Time is nearing for the westward trek to the three out of town houses included in the 2014 Mason County Republican Women Tour of Homes. Tickets for this 28th annual Tour are on sale at Market Square, and will also be available at each home on the Tour on Saturday, April 12th from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.
All three of these homes are off Highway 29 West. About nine miles from the Courthouse on a limestone pillar are the numbers 7765 indicating the entrance to the home of James and Elizabeth Evans.
When the Evans bought this relatively new home in 2009, they set about to make it their own by adding features to best suit their lifestyle. A wall was removed between the dining and living areas, and windows were added on the south side of the house for better light.
At the back of the house, a large covered patio features a three sided outdoor living area on one end and a well-equipped outdoor kitchen on the other. A pool off the patio completes this relaxing outdoor family area.
Our hostess is none other than “Aunt Elizabeth” of quilt making fame. Enhancing the décor throughout the home on walls, beds, cabinets, and as table covers, are works of her craft. Her husband built her a whole apartment off the pool area which houses her working and storage areas for making her creations.
They, as well as each of the other couples on this part of the Tour, are grandparents and each has provided opportunities for wonderful memories for their grandchildren. This is evident with the family patio and pool area at the Evans’.
This evidence can be seen at the entrance to the ranch of Will and Jan McCann at 454 Lucky’s Lane as well when three pigs are seen at the gate. The grandchildren decorate these pigs when they come and they are also occupied with paddleboats on the ponds close to the house.
The McCanns have dubbed their ranch “Dos Lagos”. Their residence has spacious porches around much of the house. The great room extends to a large kitchen and dining area, and in the great room a fireplace hearth is shared on one side with the master bedroom. Note the barn doors going into the master suite as they were a downtown Mason find.
A spiral staircase leads to Jan’s “she cave” which has her office in it. Off the great room is Will’s “man cave” with a pleasant view of the terraces that lead to the barn.
A guesthouse on a little hill will also be included in our Tour. Reserved for family and friends, it is elegantly rustic providing just the right environment for relaxing.
As we head on our quest to the west, we will visit the home of John and Karen Olson at 9800 Roble Road off Ranch Road 1222. The Olson’s moved into their country home in 2010 when they left the Lake Conroe area.
Using plans that John designed, the Olson’s doubled the size of the original home which had been built around 2004. The design is remarkable in its efficient use of space. They, as grandparents, created areas which are earmarked for the grandchildren.
Outdoors is a large patio that lends itself to grand family gatherings. Planning for the future, the Olson’s have newly planted fruit trees.
From the deep red rocking chairs which greet the visitor on the front porch to the paintings and fabric throughout the home, Karen’s use of colors enhances the friendliness of this home.
John’s study and the sitting room in the master suite have windows that offer views reminiscent of a famous Hill Country painter. Those scenes reflect part of the heritage of this land into which the Olson’s have decided to plant their roots.
Please note that the Tour is on the second Saturday of April since Easter is on the third weekend this year. MCRW wants to thank each gracious homeowner for helping make this scholarship fundraiser Tour of Homes possible. Hope to see you there.