2018 SOTA Idea House at HoudenHAL Features Energy Efficiency, Innovative Landscaping, and Intelligent Rooms
The Society of the Arts (SOTA) of the Allentown Art Museum is proud to announce their exciting biennial fundraising project: the 2018 SOTA Idea House at HoudenHAL (How-den-hall), translated in Dutch means “sustainable home”. The design of this year’s Idea House is led by Bethlehem House Gallery, a contemporary art gallery providing innovative art in a variety of contemporary styles.
Inspiring designs, innovative energy-efficient practices, and sustainable building materials will bring a decidedly modern approach to the 2018 Idea House. The house gets its power supplied from wind generation, solar energy, and geothermal wells. Owned by Hersh and Robin Ruhmel, HoudenHAL, home to Ruhmel Contracting, Inc and The Design Studio, has become the must-see model home for many Lehigh Valley new home and remodeling clients. HoudenHAL is both LEED certified and National Association of Home Builders Green Home Certified.
This year’s featured designers are: Sharon Kimmerle Interior Design, Kelly Dunn Home, Scott Rothenberger’s PLACE, Creative Closets, House Splendid, WW Design, Kemble Richards Interior Design & Decoration, Love Your Room, Oswald Paint & Paper, Bethlehem House Gallery, SpunDesign, La Petite Provence, The Design Studio at HoudenHAL, Millcreek Landscape Design LLC, and Counter Culture by Allentown Appliance.
This gorgeous, innovative house is pure inspiration for anyone seeking ideas for redecorating, renovating, adding an addition to their home, or building a new home. As a way of saying thank you for supporting SOTA, the Ruhmels are generously offering their new 2018 “Making Room for Mom” collection of floorplans free to all attendees.
The 2018 SOTA Idea House at HoudenHAL is located just 4 miles west of Fogelsville at 9905 Old 22, next to the New Smithville/Lynneport Exit #45 of I-78.
Tickets for the 2018 Idea House at HoudenHAL are $20 and can be purchased at the door, or online at www.sotapa.org. The Idea House will be open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10am-4pm, with extended hours on Thursdays from Noon-8pm. It will be closed Monday and Tuesday. The house is handicap and ADA accessible.
Proceeds from Idea House 2018 at HoudenHAL benefit educational programs, the SOTA Print Fund and the SOTA Education Endowment at the Allentown Art Museum.
Tours of the house will be open to the public starting on Saturday, April 28th. Visitors will also have the opportunity to shop in SOTA’s Attic, a boutique that offers gently-used housewares and gift items.
On Thursday, May 17, SOTA is sponsoring the Idea House Celebration Party at the newly-built Centennial Banquet Center at Homewood Suites on Center Valley Parkway in Center Valley. Tickets for the event are available to the public. Your ticket includes food, cash bar, music, and a raffle.
About Society of the Arts:
Founded in 1964, the Society of the Arts (SOTA) is non-profit women’s service organization. Our purpose is to work with and actively support the Allentown Art Museum. For more than 75 years, the Allentown Art Museum has been a place where inspiration is born and lifelong memories are made. The mission of the Allentown Art Museum is to enrich the lives of the widest possible audience of visitors by engaging, informing, and inspiring them through the activities of collecting, preserving, studying, exhibiting, and interpreting important works of visual art. If you are interested in learning more, visit www.sotapa.org.