‘Crunch time’ at Homearama

Published 10:25 pm Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Johnnie Dixon, with R & R painting, retouches paint on the front door of Homearama House 5 Tuesday. The home showcased opens to the public this week, but contractors were still putting their final touches on the homes yesterday before judging takes places today.

With the opening of Homearama just around the corner, the site was bustling with activity early this week.

Painters, designers, builders and landscapers were still busy giving the homes the finishing touches Tuesday before judging takes places today.

“Right now, it’s crunch time,” said Jeff Plank, who is with ABT Builders and in charge of House 7’s construction. “Everybody’s coming in and has something to do.”


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The houses look complete — the lights are shining, the lawns are manicured, the furniture is in place — but there was still work to be done.

Painters were busy touching up paint on everything from garage doors to the interior molding.

At House 5, the Coastal Cottage, R & R Painters were working alongside the interior design team to finish up the inside of the home.

R & R owner Todd Alspaugh said the main objective for Tuesday was to “get the heck out of here.”

He and his team kept their eyes peeled for any imperfections in the paint and made sure they were corrected before today’s judging.

“We do whatever we can to make it look great,” Alspaugh said.

In addition to the painting in House 6, interior designer Tina White of Interior Visions was hustling to finish the décor.

Even though she ordered it three months ago, a certain piece of art for the guest bedroom still hadn’t arrived on Monday, White said.

But at the last minute Tuesday, the painting arrived, and White was able to hang it.

Throughout the house, White and her team were adding little touches here and there to make the home pop.

“We’re adding magazines and books,” she said. “We’re making sure towels are out.”

After all of the contractors had finished up their work, a multitude of cleaning crews were set to make the homes shine for the judges.

The judging will take place today, and the home showcase officially opens Saturday.

The awards typically include best home in show, most livable home, best kitchen, best pool and best use of technology, among several other honors.

The nine Homearama houses will be on display in The Riverfront at Harbour View from noon until 9 p.m. every day until Oct. 30. They are located on Shelter Cover Court.

Tickets for the event are $10 for a one-day pass and $17 for two days.

For more information, visit www.homearama.tv.