13 Oct 2015


Renovator’s House Tour, A Taste of What’s Possible

courtesy of the Renovator's House Tour

courtesy of the Renovator’s House Tour

Do you often flip through home design magazines and think “if only”? Many of us do, and the braver among us have event taken the plunge and done a major renovation project. Learn from the experiences of those brave souls and gather ideas next Saturday, October 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Renovator’s House Tour, a major fundraiser for the Capitol Hill Cluster School.

The tour supports activities at the Capitol Hill Cluster School, which serves 1,200 children from pre-K through 8th grade. The cluster is comprised of three campuses: Peabody Primary, Watkins Elementary and Stuart-Hobson Middle school. Funding from the tour assists teachers and administrators with everything from new musical instruments to books, sports uniforms, laptops, field trips, Spanish language software, and more.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the tour. Tickets will be on sale at Frager’s, Hill’s Kitchen and Schneider’s of Capitol Hill.

This year’s tour features 10 homes ranging from sophisticated show stoppers to real-life family homes, and even a reinvented carriage house. There is also a stop at the recently-renovated Stuart Hobson Middle School, with a chance to see the state of the art addition centered on arts appreciation.

One of the homes had fallen on hard times before the current owners properties bought it. Vermin and falling ceilings have given way to bright rooms and a top notch kitchen, as well as what the owners call a wide open floor-plan, also known as the child raceway. There’s also a rain garden to check out.

Another property boasts a carriage house that had also fallen into heavy disrepair. It took major work just to keep the building standing, and now–with IKEA cabinets and creative screening–it’s not only is a perfect suite for guests, but it also provides a much-envied parking spot and extensive storage.

Take the tour and report back on your favorite renovations.

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