Luxury home is short-lived at Indy Home Show

Craig Beauregard, Fischer Homes
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Workers are tearing down a luxury house built just last month for the Indianapolis Home Show. It would have cost about $600,000 to buy the home, but there were never any plans for anyone to live in it.

It took 24 days to finish the house top to bottom. Construction included concrete sidewalks and even a small pool, along with lights and painted walls. But no one will ever call it home. The Fischer Homes showhouse only existed for ten days inside the west pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

The home served as a point of inspiration for those remodeling or dreaming of a new home. Mary Anne and Dan Morgan of Indianapolis are not looking for a new house but found a lot inside the house they would like to take home.

"If they were giving it away I certainly would not turn it down! It is a nice house," said Mary Anne.

The front of the finished house on Sunday had the curb appeal to make any owner proud. By Monday afternoon the windows were coming out and the trim was coming off.

The teardown is part of a grueling 72 hours for Craig Beauregard of Fischer Homes. This is the third year in a row Beauregard has built and torn down a new house. The house is fully plumbed and wired for electricity.

"There were actually four furnaces and four air conditioners used to cool the home during the show. All of those are being reused. Also that is what they are trying to do right now," said Beauregard.

The house is mainly for show but with all of the people moving through the home during the show, the floors have twice the reinforcement of a normal house. And not all of the wood is reusable. The staircase is being recycled. Most of the large wood trim pieces will go into another house but the brick and stone cannot be reused.

"That is very expensive stone and same thing with the bricks; you cannot salvage the bricks," said Beauregard. "It will be two days of teardown and we will put everything in dumpsters and all of the dumpsters go back to their shop to recycle as much material as possible."

By the end of business Monday most of the landscaping will be gone. The sod was sold Sunday along with most of the patio pavers. The trees which have started to bloom and everything else is coming out - including the in-ground concrete pool, which cannot be moved to another house.