Fall home show returns this weekend
by MDJ staff
September 02, 2014 04:00 AM | 1442 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The 31st annual Fall Atlanta Home Show and new Outdoor Living Expo will take place Friday through Sunday at the Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Pkwy. near Vinings.

Hundreds of exhibitors will showcase the latest home products and services for both indoor and outdoor living. Landscape designer Ahmed Hassan, original host of HGTV’s and DIY Network’s “Yard Crashers,” will speak Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m., headlining a roster of exciting speakers who will appear throughout the event. It is owned and produced by SEMCO Productions LLC, a Roswellbased company specializing in trade show production, event marketing and conferences.

“Here in Atlanta, we are fortunate to enjoy year-round outdoor living,” said SEMCO President Michael Schoppenhorst, also the show’s director. “Our attendees have told us they are especially interested in ideas about how to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces and smoothly transition from one to the other. With the combination of the Fall Atlanta Home Show and Outdoor Living Expo, people can learn about the latest products and services inside and outside the home including kitchens, baths, porches, decks, pools, outdoor kitchens, landscaping, heating and air conditioning, insulation, fireplaces and so much more.

“The show’s featured speaker, Ahmed Hassan, is ideally suited to address the topic of outdoor living. He’s well-known from his hits on HGTV and DIY Network and his presentations are very popular. … One lucky person and a guest will win the opportunity to have brunch with him on Saturday before his first presentation. Details on how to enter the contest will be posted on the Atlanta Home Show’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ atlantahomeshow.”

Buckhead resident Tonya M. Williams, a Realtor who has appeared or will appear on HGTV’s “Design to Sell,” “Bang for your Buck” and “Urban Oasis,” is speaking at the show for the seventh year. She will talk about creating outdoor livable spaces Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m.

“The show is very unique in that people in the fall, they’re almost nesting now that summer’s gone and the weather is colder,” Williams said. “The focus shifts entirely to your home and you want to do quick fix and spruce up (your home) and beautifying for the holidays and going into the new year. Generally people don’t take on huge projects but what I call busy projects because they’re dressing (homes) for the holidays. They want a comfortable space to entertain in.”

One of the most popular exhibits each year is the SeeThru House, staffed by the experts of ConsultAHomePro.com. Here, attendees will learn what happens behind a home’s walls, above the ceiling and under the floor, and can ask questions and discuss ideas with plumbers, electricians, carpenters, general contractors and other professionals who will be at the exhibit every day.

The 3,000-square-foot exhibit is designed to demonstrate the internal workings of a home including plumbing, decking, electrical systems, security, fireplaces, insulation and more.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. General Admission tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the show’s entrance and online at www. AtlantaHomeShow.com.

Northside, Sandy Springs and Vinings Neighbor Newspaper News Editor Everett Catts contributed to this report.

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