published Friday, February 24th, 2012

More than 450 booths, great giveaways at Tri-State Home Show

Whether you are redecorating, remodeling or building a new home, you’ll find information pertinent to your project at the 46th annual Tri-State Home Show.

The annual expo sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga and EPB Fiber Optics opens today for a three-day run in the Chattanooga Convention Center.

This huge expo will feature 237 vendors displaying their products in more than 450 booths. Every aspect of home-building is covered, from roofing to basement waterproofing.

Elaborate displays lure visitors with the latest looks in kitchens, baths, windows, flooring, brick work and tile. Landscapers and designers set up impressive vignettes showcasing their creativity.

Teresa Groves, executive officer of the Home Builders Association, said new vendors will include Garage Shapeups, Buff & Coat, Bernina Sew N Quilt Shop, Carpet Wholesale Outlet, Two Sisters & Jane Interiors, ERMC Security Solutions and Integrity Storm Shelters.

Also new to the show are HGH Construction, Cox Interiors, Decorating Den Interiors, Wood Creations & Restorations, Liquid Landscapes Aquatic Design, Landscape Illumination, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, Osteen Construction and Soot Busters Chimney Sweep.

Groves stressed that the show isn’t just for folks who are remodeling or building.

“A lot of people just want to come and look at what the newest trends are. We have a lot of home accessories and home products that people can buy,” she said.

To entertain children, Groves said, “Star Wars” characters will be on-site Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To entertain their dads, a visit to the “man cave” is in order. Groves said the Home Builders Association is presenting the new man cave: an indulgence in state-of-the-art sound with a TV and pool table.

Groves said a portion of the weekend’s proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Chattanooga and the American Red Cross’ tornado relief fund. Both nonprofits will have booths in the expo for visitors to learn more about their work.

about Susan Pierce...

Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...

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