It's a home tour de force.
For seven years, the East Sacramento Home Remodeling Tour had September to itself. This month, it will go head-to-head with a similar community event the Land Park Home Tour.
Launched in 2000, the Land Park tour had been held in June, when it faced competition from several other local home and garden events. Hot weather often was an issue, too.
After a hiatus last year, organizers of the Land Park tour decided to move their date to the third Sunday in September the same day as the nearby East Sac tour.
Now working closely with the Land Park Community Association, the Land Park tour will feature seven renovated landmark homes that represent the many architectural styles of the neighborhood.
Among the houses are a Spanish-style home with a wonderful great room and new master suite, a Cape Cod home with beamed ceilings and a bright remodeled kitchen, a shingled cottage with a colorful Mexican-inspired guest "casita" and a Tudor-style home with a new second story featuring a floor made from recycled railroad ties.
The tour's highlight is a home that's not a house: Sacramento Fire Station No. 5. The firefighters who work and live part-time at the station will offer guests a peek inside their Broadway facility, which was rebuilt in 2005.
Proceeds from this tour benefit visual and performing arts in local schools as well as neighborhood beautification projects.
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