What makes a house a home?
For Winston-Salem, affordable, quality housing is one of the stronger selling points of life here. Luckily, a local organization is celebrating its 30th year of ongoing initiatives that support Twin City homeowners with education and inspiration—not to mention the motivation to tackle the honey-do list.
The Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem (HBAWS) will kick off the 30th anniversary of the Triad Home & Garden Show on Friday, Feb. 15, bringing dozens of local companies and industry experts to the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds for a three-day event that highlights popular residential trends. A favorite February happening for area residents, the Triad Home & Garden Show offers product information for indoor and outdoor projects, along with four on-site garden area displays, educational seminars, and prize giveaways—an ideal midwinter precursor to spring.
“The Triad Home & Garden Show is the largest and longest-running consumer show in this area with over 100 vendors,” says Bev Hayes, director of communications and member services for HBAWS. “Visitors can connect with professionals in the industry face-to-face, while learning about the best products and services for all of their home and garden projects.”
Established in 1959, the Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem is a nonprofit trade association of building professionals affiliated with the North Carolina Home Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders. HBAWS represents builder members in Forsyth and Stokes counties involved in residential and commercial building and remodeling, and land development activities; and associate member businesses and professionals engaged in activities related to the building industry.
“The Triad Home & Garden Show is a fantastic opportunity for customers to have three days to meet with over 100 local industry professionals all under one roof with vendors and builders catering to home improvement and gardening,” says Aubrey Stimpson, 2019 HBAWS president. “This year, there will some be educational seminars and a fun area to occupy kids.”
New for 2019, HBAWS is partnering with Kaleideum North to present Kidzone, an area with activities for children and their families. Kaleideum’s mission of “inspiring wonder, curiosity, and lifelong learning in children and community” is achieved through interactive play and discovery and the organization’s exhibits and programming fuse STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), literacy, and arts education into an integrated approach to learning.
While the kids are learning with Kaleideum, adults can get a head start on their home renovation, remodeling and maintenance projects at Learning Stop, a slate of related seminars hosted by Erik Anders, of DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen and Anderson-Moore Builders. The classes are free to Triad Home & Garden Show attendees.
Food trucks will be onsite at the Triad Home & Garden Show, offering easy lunch and dinner options. Prize drawings will also be held throughout the show and will feature a variety of home and garden products.
“This is a fantastic chance to plan remodel and building projects, including outdoor living spaces and aging-in-place products and services,” Hayes says. “Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from Triad Home & Garden Show will be given to Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County, helping them to provide safe, comfortable, affordable homes and continuing the tradition of 27 years giving back to Habitat.”