Young House Love Bloggers Join Homearama to Benefit Habitat for Humanity

March 20, 2014

YHLSherry and John Petersik, local Young House Love bloggers and authors, will design a home by Biringer Builders, Inc. for Homearama 2014 to benefit Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity.

This May, the Home Building Association of Richmond (HBAR) will host the annual model home showcase event HomeaRama at Magnolia Green in Chesterfield County.  The 12-day event—typically attended by thousands of housing industry professionals and local residents—features self-guided tours of 7 new construction homes from various local builders, each decorated by a different local designer or design team.

The event serves several purposes—most obviously, it is an opportunity for local builders to showcase their finest craftsmanship and designers to dazzle with fashion-forward staging. But this year, a portion of proceeds from the event will benefit the Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity—facilitating homeownership to help break the cycle of poverty. There are also a few bonuses for those in attendance, which make HomeaRama a unique home show. First of all, almost every piece of furniture, artwork, and accessory displayed within the model homes has a price tag on it, and is available for purchase when the show ends. So the show can double as an enjoyable furniture shopping experience. These items usually fall within an excellent variety of price points and are obtained from a variety of local vendors. Also, for those interested in remodeling or building their own custom home, there is information available on just about every finish within the homes—from the flooring and tile to the counters, cabinetry, and lighting. There will be additional product displays—36, to be exact—available to view in a Home Idea Center at the show. Refreshments will also be served. After touring each home, visitors are given the opportunity to cast a ballot for their favorite.

This year, HomeaRama has welcomed local Young House Love bloggers and authors Sherry and John Petersik to the design team. The husband and wife duo have been involved in blueprint revisions and other decisions involving construction details as their designated home has been built. They have chronicled several of these choices on their blog and engaged their followers to share input on these decisions. “Between now and next May when HomeaRama officially opens, we’ll be keeping you guys posted on the details as the house comes together – from sharing the final floor plans and selecting all of the finishes, to the decorating decisions that go into each room. It should be lots of fun, especially since we get to execute ideas that we don’t necessarily have spots for in our own house,” John blogged.  The Petersiks have generously opted to donate their compensation (for a year of planning and design work prior to the show) to the Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity.

After the show, each of the 7 homes showcased will be available for purchase, priced from the low $500,000s.

This year’s HomeaRama builders include:

Biringer Builders, Inc.

Falcone Custom Homes

Harring Construction Co.

LeGault Homes

Lifestyle Builders & Developers

Ray A. Williams Construction Co.
Southern Traditions, LLC

Tickets are generally $10 (free admission for children 18 and under), but advance tickets can be purchased online through March for $8 at For more information on show details, please visit

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