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SC Homes sees concept become reality for Parade of Homes – The News |

SC Homes sees concept become reality for Parade of Homes – The News

 It was the week before the 32nd annual Lee County Parade of Homes and workers with SC Homes were scurrying around the new Oasis model in Cape Coral to get it finished in time for the big yearly event. Landscapers put the final touches on the grass and plants. Furniture and accessories were hauled inside and placed in perfect locations.


“It is going to be down to the wire,” said Courtney Neuhausel, co-owner of SC Homes.

Just 10 days before the event Neuhausel was a bit stressed, yet confident that it would be ready in time.

“Unless the city throws me any curve balls we have it all signed off,” he said. “I am just down to the wire so hopefully next week I can decorate.”

The co-owner of SC Homes is excited to see it finally coming together and the concepts become reality.

“It is going to be a very modern concept,” he began. “Coastal modern is the design. Everything is very airy and white. We are going with the whites, the grays the blues. Basically my wife (Rebekah Richards) does a lot of the interior stuff. This is her show piece.”

Neuhausel is especially proud of the pool area. While he wanted a fire and water motif, he also wanted it to look different than a fire bowl by a pool.

“I said, ‘why can’t we make it look like it is floating?,’” Neuhausel explained. “We set the bowls in the water and the corner of the spillways are cut off so it looks like the bowls are floating.”

Eight LED lights in the pool and under the fire bowls glow in an array of colors. The lights can also be adjusted to fast, slow or party mode.

Neuhausel said it is the pool and the décor that people will remember.

 “We wanted something for that price point  that would be a show stopper,” he explained. “We always want that piece that people will talk about that is the conversation piece. What makes it stand out? What keeps it in the back of their head? The interior decorating is going to be phenomenal. The show stopper is going to be above and beyond what anyone would do in a $350,000 range.”

Mark D’Aguillo, superintendent of SC Homes, agrees that it’s the pool that people will remember about the Oasis.

“When you look at it one way it is one color and when you look at it another way it is another color,” he described. “My favorite thing in this whole house is that pool.”

Tile that looks like little pieces of shiny abalone cover the water and fire feature that form the back wall to the pool and spa. Water cascades down from the fire bowl over the colorful tile into the pool below.

 Another unique feature is the flex room. Tucked behind the kitchen is an extra room that can be made into a den, additional bedroom, formal dining room, children’s playroom or game room.

 “The majority of people are going to use it for some kind of den or office,” said Bob Ekdahl, director of marketing SC Homes. “It can be a den, it can be a formal dining area or a home office. The walls and doorways are open to configuration. People are looking for different for options in the house. They don’t want to have just one design. A formal dining room is not as desired as much but we wanted to give it flexibility in case there are some people that do.”

If a formal dining room is not selected for that space, Ekdahl said people can eat at the kitchen island or in the outdoor sitting area.

“I think the two biggest features are the kitchen living space out to the outdoor living area,” Ekdahl said. “We create a lanai that goes almost the full length of the house for shade. And the open kitchen design is great for the lifestyle for the indoor outdoor living.”

Ekdahl said the three car garage is also a highly desired trait of the model.   The exterior of the Oasis also has a special design feature. A wall above the entry has two windows cut out sending light into the outdoor alcove.

“There is just a little bit of design factor there otherwise you would have a blank wall with a massive amount of concrete,” Ekdahl explained.

This is the second Oasis that SC Homes has built. The other one is a spec home, also in Cape Coral.

The Parade of Homes has a goal of featuring something for everybody. That’s why the 58 single and multi-family models that are on display range in price from the $200,000’s to more than $4 million. The models on display span a large variety of locations from Babcock Ranch to Fort Myers and Cape Coral to North Naples.

The Oasis is one of the more affordable homes priced at $325,000 on your lot with a pool.  The fully furnished model with the special pool features is for sale for about $450,000. The house spans 1,898 square feet under air and a total of 3,098 square feet of living space. The three bedroom, two bathroom home has an option for an additional guest bedroom and pool bathroom.

 “We have had models in the Parade of Homes in the past, but this is a new model for us,” Ekdahl explained. “We hope to have a lot of traffic. We will attract a lot of people with the location. We like to be in the neighborhood where we plan on building. We are not in a development or anything.”

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Lee Building Industry Association ‘s 32nd annual Parade of Homes™.

WHERE: Around Lee County – go to website for guide

WHEN:  Sunday, February 25
Saturday – Sunday, March 3 – 4
Saturday – Sunday, March 10 – 11

Hours:
Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm

COST: Free

INFO: leeparade.com

 

 

 

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