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Will 2024 be the year that artificial intelligence completely automates your home? Cook dinner, pour the wine and put the kids to bed at 8 p.m.?
Find out what’s really trending in the world of home design, technology and renovation at the 7th annual Calgary Home Renovation Show running Jan. 12 to 14 at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park. From smart homes to renewable energy options, DIY makeovers and eco-friendly building materials, show goers will draw inspiration and ideas from more than 200 exhibitors, Main Stage speakers and celebrity influencers.
“The Calgary Renovation Show has really grown in popularity over the years, partly because it comes right at the beginning of the year and it’s a great time for homeowners to plan their projects for the year,” says show manager Casey Matulic.
The three-day reno show will bring back HGTV’s Gemini-award winning handyman Bryan Baeumler, host of multiple network shows such as Renovation Resort and Bryan’s All In. Baeumler’s breadth of knowledge, ability to translate trends into tangible projects and entertain audiences with his down-home humour makes him very popular on the Canadian home show circuit.
“We’re so happy to welcome back Bryan Baeumler as our HGTV Canada guest expert. Between his experience renovating homes and now, businesses, I think he brings great insight that homeowners value. He’s personable and that’s why he has so many fans,” Matulic says.
Also appearing on the Main Stage is Vancouver-based interior designer Jamie Banfield who will cook up tasty advice on renovating everyone’s favourite room, the kitchen.
“Kitchens are one of the spaces I love the most. I grew up around cabinetry and millwork,” says Banfield, who has designed kitchens for every type of space, from tiny homes to West Coast mansions. “They can be a sore spot for people.”
His presentation covers simple kitchen makeovers that add charm and texture.
“There are ways to add life to your kitchen, even when you rent your home,” he says.
Planning and self-examination about how the kitchen functions is the place to start, followed by building a budget and engaging with professionals.
“It’s important to understand what kind of kitchen fits you. Instead of looking at Instagram or Pinterest and saying, I want that kitchen, you should figure out what function means to you and your family. If you build something that works, chances are it will work for the next family that moves into your home. So, resale can be an important aspect of your design, too,” he says.
Other presenters include renovation specialist Adam Weir, a project manager for HGTV programs and building talent in his own right. Appropriately, Weir will take audiences “behind the scenes” of a home renovation. Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault from Cityline is back with a sneak peek of a luxe Parisian-inspired space created on a shoestring budget in her presentation titled DIY versus BUY.
Calgary interior stylist and designer Brittany McNab of Fifteen Twelve Home Co. will lead an “Ask a Designer” panel discussion and designer Hillary Rutherford will discuss colour choices in your renovation.
New this year is a design feature called Tranquil Spaces, designed by some of Calgary’s most popular influencers. Matulic says it should inspire the “busy bee in all of us” to slow down, relax and integrate specific design elements for a more calming atmosphere.
“Another feature is 1 Room 2 Ways designed by UnShelf Design. It showcases two design styles using the same furniture. This should help folks navigate through any design refreshes while saying on budget,” she says.
WHAT: The 2024 Calgary Renovation Show
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 12 to Sunday, Jan. 14
WHERE: BMO Centre, Stampede Park
HOURS: Jan. 12 from noon to 9 p.m., Jan 13. from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Jan 14. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
TICKETS: $13 full day/$6.50 half day for ages 13-plus; $11 for ages 60-plus; free for children 12 and under. Save $2 per ticket by purchasing online in advance.