October 13, 2009 --
Now more than ever, homeowners are looking for ways to invest in the homes they own. Whether they are restoring the historic character of their home, creating more usable space or making their home more affordable by increasing energy efficiency, owners are in need of a range of home improvement, restoration and "green" resources. The Historic Chicago Bungalow and Green Home Expo 2009 brings all of those resources and more together under one roof. Admission is free for the expo being held at the Merchandise Mart on October 17 from 10am to 4pm.
The Expo began in 2002 and has grown and evolved ever since. This year, visitors will have the chance to access the products, services and expertise of more than 100 trades people, crafts people, lenders and other exhibitors; attend more than 20 workshops; and hear well-known experts, including "The House Doctor" Bob Yapp; Kelly Edwards of HGTV's hit show "Design on a Dime," and Lou Manfredini of HouseSmarts TV and WGN radio. You can hear them at:
- 10:30: Lou Manfredini will present "HouseSmarts: Getting the Most Out of Your Rehab for the Least Amount of Hassle and Money"
- 12 noon: "The House Doctor" Bob Yapp will present "Preservation Doesn't Cost ? It Pays"
- 2 pm: Kelly Edwards, host of HGTV's hit show "Design on a Dime," will show Expo-goers how to get the most out of their home design
This year there are two several "experts" booths that will run throughout the day. The "Ask an Architect" booth will provide visitors a chance to consult with professional architects about their home improvement project. The "Mortgage Check-Up" station will provide homeowners with answers to their questions about purchasing new homes and financing home improvement, renovation and energy retrofit projects.
Workshops will run all day during the Expo. Topics appeal to a wide range of interests and needs ? from "Designing your Dream Kitchen and Bath" to "Greening Your Vintage Home" to "Working with an Architect." There will be workshops focusing specifically on issues faced by owners of historic homes, like woodworking, avoiding the money pit and historic preservation. For those interested in green living and energy efficiency, there will be discussions on alternative energy strategies and ideas for "going green." And all homeowners can benefit from the workshops on money-saving tips, interior and exterior design ideas and advice on landscaping and kitchen and bath rehab.
The Expo 2009 workshop schedule
10:30 am - 11:20 am Designing Your Dream Kitchen and Bath Working with the City: Everything You Need to Know about Permits, Zoning and More Greening Your Vintage Home
11:30 am - 12:20 pm From Doors to Floors: Everything You Need to Know about Woodwork Avoiding the Money Pit: Lessons in Successful Home Remodeling Alternative Energy Strategies and the Chicago Green Homes Program
12:30 pm - 1:20 pm Working with an Architect Grants and Loans for Preserving, Restoring and Green Your Home Whole House Check-Up: Strategies for Saving Green by Going Green
1:30 pm - 2:20 pm Metal Work: Arts and Crafts for Every Home Your Home Improvements: The Financial Steps to Make It Happen From Garden to Roof: Landscaping Your Home
2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Vintage - The Ultimate Recycling: Using What You Have to Get What You Want Grants and Loans for Preserving, Restoring and Greening Your Home Whole House Check-Up: Strategies for Saving Green by Going Green
For more information on the 2009 Expo, visit the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association at www.chicagobungalow.org .
Quick facts about this year's Expo Saturday, October 17 from 10 am to 4pm at the Merchandise Mart, at the Chicago River and Wells St., Chicago Admission is free. More than 140 exhibitors: including craftspeople, retailers, non-profits and financial institutions. Many are designated "green" exhibitors. More than 15 workshops: topics appeal to a wide range of interests and needs ? from "Designing your Dream Kitchen and Bath" to "Greening Your Vintage Home" to "Working with an Architect." Three superstars in design, rehab and preservation:
-Kelly Edwards of HGTV's hit show Design on a Dime
-"The House Doctor" Bob Yapp
- "Mr. Fix-It" Lou Manfredini of HouseSmarts TV and WGN Radio 720.
Three "Ask the Experts" areas where visitors can get free one-on-one consultations:
-"Ask an Architect" area with American Institute of Architect members -"Mortgage Check-Up" where homeowners who have questions about financing home purchases or rehabs can get advice from finance professionals;
- Bob Yapp, one of this year's headline speakers, will meet with attendees individually and answer questions about home rehabilitation and restoration Visitors can meet with City of Chicago partner lenders and others offering loans and grants for home rehab and energy efficiency.
Partnering organizations The Expo is hosted by the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association and the City of Chicago's Departments of Community Development and Environment. Presenting sponsors of the 2009 Expo include Abt Electronics, Bank of America, Comcast, the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust and Peoples Gas. Other sponsors include Chicago Association of Realtors, DNR Construction, Inc., Harris Bank, Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, Illinois Housing Development Authority, JL Construction and Park National Bank.
History of the Expo The Expo was begun in 2002 and was expanded in 2006 to include Green Home resources. Mayor Richard M. Daley launched the Bungalow Initiative in 2000 to celebrate and ensure the longevity of Chicago's historic bungalow neighborhoods. By offering owners and potential buyers financial and technical resources to aid in the preservation and acquisition of Chicago bungalows, this program has helped more than 10,000 homeowners throughout the City to purchase, restore, and modernize bungalows for today's lifestyles and energy needs.
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Examples: 100 year old Guinness vats imported from Dublin Vintage red wine barrels
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Sony Eco Series LCD Flat Panel HDTV
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Where to buy: DNR Construction www.dnrwindows.com
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Aqualoc and Aquabrik Permeable Paving Systems
Price: 20-30% more expensive than conventional pavers
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Where to buy: Christy Webber Landscaping www.christywebber.com
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Pratt & Lambert Porcelain GREEN Certified Paint
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Where to buy: Chatham Paint and Supply www.chathampaint.com
Features GreenCert Fortified Ceramic Acrylic 35 year warranty Exceptional stain resistance
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Solio Universal Solar Charger World's most advanced hybrid charger Accepts power from either the wall socket or Sun Holds charge for up to a year
Where to buy: Abt Electronics & Appliances www.abt.com Features:
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Tankless Water Heater Price: Starting at $2,000 Provides all the hot water you'll ever need for 2 - 3 bathroom homes or more, 7.4 gallons per minute All Rheem tankless models are third-party efficiency certified by GAMA Space saving design Intelligent electronic controls designed to increase energy efficiency and safety
Manufacturer: Rheem www.rheem.com
Where to buy: American Pride Heating & Cooling, Inc
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Fuji EnviroMAX Super Alkaline Batteries
Price: $5.99 (2 pack)
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