2011 Kaleidoscope of Homes® Shows Strength of North Texas Residential Industry - Greater Fort Worth Builders Showcases Three Luxury Homes at Montserrat

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Greater Fort Worth Builders Association is drawing hundreds of North Texas consumers to view three beautiful, fully-furnished homes priced just under $1 million in the 2011 Kaleidoscope of Homes.

In a bold statement of industry strength, the Greater Fort Worth Builders Association (GFWBA) launched its 21st Kaleidoscope of Homes® luxury home show in southwest Fort Worth Saturday (Sept. 3).

Located in Montserrat West Fort Worth Estates’ gated cliff-side development, the Kaleidoscope features luxury custom homes by Glendarroch Homes, LLC with a French eclectic design; HGC Residential Development presenting a Spanish-Mission-Revival concept; and Village Homes unveiling a Spanish-Revival design.

“This year’s event is headlined by three highly respected builders in our association,” says Jay Brown, GFWBA president. “They join the builders’ association in an assertive signal of the residual strength of North Texas’ building industry during one of the most challenging housing markets in history."

Brown further added: “Not only is the Kaleidoscope an important statement of our industry’s ability to weather tough market times, it also is critical in supporting our designated charity, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Fort Worth builders are very proud of the opportunity to support the hospital as they celebrate 90 years of serving children.”

GFWBA immediate past president and a builder participant in last year’s event, Shane Golden calls the show “an opportunity to explore elegant estates, scope out design elements and new technology.” Golden, this year’s Kaleidoscope chairman, notes “Visitors may not buy a million-dollar house, but they love to attend, view decor, painting and accessories and leave with exciting design and product ideas. Every appliance sold from Kaleidoscope exposure has a trickle-down effect on our local economy. That $12 ticket may lead to a purchase ranging from $20 to a million or more.”

This year’s show features a number of entertainment venues, including a unique, two-story custom builder’s playhouse, constructed and donated by The Braswell Company with inspiration from a drawing by a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. The youngster’s painting, as well as about 50 others, are part of a children’s art exhibit of dream rooms and will be sold in an auction benefiting the hospital.

“The 2011 Kaleidoscope is a perfect example of ‘It takes a village’ – a magnificent melding of community cooperation,” said Golden. “The developer – the Siratt family-owned THMC Partners, 2011 Kaleidoscope show home builders, the GFWBA staff and the architects, designers, vendors and volunteers – worked as a cohesive team to create an impressive inside look at some of the most beautiful and livable homes built in the Metroplex.”

The show is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays (and Labor Day) Sept. 3-Sept 25. Tickets are $12.00 for adults and children (4 – 12) are $8.00. Discount tickets are available at DFW Tom Thumb stores. Montserrat is a private, gated community at SW Loop 820 and Team Ranch Road between I-30 and I-20, and signs will direct visitors to free parking.

For information, contact the GFWBA at 817.284.3566 or visit http://www.kaleidoscopeofhomes.org.

ABOUT THE CHARITY, TEXAS SCOTTISH RITE HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN:
Celebrating 90 years of caring for children – Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children opened its doors to the children of Texas in 1921. One of Dallas’ first orthopaedic surgeons, W. B. Carrell, M.D., was approached by a group of Texas Masons who recognized a growing need to provide superior medical care to children suffering from polio regardless of a family’s ability to pay. With the introduction of the Salk and Sabin vaccines in the mid-1950s, which virtually eradicated polio in the Western Hemisphere, the hospital broadened its focus to other orthopaedic conditions. Helped by supporters throughout the country, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children has emerged as one of the nation’s leading medical centers for the treatment of pediatric orthopaedic conditions, certain related neurological disorders, and learning disorders, such as dyslexia.

ABOUT THE GREATER FORT WORTH BUILDERS ASSOCIATION:
The Kaleidoscope of Homes® is presented by the Greater Fort Worth Builders Association, with a mission to promote and protect the interests of members and the consumer. Established in 1945 as an affiliate of the NAHB, the Greater Fort Worth Builders Association has a seven-county jurisdiction: Tarrant, Johnson, Hood, Wise, Parker, Somervell, and Palo Pinto. Visit http://www.FortWorthBuilders.org
Contact: Leslie Blandford-Akins, 214.533.1423, lakins(at)sbcglobal(dot)net
Or Karen Taylor, 972.889.2800, karen.taylor(at)southwestink(dot)com

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