Builders, subcontractors, suppliers and other related businesses from throughout Douglas County will be represented this weekend at the 2018 Showcase of Homes.
The showcase will feature five homes; three in Roseburg and two in Sutherlin. Three of the properties are listed for sale. All five locations will feature innovative products, decoration ideas and quality craftsmanship.
The Umpqua Valley Home Builders Association began the home tour in 2003. According to Betti Manfre, the organization’s chairwoman, it was local pride that first brought organizers together.
“It really started because we were pretty proud here of what we do; the level of craftsmanship and homes we are building here,” Manfre said. “We wanted to show what we can really do.”
The tour features homes in all price ranges and styles. Inclusion requirements are simple: the project had to have been completed in the last two years and the sponsor had to be part of the design or build of the home. Sponsors can be any part of the building trade, from drafters to designers.
Visitors will be able to connect with builders, designers and homeowners. The showcase is one of the few in the United States that features owner-occupied homes rather than focusing solely on properties for sale.
“It’s one thing to go into a home show that shows staged homes where no one lives. You can use a lot of fancy decorating tricks and do all this stuff that looks really cool, but no one can really live there,” Manfre said. “Two of the homes this year are owner-occupied.”
Attendance has fluctuated over the years, but the showcase normally sees an average of 400 to 500 guests over the weekend. Last year’s tour saw approximately 550 visitors.
Manfre said many people visit in order to take photos of design and decoration or to connect with craftsman for their own future projects.
The Showcase of Homes partnered with United Community Action Network each year, offering discounted ticket prices in exchange for two cans of food. Over the years, the showcase has contributed 1,641 pounds of food to the community.
Tickets are $10, or $8 with nonperishable food donation, and can be purchased at any of the showcase homes. Guests are provided with a passport, which can be stamped at each location and entered into a drawing for a two-night stay at the Belknap Hot Springs, Lodge and Gardens in McKenzie Bridge.
Patrons can also vote for their favorite kitchen, bathroom, outdoor feature and overall favorite home.
“The reason showcase has been happening for 15 years is because we continually produce an excellent level of home construction craftsmanship here,” Manfre said. “And people are interested in it.”