The Decatur Old House Fair returns on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Decatur Courtyard Marriott Conference Center. The event is an all-day showcase of seminars, exhibitors, and hands-on-workshops for old-house owners.
Seminars will include waterproofing basements, fireplace restoration, tree care, and tax incentive programs for historic houses. There will also be “short bites” for specific house styles including Victorians, Foursquares, Bungalows, Ranches and more.
Here’s a closer look at some of the day’s seminars:

  • New Kitchens in Old Houses: Heather Shuster from Renewal Design-Build leads this class on how to transform an existing kitchen or adding a new space. (1 p.m.)
  • Designing Landscapes that Compliment Your Home and Lifestyle: Learn your options for designing hardscapes, plantings and landscape features from Scott Reinblatt of Big Blue Sky Landscaping (2 p.m.)
  • Energy Efficiency in Older Homes: This seminar focuses on home performance improvements that make your old house feel as good as it looks – without breaking the bank. Led by Joe Thomas of Renewal System Solutions. (1 p.m.)
  • Reviving Old House Chimneys & Fireplaces: Nationally awarded mason and author Phillip Raines shares his 30 years of experience restoring chimneys and fireplaces built between the mid 1800?s to the late 1920?s. (1 p.m.)
  • Tax Incentives for Historic Homes: Carol Moore, a tax and grants coordinator, talks about the two state programs that give significant incentives to historic homeowners who complete a certified rehabilitation on their house. (2:45 p.m.)
  • Historic Wood Window Restoration: Master craftsman Sandy Crowe shows you how to save big money with this hands-on demonstration of wood window restoration. (10 a.m. and 2 p.m.)

Short Bite classes will include topics such as aging in place for seniors (9:30 a.m.), electrical (10:15 a.m.), toilets (11 a.m.), tankless water heaters (11:45 a.m.), protecting historic trees (1 p.m.), researching your home’s history (1:45 p.m.) and wood floors (2:30 p.m.).
To see a complete list of workshops, seminars, presenters and vendors visit

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Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.