FEBRUARY 10, 1997
Erickson & Associates' exhibit will feature a small residential, custom greenhouse, similar to this one.
Photo courtesy of Jim Erickson.
by Andrew Walgamott
The Seattle Home Show, February 15-23, might be renamed the Woodinville Home Show, since so many local companies are participating. With exhibits from roofing to flooring, fencing to conservatories, stained glass to masonry fireplaces, the floor of the Kingdome and attached pavilion becomes a Mecca for the do-it-yourselfer and others looking to improve their homes.
From the ground up, local businesses display how to build and outfit a house.
Pacific Topsoils of Bothell supplies landscape material for a model home and garden between the dome and pavilion. Pacific expects to truck in 200 yards of gravel, mulch, and soil in four days for the ground-up feature home and garden.
Knoll Lumber and Hardware, a carpenters union, and the Seattle Chapter of the American Association of Interior Designers are building a country bungalow to be donated to Easter Seals Society of Washington.
Interested in in-floor radiant heat? The Janes Company of Woodinville demonstrate their cost-effective method of heating a house. Tubing carries hot water from a central boiler through the flooring of homes.
Omar's Built-In Vacuums offers a quiet and powerful way for homeowners to clean house. Built into the walls is a vacuum system run through a central motor. Hoses, like regular vacuum attachments, plug into the walls. The advantage: "The house gets cleaner, because you're not recirculating dust," says Vee Vee Mosher.
Pella Windows and Doors, 25-year veterans of the home show, bring windows with high insulation values and several types of doors this year.
All Pro Blind Cleaners will have ongoing seminars on their ultrasonic method of cleaning horizontal, vertical, and cloth blinds.
Replace your sliding screen doors with a rollaway screen. At Woodinville's Chalet Screen booth, see how the new Phantom screen system slides into a tube mounted beside a door, disappearing when not in use.
Mark Olson of Unique Art & Glass is bringing examples of his stained glass. In the neighborhood for twenty years, some of his work can be seen in Lake of the Woods, Aspenwood, and The Farm.
Michael Homchick Stoneworks, specialists in stone countertops, floors, and walls, feature Russian, Swedish, and German masonry fireplace styles.
AMPAC, distributors of roofing material, presents shingle, shake, tile, composition, pressure treated cedar, and other ways to protect your home from the elements above.
Terminix of Bothell will have photos and features on general pest control at their booth. In business since 1927, Terminix has been moving towards minimum use of chemicals in deterring pests from residential, commercial, and hospital buildings.
Warmth, light, view: benefits of a sunroom, according to Kevin Callahan of Tropical Construction. Callahan will have a Lindal cedar sunroom on display.
Malke Construction, general remodelers, is also bringing an attachable prefabricated sunroom this year.
From 54-jet, 3-pump spas down to 1-pump, 7-jet designs, Lifestyles of Woodinville exhibits spas that have kept them at the home show for 16 years.
Erickson & Associates, makers of custom greenhouses, present a model made of cedar and Dynaglas Plus, a corrugated polycarbonate plastic.
Contour Fence Company, 10-year participants, show barriers from galvanized fencing to cedar rail, ornamental iron to sport court enclosures.
Rainbow Play Systems presents their fine residential play equipment made of redwood and cedar.
For the grown-ups is AAA World of Leisure's game room, with pool tables, pinball machines, poker tables, chairs, and bar stools.
For crafters, Quality Sewing and Vacuum demonstrates German-designed Pfaff sewing machines.
Companies love the Home Show. According to Mosher of Omar's, "The home show is our best advertising tool." Unique's Olson said, "We do about 25% of our business from the show."
Seminars will be held daily. Show hours vary. Saturday: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday: 12-9 p.m. Friday: 12-9:30 p.m. Admission is $6.00 adults, $4.00 seniors, $2.00 juniors. With four or more in a car, parking is free at any Kingdome lot.