An indoor spiral slide. A secret cigar parlor. A climbing wall. A practice golf green.
Yes, we’re talking homes here.
Those are some of the standout features showcased in this year’s Homearama, which kicked off this weekend in Chesterfield County’s Hallsley community and continues daily through June 19.
The annual event features nine custom homes displaying the latest trends and technologies in homebuilding and design.
The homes vary in styles, from Biringer Builders’ Tudor-style, Agecroft Hall-inspired offering, to Southern Traditions’ flagstone-sided Nantucket-style farmhouse. Popular features recurring in many of the homes include glass-paneled cabinets, large kitchen islands and spiral staircases.
Other elements sure to turn heads include Homesmith Construction’s life-size dollhouse-style bedroom and indoor spiral slide, which starts in an upper floor kids’ room and dumps out on the bottom floor; Biringer’s library with glass floor revealing a downstairs wine cellar; Bel Arbor Builders’ Moroccan-style master bathroom and “fire and ice” fire pit and water fountain; and Perkinson Homes’ black-tiled kitchen and copper downspouts.
TimberCreek Building & Design’s house includes a hidden cigar parlor behind a false cabinet door, as well as a hidden kids’ room accessible from two separate bedrooms that includes an indoor climbing wall. And there are three more homes to see from builders Falcone Custom Homes, Homeplaces and Ray A. Williams Construction Co.
All of the homes are for sale, with two already presold. They range from above 4,000 to 6,600 square feet and from $950,000 to $1.3 million.
Following a preview gala Friday evening, Homearama opened to the public Saturday and continues daily, with homes open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and later during special events. Admission is $10 for adults and free for visitors younger than 18.
Proceeds from this year’s event benefit the ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation.
Homearama is put on by the Home Building Association of Richmond, which hosted last year’s showcase in nearby RounTrey. More than 11,000 people attended last year’s event.