Oh, admit it: Lots of times you go to open houses just to get a glimpse of how your neighbors live.
Curiosity was a big motivating factor Sunday for about 250 people who toured a Douglass home built in 2005 by the crew at ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" that's now on the auction block.
Saying it's time to downsize, Kevin and Cathy Nutsch are selling the house the TV show built for them after their previous home exploded on Aug. 6, 2005, while they were on vacation. Swenson Real Estate and Auction Service opened the house to the public Sunday for a tour, drawing many people who admitted they just wanted to see the nearly 4,400-square-foot, five-bedroom, 4 1/2-bathroom home in person.
From extravagantly themed bedrooms to luxurious soaker tubs with rainfall showerheads, the home features the kind of touches made famous by show host Ty Pennington and his design crew.
Open the French front doors, and you find yourself in an expansive, warm-hued great room with still-shiny wood floors and a stone fireplace, above which hangs a photograph of the Nutschs' five daughters.
The dining room and kitchen open to the living area. The kitchen features custom cabinets, granite countertops and pricey appliances. On Sunday, the built-in wine cooler chilled a more everyman bottle of Boone's Farm Country Kwencher as well as a bottle of Delicato wine.
Several women oohed and aahed at the vast walk-in pantry.
The master bedroom is downstairs with his and hers closets and a bath with a soaker tub and walk-in shower.
A visitor accidentally turned on the rainfall showerhead above the soaker tub on Sunday, drawing laughs from her friends. She was confused at first about why water was coming from the ceiling.
Upstairs are four bedrooms, one called the "Paris Room" and another the "Artist Loft." There's also a computer study room as well as a TV and entertainment area.
Diane Mann and her friend Debbie Hinnen, who live in Butler County, said they were impressed with the house.
Mann said her son and nephew helped build the home.
"The outside really has a presence that fits in the country but has an elegance as well," Hinnen said. "The inside is very spacious."
Cathy Nutsch tended the door and said it had been a pleasure to live there but it was time for a change.
"This is the only spot we've been for 22 or 23 years," she said. The home is sited where their previous house was.
She said it's a lot of house to take care for but she hasn't minded.
"I'm kind of a neat freak anyway," she said. "The girls took care of the upstairs, and I took care of the downstairs."
The home also features a large covered patio complete with a never-used outdoor fireplace. The landscaping includes a fish pond and other water features. There's also a concrete storm shelter.
The open house continues today from 5 to 7 p.m. at 14487 Southwest 220th St. in Douglass.
From Rose Hill, go south on Butler Road about three miles to 220th Street, then east one-and-a-half miles to the home.
Swenson will auction the house and 40-acre property at noon June 4.