EDMOND - Eleven children who have had their wishes granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma are working to raise funds so other seriously ill children can have their wishes come true. The children helped designers and home builders in the Dream Home Tour at EdgeWater, near SE 15 and Air Depot Boulevard in Edmond. The Dream Home Tour begins today and runs through July 2. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Nine new homes are on the tour, each featuring at least one "Wish Room" inspired by the wish experiences of the 11 Make-A-Wish recipients. Parking is at Henderson Hills Baptist Church at SE 15 and Interstate 35. Shuttles will run continuously to EdgeWater. Tickets are $15 per person and are available only at the gate. A $30 super pass, which allows unlimited access, may be purchased. All proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma. The Dream Home Tour, sponsored by Audio Dimensions, offers visitors a chance to see nine homes in a single-site showcase, said Caleb McCaleb, tour chairman. "The homes are fully furnished and merchandised," McCaleb said. "Previously I've done the Street of Dreams tour. These homes are quite a bit grander. The show homes are priced between $1.6 million and $2.5 million. Every house features outdoor living spaces and full swimming pools." The homes are set on estate lots ranging in size from 2 to 3 acres, he said. Several of the homes feature giant waterfalls, preserve areas and manmade springs and creeks. "We're surrounded on three sides by Arcadia Lake and are in a lake preservation district," McCaleb said. "We've worked on this project for two years." He said he expects more than 20,000 people to tour the homes during this event. Cherry Murray, director of special events for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma, said the 11 children who participated worked with the home builders and designers to help create rooms representative of their wish experiences. "We tried to find some representation of all of the wishes we grant," Murray said. "Our wishes fall into one of four categories: 'I wish to go (to a destination)'; 'I wish to meet (an athlete or star)'; 'I wish to have (an item like a computer or large- screen TV)' and 'I wish to be (a profession such as police officer, firefighter, ballerina).' "In one home, there is a room remembering a trip to Disney World. In another, a Disney cruise. We have one child whose wish was to have his truck redone like on one of the cable TV shows. They really went all-out on his truck. He's won some awards at car shows." The teenager's Wish Room is a "Monster Garage." Among the other wishes granted were attendance at the prime-time Emmys and a trip to the NFL Pro Bowl in Hawaii. Another child wanted a backyard tree house and one wanted to meet Michael Jordan, Murray said. One young cowboy wanted a custom-made saddle to use when he participated in rodeos. "The designers met the children and spent some time talking with them about their Wish experiences -- where they went, what they did. The builders took some of those ideas and incorporated those into the Wish Rooms," Murray said. "The builders are so excited to have the kids see their rooms." Since the young consultants already have had their dream wishes granted, proceeds from the tour will go to grant future wishes. "The average cost of a wish is $6,000," Murray said. "Last year we granted 128 wishes. We are looking to grant about that many this year." Builder Tim Clayburn will have several "Wish Rooms" in the home he is building, called Bella Villa. He is working with Jan Green Designs to create a Hawaiian-theme girl's room. "The carpet and bedspread will feature palm trees," he said. The adjoining bathroom features a console vanity on a custom-made wrought-iron base. A matching linen cabinet has a full-length mirror. Special details in the home are half-rounded moldings and doors that were made especially to the girl's specifications. A hobby room across the hall was outfitted with plenty of cabinets and counter space for crafts and creative pursuits. Hand-painted inspirational messages were added to the walls. In the family room, reclaimed wood from barns panel the ceiling and bookcase doors. A beam used for the fireplace mantel was reclaimed from an underground railroad in Chicago. Builder Roger Fite, who specializes in custom homes, has two Wish Rooms in his home, called Stonehaven. "I think Make-A-Wish is great. You realize dreams for so many kids who have been through so much," Fite said. "I would have liked to have been involved with granting wishes, but we've been in such a scramble." The owners of the custom home asked Fite to do two of the children's bedrooms for the home tour. He said the boy's room has a sports theme. Hot pink, lime green and leopard print fill the wish room in builder Sheryl Willingham's home, Chateau Summerhaven. "My girl was a 7-year-old with heart disease. These were the colors she requested," Willingham said. "The bed is designed so you can look out at the stars at night." An octagonal vaulted ceiling rises above the bed with high windows for night viewing. The interior of the ceiling is painted hot pink. Lime green silk taffeta drapes with polka dots and sheer pink ruffles are trimmed with eyelash fringe. What looks at first glance like a mirror mounted on a wall is actually a fireplace with an aromatherapy keystone, Willingham said. "The whole house has changed in the last year," Willingham said. "The turrets on the front are from Cinderella's castle. The balcony in the master bedroom opens out in one of the turrets." A group of 12 American Society of Interior Designers designers have worked together with ASID member Sharon Russell serving as coordinator to finish the interior of a 7,200-square foot English country home by builder Billy Franks called Millstone. The ASID home has five bedrooms, including a detached guest cottage; three fireplaces, including one outside; a swimming pool with pool bath and an outdoor kitchen. The designer team selected granite countertops and hand-scraped walnut floors in addition to stone. Gold and green colors were used as a basis with other colors spinning off from those, Russell said. "The home has a wonderful flow, both visually and in design," Russell said. Designers Christine Reyes and Paige Carr-Smiley with Bella Vici design firm worked with a 17-year-old boy whose Make-A-Wish dream was to meet basketball star Michael Jordan. A photo of the athlete is prominently displayed in the room, along with other sports-themed items. Also included in the home is an upstairs bedroom and Jack-and-Jill bathroom that are being designed by the Oklahoma Christian University ASID Student Chapter. Other builders participating in the Dream Home Tour are Chris Moock with Arcadia Manor; Tommy Huelskamp with Ashwood Manor; Wayne Griffiths with Maison des Bois; Caleb McCaleb with Newport Harbor and Justice Homes and Hancock Building and Design with Turin Villa. EdgeWater, an 88-acre gated neighborhood, is a McCaleb/VanHoose project. Homes in the addition start at $1 million. Special Correspondent Beverly Bryant can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.
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