2012 St. Jude Dream Home

See the 2012 St. Jude Dream Home, located in southeast Springfield’s Olde Ivy development, and learn how you can take a chance to win it.

In July 2009, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital contacted custom homebuilder Jeff Fahrlander of Fahrlander Custom Homes, Inc. (610A E. Battlefield #132, Springfield, 417-880-9414, fahrlanderhomes.com) to ask if he’d like to build the 2010 St. Jude Dream Home. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is located in Memphis, Tennessee, and treats children who have cancer and catastrophic diseases for no charge. “They took me to Memphis and had me tour the hospital,” Fahrlander says. “Within 15 minutes of the tour, I knew I was in.” As a father of two himself, he says donating his time and building the home is his way to give back. ”I see those little kids and what they go through,” Fahrlander says. “It’s an easy decision.”

Fahrlander built the St. Jude Dream Home in 2010 and 2011, and he just wrapped up 2012’s house: a 2,800-square-foot, four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom home in southeast Springfield’s Olde Ivy development. “This home was built geared to retiring baby boomers,” Fahrlander says. It’s all one level, and in addition to the bedrooms and bathrooms, it features a breakfast nook, a formal dining room, an office and a mudroom. A majority of the floors are hickory wood, and there’s also tile and carpet. The walls all feature a light hand-textured finish, and the entire home features custom cabinetry and granite. And the exterior is equally pleasing with brick, stone, a retaining wall and copper finials. It’s foam-insulated, Energy Star-rated and comes with a security system. “A lot of the features are pretty standard in all my custom builds,” Fahrlander says.

With well-crafted details from the inside out, the house would truly be a dream to live in, especially if it was won at the $100 ticket price. And you’re not only taking a chance to win the house; 100 percent of the ticket proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and a lot of that money helps kids from 417-land.

A triple archway leads to the dining room, which features custom wainscoting and a venetian plaster faux-finished wall by Sara Huffman of Works of Art. Located near the kitchen, the room provides the future homeowner space to eat in a formal or non-formal setting.

The home’s open floor plan allows for the living room, kitchen and breakfast nook to be connected. The living room features hickory floors, and it’s fully equipped with a flat-screen television and surround sound. Hometown Furniture provided all the furniture and accessories in the room, as well as the entire home, for the tours. And although the furniture doesn’t come with the home, anyone who tours the house can take a chance at winning a $10,000 shopping spree to the store. The breakfast nook also features a built-in butler’s pantry.

The kitchen is home to knotty alder custom-built cabinetry with slow-close drawers by Fritz Design and Concepts, who also did the cabinetry in the bathrooms. And the kitchen also features a full line of Bosch appliances from Metro Appliances & More. The room is well-equipped for both entertaining and cooking, as it also boasts granite countertops, a touch faucet and a pot filler.


The oversized master bedroom features triple-crowned ceilings. The windows and a door that leads outside are covered in blinds from Blinds Etc., who donated all the blinds for the home. The master bathroom features a jetted marble tub with marble from Taylor Marble plus a walk-in shower with his and her showerheads and a rain shower. The custom-designed
walk-in closet features a built-in wood dresser and all wood shelving.

The home features three more bedrooms in addition to the master, and the two smaller spaces are connected by a Jack-and-Jill bathroom. All three have walk-in closets. This room, the largest among the three, is currently staged with a Broyhill Furniture bedroom set and Ashley Furniture bedding, both of which are among the most popular sellers at Hometown Furniture.

Tour it, Win it, Love it
TOUR IT: Tours are free on Saturdays, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sundays, noon–5 p.m. through June 17. Anyone who tours can get a chance to win a $10,000 shopping spree to Hometown Furniture.
TICKETS: Tickets to win the home are $100 at dreamhome.org, at 800-870-2980 or at the home during open house weekends. The maximum tickets for sale is 6,000. In addition to the home (valued at $350,000), other prizes, valued at $500 or more, are available
GIVEAWAY: June 24, 4–6 p.m., broadcasted live on KSPR

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Sponsor List:


Fahrlander Custom Homes
610A E. Battlefield #132, Springfield
417-880-9414, fahrlanderhomes.com

Lot Donation:

Olde Ivy Development
1329 E. Republic Rd., Suite J, Springfield
417-887-4181, oldeivy.com


Fritz Design and Concepts
620 N. Prince Ln., Springfield
417-869-6499, fritzdc.com


Conco Quarries
431 S. Jefferson, Suite 250, Springfield
417-299-4998, concocompanies.com

Lumber & Windows:

Herrman Lumber Company
1917 S. State Hwy. MM, Springfield
417-862-3737, herrmanlumber.com

Heating and Cooling:

Symbiont Services
118 Wooddale Rd., Highlandville
417-443-1550, symbiontservices.com


Trimworks Lawncare & Irrigation
3328 E. Linwood St., Springfield
417-840-0282, trimworkslawncare.com

Furniture Giveaway:

Hometown Furniture
201 Helena, Rogersville
417-753-7672, hometownfurnitureco.com

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