Meet Our Featured Homearama Builders

While the show location of Union Village is getting a lot of attention...and rightfully so, it’s the Homearama® builders who deserve to be in the spotlight. These 10 local businesses are working tirelessly to create houses and townhouses that will delight the crowd and showcase the best in custom building in 2021. Each show home is a reflection of the unique and professional talents of some of the best builders Southwest Ohio has to offer. Ashford Homes Step into The Dogwood, a 4-bedroom, 3½-bath custom home at Union Village to experience the handiwork of Ashford Homes. The company is dedicated to building with value and providing exceptional customer service before, during and after the…

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New Urbanism 101: A Human-Approach to Neighborhoods

It won’t be long before the 2021 Homearama® Lifestyle Edition presented by CenterPoint Energy kicks off at Union Village, a brand new hometown built on the principles of new urbanism. This new community has an undeniable charm, and we’re certain Homearama Lifestyle Edition visitors will fall in love.  But what exactly is New Urbanism, the architectural movement behind the design of Union Village? In short, it’s a human-approach to a community based on 10 important principles that lead to a more vibrant hometown, but the longer definition explains how key elements combine to create something truly special. As you immerse yourself with this innovative community development, remember this lifestyle is truly unique to Union…

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Top Reasons We Love Union Village

Homearama® Lifestyle Edition is back, presenting a brand new hometown: Union Village. This unique enclave will be home to the first single-site Homearama since 2012, allowing visitors to truly appreciate the charm and community of this new neighborhood. Although new, Union Village already has an established sense of place with a carefully thought-out design we can’t wait for Homearama visitors to experience.  The truth is that we couldn’t be more excited about Homearama Lifestyle Edition happening here, and though we have plenty of reasons to love this place, here are some of our favorite things about Union Village.  Community Design Union Village is built with community in mind. This 1,230-acre, master-planned community was designed…

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Mitigate Cracks With The Right Detailing

Creating adequate separation between materials is critical to mitigating cracks (and worse) along cementitious surfaces BY JOHN KOENIG [source:ProBuilder] Builders can eliminate a lot of first-year warranty calls and latent defects by paying closer attention to seemingly minor details. A case in point is where different exterior finish materials and other products meet one another, such as stucco cladding at the frame of a vinyl door or window, or manufactured stone adjacent to an engineered wood trim board. Simply, materials expand and contract at different rates in response to changes in moisture and temperature. Place them too close together, and one material’s expansion will intrude on another material reacting differently to the same conditions.…

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An Alternative Way To Install Roof Overhangs

While eave overhangs are typically built as part of the main roof framing, installing them as separate pieces offers better air-sealing opportunities. By Jess Chaloux [source:Fine Home Building] It can be tough to get a good tight seal around rafter tails and other tricky spots when installing a water-resistive barrier (WRB) and air barrier, but on the 2020 Fine Homebuilding House, the build team used some smart construction details to overcome those challenges. Architect Elizabeth DiSalvo and builder Albert Jensen-Moulton decided to stop the new roof framing right at the wall plane instead of letting the rafters hang over the edge. This allowed them to wrap the WRB up the walls and onto the roof in one continuous, easy-to-install sheet. It’s…

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The Future of Home Design – During and After COVID-19

By Keith Liston The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way we live in a matter of months. With less time out in the world, we have realized the ways that our homes now need to change, too. Tiny apartments clustered around communal laundry mats and all-inclusive workout rooms must reassess safety in a new age of social distancing. Event spaces once created for public gatherings and parties must reinvent. Open-plan suburban homes with little storage and vast raised ceilings need new ways to separate work, school, and play. As increased isolation has become the new norm, so have frustrations with the one space we rely on most to be safe, comfortable, functional, and efficient:…

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These Pandemic-Related Housing and Design Trends Aren’t Going Away

By Ana Durrani Home trends come and go, but social distancing and staying at home have ushered in a new way of life—and some of those changes have spurred home trends that are likely to stick around well past the COVID-19 era. “The idea of what is necessary is changing,” says Camille Thomas, a real estate matchmaker and lifestyle expert in Jackson Hole, WY. “The home has become more than a living space.” This means a lot of people have started to evaluate how they live in their home and what matters most to them when buying. Here are some of the real estate and design trends people have latched on to during the pandemic that will likely…

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