Fischer Homes Reveals Largest Home Ever Built Within Indianapolis Home Show

Two men on green top and brown trousers installing solar cells on the roof of a building.

Fischer Homes unveiled its largest home ever built within the Indianapolis Home Show walls, the Rookwood Plan, built in just 25 days.

The average amount of time it takes to build a new home is about seven months, so anything under that would seem pretty remarkable. But 25 days? Downright innovative.

That’s the amount of time it took 
Fischer Homes to create the Centerpiece Home at the 2017 Indianapolis Home Show within the walls of the Indiana State Fairgrounds. That’s right, this home was built indoors  basement, landscaping and all.

“Really, it’s nearly a fully functioning house,” says Steve Whaley, corporate marketing manager for Fischer Homes, noting that the only thing the show home doesn’t feature is plumbing. “Otherwise, it’s very much like a traditional home in terms of what we do with the construction. It’s something that’s very close to what a customer’s going to get out in the neighborhood.”

Yet another feat, this year’s model, the Rookwood Plan
, is the largest home Fischer Homes has built at the show since they began doing so seven years ago and it’s the largest the show has ever seen. At around 6,000 square feet, the ranch-style home features a spacious owner’s suite, an open kitchen that adjoins a family room and dining space, and a finished basement.

“Each year we try to do something different and each year we make it a bit more challenging for ourselves,” says Whaley. “This year, our major challenge was building a ranch home and then building a full basement underneath.”

Built for entertaining, the massive basement includes plenty of room for game tables and a wet bar — an ideal setting for the hottest neighborhood hangout. Plus, this Centerpiece Home was immaculately decorated.

“This year’s home experience provides a relaxed and refined home experience with coastal and natural influences inside and outside the home,” says Whaley.

These influences can be seen all the way from the exterior paint choices to the interior, with custom elements like boardwalk-like accents on the ceilings and walls, and pops of navy blue throughout.

“The casual yet refined living spaces in this home will transport you to the shoreline,” says Joy Perkins of TOB Design, the leading design team of the Centerpiece Home. “The colors of the sea and the sand served as a source of inspiration for this ‘chic coastal’ style — the feeling is cool and casual.”

So, how did they do it all in 25 days? With a highly skilled team who devoted their hard work and long hours. Whaley says his team got to work right after the holiday break and that a construction manager was on site for nearly every moment of the construction phase, which can be viewed in time lapse 

“It’s a rigorous process but all of our vendors and trade partners love to be a part of it,” he says. “They’re all willing to pitch in and put in the extra hours to make sure that work is done on time and it’s a great presentation to the public.”

While the home may only be on display through late January, fully functioning Rookwood plans — yes, plumbing included — are currently available for building in communities across the state
, and even parts of Ohio, Kentucky and Georgia.

Drew Knight is a freelance writer for Builders Digital Experience (BDX). You can find him online at LinkedIn.

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