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Falling housing prices, tighter lending restrictions and less mobility among homeowners has reshaped the current housing market. Maximizing existing spaces and places have become a priority for today's homeowner.
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The Old House New House Home Show returns for its 27th year on Feb. 11-13 to Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St. in St. Charles.
Since 1984, contractors, designers and craftsmen have gathered to present industry trends as well as traditional home improvements. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Adult admission is $7; senior admission, age 62 and older, is $4; and children under 18 attend free. Parking is free. A portion of the ticket proceeds benefits the Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley.
Homeowners can see cutting-edge innovations, explore building materials, find timesaving services and build inspiration to customize, update and refresh home environments. Deluxe displays from 300 experts will feature the latest in kitchens, bathrooms, additions, landscaping, interior design, painting, patios, ponds, sun rooms, basements, home automation, storage solutions, window treatments, waterproofing, roofing, windows, doors, floors and more.
The grand prize is a $1,000 home show gift certificate to use with the exhibitor of choice. Homeowners can enter to win and there is no purchase necessary. See website for contest rules.
Industry experts share tips from the trades with workshops on: "Designing Your Dream Kitchen," presented daily at noon by Barbara Quatroke of Q's Cabinet Shoppe; "Inspired Interiors," presented daily at 1 p.m. by Loren Reid Seaman of LRS Design; and "Blueprint for a Greener Home," presented daily at 2 p.m. by Michael Pudlik of Legacy Builders, Ron Rous of Tankless Technologies and Joe Konopacki of Insight Property Services.
Workshops are included with admission and seating is limited.
Green innovations and sustainable improvements continue to be popular among homeowners. Home energy audits, infrared thermographic imaging, tankless water heaters, rainwater harvesting, low and no VOC paints, bamboo flooring, geothermal heat will be showcased, offering homeowners greater energy-efficiency, reduced consumption and conscientious home living.
New exhibitors include: Instone Masonry Veneer of Alsip, Old World Millworks of DeKalb, Airoom and Elevations Renovations of Lincolnwood, Illinois Infrared Imaging of Elgin, Davis Roofing of Arlington Heights, All American Decorative Concrete of Woodridge and U.S. Waterproofing of Rolling Meadows.
Mature homeowners, not yet ready to sell in this market, can investigate options with Aging-in-Place experts, Don and Carole Williams of Bathcrest in Elmhurst, who specialize in bathroom safety products.
With lower interest rates, excellent opportunities are available in this market for refinance. Lending experts, Steve DePolis from U.S. Bank and Lana Haske of Avenue Mortgage will be available with helpful information on lowering monthly payments, shortening the duration of a loan or freeing up valuable equity for home improvements. Homebuyers, especially first-time purchasers, are benefiting from the high number of homes available for sale, lower interest rates and reduced price points.
Join hundreds of seasoned experts at The Old House New House Home Show and catch the spark of creativity from certified kitchen designers, landscape architects, skilled remodelers, custom cabinet makers, flooring specialists, garden coaches and countertop specialists.
For a current exhibitor list, directions to Pheasant Run, contest rules or a printable $1 off admission coupon, visit www.kennedyproductions.com or call (630) 515-1160 for more information.