Popular Annual Show Runs March 9 – 11 at The Ranch in Loveland
Annual event is the largest home show of its kind in Northern Colorado
By Wendy McMillan, At Home
Spring is approaching! Regardless of our weather and its temperamental tendencies, you can feel it. And as surely as the thought puts a little extra spring in your step, we know it also gets creative juices flowing when it comes to DIY, home improvement projects, or simply freshening up style and organization. Ready to explore ideas a little further? Mark your calendars for the 2018 NOCO HBA Home & Remodeling Show, set for March 9- 11 in the First National Bank Expo Hall at The Ranch in Loveland. There is no more efficient way of finding information and inspiration, whatever your home goals may be.
Proudly presented by the Home Builders Association of Northern Colorado (NOCO HBA), this much anticipated event features over 130 vendors displaying the latest trends in decorating, gardening, remodeling, window treatments, solar, landscaping, kitchens, baths, do-it-yourself projects, spas, pet fencing, outdoor entertainment and more. “We’re a top-to-bottom, all in one, encompassed show, anything to do with home or yard,” says NOCO HBA Resource Development and Membership Services Director, Janet Hatfield. “Everything from literally floor to ceiling is represented, or even if you are looking to build or buy new. We’re truly a one-stop shop.”
Great pains are taken to ensure thorough, quality representation of everything related to home building, remodeling and improvements, indoors, outdoors, and even behind the scenes. “I’ve got basement guys, hot tubs, mattresses, insurance companies, landscapers, you name it,” Hatfield says. Indeed, you can look forward to excellence, variety, and answers to your questions, down to the finest detail. What you need not expect is hard sales.
NOCO HBA embraces the annual show as an opportunity for community outreach and promoting the home building industry. “We don’t really encourage direct sales, but we do always have a few cash and carry exhibitors,” Hatfield says. “I don’t want people to feel intimidated. We’re there to focus on homes and home-building. We’re there to support connections between businesses and consumers, and also businesses looking for trade partners, and working with other businesses.” The show further seeks to inform and connect those who might be interested in a career in the home building industry.
Tirelessly working to support the positive atmosphere and maximize potential, NOCO HBA is carefully selective regarding vendors. It is also highly appreciative of them. This regard certainly goes both ways, with approximately 75 percent of booth space being secured by enthusiastic, repeat customers.
One of the show’s unique features, staffed by members the NOCO HBA Professional Remodelers Council, is “Ask a Remodeler.” Bring your remodeling questions and ideas for free advice from these local experts. Prior to the event, check in with the show’s website. You’ll find vendors, booth numbers, and links to company websites that will stay up until the next show. So, if time doesn’t allow you to take everything in, or the wealth of information at hand needs some time to process, you have a resource for follow-up.
There truly is something for everyone; the organizers willingly stretch their limits to make it so. A home show may not be the first thing that comes to mind when planning family fun, but this home show is an exception. A favorite draw is the FREE DIY kids area, run by volunteers from NOCO HBA and Colorado 4-H and sponsored by Ferguson Enterprises. Featured are games and activities, and local mascots dropping in to mingle. Families can drop kids off while they tour displays or enjoy activities together before visiting the booths. “It’s a good place for parents to stay with kids and play, or drop off with responsible caretakers,” Hatfield says. “There’s so much to do: wooden bird houses, wind chimes, bug jars, magnets…all kinds of fun.”
Alongside creating an exceptional resource, NOCO HBA is focused on making the event one which gives back to the community as well. Attendees are encouraged to bring a food item for the Larimer and Weld Food Banks. “After the holidays, we tend to forget about the needs of those less fortunate, so our goal is to help out as much as we can and restock some desperately needed basics for those in need,” says Hatfield. Those who donate are entered into a separate drawing for special prizes. General drawings are also held throughout the day for items donated by vendors. “We have giveaways roughly every half hour,” Hatfield says. “Really cool items—everything from products and gift cards to discounts on services.”
The Home & Remodeling Show is the largest show of its kind in Northern Colorado. Admission and parking is free. Visit NOCO HBA’s website for additional information at nocohba.com or call the NOCO HBA office at 970.686.2798. “Springtime is coming, and everybody gets the itch,” says Hatfield. “We’re here to help people update, create or obtain the home of their dreams.”