FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The 2023 Northern Colorado Parade of Homes concluded with fanfare, crowning the best in home design and construction in the region. The Parade, a staple in the community presented by the Northern Colorado Home Builders Association (NoCo HBA), was held on Sept. 8-10 and Sept. 15-17.

The crescendo of this year’s Parade was the Denim & Diamonds Golden Key Awards Gala held on Sept. 26 at The Mill in Windsor. More than 140 NoCo HBA members and industry leaders gathered to celebrate not just the award winners but the entire home-building industry and everyone who plays a part in shaping and supporting it.

During the Parade, more than 300 attendees cast their votes for the “People’s Picks” category during the two middle weekends of September, crowning NoCO Custom Homes as the victor. Their standout entry at 2338 Falcon Drive in Fort Collins, was the people’s pick for best landscaping, bedroom, master suite, kitchen, neighborhood and overall design.

Amy Moorehead, Development Expansion Professional for Comcast in the Mountain West and Northern Colorado, judged the Xfinity Smart Home Award. As technology becomes more integrated into our homes, this category grows in significance. All Parade homes featuring smart home technology were in contention, but Bridgewater Homes’ entry at 2045 Morningstar Way, Fort Collins, stood out the most. Moorehead summed it up by saying, “They got it right!”

The much-anticipated Golden Key Awards, judged by 13 professionals from diverse backgrounds in the home building industry, had three cost categories this year: $699,999 and Under, $700,000 to $1 Million, and $1 Million and Above. These professionals, ranging from builders to designers to inspectors, evaluated 22 homes entered by 15 different builders.

The Golden Key award winners for 2023 are:
• Best Bedroom & Bathroom ($699,999 and Under): Brightland Homes, Entry #11 at 5724 Jedidiah Drive, Timnath.
• Best Kitchen ($700,000 to $1 Million): TruMark Homes, Entry #15, 1788 Barefoot Drive, Windsor
• Best Bedroom & Bathroom ($700,000 to $1 Million): Dream Finders Homes, Entry #2 at 2060 Balley Neal Drive, Fort Collins.
• Best Bedroom & Bathroom ($1 Million and Above): NoCO Custom Homes, Entry #8 at 3448 Falcon Drive, Fort Collins.

It’s noteworthy that NoCO Custom Homes was honored by the People’s Picks and also topped the highest category of the Golden Key Awards, showcasing their dedication to excellence and the appreciation of the community for their work.

The Parade of Homes, sponsored by FNBO Mortgage for the past three years, serves as an avenue for local builders and showrooms to display their top-tier craftsmanship, allowing the community to revel in and vote on their finest work.

The Parade of Homes remains a testament to the thriving home building and design community in Northern Colorado, and with the conclusion of this year’s event, it’s clear that the region’s standards for excellence remain higher than ever.

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Photography by Timothy Seibert for At Home Colorado