Posted Online: Feb. 05, 2013, 10:49 am
Home Show offers answers on building and remodeling
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By Claudia Loucks, firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone with questions about building or remodeling can find answers at the upcoming Quad Cities Builders & Remodelers Association Home Show.
The 35th annual Home Show -- which will run from Friday, Feb. 8, through Sunday, Feb. 10, at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island -- is a resource to the public, providing information and referrals for construction projects.
This year's new feature is "Before & After," a replica home that showcases projects in their "before" and "after" states in various rooms and areas of a house, including the kitchen, bath, family room, closets, electrical room, outside decks, landscaping, siding and windows.
Julie Awkerman, executive officer of the Quad Cities Builders & Remodelers Association, Davenport, said the purpose of "Before & After" is to help people visualize what they might have in mind for changes to their own homes.
"There will be vendors at the show to talk firsthand with anyone who might have questions about before and after projects," she said. "Like so many people these days, many visitors to our show are looking to take the next step, whether it is to buy or sell a home this year, or stay in their current home and remodel. They want to know what kind of costs they are looking at for products and services, and who they can talk to and get started.
"The QCBR Home Show exhibitors will be able to answer many of these questions in helping visitors to the Home Show get started with their projects."
Home Show exhibitors include companies specializing in building and remodeling, kitchens and bathrooms, repairs and maintenance, flooring and lighting, windows, siding, audio technology, and more.
"Since 1947, the Quad Cities Association has worked to promote and protect the local building industry by providing membership-based programs, networking opportunities, and government representation to builders, developers, trades contractors, suppliers, and industry service providers in the Quad-Cities and surrounding areas," Ms. Awkerman said. "The association works with government, the general public and a variety of business and community organizations."
The QCBR represents more than 300 members working in all facets of the building industry, from general contractors, remodelers and developers to sales and marketing experts, architects, excavators, plumbers, electricians, and financial institutions.
"In short, we bring together all the players in this dynamic and ever-changing industry to meet the primary objective of our association, which is to ensure that local citizens have access to the housing of their choice and the opportunity to realize the American dream of home ownership," Ms. Awkerman said.
She said members of the QCBR provide affordable housing "by promoting healthy economic and building conditions while maintaining a high quality-of-life standard. As the QCBR and its members have a stake in that quality of life, we actively participate in economic development efforts and give back to our community through participation with local charities."
"Our goal is to serve as a resource to the public in providing information and referrals to help citizens enjoy their construction experience," Ms. Awkerman said.
The association facilitates business-to-business networking and provides a wide variety of benefits, such as special members-only events and programs throughout the year, as well as opportunities for continuing education for its members and their employees. The association also coordinates special community events.
For more information on the Quad Cities Builders & Remodelers Association, visit qcbr.org.
35th annual Quad Cities Builders & Remodelers Association Home Show
-- When: Noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10.
-- Where: QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Ave., Rock Island.
-- Cost: $7 at the door, free for youths 16 and younger. Tickets are available at a $1 discount at all Quad-Cities Hy-Vee stores. A $1 discount coupon that can be used when paying at the door is available at qcbr.org. Senior citizens will be admitted for $5 from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8.