The Currahee Club development on Lake Hartwell celebrates the start of work on a project for Southern Living magazine.
The club held a groundbreaking Wednesday afternoon for the 2013 Southern Living Showcase Home.
Currahee Club Managing Director Andrew Ward said it brings a lot of credibility anytime you embark on a project with Southern Living.
“This is a regional home that is promoted regionally throughout the Southeast U.S.A. and we will get a lot of exposure from this,” said Ward. “We are very excited about it.”
He went on to say that he is not just excited for the club, but for the impact that the home and the publicity that goes with it could have on the local community.
“What we are really excited about is they talk about potentially 15,000 or 16,000 people (that) will come and tour this house,” said Ward. “We will make sure that once they come visit the house and Currahee Club, they will not leave here without coming to Toccoa. We want them to come to the shops, stores, and restaurants in Toccoa.”
Dillard-Jones Builders of Greenville, South Carolina will build the home that will overlook the 17th hole on the Currahee Club golf course, a par-3 that requires golfers to hit over a quarry off the tee to reach the green.
This is the 5th Southern Living tour home that the company has built and twice previously, Dillard-Jones has been named Southern Living Builder of the Year.
Dillard-Jones President and Owner Tom Dillard said that the home will be about 3,900 square feet and complement the club well.
“We were introduced to the Currahee Club and we felt like it was a perfect place to really show people what the Southern lifestyle could be at the Currahee Club,” said Dillard. “We have designed this house specifically for this lot. We are looking over the Quarry Hole, keeping the lifestyle of golfers and people that enjoy the lake in mind.”
Once the home is complete, it will open up for tours this September through December, closing for a short time in November to decorate for the holidays.
Admission to the Showcase Home will be $10 per person.
Proceeds will benefit a number of charities. Two of those are Neighbors 4 Neighbors of Stephens County and the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia.
Food Bank Community Relations Coordinator Dave Standard said that the money it receives will benefit the Food 2 Kids program in Stephens County, which provides food to schoolchildren who need it over weekends when they are not in school.
“We are just honored and so privileged to be a part of it and not just for the impact it will have on us, but the impact it will have on Stephens County overall,” said Standard.
Meanwhile, Pat Standard with Neighbors 4 Neighbors said her group is also excited to be a part of the effort.
“We are humbled and we are honored and very excited about this project and what it could mean for those who are hungry in Stephens County,” she said.
Also receiving proceeds will be Operation Finally Home, a non-profit organization that provides custom-built mortgage free homes to wounded and disabled veterans and the widows of fallen soldiers.
People will be able to follow the progress of the home at www.dillardjones.com.