Design is Served at 2017 Cavalcade Tour of Homes

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The Latest in Interior and Architectural Design is on Display: September 7th through the 17th, 2017

Design will be served for two consecutive weekends as the Northern Illinois Home Builders Association (NIHBA) hosts the 2017 Cavalcade Tour of Homes. Join 17 different builders from September 7 through September 17, 2017 for an event that spans six counties and 22 individual luxury homes, all for a single ticket price. 40-percent of all ticket proceeds directly go to two, important local charities for veterans: the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans and Naperville Responds for Veterans.

Because there are nearly 21 million veterans in the United States with more than 660,000 of these veterans living in Illinois, organizations like the NIHBA want to recognize and support these men and women who have served our country selflessly. By partnering with the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans and Naperville Responds For Veterans, events like the Cavalcade Tour of Homes can help make a difference with every ticket purchased.

Premier Multi-Site Luxury Home Tour

Whether new to the Chicagoland area or a long-time resident, the Cavalcade Tour of Homes offers a prime opportunity to discover a large selection of home interior and architectural designs by the region's premier builders. The tour features homes in: Naperville, Plainfield, Oswego, Downers Grove, Lombard, Wheaton, Winfield, Geneva, St. Charles, Campton Hills, Barrington, and Ottawa.

A few of the cities and homes spotlighted on the Tour include:

City: St. Charles. Builder: Michael Vincent Custom Homes

Located on Longmeadow Lane minutes from Route 64/Main Street and Burr Road, the home built by Michael Vincent Custom Homes combines masterful design with the state-of-the-art amenities desired in a custom, luxury home. Expansive and elegant, this home welcomes guests with 8-feet tall double doors that open into a grand foyer. Throughout the custom-built home discover special features like the octagonal home office with 16-foot ceiling and exposed beams, a stacked stone fireplace, and open concept living area that flows into the gourmet kitchen adorned with white cabinetry.

The second floor has four bedrooms, each with a private bath, plus a large loft space ideal for a kids' play area. A must-see while visiting is the upstairs bonus room, accessed by the "secret" bookcase doorway located in the kids' room walk-in closet. While touring this home, don't miss the amazing outdoor living space with its covered outdoor kitchen plus dining area and fireplace. The outdoor luxury continues with a 10-person spa that overflows into an in-ground pool surrounded by professional landscaping.

Michael Vincent Custom Homes have served the Chicagoland region for 10 years, building master crafted designs in cities like St. Charles, Oak Brook, Geneva, Highland Park, Lincolnshire, and Western Springs.

City: Ottawa. Builder: Heritage Harbor Ottawa

Ottawa, home to about 18,000 residents, is located conveniently close to Interstate 80, about 80 miles west of the Loop. The city is home to both the Illinois River and the Fox River, with builders like Heritage Harbor Ottawa offering waterfront communities ideal for vacation homes or year-round residences. During the tour, come out to visit one of the Heritage Harbor cottages, a charming ranch home with a spacious open floor plan that includes a cathedral ceiling in the great room and an abundance of natural light. This design features a two-car garage, a finished walk-out basement, and idyllic screened porch perfect for enjoying the spectacular waterfront views.

Heritage Harbor Ottawa builds homes in a master planned, marina resort community. These are pocket neighborhoods with a traditional design, walkable and ideal for a vacation home, investment property, or permanent residence. Heritage Harbor Ottawa properties vary and include cottages, three-story condominiums, and townhomes.

City: Barrington. Builder: Skycrest Homes, LLC

The spacious home on Merton Road in Barrington offers a prime location close to schools, shopping, and recreation that includes the golf and horseback riding. Built by Skycrest Homes LLC, this sprawling ranch combines modern design with classic details. Step into this home and take in the tray ceilings, gorgeous hardwood floors, and stunning natural light. A semi-open concept, the home has a large gourmet kitchen with walk-in pantry, center island, and Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances. While the kitchen boasts a breakfast nook, there's a formal dining room perfect for entertaining. Beauty and functionality go hand-in-hand with this Skycrest home, evident in the designs of the laundry room and mud room with built-ins for extra storage.

After touring the master en suite with walk-in shower and custom cabinet vanities, head to the finished basement to check out the amazing entertainment space. In addition to another full bathroom and two more bedrooms, there's a full bar, sport-court, and projection movie screen.

Skycrest Homes, established by Dan Beniek, builds high-quality, luxury custom homes in premium locations. Discover Skycrest Homes in cities like Barrington, St. Charles, Naperville, Long Grove, and Palatine.

City: Downers Grove. Builder: Barriere Construction

Barriere Construction's featured home for the Cavalcade Tour of Homes is on Elm Street in Downers Grove, just two blocks south of Ogden Avenue and less than 25 miles from Chicago. A masterful twist on the Modern Farmhouse design, this home includes numerous green features such as solar panels and thermal barrier built walls. An attached two-car garage and large front porch add to the attractive charm of this family home. It's dual-story, ideal for multi-generational living, plus located in a walkable neighborhood close to schools, shopping, dining, and historic Downtown Downers Grove.

Barriere Construction is currently led by Adam Barry, third generation ENERGY STAR Certified Builder. The company traces its building roots to 1866 and today continues to strive towards creating energy-efficient homes with multiple green features and high-end style.

Tour Offers Variety of Home Design Styles

This year's Cavalcade Tour of Homes truly spotlights a diverse selection of architecture, interior design, and integrated home technology. Over the course of two weekends, visitors have the unique opportunity to see these amazing designs in person right here in our own region. From multi-level homes with luxurious outdoor entertaining spaces to waterfront cottages and modern green homes located in the heart of suburban living, the tour has it all.

2017 Cavalcade Tour of Homes Hours and Tickets

The Tour of Homes hours are Thursday and Fridays from 4:00-8:00 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and Sundays Noon-6:00 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased for the discounted price of $12 via the 2017 Cavalcade Tour of Homes event website: Purchase the $12 tickets before the tour begins or anytime during the tour dates online to receive this discounted price. One ticket is entrance into all 22 magnificent homes. Tickets purchased at the door are $15. Children ages one and younger are free.

Contact the NIHBA at 630-978-9000 by email at office(at) for additional information.

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