For many, the annual HomeStyles Home Show in Saskatoon is a rite of spring.
Whether you are interested in home renovation, looking to build a new house, or just trying to keep up on the latest trends, this show has something for everyone.
“A home is the largest investment most people ever make, and we’re focused on how we can help people make smart decisions about their home,” said Jennifer Lamontagne, director of business development & HomeStyles show manager for the Saskatoon and Region Home Builders’ Association.
“Whether you’re building a new home or somebody who is interested in adapting the space in your home, cabin or apartment to your own life, you can come to our show and really design how you want to live … and connect with the people who can bring those dreams to life.”
The HomeStyles Show will run March 21-24 at Prairieland Park and this year’s show has some exciting new elements. For those who are looking to build, Lamontagne is proud to point out that every builder at the show is a certified professional home builder.
The Certified Professional Home Builder certification is the highest standard available for builders in our province and it is only offered by your local Home Builders’ Association. This translates to a higher standard of safety, code of ethics and requirement for third party new home warranty.” she said.
Another exciting addition, she noted, is the Outdoor Living Hall.
“This showcases backyards where people will be able to see the suppliers at the show in action, sort of like Pinterest come to life, from landscaping to fencing and decking, patios and how to put it all together.”
Friday and Saturday nights will also be “Date Night” in the Outdoor Living Hall. That event will feature summer cocktail tastings from Coop Wine Spirits and Beer and grilling tips from the grill master at House of Q.
“The idea is to get people ready to entertain in their back yard, and look at how to best welcome friends and family into that space,” explained Lamontagne.
Other show promotions include Thursday’s industry night — which gives people involved in the businesses associated with the residential construction industry a discounted entry to the show. Sunday is family day with a magician on the main stage at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and activities like kids pasta making and cake decorating with The Local Kitchen.
Hall B will be home to the show’s marketplace again this year. This boutique retail experience brings together unique entrepreneurs, artists and featured local artisans from the Saskatchewan Craft Council as well as workshops on canvas painting and sign making.
The main stage this year will feature a full schedule of local experts from the Saskatoon and Region Home Builder’s Association. Topics include:
- Steps to successful renovating
- Bathrooms for all ages and accessibility
- Zero energy homes
- Is your home actually smart?
- What does the average kitchen cost
- Top 10 elements for success in new home builds or renovations
- Top kitchen trends 2019
- Acreage building 101
The SRHBA has also made it even more affordable to attend the show and take in multiple sessions with a new four-day all access pass for just $20. A one-day pass is still available for $12. New this year, they have also expanded free admission to everyone 17 and under accompanied by an adult
“We’ve tried to make it easier for families to involve everyone in choosing elements of their homes,” explained Lamontagne. “We’ve seen people put Lego pits into new homes, climbing rooms, really anything people can imagine and it’s always great for the builder or renovator to meet the whole family.”
The HomeStyles show runs March 21-24, 2019 at Prairieland Park. Hours of operation are 3-9 p.m. on the Thursday, 1-9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. There is plenty of free outdoor parking at Prairieland Park.
For a full schedule of speakers, events and more, visit homestylesonline.com.