Old House Expo
Learn how to protect and preserve your largest antique.
Old House Expo
The Old House Expo will get you off on a rocking start to your 2013 projects. On Saturday January 5th the Eight Annual OLD HOUSE EXPO will team up with the Grand Rapids Antiques Market. That's right - two shows in one - feed your need for old house expertise and go antique shopping the same weekend.
The Old House Expo is a specialty show focused specifically on the techniques, materials, contractors and suppliers that old houses need.
Two tracks of expert programming will include:
·Financing your projects – the ins and outs of FHA 203K loans
·"Stump the Chumps" panel
·F oundations – is that crack a problem or …… ?
·Masonry – brick and stone and mortar – foundations, houses and walls
·Lead paint – reality and precautions
·Kitchen and Bath remodels
·Refinishing hardwood floors
·AND MORE – We are still adding to the program schedule
STUMP THE CHUMPS – Do you have a problem with your project – would an expert opinion be helpful? Ask our panel of experts anything! Bring Your Questions and Photographs! This session is designed to address your specific questions and concerns. The panel consists of craftsmen, contractors, paint specialist and energy pros. There’s never been a better opportunity to talk directly to the professional. Examples: My door is pulling apart at the bottom, is this fixable and how? My foundation has areas of loose stone and mortar, is there a solution without complete removal? Where can I find wood siding to match my house? Why does my paint fail within a year or two? How can I find air leaks in my house, without spending hundreds of dollars? One of my rooms is particularly cold - how can I determine why? Can you Stump the Chump?”
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Historic Preservation: The Old House Network starte in February 2003 to teach traditional, old style house repair techniques to old house owners. From the beginning we planned to move from three or four workshops a year to holding an annual “Old House Fair”.
For three years we taught workshops and classes – we covered ice dams, fire safety and hazardous materials, painting, window repairs, wood stripping, replacing mortar in foundations, stripping wallpaper and repairing plaster and fence building.
In January 2006 came our first Expo at the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds with Bob Yapp as our Guest of Honor. Bob had a show for three years on PBS called “About Your House” and he has rehabilitated over 150 houses. He was a dynamic and inspiring speaker and people left his speeches ready to go home and get started on their projects. Over 600 people attended that first year – after a fairly heavy snow overnight.
Four more Expos followed in Kalamazoo and each one had a vendors’ hall filled with contractors and suppliers for old houses including painters, plumbers, architectural salvage companies, carpenters, architects, masons, roofers, paint suppliers and much more. And usually the vendors’ hall includes live demonstrations – even hands-on if people wanted to try. We compared paint stripping techniques, using wood consolidants and fillers and basic window repairs.
The Old House Network is a tax-exempt 501c3 and a Michigan non-profit corporation.
We plan to bring a large Gothic Style wooden doll house (about 30” x 30”) for the Expo and hope we can place it on a table outside the door to the Expo with a sign/banner with a line something like “Your old house is your biggest antique!”
For More Info:
Old House Network
1014 Davis St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008