From lighting to flooring to siding for your home, from techniques to tips on remodeling, over a dozen EM NARI members were on stage at this year's New England Home Show at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston to answer the burning DIY questions of homeowners at the show. The smells from the specialty food booths drew people in but the talent of our EM NARI Education stage presenters got them to stay.
Cathy Doucet of Doucet Remodeling & Design, Inc. led two sessions on entitled: “Designing Spaces for the Whole Family...Grab Bars are for Everyone!” The attendees who braved the stormy weekend were very interested to learn ways of incorporating Universal Design into their homes. Just back from an exciting week at KBIS in Las Vegas, Cathy was armed with the latest information on products that help professionals make spaces both accessible and beautiful. Several couples attended to learn about “Aging in Place” while other families came to find out how they might incorporate accessibility into their homes to assist the physical and emotional disabilities of family members. There was at least one audience participant who was planning to attend ALL of the NARI seminars because she wants to do renovations next year and is trying to gain as much information as possible so she will be well prepared!
The weekend featured a full slate of 22 seminars by EM NARI members. The topics ranged from tips about remodeling to organization, to making homes greener! Saturday afternoon, Kevin O’Connor, host of PBS’s This Old House took the stage to present a retrospective on the past 35 years of the program. Sunday afternoon, attendees were thrilled to learn great ways to use the Mass Save program to save money and make their home more efficient.
As for me, there was good news! I found lots of homeowners were ready to beat the winter and start their projects -- and they have started the process here with EM NARI members. In my own presentation, Make Your Materials Matter and Shop Sustainable: Mastering FSC Wood and Marketplace, people were looking for more options…more colors, more sustainable options, and just more variety. Materials such as lumber are popular as a guaranteed pressure class for high quality, but it is how materials are being USED that makes the difference. Rethinking materials is the first step in regaining or reworking your brand awareness. Of course attending events like the Home Show, gets your name and products out there… but knowing the latest trends helps you get in front of the competition.
Thank you to all of our EM NARI members who participated in the Home Show!
In case you missed it, be sure to check out the Home Show at Patriot Place in Foxboro, MA.
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By: Meghan Landry, F. D. Sterritt Lumber Co.