Each time we head to a new city to visit, we take a tour. I love getting a full perspective on the local landscape and we did this recently in Charleston, SC. I am the kind of person who wants to know the city’s architectural high points. And was my day better knowing Steven Colbert grew up in the house next to the Yacht Club? Well, yea!
As a lover of tours, home tours are so up my alley and I’ve had the chance to work on them since my first Parade of Homes project in 1998. After doing thirteen of these events, I’ve moved on to working with builders/developers staging their own premier tours. I’ve already written on this year’s uber fantastic Southern Living Showcase Home – set for October 22—November 6 at Dorset Park, Nashville. (Check them out at www.castlehomes.com) Now, here is some info on the 2012 Charity Tour of Homes and their “Call For Participants.”
There is an elite group of builders who have formed the Master Custom Builders Council of Tennessee. They did this to leverage their resources and pass their savings on to their clients. They also wanted to stage their own home tour and give back more to charity. In their inaugural 2010 event, they donated well over $17,000 to local charities.
They have issued a Call For Participants for the 2012 Charity Tour of Homes being presented by Pella Windows & Doors. In the next few weeks, pick a custom builder from their roster and you get huge home building discounts and free products, from canister lighting to Kohler commodes. They have an over 100-page book outlining these savings which are passed on to the homeowner in monthly invoices, making it a very transparent process. And, it matters not the size or price of the home you build!
Next year, your home is part of the multi-site Charity Tour of Homes held in interesting spots all over the Nashville area. The end result is that you get the custom home you’ve always wanted, with huge savings, and you help a worthy local charity.
Last year, there were seven stunning homes participating, including three in Belle Park at Cheekwood. I got to tour one of them yesterday and interview the homeowner Bert Dale.
Time is such a precious commodity and I LOVE someone else’s opinion on restaurants, movies, Broadway shows, etc. If building a home, I would really want to know what someone else thought about the process and the builder. Dale spoke very highly of his Charity Tour of Homes experience. Was it overwhelming having the general public tour through his home? Dale said, the CTH helped manage the whole event, save him a lot of money building and it was so rewarding for him to give back to one of his favorite charities – Family and Childrens Services.
Head to www.customhomesnashville.com to find out more about participating. A Facebook page has just been set up for Master Custom Builders of TN and the 50th fan gets $50 in dining certificates from Sperry’s, a fine dining restaurant located in Cool Springs and Belle Meade. The FB page also has helpful tips for home maintenance and care, re-posts of interesting design blogs & stories including info on what’s cool, new and different.