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Canberra’s biggest home expo is back

A home designed by Hetherington Design and Fabrication, one of the exhibitors at this year’s expo.

The ShowRoom Canberra, the ACT’s largest creative home, design, build, garden and lifestyle event, is back for its biggest expo ever, says EMMA PIEPER.

THE ShowRoom Canberra is the ACT’s largest creative home, design, build, garden and lifestyle event and later this month is back for its biggest expo.

The ShowRoom’s Emma Pieper says: “Whether you’re looking to design your home, build your home, remake your home, decorate, furnish, cool or heat, buy, sell, enjoy or discover new and exciting ideas for your home and garden, you’ll find all the inspiration and the professionals under one roof.

“The event brings together Canberra’s most creative, innovative and informative industry professionals in the Budawang Pavilion, Exhibition Park in Canberra.

“There’ll be an extensive range of exhibitors with up-to-date knowledge and practical experience in their professions, all willing and eager to share their insights with you.”

Emma also says the event, at Budawang Pavilion, Exhibition Park, 9am-4pm, May 28-29, features a series of seminars by expert presenters. 

“Our speakers are industry professionals with deep expertise who will share their knowledge and insights to assist you with your project planning and execution,” says Emma.

“Eight 20-minute presentations will be held each day with the opportunity to ask questions at the end of each.”

Emma says guests will even be able to explore a virtual reality experience to visualise and explore their home before it’s built.

She says the event is free to attend, covid-safe and ample free parking will also be available. More at theshowroomcanberra.com.au.

Award-winning architects Maria Filardo and Can Ercan will be at the expo with an exhibition and a seminar.

Their boutique firm, Filardo Ercan Architects, of Griffith, is renowned for its residential architecture, interior design, commercial and hospitality fitouts and heritage projects.

“Our language is drawings, we take the client’s vision and put it on to paper,” says Maria. “Homes take an extraordinary amount of energy, and clients trust us with that. We’re here to help.”

Renovation Matters managing director Kim Persson will hold a 20-minute presentation on the Saturday, at 2pm, to discuss why house renovating matters and whether it’s renovating to stay or sell.

“It pays to be strategic in your renovations to ensure you maximise your sales price when selling, maximise your enjoyment if you’re renovating to stay or maximising your rental income if you’re renovating to invest and retenant and best of all learn how you can renovate now and pay later,” says Kim.

Renovation Matters will also hold a competition where attendees can win up to $1000 worth of kitchen or bathroom design.

Meanwhile, Robyn and Gino Monteleone, partners at Select Custom Joinery, at Hall, are launching a solid-timber kitchen in Tasmanian Oak at expo.

“The reason why it hasn’t been done or why people don’t do it, is because of cost, because it is obviously more expensive, it is a premium product. But, with prices rising, it’s not actually an unreasonable option anymore,” says Robyn. “We’re using a product called Dekton for the benchtop and for some shelving, which is a very hard-wearing porcelain product and that will balance off the timber.”

Also exhibiting will be the team from Aquaflo Irrigation. Director Michael Corcoran says that when it comes to water management, Aquaflo are the experts.

“We’ll have a display tank, irrigation design and supply, a filtration display on hand as well as a number of wicking beds for people to check out,” he says.

Meanwhile, Hetherington Design and Fabrication will exhibit newly designed, free-floating fence line trellis, that, director Chelsea Cannedy says, is easy to install.

“We’ve designed three panel inserts that fix in with no permanent fixings, they’re damage free and the homeowner can install,” says Chelsea.

“They’re free floating, they provide that ability to gain that extra bit of space in your garden and in your backyard without additional hassle.”

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