Madison Home Expo

January 5-7, 2018 — Monona Terrace Convention Center - Exhibition Hall and Ballroom

Seminars

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We are adding to our list of presenters regularly. Please check back often for updates on the latest home improvement experts who will be contributing their expertise.

Designing Attractive Native Gardens for Home & Business
11am Saturday - Room 1
PRESENTED BY: John Gishnock III - Formecology, LLC

Join John J. Gishnock III, landscape architect and owner of Formecology, along with his 15 years of designing artful and sustainable landscapes as he takes you through a process of developing attractive native plantings and gardens that utilize wildflowers, grasses, sedges, shrubs, and trees to create a more natural, wild look or a clean, organized planting suitable for the most refined of settings.


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Hot Kitchens & Cool Baths
11am Saturday - Room 2
PRESENTED BY: Dawn Shaw - Shaw Building & Design, Inc.

Dawn Shaw of Shaw Building & Design will talk about the latest design trends in Kitchens & Baths. Learn what's hot in kitchen and cool in bathrooms in the modern home. See what modern innovations make working in the kitchen more enjoyable.

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The FAQ’s of Building: How to Get Started, What to Look For, What Not to Do
12pm Saturday - Room 2
PRESENTED BY: Bryan Sipple & Nicole Hartmann - Classic Custom Homes

Thinking about building can at first seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ll answer all the questions you’ve been asking your friends and neighbors – what are the first steps when considering to build, what are you looking for in terms of a builder or company, and what are the mistakes every homeowner should try to avoid when building.


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Sustainable Landscaping - Beauty Today… and a Green Tomorrow
12pm Saturday - Room 1
PRESENTED BY: John Gishnock III - Formecology, LLC

In our desire to create more comfortable outdoor living spaces humans have altered the shape and ecology of our landscape, often permanently. But, is it possible to support a satisfying outdoor lifestyle, while improving the environment and reducing our impact? Join John Gishnock III, landscape architect and ecological designer with Formecology, LLC, to learn how you can create a personal outdoor environment tailored to your individual aesthetic style that is also environmentally beneficial. You’ll discover the many benefits of innovative & sustainable landscape techniques that can be applied to any site. We’ll explore a variety of design, installation and care techniques with countless advantages, including: beauty, erosion control, cleaner air and water, human well-being, and habitat for desirable wildlife.


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Latest Energy Efficient Practices
1pm Saturday - Room 2
PRESENTED BY: Greg Shaw - Shaw Building & Design, Inc.

You will learn how to design and build your home to have lower energy bill or even not have energy bills at all. Greg Shaw of Shaw Building & Design built the first net-0 home 10 years ago in Southern Wisconsin. Learn how he achieved the Net-O Energy Status.

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Break Ground with Confidence-What You Need to Know Before Building
1pm Saturday - Room 1
PRESENTED BY: Jen Bohen & Joel Geissbuhler - Brio Design Homes

Whether it’s your first time or fifth time building a home, you’re sure to learn something new at this popular seminar. There is so much to consider before beginning the process of building a new home, from banks and lots to floorplans and finishes. We’ll cover everything you need to know and provide you with a checklist to get started. Let us help you be your own advocate as you take on this big project. Learn how to compare apples to oranges and discover hidden costs and value. We’ll also touch on the newest trends in building design and technique, and which ones are worth considering as you build to your budget.


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An Alternative to Concrete Footings
2pm Saturday - Room 2
PRESENTED BY: Fritz Thomson - Goliath Tech

Learn how installing helical piles can be replace concrete footings for decks, sunrooms, additions, screened in porches and more.

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The ABCs of a healthy, vibrant lawn!
2pm Saturday - Room 1
PRESENTED BY: Scott Albert - Lawn Doctor of Madison

Healthy lawns are crucial for curb appeal of your home. Learn the ABC's to keeping your lawn healthy and looking great all year long. Activity of insects Benefits of fertilizers Cultural practices of how you care for your lawn.

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Why Wood, Why Now?
3pm Saturday - Room 2
PRESENTED BY: Jerry Lust - Yankee Classic Floors

From subfloors, selection to installation learn why you're so drawn to hardwood flooring and how it benefits you from health to value.

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Let's Talk Asphalt
3pm Saturday & Sunday - Room 1
PRESENTED BY: Krystal Strassman - DRS LTD

Asphalt, blacktop, tar, pitch, macadam, bitumen, tarmac, - call it what you want and Let's Talk Asphalt. This interactive seminar will cover topics and questions you want to learn more about relating to asphalt. Commercial to residential. Let's Talk Asphalt.

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How to Make Your Home Comfortable & Save Energy
4pm Saturday - Room 1
PRESENTED BY: Steve Pipson - Focus On Energy

Everyone wants to live in a comfortable home that is affordable to operate. This seminar will show you how to use Home Energy Score to keep utility costs low while keeping your comfort levels high.

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Native Shrubs – A Symbiosis of Site, Structure & Sanctuary
11am Sunday - Room 1
PRESENTED BY: John Gishnock III - Formecology, LLC

Knowledgeable and experienced, John Gishnock will share informative, yet easy-to-follow native shrub tips. Expect to discover the environmental and economic benefits of native shrubs and how these beautiful, low maintenance plants can be used in your landscape for both aesthetic appeal and functional purposes.

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How to Design Your New Home
11am Sunday - Room 2
PRESENTED BY: Chris Newman - Shaw Building & Design, Inc.

Chris Newman of Shaw Building & Design will show you the latest design trends in housing from traditional to modern designs. Learn how to design your home to make it feel larger than it really is and how to incorporate ideas for aging in place. Examples and ideas of great interior decorating will be shown.

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Break Ground with Confidence-What You Need to Know Before Building
12pm Sunday - Room 1
PRESENTED BY: Jen Bohen & Joel Geissbuhler - Brio Design Homes

Whether it’s your first time or fifth time building a home, you’re sure to learn something new at this popular seminar. There is so much to consider before beginning the process of building a new home, from banks and lots to floorplans and finishes. We’ll cover everything you need to know and provide you with a checklist to get started. Let us help you be your own advocate as you take on this big project. Learn how to compare apples to oranges and discover hidden costs and value. We’ll also touch on the newest trends in building design and technique, and which ones are worth considering as you build to your budget.


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Remodeling Tips for Maximum Resale Value
12pm Sunday - Room 2
PRESENTED BY: Josh Lavik - Josh Lavik & Associates Keller Williams Realty

Learn what types of upgrades/remodeling can be helpful in the resale value of your home and which ones may not have the ROI you are counting on!

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What to Look for When Selecting a Builder
1pm Sunday - Room 2
PRESENTED BY: Greg Shaw - Shaw Building & Design, Inc.

Learn what to look for when searching for a builder. Greg Shaw of Shaw Building & Design will explain the different ways builders design, speck out, and price out your home. Learn how the building process works from design, pricing, construction, closing and warranty.

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Gardens of Stone – Expressions of Our Local Environment
1pm Sunday - Room 1
PRESENTED BY: John Gishnock III - Formecology, LLC

Interested in stone landscape features? Be sure to join John Gishnock III, landscape architect, to explore the exciting world of stonework in his discussion Gardens of Stone – Expressions of Our Local Environment. This talk will help you to learn the secrets of an experienced landscape designer and stone enthusiast. Through the multitude of pictures and explanatory slides you will discover how simple material and layout choices can help your natural stone landscape features go beyond function to truly express the essence of the landscape. This discussion, which will focus on the use of local landscape materials, promises to cover aspects of natural stone work including different functional, aesthetic, and emotional uses.


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When Designing Your House to be a Home: Put Your Priorities First
2pm Sunday - Room 2
PRESENTED BY: Jon Golz - Enercept

When building a home you need to determine what your priorities are. This seminar will provide you with a list of all the things that get overlooked when designing your dream home.

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Geothermal Heating & Cooling
2pm Sunday - Room 1
PRESENTED BY: Jerry Brown & Steve Scholz - Brown Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. and Enertech Global

Explore the ins and outs of geothermal heating & cooling methods, as well as the cost benefits and efficiency that a geothermal heating & cooling system could bring to your home.

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