Home tour offers exploration of diverse design styles

Gold Country Elegance excursion raises funds for Auburn Symphony
By: BY Janis Dice, Special to Home & Garden
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The best way to gather fresh ideas for home design and décor is to experience successful fusions of architectural accents, materials and finishes that evoke emotive responses. The Gold Country Elegance Home Tour, on Saturday, Sept. 24, gives the public an opportunity to do just that. Exploring classic architecture, while raising funds to assist a classical orchestra, is becoming a Gold Country tradition. A fundraiser to benefit the Auburn Symphony, the tour comprises five private homes designed and built by award-winning Gray Construction in the woodsy Winchester neighborhood of Meadow Vista. The self-guided self-paced excursion explores residences inspired by Arts and Crafts, American West, Asian and European architecture. “Each home has unique aspects influenced by the site, the views and the owners’ particular wants and needs,” explained Doug Gray, company president. “But one thing they all have in common is a high level of refinement.” Earl and Barbara Koberlein’s residence exemplifies that subtle finesse. Situated among natural outcrops, and sporting its own rock and wood components, the structure seems an animate part of the setting. Reflecting Old World motifs and traditional European building techniques, its interior holds decorous spaces with lofty wood-accented ceilings anchored by classic stone and timber elements. But visual connections to the outdoor fun zone soften its sophisticated formality, welcoming guests to enjoy the pool and al fresco dining area against a panoramic backdrop. “The residence was designed in an overall master plan,” Gray said, “that included how the home would relate to the views, vanishing-edge swimming pool, spa and open-air kitchen.” Tour guests will have a chance to discuss the master plans of each home at a free Meet the Builder reception on Thursday, Sept. 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ceronix Business Campus, 13350 New Airport Road in North Auburn. In addition to light refreshments and wine tasting, tour ticket holders will meet Gray’s design and construction team and preview the homes they will be touring. The day of the tour, members of Gray’s team will be at each residence to answer questions and direct guests to the homes’ most notable characteristics. Within the five homes guests will see a dual cooking center for a two-chef family; dynamic art niches that display a pair of powerful bronze statues; custom built stained glass entry doors; and designs grounded in ancient Feng Shui aesthetics. This is the second time private residences built by Gray Construction have been the focal points of the Auburn Symphony League’s fundraising home tour, said Eileen Ferber, co-chair of the event. “We’re so pleased that Doug and his team, as well as these gracious homeowners, are helping us support the efforts of the Auburn Symphony organization. The Home Tour is the perfect way to see some exceptional foothills homes while giving a boost to our wonderful orchestra and the many community outreach programs they sponsor.” ----------- The Gold Country Elegance Home Tour When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24 Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 the day of the tour. Beverages and box lunches prepared by Tsuda Café and Bakery will be available for purchase at one tour site. Tour tickets may be purchased at the Meet the Builder Reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday,?Sept. 22 at Ceronix; by visiting; or by calling (530) 823-6683, (530) 885-1706, or (916) 663-4188. The day of the tour, beginning at 9:30 a.m., tickets and maps also may be purchased at the Foothill Christian Fellowship Church, 1100 Sugar Pine Road in Meadow Vista.