Most people’s first apartments had floors lined with raw oatmeal, a repurposed Twister mat for a bed, and a shower head that intermittently drizzled viscous, jet-black fluid and liquid police sirens. Now that you have the pad of your dreams, pick up some pad padding with today's Groupon: for $15, you get two weekend passes to the Western Carolina Home Show (a $34 value), held March 18–20 at the Asheville Civic Center. Kids age 12 and under get free admission.
The Western Carolina Home Show curates a collection of vendors and seminars that focus on home decoration, design, and renovation. Weekend passes grant three days of unfettered access to the homey halls of the Asheville Civic Center, where this year’s show features many resources for hammer-gripping green thumbs. The keynote speaker is Emmy Award–winning TV host Steve Thomas of This Old House and Renovation Nation, who will photosynthesize his experience in the construction industry into bright-green renovation tips and techniques on Saturday, March 19 at 11 a.m.
A schedule full of other seminars lends expertise on a variety of domestic topics such as eco-friendly flooring, the benefits of green home certification, home staging, and upstaging the neighbor’s attention-stealing biodome. Attendees can also wander a labyrinth of over 250 exhibitor's booths, contemplating home wares such as stone and granite surfacing, a solar energy system, foam insulation, and interior décor. Keep your home away from home safe from the elements in the Civic Center’s garage, which offers free parking for the first hour and charges $0.50 for each additional hour.
Western North Carolina Home Show
Since 1976, area merchants and knowledgeable experts from around the country have gathered to swap ideas, inspiration, and advice at the Western North Carolina Home Show. Throughout the Asheville Civic Center, hundreds of local businesses and experts set up booths where they explain the nuts and bolts of their industry, whether landscaping, interior decoration, window installation, or furniture crafting. Meanwhile, speakers present seminars on a wide variety of topics throughout the weekend-long extravaganza, from hyperpractical subjects, such as setting a budget, to more abstract topics, such as the definition and history of green building. Visitors to the show depart with rekindled enthusiasm for projects, as well as an arsenal of facts that give them an edge when vetting contractors or performing standup at interior-design conferences.
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