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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, February 3, 2003

It's not too late to seek help at home show

 •  Home improvement has redecorated TV

By Zenaida Serrano Espanol
Advertiser Staff Writer

Shows such as MTV's "Cribs" and HGTV's "Fantasy Open House" throw into our faces what we can't have, but really want.

The Ninth Annual BIA Home Building & Remodeling Show
  • 5-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday
  • 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday
  • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Blaisdell Exhibition Hall
  • Admission: $4 per adult or $6 for a four-day pass; free for children 12 and younger with an accompanying adult; $2 off coupons available in the January issue of hawaii home+remodeling magazine, at www.bia-hawaii.com, or any American Savings Bank, Finance Factors and First Hawaiian Bank locations. Also, $1 for seniors 55 and older with ID on Senior Sunday ($2 off coupon doesn't apply to seniors on Senior Sunday).
  • Information: www.bia-hawaii.com or 847-4666, ext. 206
While the everyday Joe or Jane may not be able to afford those insanely luxurious mansions, there are things that can be done to make even the most humble home look like a million bucks by spending but a fraction of the cost.

For ideas on how to make your pad bigger, or at least better, consider the Ninth Annual BIA Home Building & Remodeling Show, presented by Building Industry Association of Hawaii.

"It's the only show of its kind in Hawai'i ... and the BIA and the committee that I chair have worked really hard to ensure that the exhibitors stick to the theme, 'Seek professional help before it's too late,' " said chairman Craig Washofsky of Servco Appliance & Electronics Distribution. "You'll find that the exhibitors at the show are of the highest quality."

About 135 professionals will feature trendsetting and quality products and services, including everything from appliances, floor coverings and roofing to cabinetry, landscaping and financing.

New this year will be a construction remnant tent sale with donated surplus building materials, a steel-man competition that will pit steel framing contractors against one another in a demonstration of workmanship and speed, and an art board gallery of 2002 BIA Renaissance Building & Remodeling award winners for those who need inspiration.

Another first-time feature will be a disaster preparedness fair by the Project Impact Committee, a pre-disaster mitigation initiative that will educate homeowners on things that can be done to lessen the impact of natural and technological disasters including tsunamis, floods, hurricanes and fires.

Annual show favorites include cooking demonstrations and educational seminars that will cover subjects including remodeling and buying a home. Also returning this year is the popular "What's This Worth?" collectibles session, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, where industry experts will discuss and appraise show-goers' antiques and collectibles.

With such highlights, organizers are hoping for big crowds.

"Last year we topped 15,000 attendees, so we're certainly looking to improve on that," Washofsky said.