Missoula Builders Respond to Changing Economy

Student built home showcased in the Missoula Parade of HomesBy Christine Whitlatch

This year’s Parade of Homes showcased a variety of homes that reflect today’s economy.  Overall, the eight homes showcased by the Missoula Building Industry Association (MBIA) were smaller and located much closer to the city center and its services than in previous years.

The homes’ amenities and appointments showcased how adaptable and qualified Missoula’s builder community really is. Smaller, more efficiently designed footprints inside and out revealed homes with modern details, high-end finishes, and greater livability for the average family than homes of past Parades.

Throughout this years’ featured homes there was attention to energy efficient products and green building practices.  This year’s tour presented creative new ideas in the building industry. This included a home in a certified green-built community, historical houses brought current with today’s energy codes and restored with today’s modern conveniences, and several custom designed and built projects. Also showcased was a great compact home built entirely by Missoula High School and Missoula School of Technology students.

The smaller nature of this year’s Parade of Homes was well received by the Missoula community. Parade of Homes Chairperson, Sue Bergmeier stated, “This year’s tours exceeded our expectations.” Over 3,000 attendees left the tour with ideas on how to incorporate today’s features and finishes into their own homes.

If you were a Parade attendee, we invite you to contact the Missoula Building Industry Association for more information. MBIA builders, subcontractors, and suppliers can help you with your own building projects, whether large or small.

Missoula Building Industry Association

Videos of Home Tours:

Regal Queen Revived

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Missoula’s Student Built Home

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Centurion at Edith & Crosby

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Clark Fork at River Place

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Jonathan Home

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Videos were produced by Tim Danyo of Imagination Media