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Mason County Republican Women Tour of Homes – Part II
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 • Posted April 14, 2010

Mark Saturday, April 17th on your calendars as the day for MCRW’s Tour of Homes. The homes will be open for viewing from 10 o’clock to 5 o’clock, and the $10 tickets will be available at any Tour home on that day. Advance tickets can be purchased at Market Square.

Last week’s article covered the houses in town, and this week’s will discuss homes in the country. Get ready to see some glorious wildflowers.

At the sign "Johnson Family Farm, Est. 1918" on Highway 29 East, turn in, drive straight and then bear left for parking to tour the home of Gary and Terry Johnson. Their home is directly behind the newer Austin stone home.

This remodeled home was built around 1904 and bought by Gary’s grandfather, John Julius Johnson, a few years later. A.J., Gary’s father, was born there. About three years ago when Gary and his family decided to move back to Mason, they made the decision to enlarge, renovate, and remodel the family home.

Many original features of the house were kept and enhanced in the remodeling. The beautiful front door, along with most of the interior doors, is original, as well as the beaded ceiling in the master bedroom. This room was expanded by incorporating two smaller bedrooms.

In the original dining room the floor is Bird’s Eye maple from an old skating rink. The former smokehouse now houses the Johnson’s laundry room.

From the dining room’s French doors an old cistern is visible along with the large pecan orchard which Gary’s Grandfather planted when he first moved to this location. Also the grounds usually have longhorns and exotic animals roaming around.

A thoroughly modern kitchen and beautiful furnishings complete the tasteful renovation of this historic treasure.

A short distance down the road finds another renovation at 2128 Highway 29 East. Raymond and Carolyn Biggs, coming from Wimberley where he was a builder, have completely redone this home built in 1984.

Many interior walls and ceilings were changed. Raymond can even tell you how many pieces of New Mexico aspen have been used in the remodel. Carolyn can too, as she sanded each piece, twice!

To accent the aspen, the rooms have been trimmed with cedar. This natural look shows off the numerous mounts that Raymond has in the den, and the entire home is graced with the exquisite quilts that Carolyn has made and uses in her home.

From the moment one steps through the glass Texas Star front door the amazing talents of the Biggs couple are evident.

Another couple who created their own surroundings is Jerry and Mary McVey who reside at 8796 Fly Gap Road. The McVeys designed their home combining features they liked gathered from various places. This allows the home design to be named McVey’s Texas Hill Country architecture.

The home, built on a hill, faces east where awesome sunrises can be viewed. Pontotoc and Highway 71 can also be seen in the distance. A wide patio with an outdoor kitchen and seventeen 9 foot windows are on the scenic east side.

Hill Country Austin stone is utilized both outside and in. The fireplace and an area behind the desk in the great room are made from stacked Austin stone. Floors are hand scraped walnut and tile, and granite covers the expansive countertops. The use of natural materials definitely is a hallmark of McVey design.

The purpose of this Tour of Homes is to raise funds for a scholarship for a Mason County graduate. MCRW wishes to thank each homeowner for his or her part in this endeavor.

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