Get in the holiday spirit on home tour

Benefit for Loomis Basin Education Foundation
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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Some local homeowners have already begun the daunting task of decorating their homes for the holidays. They’re getting a head start to be ready for the second annual Loomis Basin Holiday Home Tour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. Five local homes and an antique barn will be showcased on the tour that will benefit the Loomis Basin Education Foundation and the children of the Loomis Union School District. Jeannie and Matt Trojanowski own Emerald Tile and Stone, of Rocklin and Granite Bay. Their own home is a showplace and will be featured as the Mediterranean Villa on the tour. According to Jeannie Trojanowski, travertine, marble, granite and ceramic tile infuse the home with a “family-friendly livable feeling.” She said their company fabricated and installed the tile, stone and exterior cast stone for their home. Various granites with a variety of edges, including their signature hand-done “rope” edging, are found throughout the home, from the wine room to the bathrooms and kitchen. The Trojanowskis designed and built their 4,900-square-foot home that also includes a 2,000 square-foot outdoor patio and kitchen. When asked if preparing for a home tour was overwhelming, Jeannie said, “No, not really. I’m glad to do it for a good cause. And it’s kind of fun.” Four other local homes are also being made tour-ready. They include the Craftsman-style farmhouse and 100-year-old barn where pre-ordered lunches will be served at the Newcastle Wedding gardens. Music and refreshments will also be offered for tour-goers at the barn. A Tudor-style European manor in Newcastle, owned by Kreston and Tracey Anderson, and its outdoor garden will also be showcased on the tour. Kreston is an avid mountaineer and outdoorsman and his wife decorated his ‘man room” for the holidays to honor his recent climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. Stephani and Ryan Smith, of Granite Bay, offer a tour of their traditional estate home that houses their family, which includes five children who range in age from toddler to high-schooler. “We wanted a home that our children could grow up in and want to bring their own children back to someday,” Stephani Smith said of her grand, yet comfortable home that is part of The Boulders development on Auburn-Folsom Road. Further down the road in Granite Bay is the home of Sandy and Mike Rath, owners of Acoustical Drywall Services. Their home will also be on the home tour. In December 2007, the Rath family had just completed an extensive remodel of their kitchen when a water heater in the home caught fire. Unbeknownst to the Raths, the fire creeped up into the attic and engulfed the entire roof. The Raths and their two children were able to escape, but had to stand by and watch their home in flames. The brand-new kitchen, along with most of the rest of the house, was either damaged by fire, smoke or water. “It was devastating,” said Sandy Rath. The Raths moved out for a year while their home was rebuilt and only moved back in last year. Today, their modern home, with its manly theater room and its computerized full-house media system, is perfect for the couple’s frequent entertaining. For tickets to the home tour or more information visit the Education Foundation Web site at LOOMIS BASIN HOLIDAY HOME TOUR Benefiting the Loomis Basin Education Foundation and the children of the Loomis Union School District Saturday, Dec. 5 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets: In advance $25 or $35 with lunch; day of event $30, no lunch Available in Loomis at Blue Goose Produce and Flower Farm Nursery, in Rocklin at Pottery World, in Auburn at Eisley Nursery Information and tickets: