Parade of Homes event spans through Sunday


May 18, 2011 at 12:18 a.m.
Updated May 19, 2011 at 12:19 a.m.

The living room of this home in Port O'Connor has  pastel colors and large windows to view the bay.

The living room of this home in Port O'Connor has pastel colors and large windows to view the bay.

PORT O'CONNOR - There's a lot to look at inside the three-story home perched at 4 Neritina Drive in Port O'Connor, from the nautically themed light fixtures to the coastal blues and greens and even the stainless steel appliances.

But, for Tony Prokop, president and CEO of Prokop Custom Homes, the plaques on the counter are another attention grabber.

The shiny symbols advertise the home's "best in show" recognition - and six other awards - during the annual 2011 Parade of Homes, which wraps up Sunday.

It's always an honor to have a home receive the recognition, Prokop said, noting this was the first time in the parade's history for a home in the "under 2,500-square-feet" category to win best in show. He said he was most proud of the "best craftsmanship" award the home won, since it encompassed the entire team.

"That reflects the work of the plumbers and the electricians and everybody who helped put the home together," he said. "It really means a lot.

Construction on the 2,347-square-foot home wrapped up in early April, Prokop said. It has three three bedrooms, a covered patio and water looking directly out onto the bayfront. The home is on the market for $699,000.

Its suspended staircase, which isn't held up by beams or support, but by iron inside the walls, took home the "favorite feature" award for the 2011 event.

Melissa and Garrett Crooks toured the parade's three Port O'Connor homes Wednesday, but weren't just spectators. They also helped show a home Melissa Crooks' father, Rex Horst, had on display in Victoria.

"It's always a lot of fun getting everything ready and showcasing what we're doing," Melissa Crooks said of volunteering with the event.

Many of this year's homes used bright colors in the children's rooms, she said, and exposed wooden beams in the ceilings were also popular. One of her favorite features was a checkerboard ceiling design, where some of the squares jutted out more prominently than others.

Garrett Crooks said he enjoyed the tours, especially because they offer a glimpse at what Victoria builders are capable of.

"It's the best of the best of what they can do," he said.



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