GB home a show-stopper

By: Joyia Emard Gold Country News Service
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One Granite Bay home has gone from ashes to awesome and is celebrating in a big way.
Two weeks before Christmas 2007, Sandy Rath smelled smoke in her home, even though no smoke alarm had gone off. Unbeknownst to Rath, a water heater, located adjacent to her newly-remodeled kitchen, had started a fire that burned up into the attic.
Rath, her husband, Mike, and their two children were able to escape, but the roof and attic of the home were destroyed. The rest of the house suffered major smoke and water damage.
“It was pretty tough,” Rath said.
It took a year to rebuild and now the Rath family is sharing their refurbished home as participants on the second annual Loomis Basin Holiday Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 5.
Five local homes and an antique barn will be showcased on the tour that benefits the Loomis Basin Education Foundation.
The Raths, who own Acoustical Drywall Services, used granite, stone and cherry cabinetry to modernize their refurbished home, making it perfect for their frequent entertaining.
Just a short distance away is another tour stop, at the traditional, estate-style home of Stephani and Ryan Smith. The Smiths and their five children, who range in age from toddler to high-schooler, have plenty of room to roam in the 6,800 square-foot house situated on two acres.
“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.
The Smiths own Jersey Mike’s Subs in Roseville and Ryan is the chief executive officer for Retirement Rescue in Citrus Heights.
The two homes received holiday decorating advice and services from interior designer Joanne Davis, of J Davis Design in Granite Bay.
“We’re doing it all for the kids,” Davis said.
Davis used her skills to help the homeowners blend their own holiday items with others supplied by Beverly’s Fabric and Crafts in Rocklin.
Jeannie and Matt Trojanowski own Emerald Tile and Stone, with a showroom in Granite Bay and a fabricating facility in Rocklin. 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, all fabricated and installed by their company, infuse the home with a “family-friendly livable feeling.”
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.”
A Tudor-style European manor in Newcastle, owned by Kreston and Tracey Anderson, and its outdoor garden are also included on the tour.
A Craftsman-style farmhouse and its 100-year-old barn will also be on the tour. They are located at Newcastle Wedding Gardens.
Live music and refreshments will be offered at their Red Horse Barn, along with pre-purchased lunches.

Loomis Basin Holiday Home Tour
When: 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 Rocklin at Pottery World, in Loomis at Blue Goose Produce and Flower Farm Nursery in Auburn at Eisley Nursery