Things to Do This Weekend: Charity Tour of Homes

What’s cool, new and classic in home building and interior design is featured at the Charity Tour of Homes, sponsored by the Master Custom Builders Council of TN and presented by Pella Windows & Doors. The premier home tour takes place May 25-27 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., with seven fully-decorated homes on beautiful home sites throughout the Nashville area.

Miriam’s Promise and STARS (Students Taking A Right Stand) are this year’s benefiting charities. One ticket allows visitors access to the stunning homes with impeccable craftsmanship ranging in style from Louisiana Farm House to French Country. 

Tickets are sold at each of the homes for $15 general admission or visit TicketsNashville to purchase discount tickets online- $12 general admission- where you will also find a site map of all the homes on the tour.

Nashville's 2012 Charity Tour of Homes

Charity Tour of Homes will feature this Louisiana farmhouse in Leiper's Fork. The home features reclaimed white oak floors with kona stain throughout downstairs, culled for wood that would have been discarded, and a blended room use with a dining room also accommodates a wall of books as a library. Photo Credit: Shelley Mays/The Tennessean

Rob and Teri Lepley moved into their luxurious new home in Thompson’s Station last week and immediately prepared to move out for two weekends so their house can be a stop on the annual Charity Tour of Homes.

In the Lepleys’ Williamson County home, visitors will find what looks like a boat in the grandchildren’s bedroom. It’s really a bed, but the young ones can pretend they’re at sea while they drift off to sleep, said Rob.

“It looks like a 20-foot schooner. It fills up the room,” he said.

Doug and his wife, Lucinda, moved into their 3,900-square-foot house a month ago. Like the Lepleys, they are moving out for tour weekends, so ticket holders can see every inch of their property in Hendersonville’s Blue Grass Downs development.

Oversized double mahogany doors lead to the coffered dining room and the professional-quality kitchen. Sliding Pella doors open to a pool terrace and a covered porch and outdoor living area complete with a stove fireplace and a circular rock sitting area.

Last year’s Charity Tour of Homes raised $17,600 for seven charities selected by participating homeowners. This year, the Master Custom Builders Council enlisted the Center for Nonprofit Management’s help in selecting the beneficiaries. Ten nonprofits were interviewed, said Edwards.

“All are worthy and we couldn’t narrow it down to one, so we picked two,” said Edwards.

If you take the tour, you might find yourself building a new home and displaying it during next year’s tour. The Lepleys were looking for an already-built home to buy when they met builder Brian Walsh during the 2010 tour and decided to construct a custom home.

The Rountrees were on that same tour, collecting ideas for the home they eventually wanted to build when the economy improved. After seeing the craftsmanship of the homes and learning about the discounts for participating homeowners, they decided to move forward without further delay.

Sources: Charity Tour of Homes and The Tennessean

About Sutton Lipman

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