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posted: 7/27/2012 5:00 AM

Home Show returns with ideas, inspiration

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Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles will spotlight professionals in the homebuilding industry when The Old House New House Home Show arrives in September.

About 300 of the area's award-winning contractors, talented designers, creative craftsmen, skilled carpenters, landscape architects and home maintenance specialists will bring exhibits to the home show Sept. 29 and 30. Learn practical pointers, design basics and tips from the trades at Pheasant Run, 4051 E. Main St. (North Avenue) in St. Charles.

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Now in its 28th year, this best-in-class event attracts thousands of homeowners in search of solutions for home improvement projects. Show hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Adult admission is $7; seniors (62 and older) and children (younger than 18) attend free. Parking is free. A portion of the ticket proceeds benefits Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley, a partner philanthropy.

Homeowners can see the latest trends in kitchens, baths, basements, additions, architecture, landscaping, roofing, waterproofing, flooring, tile design, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, painting, decorating and more. Catch the spark of creativity from industry experts, share ideas and gather the resources to tackle home improvements with ease.

This outstanding event helps homeowners research options, demystify projects and learn the language of renovation. Attendees can meet experts face-to-face, learn important factors to consider and make well-informed decisions for any home improvements, large or small.

A variety of workshops are included with admission, including:

• Lou Manfredini, Mr. Fix It. Enjoy Manfredini's humorous, helpful and hands-on approach to homeownership. From maintenance and upkeep to cutting-edge green renovations, Manfredini shares his expertise and enthusiasm for home improvements.

• Ten Steps to the Perfect Room. Sally Morse, creative director for Hunter Douglas, who will present this new workshop loaded with practical pointers and decorating know-how. This dynamic presenter has her finger on the pulse of new trends for color and design.

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