Builders Parade of Homes getting biggers

The 2013 Deep East Texas Association of Builders Parade of Homes event is bigger than ever this year with nine homes in the Parade.

The two-day event, sponsored by First Bank & Trust East Texas, will be Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14-15. The Parade’s Gold Sponsor is Consolidated Communications.

Residents interested in building a new home, remodeling, adding on or those just wanting to see what’s new in home design and decorations can check out newly constructed homes and talk with the builders.

“We are very excited to give our local builders the opportunity to show case their work,” Rick Renfro, DETAB president, said. “The Parade allows residents to visit several new homes to see first hand some of the newest building sciences, innovative technologies and design features as well as great new products.

“Our goal is to assist you in making the decisions necessary to build your new custom home, buy a new home or remodel your existing home. We believe the more you know the better prepared you will be to make the best long term decisions for your family. You will find building professionals on site at each home ready to answer questions and offer solutions.”

A magazines highlighting each home and its builder and directions to each home is available online at Printed magazines will be available at Lufkin and Nacogdoches Brookshire Brothers, in local DETAB member businesses as well as in each home. The magazine also is loaded with information from local businesses that provide services and products for the home.

The builders with homes on parade are: Melvin Linton Homes; Petty Construction; NP Enterprises; Dream Homes and Drafting; JTD Construction; Home Design Construction and Barrera. Petty and Dream Homes each have two homes in the event.

Admission to the Parade is a donation of non-perishable food item, which will be donated by DETAB to a local food bank, or a monetary donation to YouthBuild of the Pineywoods. YouthBuild is a jobs training program of Goodwill of Central East Texas. Representatives of YouthBuild will be in each home to answer any questions.

This year DETAB also is asking visitors to vote for their favorite home in the Parade. Ballots will be available in each home. The winning home will featured as the cover photo on next year’s Parade magazine.

DETAB is a non-profit organization serving six East Texas counties with only one foundational goal, that of protecting the American dream of home ownership.

“We are oftentimes the only home owner advocacy group representing your interest in Austin and Washington D.C. Our desire is to do all that we can to ensure affordable housing,” Renfro said.

For more information, contact the DETAB office, 1026 S. John Redditt Drive, Lufkin, at 936-875-3000 or online at