It’s next to impossible to ignore the many contractor and architects signs peppered in yards throughout the neighborhood. They seem to multiply overnight, oft inspiring just a little bit of house envy for those of us desperate for more closet space, functional layouts and a workable kitchen. Here’s where the Capitol Hill Cluster School’s Renovators House Tour comes in. This Sunday, October 21, for the price of a ticket, see first-hand practical problems and design challenges that homeowners solved while making their 100+ year old homes more livable and, ok, sometimes jaw-dropping.
There are houses of all sizes on the tour, as varied as there are families; practically brand new homes and homes that have been improved bit by bit over the years. The map features homes scattered in pockets throughout Capitol Hill, and it makes for a great walking tour of different neighborhoods, all while supporting neighborhood schools. By the end of the day, you’ll have gotten in ALL your steps and may have learned a few things to try at home, even without the big budget. (One can learn a lot about paint on house tours. Just a tip!)
The Capitol Hill Cluster School PTA puts on the tour each year to raise money for Peabody Primary, Watkins Elementary and Stuart-Hobson Middle schools. All revenue from ticket sales and sponsorships help support teacher development, sports teams, classroom technology, and special art and literacy programs for more than 1,100 students across Capitol Hill.
Tickets are $25 now and $30 at the door. The tour runs from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.