LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Not many people have the money to purchase a house in Homearama, but they can always get some interesting ideas for their own homes.
Eight homes make up the 46th annual Homearama that is located in the Shakes Run subdivision off Asheville Road in far Eastern Jefferson County.
Builder Rocky Pusateri of Elite Homes showed us some of the unique features in one of the two homes his company has in this year's Homearama.
One feature was a bathtub built inside the shower of the master bedroom.
"You have the tub inside the shower so you don't have to worry about water spilling over the tub, it just goes down the drain of the shower," says Pusateri.
He also showed us a specially built drawer in a chest located next to the door that leads to the garage. The drawer has a built-in electrical outlet.
"You come in from the garage and you can take all over your electronics and put them in the drawer and plug them in and then just close the drawer and be ready for the next day as you head out the door."
Most of the newly built Homearama homes are designed with higher ceilings and open layouts, while outdoor porches continue to be a popular feature.
Pusateri says most of the the ideas come from a trip each year to the Homebuilders Convention.
"We go there each year and when we come back we work real hard on design," he says.
While the half million dollar price tag for these homes is out of the financial reach of most people, Homearama is an event to get ideas on how to redecorate and redesign.
"You've got multiple flooring companies represented, you can come out and see the latest hardwoods and meet the people who install and manufacture those products, and there are insulation companies here," says Tara Brinkmoeller with the Building Industry Association of Louisville which produces Homearama each year.
Homearama comes as the homebuilding industry in Louisville, and across the country, continues to recover from the Great Recession of 2008.
Adds Pusateri, "The public thinks everything is back to normal; the reality is that we are at about fifty percent of building permits issued today versus what it was in 2006."
Homerama 2014 is open Saturday July 12th through Sunday July 27. The event is open weekdays from 5:00 pm until 9:30 pm; Saturdays from 10:00 am until 9:30 pm; and Sundays from 1:00 pm until 6:00 pm.
Tickets are $10 per person for a single ticket. Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult. Cash and check are the only acceptable means of payment. Ticket sales end one and a half hours prior to the posted closing times.
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