Rangeley home and garden tour Aug. 5

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RANGELEY – The Rangeley Friends of the Arts presents The 2008 Home and Garden Tour on Tuesday, Aug. 5.  Three very different properties will be on the tour this year.  A reception and silent auction will follow at the Country Club Inn at 4:15 p.m.

The Dunlap Home: Apple Sauce Hill, the home of Joan Dunlap, is located on a hillside overlooking the south shore of Rangeley Lake.  The owner designed her home in cooperation with builder, Randy Goodwin.  The passion driving the design was to maximize the utilization of alternative energy sources.  From the hill above the house you will note the 27 solar panels that generate the home’s supply of electricity.  Heat is obtained both from oil based radiant heat in the flooring as well as a ten foot Russian wood burning fireplace.  This unique design creates a thermal mass which radiates heat vertically and laterally in addition to providing hot water to the home.    A second brick mass provides wood heat to the kitchen.  

Home of Harrison and Haley Murphy: The home of Harrison and Haley Murphy is perched on the top of the Rangeley Overlook where it provides a panoramic view of Rangeley Lake from every window opening a vista to the west. Designed by Ellen Albrecht and constructed by Jim Williams this three story home creates a haven of rustic elegance for its Virginian owners.  As you approach the grounds you will immediately note the stonework benches and landscaping created from the blue granite dug to make way for the foundation. Pulling your eyes away from the majestic view of Rangeley Lake you will be greeted by an entrance featuring whole tree cedar columns cut from Black Nubble and mahogany paneled garage doors.

The Richards Condo: Condominium living is a growing trend in the Rangeley Lakes region.  Leaving maintenance and snow removal responsibilities behind, owners free themselves to enjoy the many sports and activities available to them in our wilderness mountain setting.  This year the Home Show is featuring a newly constructed unit at Saddleback ski area.  

A mountain side condo affords its owners, Mary and Bill Richards, unobstructed views of Saddleback Lake and the surrounding mountains while it retains proximity to the forest. Fulfilling a dream to live next to the ski area where Bill once instructed, the Richards are now able to walk to the slopes with their children and grandchildren. After a day playing in the snow they return to an elegant home to enjoy an evening of reading around the fireplace.  

The tickets for the RFA Home & Garden Tour may be purchased at the Rangeley Region Chamber of Commerce.  The tour will be held 1-4 PM with a reception and silent auction following at the Country Club Inn.  There are a great variety of items available at the silent auction including two season passes for the Cross Country Ski Center and one season pass for the Saddleback Maine Ski area.  The silent auction begins at 4:15 and is open to everyone not just those attending the Home Tour.

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