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October is Home Tour Month

Enjoy the Works of Local Talent
Compiled by Susan Fox

Needing a little direction on how to build that next home of yours?

Or how about gathering up inspiring ideas on color palettes and furnishings?

Four tours this month give us an opportunity to visit homes that may not otherwise be open to us in the future.

The Bellaire Fall New Home Showcase is scheduled for two weekends: October 18 & 19, and October 25 & 26.

The eighth annual event highlights the talents of eight Houston homebuilders, showcasing the latest trends in design and furnishings.

The nine customized homes on the tour offer visitors a chance see a variety of architectural styles enhanced with the latest, cutting-edge technology in energy efficiency and automation. Local interior designers created the inviting interiors.

Proceeds from the event benefit Alumni & Friends of Bellaire High School, a nonprofit organization that raises money for student scholarships, teacher grants and school improvements.

Participating homebuilders include Bayou City Custom Builders, Bellaire Builders, Cason Gray Homes, Frankel Building Group, RG Homes, Tommy Cashiola Construction Company Inc., and Watermark Builders.
Discounted tickets can be purchased at Alyson Jon Interiors, 2401 Bissonnet Street, up until the tour begins. For more information, call 713-553-3872 or visit

The West University Home Show features custom houses by five builders over a two-weekend period: October 18 & 19 and October 25 & 26.

The houses are open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is $10. The participating builders are: Covington Custom Builders (2804 Robinhood and 6520 Wakefield), David James Custom Builders (3743 Tangley), Georgetown Capital Partners (3906 Coleridge), Scheffer & Associates (3709 Farbar) and Levitt Partnership (2608 Barbara Lane). Information:

The Eastwood Civic Association will spotlight six homes and one commercial building --built in the early half of the 20th Century on October 18 & 19.

The historic neighborhood is located one mile east of downtown, and community leaders excitedly announce the addition of two new metro light rail lines that will be accessible by the community. They will provide transportation to the University of Houston, the medical center and downtown area.

Final home selections were not completed in time to meet HH&H’s deadline. But visitors can expect to see such yesteryear styles as foursquares, bungalows, and arts and crafts. Tickets are $15 each.

William A. Wilson, who established The Woodland Heights, developed Eastwood in 1913. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit

The American Institute of Architects, Houston Chapter, hosts its annual home tour on October 25 & 26, from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 or $10 for single houses; all of which can be purchased at any one of the tour homes.

AIA-Houston’s selection committee judges tour entries based on innovative designs and solutions, quality craftsmanship and impressive architecture.

The two-day, self-guided tour features seven custom homes located at 502 Archer (Jeromy and Lori Murphy), 1134 Waverly (Logan & Johnson Architects), 2204 Decator (Kinney Morrow Architects), 6429 Edloe (Cusimano Architects) – also featured on page 40, 4055 Underwood (StudioMET) and 5222 Holly (StudioMET).

For more information, visit