Idea House Open House Tours

Information about visiting Southern Living's 2009 Idea Houses.

No summer would be complete without visiting our Idea Houses, and this year, we’ve built two knockouts―one on Mustang Island, Texas, and the other in Dahlonega, Georgia.

If you’re heading to the Gulf Coast, Tarpon Run is a must-see. But get ready―it’s not your conventional beach house. Designed to accommodate two to three couples and their kids, this place raises the bar on waterfront living. You’ll flip when you see the sleeping loft, outdoor fireplaces, and master bath that’s behind glass.

Hemlock Springs in North Georgia offers splendid views and inspiring interiors. This home is both casual and polished, with an emphasis on well-coordinated finishes and fabrics. Between its dream kitchen, family studio, and upstairs retreat, you’ll be hard-pressed to name your favorite room.

Pick up a copy of our August issue, with the annual “Idea House” special section, to see our editors’ favorite ideas.

Hemlock Springs #1590
Georgia Idea House, Dahlonega
Development: Achasta
Developer: Reynolds Signature Communities
Residential design: Stephen Fuller, Inc.
Builder: Linger Longer Homes, LLC
Interiors: Mallory Mathison, Inc.
Landscape design: Mickey Thomas & Sons, Inc.
• 3,757 square feet
• 3 bedrooms, 31⁄2 baths
• Ceiling heights: 10 feet ground floor, 10 feet first floor, 9 feet second floor
• Basement foundation
The Idea House will be open Saturday, June 6, to Sunday, October 18. Hours are
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 (a portion of the proceeds will benefit the United Way of Lumpkin County, a division of the United Way of Hall County).

Directions: From Atlanta, take State 400 North. Continue on State 400 North/U.S. 19 North. Turn left at South Chestatee/State 249/State 60/U.S. 19. Go approximately 2.5 miles, and turn right into the main entrance of Achasta. Follow the signs to the Southern Living Idea House. (Distance from Atlanta is about 50 miles.)

Tarpon Run #1589
Texas Idea House, Mustang Island
Development: Cinnamon Shore
Developers: Sea Oats Group, Inc. McAden Cumby Builders & Development, Inc.
Architecture: Dungan Nequette Architects, Inc.
Builder: Keystone Company
Interiors: Tracery Interiors
Landscape design: Taylor Landscape Company
• 3,334 square feet
• 5 or 6 bedrooms, 51⁄2 baths
• Optional guest suite above garage: 304 square feet (1 bedroom, 1 bath)
• Ceiling heights: 9 feet first floor, 10 feet second floor, 9 feet third floor
• Crawlspace foundation
The Idea House will be open Saturday, June 6, to Sunday, September 27. Hours
are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday,
1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 (a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Port
Aransas Education Foundation).

Directions: From Corpus Christi, take State 358 East for 16 miles. Merge onto Padre Island Drive/State P22 East, and continue for 6 miles. Turn left onto State 361. Follow State 361 for 14 miles. Cinnamon Shore will be on your right at 5009 State 361. Once inside the development, follow the signs to the Southern Living Idea House.