Sunday, February 27, 2011


Show visitors are in a buying mood as Seattle Home Show 2011, the nation’s oldest and largest home show, marks the final day of its annual nine day run.

“The public is definitely responding to the current market conditions that make now one of the best times to buy or remodel a home,” said Mike Kalian, executive director of the Seattle Home Show. “Interest rates are about as low as they going to get, and housing prices probably are at near bottom as well. All this combined makes 2011 one of the best years in recent times to move forward on a home purchase or home improvement project.”

In the waning moments of this year’s Show, visitors are enjoying themselves as they stroll among the nearly 600 exhibits devoted to the newest in interior and exterior home improvements. Others are taking the opportunity to sit in on one of the Show’s “Meet the Experts” Seminar Series to get expert insight on their home improvement needs.

Coming up next will be Seattle Home Show 2, the fall edition of the Show. More information, including dates for the 2011 version of Seattle Home Show 2, will be announced in April.

Saturday, February 26, 2011


The mood is upbeat and the crowds are brisk as Seattle Home Show 2011 enters the final weekend of its 67th annual run. Show visitors are taking the opportunity for one last look at “America’s Biggest Open House” as the nation’s oldest and largest home show winds up its final two days.

Show visitors are strolling the aisles to take advantage of the unique “one-stop shopping” opportunity that makes up the Seattle Home Show. They are looking at everything from interior design to roofing as they open their pockets in the concluding days of the Show. Many of the exhibitors also are offering show-only discounts, making Seattle Home Show an even more attractive opportunity to save money.

Check in tomorrow for final updates!

Friday, February 25, 2011


From light therapy for seasonal affective disorder to heating green and healthy, Seattle Home Show is offering visitors the chance to learn from the experts on just about everything relating to the home at its “Meet the Experts” Seminar Series. Designed both to be informative as well as entertaining, the “Meet The Experts” seminars are taught by many of the region’s leaders in all aspects of home design and improvement, including members of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties.

Here’s what is happening now through Sunday:


  • 11:30 AM – Extreme Cost Control for Building & Remodeling (UBuildIt)
  • 12:30 PM – Heating – Green and Healthy (Comfort Glow Heating
  • 1:30 PM – Improve Home Accessibility to Make Life Easier (McAdams Builders)
  • 2:30 PM – Ten Steps to a Quality Remodel – Save Money, Stress & Time (Kitchen Plus)
  • 3:30 PM – Wedi Shower Pan & Wallboard System (Seattle Glass Block)
  • 4:30 PM – Solar Works! The Truth About Costs & Benefits for Solar PV Systems (West Seattle Natural Energy, LLC)
  • 5:30 PM - High Antioxidant Weight Loss Made Simple (Xocai)
  • 6:30 PM – Light Therapy & Seasonal Affective Disorder (Sun Sauna)


Thursday, February 24, 2011

For Baths That Really Shine From the Rest, Visit Seattle Home Show 2011

From tubs and fixtures to full bath remodels, Seattle Home Show 2011 has it all for the Northwest home or condo owner. Show goers are enjoying themselves as they view all the latest for the bath from among dozens of exhibits — all in a single location!

One of the newest offerings making its Seattle debut here is Bath Simple, a new “bath remodel in a box.” This new service allows homeowners to design a bathroom themselves, from the comfort of their home, and then everything they need – from fixtures to grout – is delivered directly to their doorstep. Using the Bath Simple online design program, homeowners can choose a predesigned room vignette in their preferred style. All fixtures, furnishings, and surfaces in this virtual bathroom are customizable via a series of drop-down menus, so they end up with a unique digital visualization that lets them see what their finished bathroom space will look like and what it will cost. Once final, all products needed for the remodel are delivered to the homeowner in a box! Homeowners can either install the bath themselves or use Bath Simple’s network of contractors to install it for them. A key component of this process is a national network of design consultants who are available for in-home visits to answer design questions, provide product and materials samples, and to finalize measurements and product selections.

In addition to Bath Simple, show goers have a variety of options for their bath design and improvement needs available at Seattle Home Show 2, including full service design/build firms such as Norsk Remodeling and Showplace Design as well as others offering tubs, fixtures, tile and more.


Seattle Home Show 2011 visitors are indulging themselves with all the newest and best in entertainment in the home. Everything from home theater to barbeques and more are on display.

At DISH Network, show goers are taking advantage of their visit to this year’s Seattle Home Show to learn more about high quality in home TV experience at the best value, as well as ways DISH Network can provide innovative ways to broaden their living experience beyond the living room. Show visitors can sign up onsite for DISH Network, which provides the highest quality programming and technology at the best value to over 14.2 million satellite TV customers.

For the latest in year round outdoor entertainment, show goers are turning towards Aqua Quip. Not only does the company offer its pool and spas, but fireplaces, outdoor kitchens and more. Among the products drawing visitors to the Aqua Quip booth at Seattle Home Show 2011 is a soda maker that lets consumers make their very own sodas at home.
Check in later for more updates!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Seattle Home Show is Open Today; Last Day for Free Antique Appraisals

The Seattle Home Show is open for business today.

“The streets around Seattle are clear and wet,” said Mike Kalian, Managing Director of the Seattle Home Show. “Temperatures are warming up during the day, so show visitors should have no trouble getting here.”

Today is the last day for show goers to get a free antique appraisal from Dr. Lori, nationally known antiques expert and personality. Her appearances are at 12:30pm and 3:30pm.

The Seattle Home Show continues through Sunday, February 27 at Qwest Field Event Center in downtown Seattle. More information is available at

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

All the best in home financing at Seattle Home Show 2011

With home prices and mortgage interest rates at record lows, now can be a great the time to buy or refinance. At Seattle Home Show 2011, show visitors have taken note and are making the most of the of the opportunity at the Show to talk about their financing needs from a variety of banks and mortgage companies - all in a single location!

Nearly a dozen banks, credit unions and mortgage brokers are on hand to help show goers with their home financing needs, including such local notables as BECU and Washington Federal Savings. At BECU, staff from this leading non-profit credit union are helping show visitors learn more about their home financing options. BECU offers a variety of mortgages, including its HLPR loan for moderate income buyers. Show visitors can even apply for a BECU mortgage or get prequalified for a mortgage onsite.

Monday, February 21, 2011


Seattle Home Show was visited by a very special guest today: Kaci Aitchison, Channel 13’s morning anchor and host of “Mornings with Kaci.”  Kaci and her crew broadcast live from the Show.   Among the Show highlights featured on air were:
- A tour of Timberland Homes “The Vashon II” by interior designer Pam Saftler

- A visit to the Family Fun Corner, including a visit through backyard cottages by Better Built Barns and a look at all that’s trending now for outdoor entertainment by Ben Middlemiss of London Landscaping
- A chat with TV personality, author and Ph.D antiques appraiser Dr. Lori, who is appearing at Seattle Home Show today, tomorrow and Wednesday with “Dr. Lori’s Antiques Appraisal Tour” Dr. Lori will doing appraisals. Come early as appraisals are limited. One item per person, per show.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

It’s Kitchens Galore and More at Seattle Home Show 2011

Kitchen Plus
What’s hot for the home at Seattle Home Show 2011? The answer: kitchens!  At this the 67th annual run of the nation’s oldest and largest home show, visitors are definitely flocking to see the latest word in kitchen design and more. 

At Kitchen Plus, show goers are arriving in droves to see examples of ways they can transform the look of their kitchens by this award winning kitchen and bath remodeler.   Not only is Kitchen Plus one of the top remoderlers in the region, but the company offers  its “On Time, On Budget” guarantee on all its projects.  If Kitchen Plus does not deliver a project on time and on budget, it will pay the homeowner $200 a day for every day the project goes over.
Gateway Distributors
For cooking appliances that really sizzle, consumers are finding the latest word in home cooking technology, including products from Gateway and Bradlee Distributors.  At Gateway Distributors, show visitors are gravitating towards  products such Viking ranges in a wide range of colors from stainless steel to cobalt blue, while Bradlee is offering them a look at such products as the new SUBZERO 27 inch all freezer or all refrigerator units.
Bradlee Distributors

For those who just want a kitchen facelift, rather than remodel, show  visitors are visiting Granite Transformations, who  can help them transform the look of their current kitchen using their existing counters and cabinets  rather than replacing them.  In particular, their unique counter replacement system enables consumers to transform their old counters into the look and feel of real granite, at a fraction of the cost.

Granite Transformations

Saturday, February 19, 2011


Western Washington Toyota Dealers at Seattle Home Show 2011

A Toyota test drive at Seattle Home Show 2011 means free admission, thanks to Western Washington Toyota Dealers.  Visit the Qwest Field North Lot during the show, and test drive a Toyota from your Western Washington Toyota Dealers and receive two free admissions to the Seattle Home show!


The Vashon II
Crowds are brisk and consumers are in a buying mood as Seattle Home Show 2011 marks its opening day. 

On Idea Street, show visitors are lining up for a first hand tour of the latest in home design.  Making its Northwest debut on this year’s Idea Street is The Vashon II, a three bedroom, two bath rambler by Timberland Homes.  The 1638 Vashon II offers visitors a warm, comfortable living experience with a lush opulent look – but priced at an affordable $172,000, built and delivered to the customer’s site.  Interiors are by PCS Design.  Outside, Malone’s Landscaping has created a complementary landscape, including a waterfall.
Family Outdoor Fun Corner

Adjacent to Timberland Homes is a Seattle Home Show first –the Family Outdoor Fun Corner.  This fun-filled exhibit features something for everyone, from a huge oversized play set for the youngest members of the family to all the finest in outdoor living.  Designed by London Landscaping, the Family Outdoor Fun Corner includes outdoor grills, a spa and other features from Aqua Quip, a freestanding pizza oven and fireplace by Belgard, and outdoor play equipment by Rainbow Systems. Rounding out the corner is a cabin – complete with wraparound porch – and shed by Better Built Barns, which can be used for entertaining or for the overnight guest.
Coast Cabins
Next on Idea Street is a cozy cabin display by Coast Cabins.  These environmentally friendly buildings have the look and feel of real wood cabins, but in actuality are made with a proprietary tongue and groove technology that can be erected using only a rubber mallet.  Coast Cabins are available either as kits for the do it yourselfer or can be constructed onsite by the company.  A garden by Legacy Landscaping completes the display.

Aurora Quality Buildings
Rounding out Idea Street is a display of mini-cabins and outbuildings by Aurora Quality Buildings. These mini-cabins are constructed ahead of time by Aurora and then transported to the customer’s sight, making them ideal either for backyard cottages or for remote locations.

Today’s visitors included KIRO TV news, which photographed a number of exhibits at the Show as well as interviewed several show visitors and exhibitors. Look for coverage on upcoming KIRO broadcasts!


See CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG in person at the American Family Insurance booth from 1-4pm on Saturday, February 19 and Saturday, February 26.

Friday, February 18, 2011


Saws, paint and plants are going in as final touches are being put in place for Saturday’s opening of the 67th annual run of the Seattle Home Show, the nation’s oldest and largest home show.

Once the exhibits are in place, the red carpets will be rolled down the aisles in anticipation of the throngs of visitors who will stroll through this year’s Show.

Seattle Home Show 2011 opens tomorrow February 19 through 27 at 10AM for its annual nine day run!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

It's Move-In Time for Seattle Home Show 2011

It’s move-in time for the Home Sweet Seattle Home Show as the exhibitors for the 2011 show prepare their exhibits for the exciting nine-day run. The sound of hammers and power saws echo through Qwest Field Event Center, with forklifts and trucks maneuvering loads that will become model homes, window and door displays and dozens of booths showing the latest kitchens, baths, technology and more.
Landscapers will soon be bringing in pickups full of plants and trees, soil and bark and blooming flowers to dress up the Idea Street model home displays and the new Family Outdoor Fun Corner display.

The big show opens Saturday, February 19th and thousands of eager visitors will gather information on products and services to improve their homes, condominiums and apartments. If they can’t take it all in with just one visit, they can take advantage of “Too Much to See, Come Back for Free,” with free return admission on another day.

Sunday night, antiques expert Dr. Lori flies in to prepare for her antiques appraisal seminars – 2 each day – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Visitors should come early with their antiques and collectibles to get the opinion – trinket or treasure – from this nationally known personality.

When the doors open Saturday at 10am, everything will be ready for you to enjoy “America’s Biggest Open House”.

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