The weekend of October 6-7, 2012, American Institute of Architects Austin (AIA) will hold its 26th annual Homes Tour, which showcases 13 new and newly-renovated homes from across the Austin area.
The two-day self-guided tour celebrates the diverse and stunning design talent of Austin’s local architects, with both traditional and contemporary designs that span from modest to means. The tour features an abundance of renovations, signaling a trend toward repurposing, and making what is old new again.
Tour goers will get a firsthand view of the intersection of form and function, and allows individuals to experience the sense of place that is exclusively gained through 3-D exploration.
All of the thirteen uniquely Austin homes on the tour respond to specific lifestyles, and these homes represent the wide range of neighborhood character available in Austin, adding to the life of the neighborhood as it enhances the lifestyle of the inhabitants. Visitors will experience variations of styles ranging from an edgy 1950s renovation to a redesigned 1980s arts and crafts family home, from a contemporary glass house to a beautiful 1940’s Italianate residence.
Eight of the thirteen homes on this year’s tour are renovation projects – ranging from modest changes and minor additions, to comprehensive transformation and expansion projects.
This emphasis on renovation speaks to the current economic climate, the growing population of Austin and the recent trend of sustainability. Instead of relocating and building anew, homeowners are staying and improving, and opting to repurpose and transform outdated designs to make what is old, new again.
Tickets to the AIA Austin Homes Tour are on sale for $30 in advance, $35 the weekend of the event. The Homes Tour has sold out the past two years, and approximately 5,000 attendees are expected to attend the 2012 event.
As such, attendees are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance while uncovering hidden gems within each neighborhood and home on the tour.
For more information about the 2012 AIA Austin Homes Tour, visit www.aiaaustin.org.
By Monica Pena