26th Home Show to feature more than 50 vendors

Home show

Posted: Friday, March 04, 2005

The Southeast Alaska Building Industry Association is inviting people to get more out of staying home by going out this weekend.

Juneau's 26th annual Remodeling and Home Show will begin at 3 p.m. at Centennial Hall and continue Saturday and Sunday.

With more than 50 vendors, the show is intended to hit people where they live, SABIA Executive Officer Jill Herrick said.

"People may be looking to buy homes, thinking about remodeling or upgrading their homes," she said. "People like to come out and see the latest and greatest."

This year's theme - "build your own paradise" - will offer a drawing for a grand prize to a foreign paradise. Sunday afternoon, SABIA will give away a trip for two for four nights at a beach resort near Ixtapa, Mexico, on the Pacific coast north of Acapulco.

The Folk duo Full Circle is scheduled to perform from 7 to 8 p.m. today and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Sunday will be family day, featuring clowns and goodies for the kids, including coloring books, juice and cookies.

In February 2004, the show drew about 3,500 to 4,000 people, Herrick said. This year, with the show opening this afternoon to kick off the weekend, she said sponsors are hoping to get some people who work downtown but otherwise might not return during the weekend.

In addition to seeing what's new in countertops, the 2005 show will have seminars running from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Last year, the seminars proved popular enough that they have been moved to a bigger room for this year's event. Because of the standing-room-only crowd that Charlene Steinman drew, this year the interior designer will have seminars on both Saturday and Sunday, Herrick said.

At noon Saturday, Steinman is scheduled to talk about kitchens. She is scheduled to talk about bathrooms at noon Sunday.

She said another seminar of interest will concern toxins found in homes. At 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday, Paul Cotter of the Alaska Building Science Network is scheduled to discuss sources and solutions for home toxins.

Sunday's toxin seminar will be followed by discussion of unplanned air flow in homes. The day's seminars will begin with John Engle of Infinite Interiors talking about natural stone masonry.

Other seminars Saturday are scheduled to cover cabinetry, the latest in building-science research from the Fairbanks-based Cold Climate Research Center, low-maintenance landscape design and banking lingo and protocol.

Herrick said the event is the biggest fund-raiser for SABIA, which changed its name from the Home Builders Association of Juneau after last year's show. In addition to helping fund its member services and efforts with the Legislature, the money will go to funding scholarships for young people interested in going into the building trades.

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