“Living Green”

December 5 – 6, 5:30-9:30pm
All around Decatur, GA

The 26th annual Decatur Holiday Candlelight Tour of Homes will be held on Friday, December 5th and Saturday, December 6th in the City of Decatur, GA. This year’s theme is “Living Green” and will focus on not only energy efficient homes but homes that have green features such as eco-friendly gardening and cisterns to collect rain water, composite siding, concrete countertops, formaldehyde free cabinets, and insulation to name a few. Organizers of this year’s Tour hope to educate the public on ways they can make their homes more “green”. In addition to large projects, there are many smaller things a homeowner can change or add to their home.


There are eight homes and three points of interest featured on the Tour. Included is the recently constructed home of Scot and Debbie Hollonbeck. The home, designed in the architecture style of Frank Lloyd Wright, features a rain harvest/water retention system. The homeowners collect 4400 gallons of rainwater/run off in pressurized and gravity fed cisterns in various locations around the property. The home also features Passive solar in the husband’s “man cave”, dual flush toilets, low toxic paint, IPE decking and Energy Star appliances. Scot Hollonbeck is an American wheelchair athlete who competes at the Olympic and Paralympic level. At the 2000 Summer Olympic Games, he placed sixth in the wheelchair racing event. At the 2004 Olympic Games, he finished 4th in the demonstration sport of Men's 1500m wheelchair. He competed in four consecutive Summer Paralympics from 1992 to 2004, winning a total of two gold and three silver medals.

Another major renovation on the tour is the home of KC Boyce and Michelle Frost. Originally built in 1928, it underwent an eight-month renovation project that drastically changed the residence from a 900 square foot bungalow to a 2,300 square foot Prairie Style home. The home, which was featured on “Renovation Nation”, was originally two bedrooms and one bath and is now a four bedroom, three bath Earthcraft certified home.

Other homes on the Tour include Tony and Leisa Powers’s and Ted and Susan Johnson, both in the Great Lakes neighborhood. Laura and Bill Gary and Alison Adams’s homes were renovated by Robert Soens of Pinnacle Custom Builders. The Scheafbauer home and the Insogna home are both on Drexel Avenue. The Scheafbauer home is new construction, while the Insogna home is a renovation that the owners proudly claim “took three months and three days” to complete.

Points of interest include The Village Vets new building, designed by William Carpenter; Renewal Construction and Lampe-Farley Communications on Columbia Drive, and the Clairemont Elementary School Marketplace and Café.

Proceeds from the Tour of Homes benefit the Decatur Youth Fund and the Decatur Preservation Alliance. Tickets for the Tour are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door. Advance tickets are available at The Seventeen Steps, Intown Ace Hardware on Scott Boulevard, Bicycle South and The Seen Gallery in Oakhurst. For more information, visit www.decaturtourofhomes.com or call the events hotline 404-371-8286.