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Architect Ashley Mitlyng, chairwoman of the tour committee, said the number of visitors has grown dramatically each year. “People are discovering that bigger is not always better,” she said. “Working with the quality of space rather than the quantity — that’s where an architect excels.”
What: Tour 88 homes — some with remodeled spaces, others newly built after a home was torn down.
When: 1-7 p.m. Sept. 27, noon-6 p.m. Sept. 28-29.
Cost: Free. For a $5 donation to the Builders Outreach Foundation, you can get an inside look at three “Dream Remodeled Homes.”
In a nutshell: The wide variety of remodels have addressed many common homeowner headaches since the event was launched by BATC in 1988. This year, projects range from creating an outdoor connection with a new porch, knocking down walls to make a great room and a total renovation of an 1880s barn. Kitchens are still the most popular project — all but seven of the homes feature some kind of kitchen update. The showcase is also a chance to see new products, materials and the craftsmanship of remodeling pros, who will be in the homes to answer questions. Check out the free seminars on how to renovate a classic bungalow, top 10 kitchen design mistakes and the art of home TV.
How to get started: Pick up a guidebook with a map at Holiday Station Stores, or visit the BATC website at www.paradeofhomes.org.
Lynn Underwood • 612-673-7619