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VOL. 110 | NO. 186 | Wednesday, September 25, 1996

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lj 10/5 cates Trinity Group wins top Vesta awards By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News When Memphis home building newcomers the Trinity Group decided to debut their talents at this years Vesta Home Show, little did they know just how big an impression they would make. Last night at the Home Building Association of Memphis annual Vesta awards banquet, Trinity, which was formed in Memphis about one year ago, walked off with both of the shows top awards. First place in both the Best of Show and the Peoples Choice categories went to Trinitys entry, the Melody, a 4,000-square-foot, rustic, cottage-style showplace situated on a lakeside lot. The Best of Show category was selected by a panel of eight judges appointed by HBAM, and the Peoples Choice award was selected by popular vote from ballots submitted by Vesta attendees. In an interview last month, Nancy Joseph, one of the Trinitys owners, said, "We see this as our opportunity to make our debut in the Memphis marketplace." Joseph co-owns the firm with her husband, Peter, along with Gary and Linda Frazier. "We see the Vesta show as our opportunity to present some new ideas, as well as showcase the creativity of our company," she said. An atrium foyer looking out over an English garden designed to bring in the outside; an unusual T-shaped staircase; a balcony-wrapped, two-story vaulted kitchen and sunroom; fine cabinetry; and a foul weather chamber were several of the attractions in Trinitys show home, which is valued at $381,900. This years Vesta show was held in Almadale Farms, a David Halle equestrian-themed development at Dogwood Road and Houston Levee Road in Collierville. The show opened to the public on Sept. 7 and closed Sunday. The annual Vesta Home Show, which has been held in a variety of residential developments throughout Shelby County since its inception, is popular with area home builders because it allows them to pull out all the stops and showcase the latest trends in architectural design and home decor. Eddie Kircher Constructions 4,200-square-foot showplace, the Roanoak, was chosen as second place winner in the Best of Show category, while third place honors went to Morris Home Builders 4,407-square-foot French country-style home, the Averitt. The Averitt also received the Peoples Choice award for second place, and Radnor Homes of Memphis Inc. took third place honors for its 4,291-square-foot home, the Almadale. The Almadale, valued at $349,500, also was the first of the Vesta show homes to be sold to an individual buyer. Vesta participants also received awards honoring their achievements in design and decor for specific areas of their show homes. Morris Home Builders received awards for Best Kitchen, Best Master Suite and Best Home Design. The Trinity Group and the Furniture Factory Showroom were jointly recognized with the Best Interior Decoration award, and Eddie Kircher Construction won additional awards for Best Special Feature and Most Impressive Foyer. Vintage Homes Fontaine received the Best Landscaping award for its surrounding grounds, which included a fountain and a waterfall. This years Vesta Home Show Tour, which featured more than 50 scattered home sites, also earned awards for exceptional entries, with first, second and third place winners in eight price categories and two Special Achievement awards. Several of these awards went to Magnolia Homes Inc., Reeves-Williams Inc., Summit Homes and Tal McKay Homes each winning three awards and to Reid Homes, RiverBirch Builders and Terry & Terry Inc., with two awards each. Additional awards went to the Albertine Co., the Almadale Building Group, Art Cooper Construction Co., David Parsons Construction and Ken Garland Homes. The Special Achievement award for an entry in the $1 million-plus range was won by Skip Hobbs Construction, while the $550,000-$600,000 category Special Achievement award went to Magnolia Homes. More than 29,000 people from all over the Mid-South attended this years Vesta show, the second-largest crowd ever to attend the annual HBAM-sponsored event. "The site was good, the weather was very nice and the homes were large, all of which combined to make a good show," said this years Vesta chairman John Russell, president of Thompson & Russell Builders.
PROPERTY SALES 72 282 10,218
MORTGAGES 89 303 11,249
BUILDING PERMITS 288 762 22,934
BANKRUPTCIES 45 316 6,535