New Model Home Open in Tuscany

New Model Home Open in Tuscany

First impressions aren’t everything.

When we came across a foundation in the ground, surrounded by overgrowth and marked with graffiti, we wondered – What’s the story here? An even better question – How is this going to end for this abandoned hole in the ground? 


The abandoned concrete wall foundation had been poured over four years prior and was left in that state ever since. Despite the unappealing first impression, the concrete walls looked to be in excellent condition and it appeared that the underground plumbing had been adequately weather-proofed. The inspections for the work that had been done on the site were public record and after a little digging, we found that everything had passed inspection with flying colors. By all accounts, the unfinished project could essentially be picked up right where it left off – and it was located on one of the largest lots in the subdivision!

We contacted the original builder and worked out a deal to buy the lot and the foundation as a means to build a fully decorated model home. We contacted our draftsmen and designed a new, better floor plan that would utilize and conform to the existing in-ground structure and maximize the usable space. The house would feature 10-foot high walls, oversize doors, and (of course) the original basement would become the highlight of the house.

From “zero” to “hero”.

In one of the quickest build cycles we’ve ever done for a house this size (mostly because we had the foundation already completed) our imposing new model house quickly occupied a space where, for years, there had been only an eyesore. Our goal was to have the home completed for Lexington’s 2016 Grand Tour of Homes in July. After months of very rapid construction, followed by some ingenious creative decision-making on the part of our friends at Forecast Interiors, we had our fully decorated model ready for visitors.  The response was overwhelming. During the 2 weekends we had over 750 visitors and won first place in 7 categories:


Homes by Reckelhoff, “The Churchill”

2492 Pascoli Place, Lexington, KY 40509

First Place: Curb Appeal, Landscaping, Kitchen, Master Suite, Floor Plan,

Interior Features, Interior Lighting, Overall

2016 Grand Tour Winners

As with most homes, this project was not without it’s challenges. The final product represents the positive can-do attitude of not only Homes by Reckelhoff, but the fantastic and talented people that we trust to get the job done on time, on budget, and surpassing expectations. We have received many requests to build this exact floor plan for several new buyers. We invite you to schedule a time to stop by and have a look! The model is open every Saturday & Sunday from 12:00pm to 2:00pm and by appointment any time! Just call Jeanitta Smith at (859)-230-1332 to schedule your walk-through!

P.S. We have cold and hot drinks waiting!