jeff Click Home something daringly different from the last, but the Parade Home is always something extra special, as thousands of people attend each year to see it, and I don't want to let "the fans" down!

Over the coming weeks, I'll share just a few of the details of what we have in store for you this year. In the meantime, here are a few previews...

2008 Parade Of Homes - Front Elevation
A shot of the front elevation of the now fully-framed Parade Home, based on The Numbers Plan. The green wood is a new kind of weather-resistant sheathing we're trying out.

2008 Parade Of Homes - Great Room
A conceptual sketch of the main wall of the great room, with stone columns and back-lit glass panels above, centered fireplace with plasma television, and side niches with lower euro-style cabinets.

2008 Parade Of Homes - Breakfast Nook
A modern, yet cozy breakfast nook with built-in bench seat in between stone columns.

© 2008, Jeff Click Homes, L.L.C. All Rights Reserved. Syndicated From The Jeff Click Homes Blog.

Comments (4)

Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Jeff -- this looks great.  I grew up in Tulsa and perhaps when I go to visit, I can stop in Okla City.  (by the way, are these homes tornado proof???)

May 25, 2008 11:26 AM
Jeff Click
Jeff Click Homes, L.L.C. - Edmond, OK

As you well know, there's no such thing! :P  This one will, though, have an in-ground storm shelter in the garage.  We've been in ours TWICE in the last 45 days, and it's a good thing our 3-year-old thinks it's fun!


May 25, 2008 11:30 AM
Randy Sanger
Keller Williams Partners Realty/High Altitude Homes - Colorado Springs, CO

I enjoyed what you had to say about walking in your clients shoes.  I know you are a builder and I used to be a builder too.  In fact, I still represent builders so that is why your blog hit me so.  I wanted to offer you some thoghts to think about.  Have you ever thought about becoming a Keller Williams Real Estate Agent as well.  I think it could help you on a couple of different fronts and help keep more control of your future.  Let me know 719-492-7161.


Thanks, Randy Sanger,


May 25, 2008 11:49 AM
Dave Woodson
Dave Woodson - Chesterton, IN
Not the Average Agent

Jeff, great blog and l love your website.  I have added it to my faves. 


May 25, 2008 12:59 PM