If you’re considering doing anything – and we do mean anything – to your home in the next year, take the time to visit the Columbia Home Building and Remodeling Expo on Friday, Jan. 9 through Sunday, Jan. 11.
That’s because while what you’re looking for is probably available on the internet, coming to the expo gives you the chance to actually speak face-to-face with representatives from the nearly 100 builders, landscapers, kitchen designers, bathroom renovation companies, roofers, painters, appliance manufacturers and other companies who are part of the show.
So instead of guessing whether you’ll like the look of a certain countertop or will be able to figure out the touchpad for a new security system, you’ll be able to give them a test drive. You’ll also be able to purchase items like cookware, cutlery and cleaning supplies.
Perhaps the most unique vendor this year is The Attic, an antique and resale shop located in West Columbia that offers design assistance. “After you’ve chosen what you like, our designers will help you figure out how to make them look great in your home,” says manager Tyler Jones. “Anything that doesn’t work can be returned.”
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Clients looking for a specific piece can send a request to Jones, who will search for as long as it takes to find a certain item. “We travel all over the Southeast to find art, furniture and accessories for the store, so we’re happy to look for something specific.” Best of all, anything purchased from The Attic supports the work of Christ Central Ministries.
The Columbia Home Building and Remodeling Expo runs Friday, Jan. 9 through Sunday, Jan. 11 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. For more information, visit homeshowcenter.com. For more information about The Attic, visit theatticccm.com.
Katie McElveen, Special to The State