An annual Smith Mountain Lake event is an October charity home tour. I’ve never had the opportunity to go on the tour until this year. The great thing about this tour is you can travel from house to house by either car or boat. It was a beautiful day, so we traveled by boat.
The first home that we toured is owned by the Trotter family. The area over the garage is a huge grandchildren area. The homeowner is a former elementary principal, and you can tell it by the room’s organization. The homeowner also made all of her own window treatments, pretty impressive!
It’s too bad that interior photos are not allowed. This home has a beautiful kitchen with hickory cabinets that I would have loved to photograph. It also had a nice sunroom off of the kitchen that overlooks the lake. The basement included a family room/tv watching/bar area that all overlooked the lake. The homeowner’s craft room in the basement was really nice, too!
Next on our tour was the Tanner home. I loved the covered porch that you can see in this photo on the back of the house. This home is large but still felt comfortable. The basement had a kitchen and bathroom just inside the door, very handy for lake living.
We had to skip the DeLooper-Johnson home because the area around the dock was so shallow that we hit a rock. Mr. SP was NOT happy and feared that we did damage to our boat and prop. We got out of there and thankfully the boat was ok.
Next on the tour was Erler home, inspired by the Gamble House, a famous Arts and Crafts period home in CA. If you like houses, be sure to click on the link to look at the photos of this historic home.
The Fiske home was next on our tour. This home is large, 11,000 square feet large. It went on and on and had every feature that you could imagine including a 15 seat theater. Who wouldn’t want to be a guest here?
This outdoor hot tub looks quite inviting.
We had to hustle to see the last two houses. Going by boat was fun, but we had to wait at almost every house for a dock spot. I forgot to photograph the Pollock home. We liked the practical but comfortable design of this home. The basement featured a family room that overlooks the lake. The homeowner has a toy soldier collection that has its own room over the garage.
The last house was the one that I most wanted to see because it features shingles made from Poplar bark. We didn’t have much tour time here because we arrived ten minutes before the tour day ended. The time of day wasn’t the best for picture taking.
It was a fabulous day on the lake and also a great tour. I’ll definitely want to do this tour next year. It’s fun to see the interior of some of the homes that I see from the lake while we are cruising.
My next home tour will probably be a Christmas one in my mom’s town.
Do you enjoy tours? I sure do!