Remodeled Home Tours
See Designer and Contractor Work For Yourself
Checking contractor references over the phone is easy enough, but getting an up-close look at completed remodeling jobs can be a challenge. No matter how pleased with the work, most homeowners don’t extend a standing invitation for strangers to come by and see it.
Fortunately, some are willing to offer a weekend invitation. Though not as common as tours of new homes, scattered-site remodel tours open to the public are becoming more popular. Held during spring, summer and fall, the remodel tours last from one to three days and showcase from four to more than 90 projects. Tickets typically cost about $10 or $15; part of the proceeds sometimes goes to charity.
Keep in mind that most of the featured projects will be expensive, high-end remodels. If all you need is a new sink, this is not the way to find a contractor.
Tips Before the Tour
In addition to a list of addresses, the more established tours offer descriptions and/or pictures of each project to help you decide which ones to visit.
Clues to Quality
- If no map is provided, take the time to map out the sites before leaving home.
- No eating, drinking or smoking will be allowed inside the homes. Leave pets behind, too.
- Be prepared to take off your shoes or wear the provided disposable booties at each home.
- If possible, find a sitter for the kids.. The homes may not be accessible to strollers or child-proofed.
If you’re actively looking for a contractor, take some time to inspect the quality of the products and of the work. Don’t let yourself be dazzled by all the new stuff: look for the details that can be easily overlooked at first glance but affect functionality and long-term satisfaction.
- Sealing around windows, doors, counters and fixtures
- Alignment of tile on backsplashes and floors
- Location of countertop seams
- Convenient outlet placement
- Transitions between the kitchen and other rooms: treatment of walls, floors, ceilings
- Plumb, square walls – except in old homes, which may require a little fudging to cope with settling
Though not comprehensive, our listing includes many of the most popular and longest-running remodeling tours from coast to coast.CALIFORNIA
American Society of Interior Designers San Diego Home Remodel Tourasidsandiego.org/events_remodspr08.shtml
Remodel Chicagoland, Home Builders Association of Greater Chicagolandwww.remodelchicagoland.com
Home Builders Association of Greater Des Moines Tour of Remodeled Homeswww.desmoineshomebuilders.com/hba-events/tour-of-remodeled-homes.htmlKENTUCKY
Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky Tour of Remodeled Homeswww.tourofremodeledhomes.comLouisville
Home Builders Association of Louisville Tour of Remodeled Homeswww.hbal.com/consumers_shows.htmlMICHIGAN
Washtenaw Country Home Builders Association of Washtenaw County Remodelers Home Tourwww.hbawc.com/se_remodelors.cfmBrighton
Livingston County Cavalcade of New and Remodeled Homeswww.hbalc.com/hbalc_cavalcadeofhomes.cfmMINNESOTA
Minneapolis and St. Paul
Parade of Homes Remodelers Showcasewww.paradeofhomes.org/remodeled-home/remodeled-home-search.aspxRochester
Rochester Area Builders Remodelers Home Tourwww.rochesterareabuilders.com/remodelerstour.phpMISSOURI
National Association of the Remodeling Industry Remodeled Homes Tourwww.remodelingkc.com/homestour08.htmlNEBRASKA
Home Builders Association of Lincoln Tour of Remodeled Homeswww.hbal.org/public/trh/NORTH CAROLINA
Greater Greensboro Builders Association Tour of Remodeled Homeswww.greensborobuilders.org/torh.cfmOHIO
Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky Tour of Remodeled Homeswww.tourofremodeledhomes.comColumbus
Building Industry Association of Central Ohio Showcase of Remodeled Homeswww.biahomebuilders.com/Showcase/Showcase_of_homes.htmOREGON
Home Builders Association of Metro Portland Tour of Remodeled Homeswww.remodeltourportland.comTEXAS
Austin National Association of the Remodeling Industry Tour of Homeswww.austinnari.org/hometour/WASHINGTON
Master Builders Association Remodeled Kitchen & Bath Tourwww.mbaks.com/rkbt
Master Builders Association Remodeled Homes Tourwww.mbaks.com/rhtTacoma
Master Builders Association of Pierce County Tour of Remodeled Homeswww.mba-tour.comVancouver
Building Industry Association of Clark County Remodeled Homes Tourwww.remodeledhomestour.comWISCONSIN
Madison National Association of the Remodeling Industry Tour of Remodeled Homeswww.remodelingmadison.org/Milwaukee
Milwaukee National Association of the Remodeling Industry Spring Home Improvement Showcasewww.milwaukeenari.com/2008-spring-showcase.php
Metropolitan Builders Association Fall Remodelers Tourwww.mbaonline.org/events/falltour/falltour2007/falltour2007_home.htm