Home show on this weekend at Penticton convention centre

Builders, retailers, local government among those who will be on hand to help with projects big and small

This weekend the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre is going to be taken over by builders and shoppers as the Home and Reno show returns for its 19th annual event.

The annual show is presented by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association South Okanagan and takes place this year on March 1 and 2, with doors opening at 10 a.m..

“Every year from  roofing to landscaping to flooring, there are always new products, said Mike Brar, CHBA South Okanagan president. “Members of the CHBA are really at the forefront of being able to provide those products to consumers.

Construction related exhibitors will be complemented with afternoon seminars and presentations in the north lobby.

They include a green renovation consumer seminar by CHBA-BC’s department G, composting and rain barrel presentation by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen and build it right presentation by the City of Penticton.

The city will also have staff available to preview your building plans, which they started doing at last year’s show.

“People go to a home and reno show looking at eventually doing some renovations.

So it is a good chance for us to be there to let them know what they need in regard to the building permit process,” said Anthony Haddad, director of planning services for the city.

It turned out to be a popular activity at the show. Last year, according to Haddad, building and permitting manager Ken Kunka had a busy time keeping up.

“He had three full days of people booked up for questions and answers about the permit process and building code questions,” said Haddad.

It was a good opportunity, Haddad continued, for people to meet the building department and get some advice before they applied for a building permit for their renovation, their deck addition or whatever they were proposing.

“Sometimes they come in with a formal set of plans sometimes it is on the back of a napkin, but it is the first step in trying to answer some questions they may have regarding their eventual renovation or addition,” said Haddad.

“It’s a one stop shop. Get your plans checked, see new products, and talk to certified and educated trades all at once,” said Brar, adding that there’s a chance for a big payoff for coming to the show.  “We always have a raffle, so with every admission ticket there is an opportunity to win a $2,500 window covering package from Budget Blinds.”

The show is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is $4, which includes an entry in the Budget Blinds raffle.


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