The Decatur Old House Fair in Decatur, Georgia


The Decatur Old House Fair will return in 2016! Stay tuned in for updates. Here’s who spoke at the 2014 Decatur Old House Fair:

Carmel Booth, Booth Insurance Group
Carmel has been a Georgia insurance advocate for more than 25 years, with an extensive background as a medical and dental insurance liaison. In 2007, driven by a sincere desire to take an even greater role in helping Georgians with their insurance needs, Carmel transitioned from her long-time role as a patient advocate to a fully licensed Georgia insurance agent. Since that time, she has proudly served thousands of Georgians with expert guidance in navigating their insurance needs.

Wallace Bryan, Trinity Mercantile & Design
A veteran interior designer, Wallace is comfortable designing a chic Manhattan apartment, trendy Atlanta loft, contemporary corporate office, or historic Decatur bungalow. Wallace’s approach is client-centered and collaborative. Her environments weave together disparate elements into refreshing, cohesive living spaces that tell a story.

Russ Carnes, Earth Sky Builders
Russ owns Earth Sky Builders, a small renovation contracting company based in Decatur. He has an accomplished team of carpenters, painters, and artisans. They are always up for a challenge, but focus primarily on residential remodels, from entire gut remodels to second stories to the smallest bathroom. Their intention is to balance clean lines and beauty with an emphasis on practical and sustainable building practices. Russ lives with his wife and two kids in a renovated ranch house just south of the city of Decatur, and he’s looking forward to being annexed. Someday.

Michelle Cary, M. Cary and Daughters Plumbing Company
Michelle, a licensed journeyman plumber, went on her first plumbing service call when she was 8 years old. In her teen years she spent summers working on her father’s service truck to earn money for Gloria Vanderbilt blue jeans. She became hooked on the family business. She is one of the two daughters in M. Cary and Daughters and has been in the plumbing business for 34 years.

Bill Clark AIA, LEED AP, Stevens & Wilkinson Inc.
Bill received his masters of architecture from Georgia Tech in 1979 and is currently a principal with Stevens & Wilkinson Inc. in Atlanta. A LEED-accredited professional, he serves as managing principal on a wide variety of projects in the private, commercial and institutional sectors, with historic rehabilitation and preservation as one area of focus. Bill has been renovating his personal houses for more than 30 years and still learns something from every project.

Sandy Crowe, master craftsman, Crowe Development Corporation
Sandy has almost 40 years of experience in construction and custom home building. His specialty is the restoration of historic windows and doors. He has worked on some of the most significant homes in the Atlanta area, including the Edward Peters mansion (c.1886), the Lemuel P. Grant mansion (c. 1856), the Adair mansion, home of Arthur Blank, (c.1910), and the Donaldson House (pre-Civil War). Sandy has also done many window restoration projects for historic-home owners located throughout Decatur and metropolitan Atlanta.

Dan Curl, licensed home inspector
Dan has inspected homes all over metro Atlanta for 26 years. Specialties include code compliance, older homes, new construction, energy efficiency and HVAC systems. Dan has owned, managed and renovated homes as well as inspecting more than 10,000 buildings.

Ramon De Sanchez, manager, Sherwin Williams store, 1072 Columbia Dr.

Laura Drummond, preservation consultant, Atlanta Preservation & Planning Services
Laura received her master’s degree in heritage preservation from Georgia State University, where she has been adjunct faculty for ten years, teaching courses in the conservation of historic building materials and the American built environment. Laura founded Atlanta Preservation and Planning Services, where she has produced numerous historic structure reports, National Register nominations, and historic resources surveys. Her first love is building investigation, assessing the condition of a structure and creating a plan of prioritized repairs and cyclical maintenance and inspections to keep it useful for its next fifty years.

Jim Fuller, contractor

Mark Livingston, senior consulting arborist, Arborguard Tree Specialists
Mark has worked in the field of arboriculture for 14 years. He earned his bachelor of science in forest resource management from Clemson University, and has continued his education at both the University of Maryland and the Warnell School of Forestry at the University of Georgia. His extensive list of career associations includes certification with the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), appointment to the City of Avondale Estates Tree Board, and membership with the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), Society of American Foresters, and the Georgia Arborist Association. Mark’s speaking engagements include presentations for Trees Atlanta, Neely Farms Garden Club, Lullwater Garden Club and the City of Avondale Estates.

Peter Michelson, CEO and owner of Renewal Design-Build, certified aging-in-place specialist
Peter is a fourth-generation contractor and the CEO of Renewal Design-Build, a full-service firm specializing in the renovation of older homes. Award-winning Renewal is ranked as a Top Five Residential Remodeler by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and has been featured on HGTV, the Discovery Network and in numerous publications. Peter is passionate about adapting homes to last a lifetime.

Stacie Monroe, designer, preservationist, re:FORM, Inc.
Stacie founded re:FORM in 1999 and is well-known in the community for her local historic preservation work. She has been the recipient of numerous awards in Decatur, including the Leila Ross Wilburn Award for Outstanding Residential Design in 2004. Stacie was one of the original founders and board members of the Decatur Preservation Alliance, and spent several years designing and overseeing preservation projects in Decatur, including the saving and moving of the 19th century Fraser building. With offices in Atlanta and New Orleans, re:FORM’s designers bring their extensive training and passion for historic preservation to all their work, whether it’s a high-end restoration of a unique historic structure or the creation, from the ground up, of a modern Earthcraft home.

Deanna Pope-Ozio and Paul Ozio, landscape architects, Pope Ozio & Associates
Pope Ozio & Associates Landscape Architects is a full service landscape architectural firm specializing in residential garden design. Deanna was raised in the southwest Georgia town of Americus, where she developed a deep appreciation for the classical architecture and subtle sophistication found in the area’s timeless design. Paul Ozio, grew up in south Louisiana, where his interest in natural environments and plants flourished. Horticulture was in his blood: kin from earlier decades helped design City Park in New Orleans, famed for its gallery of live oaks.

Denise Pajak, Private Mortgage Solutions
Denise is a vice president and mortgage banker with Private Mortgage Solutions based in the Private Bank of Decatur office in downtown Decatur. She is licensed in 40 states, and she specializes in the Boston and Washington DC market. A graduate of Emory University, she’s been a mortgage loan officer for a decade, previously with Lenox Financial and BrightPath Mortgage and is a member of the Decatur Business Association.

Phillip Raines, master mason
Phillip, a native Atlantan, was educated at Georgia State in journalism and geology but left school to travel across America. When he returned, he apprenticed with a chimney builder in Inman Park and after a couple of years started his own masonry business. Phillip built chimneys in old Atlanta neighborhoods and in 1983 was commended by the Brick Institute of America for excellence in design and construction. He built the brick train in Underground Atlanta and with the brick mural team carved the two adjacent murals. He has written articles on masonry for various trade magazines and in 2005 he published a book, Simple Stonescaping. Throughout his 35-year career as a mason and writer, he has also been a working sax player in ska, reggae and soul bands. He currently lives in a 100-year-old house in downtown Decatur. Phillip is a vibrant speaker with an outlandish sense of humor, so don’t miss this entertaining lecture.

Amber Rhea, preservation planner
Amber is completing her master’s degree in heritage preservation at Georgia State University. In her role as listing manager and historic preservation specialist at Red Robin Group Real Estate Services, she engages with historic homes daily and helps homeowners and realtors understand the importance of historic preservation. Her articles about Atlanta history and the built environment have been featured in BURNAWAY magazine and The Porch Press.

Greg Russell, Private Bank of Decatur
Greg is senior vice president and senior lending officer with Private Bank of Decatur, responsible for business development and building the bank’s brand in Decatur and surrounding markets. Greg’s banking career started in the late 1980s with the legendary C&S Bank. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and an MBA with a concentration in accounting from Georgia State University. Greg is active in various organizations and believes in serving communities where he lives and works. He is a native of Atlanta and resides in Lithonia with his wife, Carol, and their son, Gregory, Jr.

Heather Shuster, project development director, Renewal Design-Build
In her 10 years of working in the residential design community, Heather has provided hundreds of kitchen and bathroom consultations. Specializing in spatial planning, efficient layouts, and project development, she is uniquely qualified to share creative solutions with homeowners. Heather’s love and knowledge of homes is evident; she is always ready to discover hidden charms and opportunities to improve each home. Since working with Renewal Design-Build, she has overseen the design of multiple award-winning kitchen and bath projects. Renewal is a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

Joe Thomas, home performance consultant, Renewal System Solutions
Joe is an old-house owner, a chronic renovator, and a BPI-certified building analyst. He has also completed courses in EarthCraft renovations and is trained in solar system design and installation. As manager and home performance consultant for Renewal System Solutions, Joe specializes in the energy efficiency of older homes. As part of the Home Performance w/ENERGY STAR program, he performs whole-house assessments – detecting home energy loss and safety hazards – and then improves these homes to meet today’s high standards of energy efficiency, comfort, and health.

Kenneth H. Thomas Jr., professional historian and genealogist
Kenneth retired in 2006 after 33 years with the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. During his tenure there he became an expert on researching historic houses and wrote two pamphlets that remain on the HPD website, “Documenting a Structure in Georgia,” and “Documenting a Structure in Atlanta.” He has written the genealogy column in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 1977. A graduate of Emory University and a Decatur resident, he serves on the boards of the DeKalb History Center, Georgia Genealogical Society, the Wren’s Nest, the Friends of Georgia Archives and History, and is moderator of the Georgia Professional Genealogists.

Lisa Turner, Trinity Mercantile & Design
Prior to opening her interior design firm, Lisa owned a building and construction firm for 17 years. She is as deeply passionate about helping clients create livable and inviting spaces, filled with custom furniture, curated art, textiles and even repurposed pieces. To each project, she brings a seasoned hand at drawing up lighting and floor plans. Her designs reflect gracious living where function and comfort, health and happiness take priority.

Bobby Wilbanks, consultant, Source 1 Solutions
Bobby works for Source 1 Solutions, a registered service-disabled veteran owned company. Source 1 is a technology-focused business that specializes in the merging of convenience and comfort to maximize the use of every solution they offer. They currently do business in all 50 states and 43 countries.

Randall Zaic, Zaic & Associates Architects
Randall founded Zaic & Associates, Architects in 1987 and is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology. His highly recognized design projects have included custom single and multi-family residences, equestrian facilities, clubhouses, Greek and student housing, historic renovations and adaptive reuse as well as commercial office buildings and large scale corporate interiors. He is a resident of historic College Park with his office located in East Point. Mr. Zaic is involved in the College Park community as president of the College Park Historical Society, president of the Airport Area Kiwanis Club, board member of the College Park Main Street Board and board member of the Historic College Park Neighborhood Association. Mr. Zaic enjoys sharing his passion for historic architecture through his lectures.