Owning a Homearama can put money in the homeowners’ pocket, according to Pat Durham, executive vice president of the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville, which hosts the annual home tour.

“When people sell their houses after they’ve been in Homearama, they tout it,” Durham said, noting that potential buyers know that houses shown at Homearama offer high-end amenities.

The original homeowners also get a minimum of 10 percent off the cost of building the houses for being part of Homearama, he said, giving them additional equity in the property.

The houses in this year’s Homearama at the conservation subdivision Catalpa Farms range in size from 2,666 square feet to 5,146 square feet and in price from the low $500,000 to the high $800,000. Unlike past years when most of the Homearama houses were custom-built for existing customers, five of the seven homes are available for sale this year.

Across the seven Homearama houses, Durham said there is an increased emphasis on open gathering space — beyond the open-concept kitchen and living room — and the use of bold colors.

Insider Louisville noticed that most of the homes opted for touches of unique tile and boldly patterned wallpaper, as well as two cabinet colors in the kitchen. Several of the houses also included a twist on the popular live-edge tables that incorporated another material into them.

Homearama is July 14-29; its hours are 5 to 9 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $10 for anyone older than 12, and the ticket counter closes an hour before the listed closing time. Cash and check only.

Guests can use the address, 17814 Shakes Creek Drive, to find this year’s Homearama. Cars should drive through the entrance to Shakes Run subdivision and continue driving for a few miles until Shakes Creek Drive dead ends.

Catalpa Farms will eventually have its own subdivision entrance off Clark Station Road near Locust Creek.

Take a peek inside the seven houses below, and let us know which you like best on Facebook or by tweeting @insiderlou.

Sonoma

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This house, built by Mason Construction, is 3,087 square feet and has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, plus a half bath.

This house includes custom ceiling trim, a staple of the craftsman-style building, but used wood at the center of the trim work to add extra flair. It also features plenty of space for decor, books and other items in the living room built-ins.

Insider wasn’t able to check out the basement of this house as painters were hard at work ahead of Homearama’s first day on Saturday.

The St. James

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This house, constructed by Infinity Homes and Development, is 4,000 square feet and has five bedrooms and four bathrooms.

Steve Lewis, superintendent at Infinity Homes, said having a splash of a bold color is popular. This house has a deep green that helps the staircase pop, he said.

The St. James, a classic craftsman-style home, is spread across three floors, an entry-level, upstairs and basement. The basement is a paradise for fans of arcade games.

The Kensington

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This house, built by Infinity Homes and Development, is 2,666 square feet and has four bedrooms and three bathrooms.

Lewis told Insider that the builder’s customer are second- or third-time homebuyers and a good number are retirees who still want high-end amenities but are seeking to downsize. He noted that last year Homearama homes were more like 6,000 square feet.

The designer for this house, Angela Cox of Century Entertainment and Furnishings, opted for darker woods and metals than most of the other homes, which features light and neutral tones.

And don’t let the wallpaper fool you at this house. It’s not a real bookcase.

The Antiquity

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This house, constructed by P.L. Lyons Architectural Builders, is 4,337 square feet and has four bedrooms and three bathrooms.

The interior designer is actually the homeowner as well, Jonathan Reyes of JLR Designs.

Reyes said the entire house was designed around the bold and bright wallpaper in the dining room and that the home may not be everyone’s cup of tea.

“I hope everybody can look at a piece, whether it be a color, a pattern or something and do it for themselves,” he said.

Another unique feature in the house is that a number of the interior doors were imported from Eygpt.

“He said that the thing that bothers him the most as a decorator is people are afraid of expressing themselves for fear that somebody else might not like it,” Durham said. “He tries to them at ease and says: ‘This is your home; it’s your personality. You do what you want to do.’ ”

The Farmhouse

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This house, built by Signature Crafted Homes, is 3,971 square feet and has five bedrooms and three bathrooms.

As the name implies, it is very much the traditional farmhouse-style of home, with touches like barn doors, an apron-front sink and hangers that are repurposed outdoor water spigot handles and faucets.

Bucking the traditional, all the bedrooms in this house are located upstairs. The second floor also houses the washer and dryer, a game area for children and separate walk-in closets for him and her.

Aniston

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This house, constructed by Welch Builders, is 4,230 square feet and has four bedrooms and three bathrooms.

Of the seven Homearama homes, this is perhaps the most traditional. While it still conforms to open-concept design, the house includes a formal dining room that is mostly closed off from the kitchen.

The basement features a full bar, foosball, table shuffleboard, an entertainment center and fitness room. It also is the only house with a screened in back porch.

The Thomas Jefferson

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This house, built by Jagoe Homes, is 5,146 square feet and has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, plus a half bath.

It is by far the largest house and feels very open with no beams separating the living room, kitchen and dining area; it also features areas with high ceilings.

While the wall, flooring, cabinets and other finishes are neutral colors, interior designer Amelia Laster used the décor and furniture to give home bright pops of color.

Also notable about this house is that the second floor is completely dedicated to children. If they didn’t need to eat, the children could spend the entire day upstairs, which includes a full bath, two bedrooms and a shared space with a games, a couch and a television.

Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism. Email Caitlin at [email protected]


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