Ideas behind every door at the Fall Festival of Homes

Houses of all styles, sizes and shapes will be available to tour during the Fall Festival of Homes taking place across Spokane County starting Sept. 27.

"Whether you're looking to buy a home, just check out a new area or looking for design ideas, this is great," says Kathy Gustafson, marketing and communications director for the Spokane Home Builders Association, organizer of the annual event.

The majority of the 28 homes included in the festival are for sale, with many professionally staged. There are six hosted sites, where guests are encouraged to start their tours. Each host neighborhood has at least two homes for sale within it.

"Our goal is to promote new home construction," Gustafson says, "and to give people the opportunity to see what they want. It's a one-stop shop if you're looking at construction."

Homes of all styles, from traditional craftsmen to contemporary, will be shown, along with many homes that feature "green" building techniques for energy efficiency.

SHBA is also bringing in industry professionals from all over the state and North Idaho to judge the houses in different categories, such as Best Kitchen. Guests can also vote in the SHBA Fall Festival of Homes app, which can be downloaded for free and features turn-by-turn directions to some of the subdivisions that may not be on standard maps yet. You can also take virtual tours of the homes via the app.

"We're just giving the community the opportunity to see homes in all price ranges," Gustafson says. "We have something for everyone."

Host sites include Eagle Ridge (South), Deer Park Meadows (North), River District Liberty Lake (Liberty Lake), ElkRidge Heights (South Valley) and Morningside Heights (Central Valley). The Spokane Home Builders Association Fall Festival of Homes runs Sept. 27-29, and Oct. 4-6, from 10am-5pm and is free. Check out for details.