Ideas, advice and more at the National Home Show
by Bryan Tuckey
Considering a renovation but don’t know where to start? Look no further than the National Home Show.
North America’s largest home and garden show, the National Home Show (alongside Canada Blooms) opens Friday, March 10, 2017 at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place, and runs until Sunday, March 19, 2017. It features a wide range of products and services for your home — more than 700 exhibitors will be on hand so there’s something for everyone.
The show is also a great place to get help for your next renovation. Exhibitors include professional renovators, designers, manufacturers, suppliers and more. Many of them can offer free professional renovation advice. No matter what your project is, there are experts to help you get started.
If you’re looking for some helpful tips for a small project you’re considering, Lowes DIY Centre features demonstrations on common home improvement jobs such as insulating basements, hanging new kitchen cabinets or stopping a pesky draft.
Looking for some great decor ideas? Visit Design Intervention presented by Reno & Decor Magazine where interior designers and decorators will be on hand to offer one-on-one consultations, free advice and expert tricks.
If you are renovating, make sure you attend the Five Steps to a Successful Renovation seminar on the main stage on March 10, 11 and 14. Two professional RenoMark renovators will discuss the five essential steps to a home or condominium renovation, outline what you should know about permits and point out what to look for when hiring a renovator. Get the full schedule at nationalhomeshow.com.
Another great source for professional renovation is Destination Renovation, BILD’s featured exhibit at the show. It will have a team of professional RenoMark renovators offering free renovation advice. They’re there to help so bring your photos, blueprints and sketches.
Destination Renovation is also a good place to learn about the national RenoMark program and how it can help you find professional renovators, trade contractors and custom builders. What sets RenoMark renovators apart is their commitment to a Code of Conduct which binds them to things such as providing written contracts for all jobs, having at least $2 million liability insurance and offering a minimum two-year warranty. Learn more at renomark.ca/Home.
The National Home Show also features a Dream Home that you can actually walk through and experience. This year’s Dream Home is the stunning 2,600-square-foot FutureDreamHome built by RenoMark member Probuilt. It features beautiful architecture and design, combining evolving technology with past traditions to fit a modern lifestyle.
The show is co-located with Canada Blooms, which offers more than 50,000 square feet of gardens and more than 30 landscapers. Be sure to walk through it if you’re looking to improve the look of your yard or just to appreciate some of the beautiful landscaping on display.
There is free parking after 4 p.m. on weekdays. If you buy your tickets online, use the “STAR1” promo code and save $5 off the regular purchase price.
Enjoy the show!