Sabetha Christmas Home Tour: Homes open to tour during Window Opening afternoon
During Window Opening afternoon, from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, the public is invited to tour four participating homes in the Sabetha community.
To those interested, tour tickets are available to purchase in advance for $15 at Sabetha City Hall, Brick Street and Village Sampler, or you can purchase a ticket at the door of a participating home for $20. Tickets also can be purchased through Gina Murchison by Venmo – Gina Murchison@SabethaChamber.
Sabetha homes featured are:
Doug and Shannon Garrett — 1208 Main Street
Doug and Shannon Garrett purchased and moved into their home on their first wedding anniversary in 1987. The house was built in 1899 by Henry and Daphine Faragher, and was owned before the Garretts by the Lanning family from 1919 to 1983.
After 35 years, the Garrett home has undergone multiple projects, renovations, etc., which were planned from the beginning to honor the Queen Anne architecture and history of the Sabetha landmark. Since moving in, the house has gained a full basement, a new kitchen, porch, garage, and a second-floor master bath and closet.
The Garrett family enjoys baking Christmas cookies per tradition, as well as filling the house with family, loud laughter and lots of food on Christmas Eve.
Greg and Jamie Strahm — 400 Parkview Drive
Greg and Jamie Strahm’s house was built in the early 1960s by Fred and Delores Kissinger. The house was owned by multiple couples before the Strahms, including Elgin and Dorothy Flott in 1971, Stan and Donna Keim in 1980, and Luke and Robyn Scoby in 2009. The Strahms bought their home in 2014.
The house has a mid-century style designed by architect Marvin Thomas, with tropical notes incorporated into the home’s decorations by J. Strahm. She loves color and fun prints and is drawn to unique and one-of-a-kind decor items.
J. Strahm’s favorite Christmas tradition is decorating the Christmas tree with her family. She enjoys incorporating her childhood traditions with her own family traditions and hopes to pass some traditions on to her children… A warm, inviting, loving home filled with memories of hosting loved ones in a space that is uniquely theirs.
Mike and Diane Strahm – Hidden Pearl Inn — 2576 X Road
The Hidden Pearl Inn, a tiny house, French cottage adult getaway, began as a grain storage barn many years ago. This little building was later moved from one farmstead to another and converted into a playhouse for the past 16 years. Mike and Diane Strahm have been designing tiny home options for several years with the idea of sharing their relaxing setting with great sunrises and sunsets with others.
Hidden Pearl Inn’s name came from the grapes the Strahms grow, Petite Pearl, and the idea of a “hidden space to get away from the busyness of life and reconnect with God and nature.”
Some special features to enjoy about the Inn includes a double vanity bathroom, King suite with a large skylight and its own balcony that overlooks the vineyard and valley. The main floor includes a corner living area with an electric fireplace and TV, a large window overlooking the valley with a dining bar and full kitchen, and a laundry room/half bath. The vintage style basement includes a queen bed and two twin loft beds, a sitting area/TV, a desk area, and a full bathroom. Enjoy the front porch with a nice cold lemonade, glass of wine or hot coffee while soaking up views of the vineyard.
Carl and Holly Wisdom – Home/The Vintage Butterfly — 2314 Timberlane Drive
Carl and Holly Wisdom’s house was built in 2005 and was a modular home brought in two pieces and set on a full walk-out basement. The Wisdoms added a front porch, a two-car garage and a deck off the kitchen.
Recently, in 2020 and into 2021, the Wisdoms made some changes to make their home feel more of the style they like, which is a primitive colonial style. They added stone to the front porch and garage and repainted the whole house a darker color. The Wisdoms had engineered hardwood flooring installed throughout the upstairs, except in the bathrooms. They also gutted the kitchen and had custom cabinets and shelving in the pantry built and installed by Timber Traditions. In their living room, an electric fireplace was put in after they tore out a built-in cabinet.
The Wisdoms hope everyone feels welcome and enjoys touring their home.