The Home Show
Talk to Chris at the Home Show
Each year we participate in the most popular home shows in the Twin Cities: The Minneapolis Home & Remodeling Show and The Minneapolis Home & Garden Show. If you are planning a project or are looking for ideas, a home show is the perfect place to stop in and talk to Chris about your new home, addition or remodeling project. (More) (Hide)
For the last twenty years, I’ve spent several weekends in the winter and spring talking with people at home shows. Visitors to the home shows come to look for contemporary home plans, see examples of contemporary residential architecture, and see the latest in Twin Cities home remodeling. In the past, when the Minneapolis Convention Center was only three domes and the Spring Home and Garden Show was the only ticket in town, the aisles would consist of a single mass of slow moving people. As an exhibitor you didn’t dare step out of your booth for fear that the crowd would sweep you away.
With the expansion of the Convention Center and the explosion of local home improvement shows it’s not always easy to know which shows are worth your time and what to expect from each of them. Bigger is not always better and just because a show is in your community doesn’t mean it is worth your time. So, let’s break down the best home shows that will give you the biggest bang for your buck and for the time you spend.
If you have a small home maintenance project, want to build a deck, or you are looking for a lawn service, the small community shows may be worth your time. However, if you want to shop for residential architecture services, interior design services, or for a custom home or remodeling contractor, you should consider one of the major shows. That being said, there are a myriad of shows and expos that will try to draw you in. But if you don’t watch out you will end up wasting your time on shows that are filled with exhibitors that use high pressure techniques to sell you cable T.V, pots and pans, or the latest floor cleaning gadget.
In the Twin Cities, the home show season is typically kicked off in late January and ends in early March. However, because the Super Bowl is in Minneapolis in 2018, all of the home shows are delayed several weeks and condensed over a shorter period of time. From the middle of February to early April there will be 4 major home shows, so buckle up it’s going to be bumpy ride. If you want the best these shows have to offer, I recommend attending the first and the last and enjoy a spring break trip in between.
The first show of the season is the Minneapolis Home & Remodeling Show in the US Bank Stadium, February 16-18, 2018. This show is run by the same organization as the Minneapolis Home & Garden Show and features national celebrity guests, local industry experts, and the latest products and services in home design and construction. The high quality of the exhibitors will ensure it will be the resource for creative inspiration and helpful advice for all of your home improvement projects. In addition, you can catch plenty of other presentations and live demonstrations at the Main Stage, featuring local and national experts in home improvement, architecture, remodeling, décor, and more. The full schedule can be found here. Making it easier to attend, Metro Transit is proving free light-rail and bus rides to and from the show all three days. If all that isn’t enough the stadium is spectacular and the view of the Minneapolis skyline is worth the trip on its own.
The season finale and by far the largest show of the year is the Minneapolis Home & Garden Show in the Minneapolis Convention Center for 2 weekends, March 30 – April 1 & April 6 – 8, 2018. This show fills all four domes of the Minneapolis Convention Center and offers the most comprehensive gathering of landscaping and home improvement providers in the Midwest. Almost 90,000 homeowners attend the Minneapolis Home & Garden annually seeking helpful advice, solutions and new products for their next renovation, décor or landscape project. The Minneapolis Home & Garden features high-interest exhibits, high-profile industry personalities and the latest trends to help customers who are ready to move ahead with their home improvement projects.
Upcoming Home Shows
Minneapolis Home & Remodeling Show
Home & Remodeling Show: Booth #1329, February 16-18, 2018
The Minneapolis Home & Remodeling Show, which is at the US Bank Stadium, was new to the home show circuit in 2017 and hosted almost 30,000 visitors in its first season. Get inspired and get started with tons of inspiration and helpful tips to take your home from what you thought was good enough to fantastic. During the three-day show, you can shop, compare and save with hundreds of experts in remodeling your kitchen and bath, décor, flooring and more.
Karl Champley will appear in 2018 on the Main Stage Sponsored by Slumberland Furniture on Friday, February 16, Saturday, February 17, and Sunday, February 18. Karl was the host of the award winning shows DIY to the Rescue, Wasted Spaces and Home & Family on HGTV, DIY and Hallmark Networks. He has hosted over 300 episodes viewed in over 100 million homes in the United States and is seen in Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Turkey and several other countries around the world. Both of his home improvement shows “DIY To The Rescue” and “Wasted Spaces” have won 7 Telly and Aurora awards. Karl was the winner of Ellen’s Design Challenge with Ellen DeGeneres. Reaching the highest viewership HGTV had ever experienced.
Minneapolis Home & Garden Show
Home & Garden Show: March 30 – April 1 & April 6 – 8, 2018 (I am not exhibiting at this show in 2018)
The Minneapolis Home & Garden Show, held in the Minneapolis Convention Center provides hundreds of home improvement experts and over 10,000 square feet of gorgeously landscaped space. You’re sure to leave with tons of ideas for your space.
Matt Muenster from the DIY Network’s Bath Crashers is a licensed contractor and was a featured speaker at the Home and Garden Show in 2017. Matt sees every house project, whether he’s ripping apart dated bathrooms using the latest construction technology or completely gutting his own kitchen as a chance to use his clever ideas to achieve great design while integrating earth-friendly elements. Matt earned his degree in interior design from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He initially got his feet wet designing restaurants and casinos and even worked on the Angolan Project in Africa. Eventually, his fervor for design shifted to the residential sector. His professional experience includes high-end interior design, and he gets an adrenaline rush every time he transforms a boring bathroom into a fantastic one on DIY Network’s Bath Crashers. Check back to see who will be featured at the Home & Garden Show in 2018.
Watch Jonathon Weiss, of Interiors International, interview Chris Doehrmann, AIA, at the Home & Garden Show about Why do I need an architect?
“People always ask me, ‘why do I need an architect?’ The answer is simple, being able to live the way you want in your home. You will spend hundreds of thousands of dollars – why would you want to wake up in your home every day with a list of things you wish you had done differently?” -Chris Doehrmann, AIA