Tour of Homes

Saturday and Sunday, May 20–21   |   noon–6pm

Kirkwood’s 15th annual Tour of Homes is a great way to explore the many different personalities and styles that make up our vibrant and unique community. See the results of loving renovations and new additions, enjoy the tree-lined streets and home gardens, get interior design ideas from classic to funky-chic, and best of all, meet the people who make Kirkwood such a great neighborhood.

Tickets are $20, and all proceeds benefit the Kirkwood Neighbors’ Organization, a local 501c3 non-profit dedicated to community improvement. We’re still planning this year’s tour, so check back later this spring for details and ticket info.

Questions? Email tour@kirkwoodfling.com.

2016 homes

1843 Hosea Williams

1843 Hosea L. Williams Drive SE

This 1925 bungalow was transformed from a tired duplex to its original bungalow roots by the Walsh Design team in 2014. The home was reconstructed to provide the perfect open floor plan for entertaining, allowing a free flow from dining room to kitchen, to vaulted living room, to the screened porch beyond. Reclaimed floor joists and brick from the original fireplace make appearances throughout the house—look for them as you visit. Owners Daniel and Robert love the proximity to downtown Kirkwood and commissioned several pieces from local artists Jamie Calkin, Jeff Hagerman, and Kate Phillips featuring local gathering spots and their own home, which add an intimate touch.

— Deb Lucas

Cottage in the Back

2284 Cottage Grove Avenue SE

Ron and Colleen McGhee’s modern bungalow sits on a spacious hilltop lot with an ample backyard that doubles as a local music amphitheater known as Cottage in the Back. Built in 2006, the two-story house was renovated in 2014 to expand the kitchen with an oversize island outfitted with wood countertops and a four-stool bar, as well as a sitting room decorated with photographs and memorabilia from the last four years of hosting live music. Oversize sliding glass doors look out to the lawn and fill the kitchen with light. With two bedrooms and a bath upstairs for the couple and their daughter, the downstairs also boasts a guest room, 1.5 baths, den, living room with wood-burning fireplace, and a dining room filled with antique buddhas from southeast Asia. Behind the house, a two-car garage with guesthouse is used as a home office and the bathroom is a convenient amenity for the sometimes 90-person audience picnicking during the concert series, which runs from May through November.

— Candice Thompson

179 Douglas

179 Douglas Street SE

Two renovations and two kids later, longtime residents Freddy and Trish have created their perfect family home located on one of the most historic streets in Kirkwood. Originally built in 1906, the bones of this once-conventional bungalow have been transformed into a spacious contemporary home while retaining the character of its original structure. The open floor plan flows from the original sitting room to an open kitchen, to both indoor and outdoor living spaces, and finally to the spacious back lawn and gardens. Brazilian Cherry wide-planked floors and dark gray hues adorned with elegant wallpaper accents lend a classic feel to the contemporary spaces and upstairs living quarters. Exquisite artwork painted by a relative in Sicily and other favorite pieces accent the home.

— Deb Lucas

1677 Stanwood

1677 Stanwood Avenue SE

Pot-bellied pig Snoop Hoggy Hog is at home in his Kirkwood barnyard, but this 2015 rebuild matches the footprint and style of the original dwelling—and there is nothing country about it. Homeowners Christal and Jane have called this urban farm home for almost a year. Residents include Snoop, chickens, a beehive, dogs, and an aquatic snail. The open-concept modern bungalow features wide-plank, dark-stained hardwood floors throughout, and reclaimed wood features from the original structure, such as the fireplace mantel, a decorative wall, and the bathroom counter. The yard is surrounded by modern metal tube fencing and wood slat barnyard fencing.

— Jean-Jacques Credi

127 Howard St

127 Howard Street NE

This home packs bountiful space and craftsman details on historic Howard Street. Owners Sarah and Joe installed hardwood floors, oversized baseboards, layered crown molding, and wainscoting with a distinctively coffered ceiling in a royal blue dining room. The gourmet kitchen with marble counters and a ceiling-height Arabesque Lantern tile backsplash features a grand granite island overlooking a fireplace flanked by built-in shelves. Unique highlights include the master bath dual shower spa, a walnut slab-topped walk-in closet storage island, a drafting table built from repurposed bowling-lane wood, and an heirloom antique entryway bench.

— Jean-Jacques Credi

171 Howard St

171 Howard Street SE

Conveniently located a block from downtown Kirkwood, this updated 1923 white bungalow with black trim features unique characteristics homeowners Josh and Tabetha have lovingly incorporated over 10 years of ownership. Distinctive galvanized metal gutters frame the roofline. Interior columns, hardwood floors and crown molding unify the spacious common areas. There are craftsman treasures throughout, such as a built-in bench and bedroom cabinets, heirloom furniture, and a custom-made master bath dual vanity and a stone tile shower. Embedded in the front walkway is the original 171 granite stone address marker Tabetha and Josh unearthed from a hunk of compacted clay while doing yard work.

— Jean-Jacques Credin

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79 Bates Avenue SE

Residents Roddy and Jesse are both designers, and this two-story Charleston is a perfect backdrop for their treasure trove of unique art, antiques, and collectibles. The pair moved into the home after a successful “Kirkwood shuffle” to find more space, and the two front porches provide gathering spots on both street and upper levels, suiting their needs perfectly. The back deck serves as another outdoor living space. Overlooking the back lawn and perennial gardens, it is enhanced by beautifully crafted planters and a comfortable arrangement of furniture, reflecting the designers’ skill for harmonizing unique elements to create a cozy, inviting home.

— Deb Lucas

Photos by Stephanie Howard Photography