Leading home and garden show returns to Castlebar

Home and Garden

The Castlebar Home Improvement Show returns to the Breaffy Events Arena this weekend, and will feature creative stands from many of Ireland’s most talented design professionals, furniture providers, and home improvement suppliers. National and international exhibitors will showcase at the event on Saturday October 14 and Sunday October 15 which also features expert advice from specialists, and all of the latest design and product innovation.

A new Meet the Architect feature, led by Limerick-based Turnkey Architects, will see free advice given on projects from new builds, to major renovation or extensions. Making the most of available space, effective layouts, and the best materials for specific design and builds will all be addressed. People can bring along their plans and ask the architects questions on anything from planning permission to build techniques, according to organisers.

“All of our experts, builders, architects, and interior designers help provide inspiration and practical assistance. And, having the top materials suppliers on hand means people can get great ideas and instant quotes for any work they have in mind,” organisers say.

Food demonstrations and tastings will also be going on all weekend, and beautiful household and interior design retailers will show off the latest looks for Ireland’s most stylish homes, all under one roof.

Upcycled furniture and contemporary interiors

Running since 2012, the Castlebar Home Improvement Show has become the west’s definitive showcase of contemporary interiors and gardens. One new and interesting exhibitor this year, Home Street Home from Dublin, produces amazing upcycled funky furniture and chic lighting and décor. Beautiful handcrafted furniture, light fittings and accessories are produced from cast-offs and given a dramatic new lease of life.

Award-winning garden and landscape design companies will host talks and practical clinics for the weekend too, illustrating how to create beautiful garden spaces, from the smallest city terrace to large properties. Around 7,000 individuals are expected to attend the two-day show, the organisers say, and two-for-one show tickets are available at www.eventbrite.ie for Castlebar’s Home Improvement Show on Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15, with all children free in.

Estimated spend of €4.7 billion on home improvements last year

Construction Industry Federation (CIF ) estimates puts the total figure for Irish investment in repair, maintenance, and improvement of private dwellings at over €4.7 billion in 2016. The Home Renovation Incentive and Home Energy Grants, on top of the improved economic outlook, have combined to bring home owners back into the marketplace for home improvement.

As well as attracting interior designers, architects, developers and estate agents, the Castlebar Home Improvement Show appeals hugely to new home owners, and to those planning a self-build, refurbishment, an extension, or just room makeover.

“Whatever the scale or budget involved, we gather together premium designers, architects, craftsmen, home improvement specialists, and furniture and fit-out experts for a weekend of style and practical advice on creating the perfect home,” organiser Denise McDonnell says.

Exhibitors confirmed include interior designers, furniture makers and suppliers, kitchen and bathroom specialists, lighting and flooring experts, window providers, fabric, paint, home accessory and wallpaper suppliers, DIY retailers, home build and extension professionals, and landscapers and horticultural designers. There are ‘show-only’ special offers which, combined with the tax incentives and grants available, make it an ideal time to add value to property by upgrading, extending, or investing in new home comforts.

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