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Homerama Returns After Three Years

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Rochester: Homerama Returns After Three Years
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After taking a break for three years, Homerama is back. The 2014 event is in the Watersong Development off of Five Mile Line Road in Penfield.

The seven $400,000 to $700,000 homes showcase some of the latest trends in the business. The prices aren't for everyone, but many come through just to look.

"You can get an idea from as small as maybe a color of bathroom, or tile backsplash, or maybe it's a firepit or landscaping that you want to do," said Rick Herman, Rochester Home Builders' Association CEO.

Homerama-goers will find a little bit of everything from beautiful spacious kitchens, open floor plans, and second floor laundry rooms with a sliding barn door to creative uses for wood and big, soaking tubs.

A hot trend this year: huge outdoor living spaces that thanks to heaters, can be used for more than just the summer season.

In one home, you'll find the ultimate "man cave" which includes five TVs hung across the entire finished basement wall for sports parties. Another home has a theater room complete with its own popcorn machine. All the homes feature the latest in technology from TVs to security systems.

More than 20,000 people are expected through come to the event this year giving these builders, architects and designers a real chance to showcase their work.

"It gives me really good exposure to show the design work that I do," said Roc Thomann from Webster Interiors. "And I get to talk to a lot of people about what they're hoping to achieve."

Homerama was on a three-year hiatus but this year, organizers are back and have turned it into an event complete with culinary demonstrations, live music and wine tastings.

"It's just so expensive to develop lots, get them approved and with the way the economy was, it was a little slower. Builders were very hesitant to develop too much," said Herman. "We're pleasantly pleased the economy is coming back as strong as it is."

Several of the featured homes have already sold. But Herman says the builders will be happy to duplicate them just for you, for the right price.

Homerama starts Saturday and runs through July 20.

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