It’s that time of year again. The doors will open, each stair will be polished, and all hedges will be trimmed to make way for all of Lexington to view a variety of the best newly-built homes in Fayette County. The Tour is an opportunity for Lexington homeowners and prospective homeowners to see the year’s trends and latest technology in action.GTOH_HJ

This year the Grand Tour of Homes features 30 new homes peppered throughout neighborhoods in Fayette, Scott and Woodford counties. The self-guided tour will provide guests with a sampling of the most up-to-date home features in windows, insulation, heating, cooling and lighting, all boasting the latest in energy-efficiency standards.

These homes showcase the innovation of the Certified Professional Builders who make up the Home Builders Association of Lexington. The builders represented in this year’s tour include Andover Construction, Ball Homes, James Monroe Homes, Commonwealth Designs, Byer Builders, Briggs Homes, Jimmy Nash Homes, Anderson Communities and Justice Builders.

Lisa Ball told us during last year’s tour, “This is a wonderful opportunity to get a comprehensive look at what is available in new homes in our area. I’ve lived here all my life, and take great pride in being part of such a wonderful community. It is a great opportunity to work together with others who share a desire to create and support great places to live, and to give back to the community. The Tour offers a great chance to meet people who are interested in new home ideas, but who might not otherwise make it out to an open house. It is a wonderful opportunity to show what is new in design, energy efficiency, and comfort and convenience features. Many people don’t realize how much new homes evolve in even a few years in terms of energy savings, livability, and style.”

The 2015 Home of Excellence this year showcases ‘The Amelia’ by Jimmy Nash Homes located in Patchen Wilkes.


Looking to view a certain aesthetic or amenity during your tour?

1851 Battery Street is an award winning 2-story plan by Byer Builders, and features a full walkout basement.

The home at 527 Laketower Drive features a private boat dock and walking trail.

124 Sutton Way and 2329 Patchen Wilkes both have nine foot ceilings in their foyers.

6001 Crabapple Road has a mudroom and separate utility room off the garage and has a huge bonus room that could easily be converted into a fourth bedroom because it has its own full bathroom.

1792 Goodpaster Way has upgraded Bosch appliances in the kitchen, and marble flooring and custom tiled shower in the master bath.

3260 Polo Club Boulevard features a two-story entry with a loft area on the second level and rounded drywall corners.

100 Somersly place has a sun room, covered patio, a two car garage with carriage style doors and a two story family room with grand fireplace.

For vintage charm see 1925 General Warfield Way, the Home of Excellence. It has crystal doorknobs throughout, a bench-seat in the breakfast room, ceiling to floor trim around the mirrored master closets, and solid gray hardwood floors.

3832 Cayman Way includes a floor master and a first floor guest suite. Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms each with their own full bathroom. The vaulted kitchen is open to the hearth room and stunning views of the mature tree lined can be enjoyed from the great-room or covered deck. Additional features include Anderson windows, geothermal heating and cooling, 3 car garage, and Trex deck/screened in porch.


For those interested in touring, the homes will be open and available for viewing on weekends July 17-19, and 24-26. Fridays 5pm-9pm, Saturdays 11am-6pm, and Sunday 12-6pm. There will also be representatives at each of the homes to answer various questions and explain their projects more in depth for those that are curious. Admission is free.