Holiday Home Tour starts Dec. 7

Residents show off styles, decorations as Rotary fund-raiser

For people who haven't had enough time or ideas to arrange their homes to June Cleaver's satisfaction for the holidays, there is hope. The Craig Rotary Club will present the annual Holiday Home Tour Saturday, Dec. 7.

The tour is a way for hosts to welcome the community into their homes to share unique decorating ideas, and a fun opportunity

for neighbors and friends to get together, said Penny Krump, tour organizer.

"It is so successful because people are very interested in the different design of homes inside, and

unique decorating ideas," said Krump.

The tour includes six residences, all built in different time periods and all with a very different flare.

"Styles may be very different than your own, but you can appreciate others' tastes and their accomplishments," Krump said.

The tour, which costs $5 per person with tickets available at local sponsors or at the door of any

home on the tour, is a fund-raiser for the Craig Rotary Club.

Proceeds will be used to benefit Rotary scholarship funds and other charities.

"This is the perfect time of year to showcase someone's home because they are all fixed up for the holidays," Krump said.

The homes on the tour are:

1429 Lecuyer Drive

Brett and Gay Shellhorn

The Shellhorns relocated to Craig in 1995 when few houses were on the market. Having always wanted a house with an older appeal, yet unable to find one, they contracted Dan Martin to build them a new home with an old-fashioned look. Although the exterior is considered farmhouse style, it is difficult to label the interior with one particular style. However, filled with family heirlooms and garage-sale makeovers, this house definitely has a country/vintage feel.

1960 Yampa Ave.

Lonnie & Lorraine Kawcak

Mr. & Mrs. Carl Chapman built the original section of this home. Jim and Elaine Wilson then purchased the home. Their first remodeling project was to make the garage into the family room that one sees today. In 1974, they built the addition on the north side of the house where all the bedrooms are located. Shortly after Jim's death in 1977, Elaine remodeled the kitchen and the oak cabinets that adorn the kitchen.

852 Ledford St.

Bruce and Susan Gregg

Bruce and Susan Gregg purchased their home in 1984. Although the house was built well, the Greggs have made many cosmetic changes. There was a "pit" in the living room that was removed to provide more living space. The carpet has been replaced from the '70s brown to beige and, with the help of Roy Nitschke, the kitchen has been updated. The house is a constant work in progress.

347 Clay Ave.

Dale and Mary Beth Pyle

Dale, Mary Beth and their three sons moved to Craig in 1974 and, after a year of looking for a home, decided to build. Dale's dad, a contractor who retired in 1976, moved in with the family and started construction. They all chipped in and when the rented house sold, they moved into their new home in September of 1996. They had no carpets, kitchen stove or other luxuries and "camped out" until it was finished a month later. They have been working on it every since. Mary Beth has changed the paint color and wallpaper at least five times.

1770 Doe Run Drive

Lynn and Christine Villard

The Villards' home was built in 2001 and the family moved in at Thanksgiving that year. Family and friends built the home, making it special to the Villards.. As they were building their home, Christine heard a news story on National Public Radio about homes that were being restored on the East Coast. In some of these homes, restoration workers were finding magazines, news clips, pictures and even personal journals of those who had built or lived in the homes almost two centuries ago. They decided to start collecting items from current events, pictures and anecdotes of their family to store as treasures in the attic that future generations could discover. They have had fun and lively conversations imagining what it would be like many years from now when these treasures are uncovered.

2020 Doe Run Dive

John and Tammy Rice

John built the family home in 1999-2000. They moved into the house in February 2000, before it was completely finished. They are still working on some of the finishing touches, including two basement rooms that are unfinished, an outdoor shed and landscaping. One of the unfinished rooms will be a guest bedroom with a bath; the other will be a family/play room. The landscaping really started to take shape last summer, but there is still a lot to do.

  • Directions to Doe Run Drive (also known as CR 218)
  • West on Hwy. 40 to Round Bottom Road (CR 30) across from Northwest Storage. Go one mile. Turn left at the mailboxes onto Doe Run Drive/CR 218. The Villard home is the second to last home on the right (first brick home). The Rice home is the last house on the right (second brick home).

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