What’s trending in new homes in Wichita?

Parade of Homes builders seeing similar patterns emerge

Written by Amy Palser

Visitors to this fall’s Wichita area Parade of Homes will see trends like black frame windows, light interior colors and indoor-outdoor living spaces, according to area builders. The Parade of Homes, presented by the Wichita Area Builders Association, runs the first three weekends in October. The parade’s 132 featured houses range in price from $151,000 to $1.5 million.

Among the 48 builders featured in this fall’s parade is Craig Sharp Homes, which has 10 new homes on display. Architect Brandon Salisbury said they are building homes with a lanai, a Hawaiian word for an outdoor living space that is less of a traditional deck and more of a three-sided room. The huge open area offers great views off the back of the house, but offers protection from the elements on the sides.

“It really starts to blend inside and outside spaces and redefines what people consider as their outdoor living space,” Salisbury said. “You can use it 300 days of the year, and with fans in the summer and a heater in the winter, you can use it all year round.” You can check out Craig Sharp’s homes with a lanai at 4909 Wavecrest and at 1433 Shadow Rock.

At Willco Construction, co-owner and designer Kim Williams said black windows are definitely in demand, as are black exterior doors. “Black and white in general are trending,” she said. “For kitchens and baths we’re seeing champagne gold cabinet pulls and faucets, as well as matte black hardware. And everybody wants white quartz countertops.”

Williams also is seeing a lot of patterned cement tiles, which, depending on the style and pattern, can read anywhere from farmhouse to modern. “They have patterns that will work with any type of style. I think it’s super fun,” she said. You can see an example of patterned cement tiles at Willco’s parade home at 2506 N. Quartz St. in Andover.

Curtis Cowgill, vice president of Nies Homes, agreed that black windows are definitely trending, and Nies is using lots of large windows to bring in more natural light. “A lot of times we take them all the way to the floor, which opens up the feel of the home and brings in a ton of light,” he said. Nies’ parade home in Flint Hills National Residences at 1521 E. Bluesage Court is a great example of black, floor-to-ceiling windows.

And while white cabinetry is still the most popular option, Cowgill said Nies is starting to use natural wood tones in flooring, cabinetry and other details. Their home at 4905 Wavecrest has light wood floors and natural wood beams, combined with white kitchen cabinetry. It also features a large barrel ceiling in the kitchen and two islands. “That’s definitely one to check out,” he said.

Andy Robl, president of Robl Construction, said customers are willing to pay a little more to get black windows. Customers are also choosing painted cabinets, light woods, white walls, and both black and gold hardware. “All that stuff is a little more available and not quite so expensive anymore,” he said.

Outdoor living is definitely trending, he said, and Robl is doing a lot more raised concrete patios instead of wood decks, as well as adding fireplaces that act as a privacy wall. Of Robl’s eight models in the fall parade, two of them are brand new floor plans: one at 6404 Driftwood and the other at 3821 Brush Creek.

2019 Fall Parade of Homes
Saturdays and Sundays, Noon to 6 p.m.
Oct. 5–6, 12–13, 19–20
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