In addition to the oohs and aahs heard in the million-dollar dwellings in the 2018 Parade of Homes, there are some interesting options at the other end of the housing spectrum on this year's tour, and they're both located in Bayfield.
One is a tiny home built by Bayfield High School students on display at Lewis True Value Mercantile, another is a Habitat for Humanity home on Burnham Lane in Foxfire Farm.
The BHS students are working on the tiny home while participating in the Trades in Training program sponsored by the Homebuilders Association of Southwest Colorado, which also organizes the Parade of Homes.
There are 12 stops homes on this year's tour, plus two business stops. Tickets are $20 per person and are available at https://www.durangopoh.com or the business stop at Smart Enterprises. The other business stop is Southwest Appliance. Ticket proceeds support the homebuilders' scholarship program.
Tour hours are from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
This is the second year BHS construction students have worked on the tiny home, said Curtis Gillespie, an industrial arts teacher. The compact design includes a queen-sized bed in a loft, bay window, Aspen wood interiors and a veneer stone wall surrounding the electric fireplace.The home was designed by students in last year's classes. Students working on the project can earn pre-apprentice certifications to prepare them for work in the construction trades. The home will be sold in conjunction with the homebuilders association.