TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The 57th Annual Parade of Homes is a show and tell event bringing thousands of visitors to East Texas every spring. It is just days away from kicking off and builders are finishing the final projects. We got a sneak peek of one of the homes.
Take a rock exterior, add copper roofing and the almost 5,000 square foot home required an instant double take.
"It's a four bedroom, 5.5 bathroom in addition to the formal dining and the breakfast room," explained Kevin Humphrey, with Kevin Humphrey Homes, Inc.
While the added features were impressive, that was not what set the home apart.
"There's extensive woodwork in this home; much more than the average home," said Humphrey.
Beautiful wood craftsmanship meets the eye nearly everywhere you look - all of it handcrafted. The maple wood covered kitchen done by D&H Cabinets shows an idea come to life from paper.
"We have a tendency to veer off the plan and make things better than what the plan was," he said.
The ceiling is a prime example. Three men spent three and a half weeks working all day to create the coffered ceiling.
"It ties the spaces together and so it feels much more open by connecting them instead of having the beams stop," Humphrey explained.
Originally designed for a small section, it quickly grew to other rooms.
"The study is all maple panels...these are all maple panel study with the coffered ceiling," he said.
The beams reach the walls which lead to French doors - all made of maple. Upstairs was still a bit dark for good reason.
"The big hole that you see down there in the wall is going to be covered with a movie screen," Humphrey said.
While the home may not be done just yet, Humphrey says the pieces are coming together right on time.
There is only one real Tyler Parade of Homes, and it runs June 5th-13th. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. A percentage of each ticket is donated to Azleway Boys' Ranch and Breckenridge Village.