Successful Open House that Almost Never Happened

I want to personally thank everyone that came by our open house weekend during the last weekend of Parade of Homes.  Honestly, we weren’t sure what to expect opening up an Unfinished home but we had good attendance and great feedback, so that’s a success in my book.


As I expected, the Kitchen proved to be one of the “favorites” from visitors over the weekend.  We received great reviews for the Kitchen cabinet colors, layout, and added bells and whistles like the pullouts and running the cabinets up to the ceiling.  Another fan favorite of our Women visitors was the Butler’s Cabinet tucked away in the adjacent Dining Area.

Another immediate fan favorite from the women was the Powder Room.  It’s a small space, but packs a big punch in color and textures.  Can’t wait to show you that room when its all finished.


The Master Bath seemed to be a favorite equally among the women and men.  We will take a closer look at it next blog post, so stay tuned.

The Men were the #1 fan of having the extra space of the Basement and workshop area.


The most popular feature of the home from BOTH men and women was definitely  the Back Porches and the beautiful View that came with it.  Pictures really don’t do it justice, you should really come see it for yourself to truly appreciate what this home and lot have to offer.

As successful as the weekend was,  midday Friday I came very close to calling the whole thing off.

You would think since we had already determined that the home wouldn’t be finished, therefore, didn’t have to be perfect,  it would alleviate some of the stress as we approached the open house weekend.  But that would be an incorrect assumption.

It had already been a stressful two weeks leading up to this final Parade Weekend.  Through a series of events I won’t bore you with, we had finally come to a place where I thought the home was safe enough to tour and showcase some of the beautiful features the home had to offer.

So that Friday afternoon, I loaded up my car with some items to carry over to the house.  I had scheduled Samantha, our real estate agent, to meet me at the house to tidy up a bit and set up some things getting ready for the open house.  When I walked in the home I was quickly taken aback to what was before me. . .

The entire interior of the home was covered in plastic.

PLASTIC! Plastic tightly woven around EVERY cabinet, EVERY window, EVERYTHING that needed to be protected to start the painting process.   If you are asking WHY would they cover everything up right before an open house weekend, well, that is a great question!  Because that’s what I was asking.    Funny story—our painter, who I adore by the way, showed up early to get a jump on covering everything up before painting was to begin the next week.  Well, in this business “showing up early” NEVER happens!  But it did this time.  The whole thing is kind of funny now, but it’s taken two weeks for me to get to a point I can say that.  But at the time, I just about had a meltdown.  Luckily, I am in the middle of a great Bible Study by Barb Roose called Winning the Worry Battle.  As we have been delving into the Book of Joshua, we learned how to resist having “meltdowns” in real life.  Sure am glad I had just studied that, because I was pretty close to having one that Friday.

As I sat there looking at all the plastic, these thoughts were swirling in my brain:


Big thanks to Samantha and Herring Cabinets for taking pity on me and helping me get some of the plastic down so that our visitors coming to our open house could actually SEE THE HOUSE.

Anyway, interior painting finished up this week and things are really taking shape.  Trim outs have begun (installing lighting fixtures, plumbing fixtures, appliances, etc).  If you are eager to see our progress we will be hosting an Open House again this Sunday from 1:00-3:00pm.  (Address: 52 Diamante Drive, Clayton, NC ).  We invite you to come on out and take a look at our continued “work in progress”.

P.S. For those that came by and voted for our next Spec Home plan, we are going to keep the voting ongoing a little longer.  If you didn’t get a chance to vote yet, come on out to our open house or stay tuned to my next blog post for more voting options.

About Jarman Homes

Neil and Joy Jarman are a husband and wife team that specialize in Custom Home building and remodeling. Neil's hands-on engineering and contractor skills combined with Joy's design and marketing expertise work hand in hand to create a unique and customized experience for clients.
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1 Response to Successful Open House that Almost Never Happened

  1. Linda Gardner says:

    Jon and I finally had a chance to walk through the house yesterday. Love it! Best features (from a woman’s perspective): the continuity from the front porch into the foyer with the stained ceiling (it is even a pretty perspective when you leave the front door); the hidden butler’s pantry – my top favorite; powder room floor; size of the dining area (without being a separate dining room/breakfast area); the soft colors of the stone fireplace that blend well with paint, wood tones; and the ceiling feature on the back deck. Great job, you two!

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