For those who have never attended an annual BIA Parade of Homes, it works like this: Local building companies build, decorate and landscape sprawling homes in a development. When they're done, for $12, you get to walk through like you own the place.

For those who have never attended an annual BIA Parade of Homes, it works like this: Local building companies build, decorate and landscape sprawling homes in a development. When they're done, for $12, you get to walk through like you own the place.

The 2011 parade begins this weekend at the Olentangy Falls development in southern Delaware County.

Highlights of this year's homes include big outdoor decks and patios, less expensive price points - between $450,000 to $700,000 versus typical parades' seven-figure sales - and designs made for younger home owners rather than empty nesters.

Last year's parade was in New Albany, where building codes and decor expectations were Colonial chic. Delaware County let designers take more risks.

For example, Weaver Custom Homes' lower level bar and living room features exposed ductwork and an industrial, metallic color scheme. But it still echoes the rustic design of the upstairs.

"I enjoy doing anything that's out there on the edge for us. It was really fun," said Daisy Shamp, design coordinator for the Weaver Custom Homes contribution. "I think what's very cool about this [lower level] space is that even though it's a lot of gray, it's really cozy."

Weaver is one of 11 builders involved, and all of the homes promise daring displays of architecture and decor, according to Parade spokeswoman Susan Weil.

Saving for your own $450,000 purchase (or for the $2 Parade parking fee)? Get tickets for the Parade at a Kroger Marketplace and receive a $2 discount.

Photo credit: Weaver Custom Homes