You may be familiar with the 70-year tradition known as the Parade of Homes that generations of homebuyers have enjoyed, but have you heard of the Artisan Home Tour? The Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City (HBA) invites you to discover why more and more homebuyers are choosing to make their dreams of a custom home a reality during its Artisan Home Tour June 7-17, sponsored by U.S. Bank and its Wealth Management Department.
What makes a home an Artisan home? Custom homebuilders know the answer does not lie with a minimum price, square footage, or architectural style. Rather, it lies in the elevated standards of design, superior craftsmanship, and exquisite products. Kansas City’s finest custom homebuilders know when they are creating a structure that is transcendent for the builder and for the client. When that mark is met, the home is an Artisan home.
“The Artisan Home Tour offers our leading custom homebuilders not only the opportunity to showcase their talents but also to really show consumers what is possible when building a custom home,” said Josh Clark, executive vice president of the HBA. “You might say the Parade of Homes offers a wide snapshot of the Kansas City new home market, while the Artisan Tour allows access to a smaller number of select homes through the viewpoint of a telephoto lens.”
While the Parade of Homes offers free admission to more than 300 homes in a wide range of styles and price points, the Artisan Home Tour is a ticketed tour with seven homes open Thursday through Sunday. Six of the homes are in Johnson County and one is in Platte County, and six of the seven homes will be available for purchase with prices averaging around $1 million.
Similar to the Parade, the Artisan Home Tour also includes a charitable partner. But instead of Harvesters, the Artisan Home Tour is partnering with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), as it did in 2015. A portion of the ticket sales will support RMHC as it fulfills its mission of providing the comforts of home while offering proximity to their children who are undergoing life-saving medical treatments.
“The HBA has a long-standing relationship with RMHC, and the builders feel it’s a natural fit for the Artisan Tour to help families and children who need a place to stay during a time of crisis, because that’s what we do. We build homes,” said Bruce Rieke, president of B.L Rieke Custom Homes and Artisan Home Tour Chairperson.
In addition to U.S. Bank, the HBA appreciates the underwriters who have generously made the Artisan Home Tour possible, including Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting, The Kansas City Star and Spaces magazine, Stewart Title and Tradition Home Group.
2018 Artisan Home Tour
When: Thursday-Sunday, June 7-17, noon to 7:00 p.m.
Admission: $30 online, $35 at the door, $10 per home
Where: 7 homes throughout the metro: six in Kansas and one in Missouri
Prices: Starting at $1 million
More Information: A guidebook is available at the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City office at 600 E. 103rd St., near Interstate 435 and Holmes Road, and at all Artisan homes. More information is also available online at https://artisanhome.kchba.org/ .