Want to see the new housing trends for the Brainerd lakes area? Need an idea for a remodeling project?
If so, you'll want to pay a visit to the Mid-Minnesota Builders Association's 27th annual Home Show, scheduled April 4-6 at the Brainerd Civic Center. Cost is $2 for adults, and children 14 and younger are free. The MMBA is asking attendees to bring non-perishable items to donate to the food shelf.
Colleen Faacks, MMBA executive officer, said the home show will have its own weekend, with the annual Lakes Area Home Tour the weekend after the show.
"We want to give the consumer time to go through the show and the tour," Faacks said.
Faacks said this year's home show - sponsored by Lakes Area Kinetico and United Building Centers/ProBuild - will have more than 220 exhibitors. Faacks said many new businesses will be at the show.
"The show will be diverse, inside and out, on the biggest trends," Faacks said. "The home show will help consumers make decisions on what type of projects they'd like to do on their homes. Like for the people who decided not to put their house on the market and now they want to see what little things they can do to their home."
One of the biggest, most exciting changes for the home show, Faacks said, is that the MMBA is offering free educational seminars throughout the weekend.
"We've done the demonstrations and we wanted something different," Faacks said. "The building experts wanted to do seminars for the general public that would be more educational, like on green building, which is the big buzz word these days."
Faacks said one of the seminars, "Big projects for little builders," will have MMBA builder members partnering with children ages 5 and older to make a bird feeder. Faacks said children will be able to take home the bird feeder, along with bird seed, a T-shirt and a coloring book.
The free seminars will be located in the Mezzanine, located upstairs in the civic center. The seminars are:
Friday, April 4
11 a.m. to noon: "Green land planning: Fawn Ridge, a case study," presented by Mark Ronnei of the ETOC Co. Inc., which is part of the Cote Family Companies that includes Grand View Lodge.
12:30-1:30 p.m.: "Energy efficient options for your home," presented by Crow Wing Power.
2-3 p.m.: "Color trends for 2008," presented by Hirshfield.
3:30-4:30 p.m.: "Succulent cactus in your landscape," presented by Erickson's Greenhouse/Cornerstone Quarry.
5-6 p.m.: "Do you want that in green," presented by Steve Northway of Northway Construction Services.
Saturday, April 5
11 a.m. to noon: "Big project for little builders," a seminar geared for children 5 and older, who will partner with an MMBA builder to build a bird feeder.
1-2 p.m.: "Beyond sustainable design," presented by Roger Lynn of Ground Well Green Builders.
3-4 p.m.: "Building a home: Help from the ground up," presented by First Federal Saving Bank.
Sunday, April 6
12-1 p.m.: "What sellers and buyers are really thinking," presented by Edina Realty real estate professionals.
1:30-2:20 p.m.: "Integrated home electronics," presented by Tom's TV, Inc.
JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at email@example.com or 855-5851.
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