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30th Annual Hill Country Home Tour

Thank you to everyone who made this year's home tour a huge success!

20-acres on the Blanco River
"The Treehouse"

This year, the Wimberley Civic Club has chosen the theme "Home, Sweet Home" for meetings and fundraisers. When planning for Home Tour 2017, Committee members decided to focus on homes that were affected by the 2015 Memorial Day Floods. Like the community, these homes emerged from the tragic event stronger and better than before.

The Treehouse, one of the five homes featured in this year's tour was spared from floodwaters inside the home although the river rose to alarming levels just at the outdoor steps. All is back to normal, with those same steps leading to eight-foot deep swimming holes that remain even during drought periods.

The home was completed in 2001 after two years of design and planning. It is an impressive home in an even more impressive setting that exemplifies the unique landscape of the Texas Hill Country. Mary Lou and David Welp worked with O'Neill Conrad Oppelt Architects to build their dream home on 20 acres that include over 400 feet of Blanco River frontage, abundant ancient oaks, and magnificent views of the surrounding valleys.

The result is a two-story, approximately 6,500 square-foot home, with a third floor sanctuary loft and balcony all easily accessible by elevator. The exterior of the home is constructed of steel and stone from a quarry in Lometa, Texas, chosen for colors that would blend into the landscape. The same stone was used inside the house for a dramatic great room wall, circular staircase and two fireplaces. The fireplaces, located in the great room and the kitchen, are "Rumford" fireplaces, whose distinctive design dates to the 1700s. They are tall and shallow to reflect more heat.

Architect and owners carefully selected building materials including Tennessee flagstone for the downstairs floors and the distinctive - and nearly extinct - longleaf pine used for the walls in the great room, office, entryway, second and third level floors and much of the cabinetry and trim. Welp noted that longleaf pine has long been known for its quality and beauty and was abundant and widely used for ships, railroads and buildings in the late 1800s. It was over-harvested and by the 1920s, it was extremely scarce. Much of the stock used in The Treehouse was reclaimed and remilled from the demolition of an old schoolhouse in nearby Gonzales.

The entry opens onto a stunning living area with soaring ceilings accented with walnut beams, custom-made light fixtures and huge windows to highlight the views. The focal point of the room is the massive wall of stone and stone fireplace, with a full bar tucked behind. Two guest bedrooms are separated from the living areas by a glass hallway for quiet and privacy. Adjacent to the living area is the study, which features a carefully crafted Murphy bed for extra guest sleeping. A theater-style media room with overhead projector and a bunkroom for grandchildren round out the first floor.

The kitchen is truly a gathering place that includes one of the two Rumford fireplaces, a spacious sitting room, and all the amenities of a gourmet kitchen. The dining room has seen many large family dinners and has the added and practical bonus, of a walk-in china closet.

There is much more to see at this home, and you can enjoy it, along with four other beautiful and distinctive homes, at the 2017 Home Tour to be held on November 10 and 11. Tickets go on sale on October 25 at the Wimberley Visitors' Center. You can also register and purchase tickets at www.wimberleyccc.org; all valid debit and credit cards are accepted. Tickets will also be available on the days of the tour at each of the featured properties.

The Wimberley Community Civic Club is one of the oldest charitable service organizations in the Wimberley area. Our fund-raisers attract visitors from all over Texas, many of whom return year after year. Net proceeds from our fund-raising activities are returned to the community through donations to non-profit organizations and scholarships to college-bound seniors. Wimberley Community Civic Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose main purpose is to nurture community spirit through service and financial support.

2018 Spring Event

Thank you for attending and supporting Spring Events and the Wine Walk!