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Great Big Home + Garden Show returning to Cleveland

1/24/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

The Dream Basement’s home theater, which will be on display at the Great Big Home + Garden Show Feb. 2-10, will feature 15 leather power-reclining seats.
This year’s Great Big Home + Garden Show will feature a 4,000-square-foot Tuscan-styled Idea Home that attendees can tour.
Photos courtesy of Marketplace Events
CLEVELAND — The Great Big Home + Garden Show will return to Cleveland’s I-X Center Feb. 2-10 for the fourth year with more than 650 exhibitors, new home improvement features, appearances by home and garden celebrities and returning favorites from the 2012 show.

This year’s event will showcase home improvement contractors, lawn and garden equipment, home décor and products and services, offering attendees ideas and inspiration to transform homes and gardens, according to show officials.

One new feature this year will be a fully constructed 4,000-square-foot “Idea Home” built by Perrino Builders. In business in the Cleveland area for more than 25 years, Perrino Builders won the 2012 “Best Overall Custom Home and Best Merchandising” by the Home Builders Association of Greater Cleveland, according to event officials.

According to event officials, the Idea Home will offer ways to plan and create a dream house from concept to completion. The Tuscan-styled ranch will feature an island that seats eight, walk-in butler’s pantry, dining room overlooking a wine cellar and large dinette area. Visitors also will be able to explore the rest of the three-bedroom, three-bathroom home. Other rooms include a mudroom with a walk-in closet and lockers, three-car garage, laundry room, large front porch and home office.

Landscaping surrounding the Idea Home will be provided by Columbia Station’s Morton’s Landscaping, with a focus on low-maintenance design and color, according to event officials. The entrance will have raised flowerbeds, with a foyer built with Belgard pavers and decorative gravel. Azaleas, astilbes and bulbs will surround the outdoor entertaining area behind the house, with a fence of evergreens.

Another new offering is the 2,000-square-foot “Dream Basement,” built by Chagrin Falls-based Custom Remodeling and Design, according to event officials. The Dream Basement will include a wet bar, wine cellar, game room, exercise room and bath with a steam shower. Guests can sit back and relax in one of 15 leather, power-reclining home theater seats and experience live demonstrations in Xtend Technologies’ Home Theater.

Also new this year, show attendees can dine among the Garden Showcase in the Cambria Bistro, a full-service, white-tablecloth restaurant, according to event officials.

The Main Stage and Loretta Paganini Cooking Stage are combining this year. With appearances by home improvement experts, local chefs and celebrities, the Main Stage and Loretta Paganini Cooking Stage will offer attendees home and garden tips and food demonstrations, according to event officials.

“The Good Life” is the theme of the daily cooking sessions presented by local chefs and instructors of the Loretta Paganini School of Cooking. Demonstrations will include adding gourmet touches such as truffle oil to mashed potatoes, whole grain cooking and “Farm Proud” sessions. In addition, consumers will be able to tour the kitchen stage and vignette between stage presentations, which will feature the latest appliances, cabinetry and flooring, designed and built by Pepperwood Signature Homes & Remodeling and Little Mountain Homes, according to event officials.

A returning favorite from 2012 is the 17 U.S. landmarks designed by area landscapers in the Garden Showcase located in the South Hall, according to event officials. Visitors will be able to vote for their favorite garden in the People’s Choice Awards.

Also, on Feb. 2 at 2 p.m., Architectural Justice, a full-service design and remodeling center, will host a fashion show on the Main Stage. With architecturally inspired pieces designed by the fashion and interior design students at Virginia Marti College of Art and Design in Lakewood, the show will be hosted by WKYC’s Hollie Strano.

Other offerings at the Great Big Home + Garden Show include:

• celebrity designer rooms custom-designed by Northeast Ohio design businesses and exhibitors, with the help of local radio and TV personalities;

• daily gardening seminars on landscape design, flora and furnishing outdoor rooms at the Petitti Gardening Stage. The Petitti Floral Mart also will feature outdoor furniture and plants to purchase;

• a plant sale, which will begin after the show closes Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m., with deals on the products and plant material on display in the gardens; and

• Playground World’s KidsZone, which features slides, swings, basketball hoops and a fully enclosed Springfree™ Trampoline.

Home improvement and culinary celebrity appearances will be made by Peter Walsh from the TLC show “Clean Sweep” (Main Stage, Feb. 2); Ohio-native Chris Crary, a season nine participant from Bravo’s “Top Chef” (Main Stage, Feb. 9); Matt Fish, owner and chef of Melt Bar and Grilled (Main Stage, Feb. 2-3, 8-10); and Matt Fox, creator and co-host of HGTV’s “Room by Room,” who will serve as the Main Stage’s emcee and make special presentations Feb. 2, 3 and 5.

Show dates and times are Feb. 2 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 4-8 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission for visitors ages 13 to 64 is $14 at the Box Office; $11 online, at Home Depot and AAA locations; $10 for seniors 65 and older with identification (Monday through Thursday only, with tickets purchased at the show Box Office); $5 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger. Single tickets are valid for one day of the show, and a group rate is available for $9 each for a minimum of 20 tickets.

The latest show information is available at www.greatbighomeandgarden.com, the Home and Garden Events Facebook page and @Great BigHome on Twitter.

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