The Parade Of Homes: Elaborate Living Rooms

It feels like a vacation escape right in your own home. The living rooms in the Parade of Homes feel like a trip to the outdoors.

The Cascades is a new housing development in West Tyler. In one parade home, the first room you see when you walk in, is the casual living room.

"This would be more of an informal area where they are going to sit and watch TV in the evenings," said Daniel Kessinger, Vice President of Perry Hall Homes. "We have a spot for a flat screen TV above the mantel." Behind the fire place there's a mini bar with an ice maker.

"It's for entertainment when your friends come over," said Kessinger. "It's easy access instead of having to go into the kitchen for drinks or something, you can just make them here." The walls have a heavy texture, giving the rooms an Old World look. This house is 3200 square feet, which means it's big enough for two living rooms.

"This is your formal living area. As you can see we've done extensive trim work with the beams," said Kessinger. "We've got a great view." The formal living room overlooks the number three hole on the Cascades Golf Course.

"You can just sit around, retire here in the evening, or spend the afternoon enjoying the view of golf," said Kessinger. Both living rooms have wooden floors, which builders say is popular in the Cascades homes, so is the distressed look.

"These folks have got large animals and things like that and the purpose of scrapping these floors, gives it a distress look," said Bob Bonner, House Superintendent. The wooden floors have another purpose. The floors and large windows in the living room help bring the outdoors, indoors.

"That's the idea of the window wall, and it obviously works," said Bonner. "You feel like you're on the patio, but you're in your living room." The view of the pool and water fountain make you feel like you're in the Mediterranean.

The Parade of Homes continues tomorrow and ends Sunday. The houses are open tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 dollars for children. For tickets call 903- 561-3964.

Molly Reuter, reporting.