Scottish Rite Patient’s Dream-House Drawing Comes to Life at Kaleidoscope of Homes

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Greater Fort Worth Builders Association celebrates dream homes with drawings from patients at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children -- and builds a real dream playhouse.

A little girl’s carefully detailed drawing of her dream home comes to life before her eyes at the 2011 Kaleidoscope of Homes® luxury home show going on now through September 25 in Montserrat West Fort Worth Estates, and presented by the Greater Fort Worth Builders Association. Best of all is that the design, construction, materials and labor were all donated to help raise funds for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, this year’s beneficiary.

“Working with Scottish Rite as a partner in our big luxury home event gave twice the meaning to our program,” says Shane Golden, chairman of this year’s luxury home tour. “This is Scottish Rite’s 90th birthday, so we wanted to do something very special.”

Golden says builder association officials decided to stage an art event and ask patients at Scottish Rite to draw pictures of their imagined dream homes. Dozens of entries were submitted, applied to canvas and are available for auction during the Kaleidoscope to raise additional funds for the hospital.

A seven-year-old patient named Faith drew the picture that inspired the playhouse built by Christi and Bryan Braswell of The Braswell Company. The two searched submitted pictures and chose an imaginative two-story design with a red door. “We loved Faith’s creativity and color scheme,” says Ms. Braswell. “It’s truly amazing how detail oriented and creative this youngster is.”

“Faith went as far as drawing her layout of the house next to her elevation,” said Mr. Braswell, a man who appreciates good architectural detail. “She thought of every intricate little detail, from a front-porch chair to shutters on the windows! We also loved the name, The Flower House, which inspired us to include several flowers and plants.”

“Most importantly, we thought this playhouse would be great for either a little girl or boy,” says Ms. Braswell. “We wanted to build something that wasn’t gender biased so everyone would want to own the playhouse and support Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.”

The Braswell’s adaptation of Faith’s creatively-detailed exterior will inspire little imaginations to have fun with the inside features. “The Flower House has several areas for fun, including the ground-floor playhouse, upper-level loft area under the cedar-shingled roof, a balcony and a garage,” says Mr. Braswell. “The inviting front door, windows and dormer add charm to this elegant cottage, decorated with flowers!”

This year’s Kaleidoscope features luxury custom homes by Glendarroch Homes LLC, HGC Residential Development, and Village Homes. The three estate residences, each offered for just under $1 million, are varying versions of architectural designs – French Eclectic, Spanish-Mission Revival, and Spanish Revival.

“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, the staff of the Builders Association, 2011 Kaleidoscope builders, and the architects, designers, vendors and volunteers – worked as a cohesive team to create an impressive entertainment destination.”

The show is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays through Sept 25. Tickets are $12 for adults and children (4 – 12) are $8. Discount tickets are available at DFW Tom Thumb stores. Valued partners for this year’s event include the Star-Telegram & Indulge Luxury Magazine as the Official Print and Online Partners, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Tom Thumb and Imagery Intelligence, LLC as the Official Photography/Imagery Partner. 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 more information, visit http://www.KaleidoscopeofHomes.org or call (817) 284-3566.

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