HBA Home and Lifestyle Show: Here's your chance to "Ask the Experts"

2014-04-03T10:13:00Z HBA Home and Lifestyle Show: Here's your chance to "Ask the Experts" nwitimes.com
April 03, 2014 10:13 am

New to the Home & Lifestyle Show for 2014: Face-painting for the kids from 12-2pm both days and LeRoy’s “Hot Stuff” will be providing concessions.

The annual Home & Lifestyle Shows sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Northwest Indiana (HBA) will once again bring together builders and associated industry professionals at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point April 5-6.

Featuring the areas leading home improvement, remodeling and new home construction experts, the Home & Lifestyle Show gives you the opportunity to make connections with service providers and see a wide range of products - from the very latest offerings to those that are tried and true - so you can optimize the space, natural assets, comfort and style of your home.

“As a more traditional home improvement show, our focus in on the exchange of ideas,” HBA Executive Officer Vicky Gadd said. “It’s about inspiring people to enjoy their homes. What’s really great about the Home & Lifestyle Show is the fact that you’ll be primarily talking to small business owners, the people who in most cases are doing the work. Not only are they experts in their fields, they keep up with new ideas and will be displaying the latest trends. It’s all here, under one roof.”

Whether you want to redesign the flow of your kitchen, transform your master bath into a relaxation spa, create a new space for that game room/hobby room/exercise room/man cave you’ve been dreaming about, upgrade your outdoor living area or learn more about energy efficiency, the Home & Lifestyle show offers all the expertise and tools you need to get the job done.

Plus, this is definitely the place to find complete solutions for any challenges your having in your home with all the products and expert advice you need to make your home more safe, comfortable, energy-efficient and down right gorgeous.

You can explore the latest trends in entertainment systems, sunrooms, heating and cooling, home security and window treatments. Talk to the experts about your home maintenance challenges and find solutions. Green up that lawn, exterminate those pests and enjoy a new patio this spring.

“Come out and explore all types of home and lifestyle improvement,” Gadd said. “Along with the great displays, our talented vendors look forward to advising people so they will be re-inspired to do great things for their home.”

Plus, new this year, LeRoy’s “Hot Stuff” will be providing concessions.

Leroy Fores established his signature restaurant after purchasing Randlers in 1990. With the vision of a working mans’ establishment serving only the highest quality foods – Mexican cuisine just like they make in Mexico plus a great selection of American favorites - Leroy's "Hot Stuff" has become a staple of the Duneland community.

As a result, Leroy's is always looking to give back to the community that made it so successful. Each year they sponsor the Annual Rebuilding Together Poker Run in April (other causes are supported with Poker Runs as well) and close out the summer with Porter's Perfect Pint, a micro-brew fest that supports the local parks and the fire department.

Join the HBA April 5-6 in Lake County for expert advice, fresh ideas and sensible solutions to all your home improvement, remodeling and product purchasing needs.

Look for a complete schedule of events including face painting for the kids from 12-2pm both days at www.hbanwi.com.


For Your Info:

The Home & Lifestyle Show

Sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Northwest Indiana

Lake County Fairgrounds

889 S Court Street | Crown Point, IN

Saturday, April 5, 9am-6pm

Sunday, April 6, 10am-5pm

Admission $7 for adults (children under 18 free)

$2 off coupon available in The Times


About The Home Builders Association of Northwest Indiana . . .

“The Strength of a Nation Lies in the Homes of its People”

--Abraham Lincoln

The Home Builders Association of Northwest Indiana is a not-for-profit trade association of builders and associated industry professionals dedicated to promoting the American Dream of home ownership.

The noteworthy history of this Association is reflected in the leadership of the top builders and developers in Northwest Indiana, along with the participation and support of thousands of associate members representing various trades and businesses.

For more than 50 years, the members of the Association have worked locally, statewide, and nationally to enhance the building industry in Northwest Indiana. The members of HBA of NWI are at the forefront of the creation of a multitude of developments in both counties, with a focus on providing the residents of Northwest Indiana with affordable, quality housing.

Over the years the Association has produced a very successful Parades of Homes showcasing the latest in homebuilding and remodeling and Home & Garden (now Home & Lifestyle) Shows featuring products and ideas for home building and improvement. Thousands of visitors attend these events annually. Also, members have supported charities in both counties by donating funds or organizing and participating fundraising events and building projects.

With the resources and leadership of both counties combined into a regional Association, the Home Builders Association of Northwest Indiana is able to offer its members more opportunities for business and encourage new business relationships that cross county lines.

The Home Builders Association of Northwest Indiana seeks to provide a unified approach to development, a powerful voice in the formulation of local policies that affect housing, and consumer education about affordable and innovative home construction options. The Association’s goal is to promote well-planned growth, development, and building standards that will provide the residents of Northwest Indiana with quality and affordable housing in the future.

For more info:

Home Builders Association of Northwest Indiana

800 East 86th Avenue, Suite A | Merrillville, IN


Vicky Gadd, Executive Officer


Upcoming HBA events:

June 21-29

2014 HBA of NWI Parade of Homes, Northwest Indiana's Premier Home Tour


Use this checklist from the HBA when selecting a builder or remodeler for your home:

• Contact the Home Builders Association of Northwest Indiana for the names of member builders and remodelers or go to our website: www.hbanwi.org. You can also ask family, friends or coworkers for recommendations.

• Make sure the builder or home remodeler has a permanent business location and a good reputation with local banks and suppliers.

• Find out how long they have been in the building business. It usually takes three to five years to establish a financially sound business. You want to make sure they will be around after the construction is complete to service any warranties.

• Check out the company's rating and if there have been any complaints filed with your local Better Business Bureau.

• Make sure the builder/remodeler has sufficient workers compensation and general liability insurance. If not, you may be liable for any construction-related accidents on your premises.

• Ask the builder/remodeler to provide you with names of previous customers. If they won't, beware. If they do, ask the customers if they would hire the builder/remodeler again.

• Ask if you can see the builder/remodelers work, both completed and in progress. Check for quality of workmanship and materials.

• Do you feel you can easily communicate with the builder/remodeler? Remember you will be in close contact with them throughout the construction process and afterward as you live in your new home.

• Make sure the builder/remodeler provides you with a complete and clearly written contract. The contract will benefit both of you. If you are having a new home built, get and review a copy of the home warranty and homeowner manual as well.

• Be cautious of unusually low-priced bids. If the builder/remodeler is unable to pay for the materials and labor as the project proceeds, this may indicate a potential problem. Keep in mind that less expensive does not necessarily mean better!

• Verify that your remodeler is an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Renovator if you are planning work in a pre-1978 home that will disturb more than six square feet of painted surfaces inside the home or 20 square feet on the exterior of the home.

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