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John Bitely looks ahead to upcoming Spring Parade of Homes, sees light at the end of the tunnel for supply chain issues

Ahead of the upcoming 2022 Grand Rapids Spring Parade of Homes, Sable Homes President John Bitely sees the light at the end of the tunnel after two years of supply chain issues.

“Parade of homes has been a long-standing event for the Home Builders Association,” Bitely told WZZM 13 during an interview at Sable Homes’ Parade home near Green Lake in Caledonia. “It is a major fundraiser for them. It provides a lot of neat exposure for the builders’ homes, but also for the community and people to go out and see the homes, tour them.”

Sable’s Parade home, their Bayberry model and #7 on the Parade route, sits on a quiet cul-de-sac in Caledonia’s coveted Paris Ridge Estates, located within walking distance to Green Lake, a serene 309-acre recreational lake.

“This lot is beautiful lot,” Bitely said. “It was left over from pre-COVID.”

Sable’s 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom Parade home, which is also for sale, is one of more than 30 newly built homes the public can tour in this year’s Spring Parade of Homes. With over 3,000 square feet of living space, design details include an extended front porch, contemporary finishes, high-end amenities and a modern layout. In addition to the subtle rich flooring that flows throughout the main level, the home boasts a spacious owner’s suite, a sunroom featuring a vaulted ceiling that allows natural light to shine through and a sliding glass door that opens to an expansive deck, and a finished basement perfect for entertaining.

The road to building this home, and others like it, however, has come with some challenges since the start of the pandemic.

“We have a lot of costs in the development world, developing neighborhoods and properties is difficult,” Bitely said during his interview with WZZM 13. “That’s driving up the cost of the lot.”

The good news is Bitely said his team has gotten better at planning things out, after two years of supply chain issues.

“We’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, there are items that still take eight, 10 and sometimes even 12 weeks to get,” he said. “But as a whole, you know, like our garage doors, many times we’re ordering them when we’re digging the basement. But by doing that, we have them by the time the house is done.”

On top of supply chain issues, there’s the rising cost of shipping and fuel affecting the price of products. There’s also a shortage of hands actually doing the construction.

“Whether it’s cement, landscaping, siding, and roofing, plumbers, electricians – all the trades are very tight, and they’re working a lot hours,” said Bitely. “We’re still not back to guaranteeing timelines. There’s just a few too many variables to give a firm exact timeline. But yet, we’re getting it within a month or two now. So that’s way better than a while back.”

The Spring 2022 Grand Rapids Parade of Homes will run June 17-25. The Sable Homes entry, #7 on the Parade route, is located at 331 Nuthatch Ct. in Caledonia. It will be open for viewing Fridays and Saturdays from 1-9 p.m. and Monday-Thursday from 4-9 p.m.

Watch Bitely’s full interview with WZZM 13