Home Shows Are A Great Way To Get Home Improvement Ideas

If you haven’t attended a home show yet, let me share with you my most recent experience, so that you can determine if it might be worthwhile for you to attend one. It is a great place to get home improvement ideas under one roof. While home shows are usually not free to attend, the small investment of $10 or so per person can have a big payoff if you are actively looking for home improvement ideas.

Recently I attended my local Home And Patio Show and found over 200 vendors displaying everything from lighting fixtures to African violets. It’s impressive, there is so much to see and absorb, take some paper and pencil or a camera to document any great ideas that you want to capture.

There were many vendors that showcased outdoor patio treatments, including paving materials, pools, lighting, and outdoor kitchens. There were landscape architects that presented ways to create a landscape plan for your home. There were several vendors with hot tubs that could be installed in an outdoor deck.

Some vendors provide support services to homeowners such as security systems, insect control, and insurance. Others display tools and equipment that could be useful to a homeowner such as the Big Ladder. I have seen this product demonstrated several times and it still amazes me, how easily it converts from one size to another, can be supported on uneven surfaces, and can be used as scaffolding.

There were several vendors which displayed and demonstrated replacement windows, siding, and painting solutions. Yes, you can buy regular exterior paint or something called liquid siding, which is warranted to last longer than paint. If you want outbuildings such as sheds or saunas, this is the place to check them out.

One entrepreneur had created a heavy-duty liner which could be used as an insert for your SUV so you could carry rocks and logs without damaging the inside of your vehicle. After emptying your load, just wash out the liner with a hose, let it dry, and put it away. I was impressed, but I don’t have an SUV.

Another big area of focus was interior floor, kitchen counter, and kitchen cabinet choices. This is a great way to find out the latest materials and treatments that are available. If you have questions regarding something you’ve seen in magazines, take the magazine with you and ask away.

The show took me several hours to go through and I learned a lot. When you start, make sure you get a map or listing of the vendors. Mark which ones are a must visit from your perspective, and start walking.

It’s really important to stop and ask questions. It’s not a high pressure sales situation, just an opportunity to get some basic information and determine if you’d like to speak with someone from the company again. The representatives at the show want to answer your questions, otherwise it would be a very boring 2 or 3 day time for them.

Make sure to take a canvas bag with you, because you’ll be leaving with lots of goodies. This show I left with my canvas bag overflowing, a floor lamp and a yard stick. The lamp I purchased while the yardstick was a freebie.

Great Home Improvement Ideas for the New Year

The New Year might be well and done but it doesn’t mean that home improvements are over. Quite the opposite actually since new materials, designs and ideas are only starting to appear for 2011. There are quite a number of great ideas that people including housewives and handicraft enthusiasts can try on or experiment on.

From your child’s room down to the bathroom, everything can be easily fixed and ordered to create wonderful looking interiors. Find the right partner for the outside and you can definitely create great exteriors or completely redesign your outdoors, backyard or front porch.

Here are several great home improvement ideas that you can use in order to make breathe new life into your home.

1. For interiors, the many interior designers believe that 2011 will mark the passing of the torch to minimalism. Get rid of all the useless things that make your home a clutter. Focus on getting your home more breathing space which will in turn help you and your family live a little lighter.

2. For exteriors particularly for backyards listen up. One underused home improvement idea is the use of gas firepits in your backyard. Why you ask? Well having a gas firepit handy will usually spell fun for you and your family. Instead of going out-of-town for a camping trip to sleep under the stars and share ghost stories with your kids, you can stay in the comforts of your own home and camp out. Using your gas firepit you can even roast marshmallows and cook hotdogs in the evening to have a completely unforgettable time with your whole family.

3. Another underused home improvement idea is to get non-fluorescent lights in some areas of your house. You have to remember though that these lights should be placed on areas within the interior that does not usually cater to reading. If you have a den which you use primarily for watching movies, try replacing those lights and have a warmer lights installed. With warm lights, you get to have a better ambient light on your den which makes it more homely or cozier to relax on.

So far these are only several home improvement ideas that you can use to get a good idea of what the new trend for this year would be. There are other sources of information that you can use in order to find out other home improvement and DIY ideas.

Magazines are a great source of information, while oftentimes dated compared to the information available online or rather on the Internet it is still a great idea to read those articles especially since most of the major home improvement employ big names in the interior design and landscaping world. Hitting the Internet forums can also give you a good grasp of what you should be doing with your home in general. You also get to swap ideas with other like-minded individuals on the dos and don’ts of home improvement. The most important thing is you’ll be able to improve and promote change in your house for the New Year.