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, The Minneapolis Lake Home & Cabin 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 home plans, see examples of contemporary, transitional, and traditional 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. There are more home shows to choose from now and you can choose the show that is right for you.
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. From the end of January to early March there will be 4 major home shows with two of them happening on the same weekend so I will only be at three.
The first show of the season is the Minneapolis Home & Remodeling Show in the US Bank Stadium, January 25 – 27, 2019. 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. 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.
Next in line is the Minneapolis Lake Home & Cabin Show in the Minneapolis Convention Center February 15 – 17, 2019. It is well-run and draws high-quality exhibitors for the lake home and cabin market. Whether you are building new or already have a cabin or lake home and want to add on, this is the show for you. This show regularly has the largest selection of architects of all of the shows and because of the size you will have time to talk to each of them without being overwhelmed by the need to run to the next exhibitor. You will find everything for your special getaway home as the cabin comes indoor for the weekend. The very best companies specializing in lake and cabin country products and services will be ready to meet you. You will also find loads of information and resources at the show, along with seminars and activities scattered throughout the show.
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, February 22 – 24 & February 28 – March 3, 2019. 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, January 25-27, 2019
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.
Kevin O’Connor will appear in 2019 on the Main Stage Sponsored on Friday, January 25, Saturday, January 26, and Sunday, January 27. Kevin is the host of the Emmy Award-winning series, This Old House and Ask This Old House. He has appeared on the two shows since 2003 and serves on the editorial board of This Old House magazine. Kevin is also the host of This New House airing on the DIY Network and host of History Through Your House airing on the History Channel’s H2 network.
Kevin, along with his four brothers and two sisters, grew up on various job sites led by his father, a civil engineer. Years later he remains an avid home enthusiast. When Kevin, a lifelong fan of This Old House, and his wife, Kathleen, were renovating their 1892 Queen Anne Victorian they sent an e-mail seeking advice from the Ask This Old House experts. To their surprise and delight, the house call served as Kevin’s first screen test to serve as the new host, the third host in the history of the pioneer home improvement series.
Minnesota Lake Home & Cabin Show
Lake Home & Cabin Show: Booth #856 &857, February 15-17, 2019
The Minnesota Lake Home & Cabin Show, which is at the Minneapolis Convention Center, is Minnesota’s jumpstart to summer at the lake. There’s nothing better than a long weekend at the lake home or cabin with family and friends and The Lake Home and Cabin Show will bring the cabin inside for you. Everything for your special getaway home will be there. The very best companies specializing in lake and cabin products and services will be ready to meet you.
Now in its 15th year, the Lake Home & Cabin Show is Minnesota’s ONLY show that specializes in second homes and the second home lifestyle. If you own a lake home, cottage or cabin or you want to own one this is a truly unique and focused event you’ll want to experience. There will be features for everyone. Wild about Raptors presented by The Raptor Center will have performances each day on the Northwood’s Seminar Stage. For the cabin foodies Chef Patrick Moore the “Getaway Gourmet” will present Quick Cabin Bites each day on the Getaway Gourmet Cooking Stage. In addition to these events more seminars, activities, and events will occur every hour on the Northwood’s Seminar Stage.
Minneapolis Home & Garden Show
Home & Garden Show: Booth # 2723, February 22 – 24 & March 1 – 3, 2019
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.
Pull up a chair at the Main Stage as HGTV’s Property Brothers Drew & Jonathan Scott will appear live on Saturday, February 23, 2019. Drew and Jonathan are hosts of the top-rated, Emmy-nominated, and Canadian Screen Awards-winning HGTV series Property Brothers as well as Buying & Selling, Brother vs. Brother, and other shows that are enjoyed by millions of viewers in over 150 countries. All three of the Scott brothers’ books – Builder Brothers: Big Plans, It Takes Two: Our Story, and Dream Home: The Property Brothers’ Ultimate Guide to Finding & Fixing Your Perfect House – are New York Times best sellers. In 2017, there were named Habitat Humanitarians, the highest recognition offered by Habitat for Humanity. For more information about Drew and Jonathan, please visit DrewAndJonathan.com or ScottLivingHome.com.
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