Project Spotlight: Award-Winning Parade of Homes in Willow Bend Farm



Our 2019 Parade of Homes entry exceeded our expectations this year! This home won every award in its category – Best Exterior, Best Interior Design, Best Kitchen, Best Bath, Best Decorated and Best of Show. We are also delighted that this home was awarded Honorable Mention for the Fulton Award. This award, named after Fulton Bank who sponsors the event, is given to the home with the highest overall score.

Located in the Willow Bend Farm Community just south of Lancaster, this single-family home combined industrial and farmhouse accents. Many custom touches were added throughout the home, and they were designed and built by Skip Butler – a longtime employee of Metzler Home Builders. These unique additions made it a stunning one-of-a-kind home.


The foyer featured a transom window in the hallway leading into the main living area, giving it a light, airy feel. The powder room off the foyer boasted a custom wood top and vessel bowl, shiplap on the walls and a black decorative mirror to match the faucet.



The kitchen showcased beautiful gray cabinets with a white quartz countertop and subway tile. Floating shelves on either side of the range, glass wall cabinets and a farm sink gave this kitchen a charming farmhouse feel. A favorite feature of many was the spacious pantry with a sliding barn door.

A gorgeous fireplace was the focal point of the family room. With stone surrounding the fireplace, a custom mantel, columns and shiplap were all added to enhance the beauty.

A unique feature of our Parade Home was two tables provided by YZ Lancaster. The dining table and the coffee table, both live-edge and custom-crafted specifically for our home, brought an extra element of beauty to the décor.


A spacious master suite provided a retreat for relaxing and winding down at the end of a busy day. A soaking tub and tile shower were included in the master bath.




Last, but not least, we went outside the box with an industrial-style finished basement that we staged as a game room. The exposed ceiling joists were painted black to further enhance the industrial “vibe” of the space, We had never finished a basement before for a Parade home, but with the walk-out doors to a lower level patio, it was the perfect set-up to do so. And finishing off this area provided 700 extra square feet of living space.

We are truly grateful to the Building Industry Association of Lancaster County for organizing this event each year. We have participated in the Parade of Homes every year since 1993, and we find it’s the perfect way to showcase our talent and our product!