This month, Arkansas will host its first-ever Southern Living Custom Builder Program Showcase Home, and AY is proud to be a media sponsor for this project and its unveiling. Each month this year we’ve brought you information and updates on the progress of this nearly 4,000-square-foot home.
Photography by Kaye Chambers
[dropcap]Each[/dropcap] year, a number of Southern Living Custom Builder Program Members bring one of the company’s hugely popular house plans to life. Arkansas’ first-ever Southern Living Custom Builder Program Showcase Home is due to open later this month. Perched atop a hill in Roland’s Waterview Estates, the home features products from some of the country’s most well-known brands. It also exhibits the talents of a number of building professionals, under the direction of two Southern Living Custom Builders: Carl Gray Henson, owner of Carl Gray Henson Construction, and Bret Franks, owner of Bret Franks Construction Inc.
The home sits on nearly an acre of land in the River Valley section of Waterview Estates and has views of the Arkansas River, the River Valley and the Ozark Mountains … a perfect setting for a showcase home.
This month, we’re highlighting the charitable aspect of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program Showcase Home. Each of the 22 days the home is open, a portion of the ticket sales will be donated to local, nonprofit organizations as well as Operation FINALLY HOME, the official charity of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program.
Operation FINALLY HOME is a national, nonpartisan organization that provides custom-built, mortgage-free homes to our country’s military heroes and the widows of those who’ve fallen while defending America, its freedoms and values.
Henson and Franks are delighted to benefit a number of local charities through the Southern Living Custom Builder Program Showcase Home. Henson said, “We’ve built homes for 30 years, and it’s good to do a project that really contributes to the community in a meaningful way. Each of these groups has a vital role in serving others. It takes everyone doing their part to make Little Rock and central Arkansas such a great place to live, work and play. We’re happy to assist them in their efforts.”
Mary Lewis, owner of Mary Lewis Events, has worked with Waterview Builder Group to promote the Waterview Neighborhood as well as the Southern Living Custom Builder Program Showcase Home. She has coordinated its social media, public relations and community events, including those taking place over the next three weeks. She, Henson and Franks selected the organizations that will benefit.
“As a former development director for a number of local organizations, I’m familiar with many nonprofits that do such important work. These nonprofits will benefit greatly from our events, by receiving a portion of the tickets proceeds, without having to use their staff and resources to receive those dollars. I’m honored to assist in this effort,” Lewis said.
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild is the presenting charitable partner, and its members will staff and host the home as well as the onsite gift shop and tearoom. Lunch will be available — on a first come, first served basis — each day the home is open and will be served in the tearoom.
Vendor, contractor and material information will be displayed in the upper level bonus room, and items featured in the home will be available for purchase after the home closes for tour.
As of press date, the following nonprofit day partners will receive a portion of the proceeds from the Southern Living Custom Builder Program Showcase Home tours. Organizers hope to partner with additional organizations.
- Arkansas Food Bank
- Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame
- Accelerate Arkansas
- March of Dimes
- Opera in the Rock
- Our House
- The 20th Century Club
Tour the Southern Living Custom Builder Program Showcase Home perched atop a hill in Roland’s Waterview neighborhood. This home features products from some of the country’s most well-known brands, as well as exhibiting the talents of a number of building craftsmen, under the direction of Southern Living Custom Builders Carl Henson and Bret Franks.
- Located at 21204 Valley View Cove, Roland, AR 72135
- Open Friday, April 24, 2015 until Saturday, May 17, 2015 (CLOSED Mondays)
- Tuesday through Saturday the home will be open from 10:00am until 4:00pm.
- Sunday afternoons the home will be open 1:00pm until 4:00pm
- Tickets are $20 per person purchased at www.WaterviewLittleRock.com/tickets
The Southern Living Custom Builder Program Showcase Home is available for purchase. Interested parties may contact Coldwell Banker RPM at (501) 916-8394 for information.