In addition to the hundreds of home improvement and remodeling exhibitors, the 23rd Annual Milwaukee/NARI Fall Home & Remodeling Show, presented by Kohl’s Floor Covering, will feature the Milwaukee/NARI Information Center, the “Future Trends” display, the Milwaukee/NARI Foundation 50/50 fundraising raffle, the Harley-Davidson Museum historical display, a Kids Zone, and much more.
This year’s event will be held Fri., Sept. 20 – Sun., Sept. 22, in the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park in West Allis. Sponsored by the Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council, Inc., the area’s leading home improvement and remodeling industry resource for more than 52 years, this year’s Show theme is “Destination: Renovation.”
The Milwaukee/NARI Information Center provides attendees with a central location to learn about the various components of the country’s largest home improvement council. Consumers will gain knowledge about Certified Professionals, Milwaukee/NARI’s ethical guidelines, and the Milwaukee/NARI Foundation, the association’s charitable and educational arm. An “Ask a NARI Certified Professional” area will feature one of the association’s Certified Professionals available to answer consumer inquiries and provide remodeling advice. The association will also have available its marketing materials for consumers, including its Membership Directory and Resource Guide.
The Future Trends area will have a variety of products that have recently been introduced to the market. The products to be featured within the display are as follows:
• ABC Audio & Video: Sonos, a wireless sound system controlled by an iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android phone, computer, will be on display. The system, which needs Wi-Fi to operate, can also play any content from the Internet.
• Allrite Home & Remodeling: The new Malarkey 4-ply, class-4 impact resistant shingle offers a 20-year algae resistant system, with a larger profile compared to most popular dimensional shingles. With a 50-year warranty, the shingle will enhance the appearance of a larger exposed roof.
• Callen Construction: Infinity Window with the STC/OITC glass option, ideal in areas when exterior noise is a concern. The increased pane thickness of this sound reducing glass option helps reduce the transmission of noise by reflecting the energy of the sound waves.
• Grand Appliance and TV: GE Cafe™ Series ENERGY STAR® French-Door Ice and Water Counter-Depth Refrigerator, featuring a hot water dispenser that allows you to choose your own temperature or from one of the 4 pre-programmed settings to simplify hot food and drink preparation. The stainless steel unit has robust handles, a pullout tray, an extra-tall dispenser to easily fill large containers, and odor filtration .
• Kerns Carpet One: Milliken Carpeting's Legato carpet tile provides the look and feel of wall-to-wall carpet with the do-it-yourself installation ease of carpet tiles. Legato panels fit together quickly and feature TractionBack® high-friction coating, the no-hassle, eco-friendly way to keep modular tile in place. This product can also be installed to look like an area rug. Its nylon fiber holds up in busy traffic areas, but it is easy to replace a tile should one become stained or soiled.
• Kohler Co.: Kohler’s Stargaze freestanding tub is made for deep soaking and endless relaxation, as the ergonomic design provides lumbar support at both ends with plenty of room to stretch out. The clean lines and straight or fluted shroud of Stargaze freestanding bath create a stunning focal point that invites bathers to step in and relax. The Sunstruck freestanding tub combines luxury with practicality, as the oval, ergonomic design of Sunstruck conforms to support the body, allowing a deep, relaxing soak. With smooth lines and a rounded silhouette, this versatile bath creates a stylish oasis in any bathroom.
• Rundle-Spence Mfg. Co.: The Drake II 1G Ultra High-Efficiency Toilet from TOTO delivers water savings and balanced flushing, using only one gallon of water. The flushing action is strong and all types of waste are flushed away effectively, with the bowl and rim cleansed thoroughly. The bowl and concave rim are coated with SanaGloss, TOTO’s nano-technology glaze that seals the porcelain with an ionized barrier, creating a slippery, non-porous surface that repels waste matter and bacteria. In addition, TOTO’s new Washlet series will be on display featuring Electrolyzed water to help keep toilet bowls fresh and clean by misting it with eWater+. Using the home’s incoming water supply, the process begins with a plain water pre-misting, which wets the bowl’s surface and aids waste elimination approximately 80% better than a dry bowl. Then, each time the user flushes and steps away, eWater+ mists the bowl, helping keep it fresh and clean. During periods of non-use, eWater+ mists the bowl once every eight hours.
• Solatube-Brighter Concepts: The Solatube Smart LED System is a 24-hour home lighting solution that delivers up to 94% in lighting savings. Featuring SunSense Technology, this system combines radiant and energy efficient LEDs with bright and limitless daylight to deliver a blend of light, day or night. The Solatube Smart LED System is the simple and smart way to brighten dark bathrooms, hallways, entryways, closets, and more.
The Harley Davidson Museum historical display will feature a 2013 Harley-Davidson motorcycle with a photo backdrop featuring vintage company photography. Show attendees will be able to sit on the motorcycle and get their picture taken at no charge.
The 50/50 Raffle presented by the Milwaukee/NARI Foundation, Inc., will provide Fall Show attendees with an opportunity to buy raffle tickets to win half the money generated by ticket sales. Tickets will be sold during Show hours in the Milwaukee/NARI Information Center one ticket for $5, three for $10, and eight for $20. The winning ticket will be drawn at 4:00 p.m. on Sept. 22.
A Kids Zone will be open on Sat., Sept. 21 and Sun., Sept. 22, from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day. The area will feature “Gerry,” the Milwaukee/NARI carpenter ant mascot, taking photos with kids, arts and crafts, coloring sheets, and “Gerry” tattoos.
Hours on Fri., Sept. 20 and Sat., Sept. 21 are 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Sun., Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $4 in advance, and $7 at the door.
For more information, visit www.milwaukeenari.org.
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