November 19, 2008 ROSWELL – Recently Roswell Women's Club held a working luncheon at the 2009 Showcase Home as a "meeting of the minds" to introduce key players in the annual event which has become the club's biggest fundraiser supporting local charities.This year's Showcase Home, a farmhouse aptly named "The Homestead," will be in Milton and is the private residence of Mayor Joe and Dawn Lockwood.
Capstone Building Group was hired by the Lockwoods to custom build their home, designed by Bryan and Contreas, before the club approached the Lockwoods and Capstone about the Showcase Home idea."The farmhouse theme is totally different than any showcase house we have done before. There are horses and a 100-year-old caretaker's cottage. It's an incredible property," said Jennifer Perrotta, tour chairwoman. "Each year is different, but this year has been absolutely incredible working with the Lockwoods and Capstone. They have been working with us to give exactly what we need to help make this a success. They have come through for us."
This year there are 35 designers for the farmhouse, many of whom are new. Although they are free to decorate as they want to show off their talents, the difference this year is the decorators are working with the homeowners' taste, which revolve around the old, simple farmhouse style.The custom built home reflects this simplicity.The main house has two floors plus a terrace level with a seven car garage, pool and tennis court.
The Caretaker's Cottage, the current residence of the Lockwood family, still has many features from the original home 100 years ago. The barn and stable are home to several horses, a bull and a donkey.
With 150 volunteers, Roswell Women's Club Showcase Home raised over $200,000 benefiting North Fulton charities, of which half is donated to educational scholarships and grants. The Showcase Home Tour is scheduled for March 8-29.