Madison Home Expo

TBA, 2021 — 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.

Geothermal Reusable Renewable
11am Saturday - Room 1
PRESENTED BY: Scott Niesen - Water Furnace International, Inc

Heating, cooling and hot water provided by utilizing the sun's energy stored in the earth.

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Designing Homes for Today's Lifestyles
11am Saturday - Room 2
PRESENTED BY: Greg Shaw - Shaw Building & Design, Inc.

We will show you pictures and house plans for today's lifestyles. We will discuss what most home buyers are looking for in their homes.

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Love It or Level It, and Anything in Between
12pm Saturday & Sunday - Room 1
PRESENTED BY: Dan Wanke with Phil Simon - Michael F. Simon Builders, Inc.

Do you like your location, but want the house updated and refreshed? Have you recently purchased a new home and like the location but want to change the layout to fit your family and lifestyle? You can identify the want and we help design and build your dream home.

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Landscape Your Way To A Dry Basement
12pm Saturday - Room 2
PRESENTED BY: John Gishnock III - Formecology, LLC

Preventing a wet basement begins by managing the water outside and in the landscape. This presentation will show you how - come learn creative and functional landscape solutions that are key to keeping your basement dry. Starting with our outside/in and top/down approach we will leave you with long-term solutions to a potentially ‘knee deep’ problem!


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Deck Building Tips & Trends
1pm Saturday - Room 1
PRESENTED BY: Ralph Radix & Tim Beiersdorf - Artisan Deck & Design, LLC

Learn how to plan and build a deck that is both functional and beautiful.

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Common Landscape Mistakes
1pm Saturday - Room 2
PRESENTED BY: Sean Pratt - Ganshert Nursery and Landscapes

Want to avoid having your landscaping project look amateur? These suggestions will help you steer clear of the most common mistakes made in the residential landscape.

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Break Ground with Confidence-What You Need to Know Before Building
2pm Saturday - Room 1
PRESENTED BY: Jen Bohen & Joel Geissbuhler - Brio Design Homes

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. Whether it’s your first time or fifth time building a home, you’re sure to learn something new at this popular seminar!


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How to Select a Building Contractor
2pm Saturday - Room 2
PRESENTED BY: Greg Shaw - Shaw Building & Design, Inc.

Discuss what information a builder should share with you and what questions you should be asking. Learn what to research before you make your final decision.

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Asphalt 101
3pm Saturday - Room 1
PRESENTED BY: Krystal Strassman - DRS LTD Asphalt Paving

Not all asphalt is created equal. Learn the basics of asphalt and what to look for as a consumer. For example, do parking lots and driveways require the same scope of work and type of asphalt? What about drainage and collaborating with landscaping?

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Designing Attractive Native Gardens for Home & Business
3pm Saturday - Room 2
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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Geothermal Heating & Cooling 101
4pm Saturday - Room 2
PRESENTED BY: Jerry Brown & Jim Cusack - Brown Heating & Air Conditioning

Discover the cost benefits and efficiency provided by geothermal heating and cooling for your home. Explore the geothermal heating and cooling methods that are right for you.

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Understanding the Importance of a Thorough Home Design Process
11am Sunday - Room 1
PRESENTED BY: Heath Follen - MSM Design Group & Randy Marten - Marten Building and Design

With any new home build there are hundreds - if not thousands - of questions that will be asked during the build process. We will explain how a thorough design process that leads to a detailed and precise set of plans can help eliminate questions from being asked later on the job site, where it assuredly costs you money. Taking quality design time is imperative to a successful build and a happy home.


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Net 0 Energy Home - Building a Home that has Little or No Energy Bills
11am Sunday - Room 2
PRESENTED BY: Greg Shaw - Shaw Building & Design, Inc.

Discuss how to reduce your energy usage with building or remodeling. Learn how to achieve a 100% net 0 energy home.

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Maximize Equity in Selling? Should I Remodel or Sell As-is?
12pm Sunday - Room 2
PRESENTED BY: Josh Lavik - Josh Lavik & Associates

Looking to downsize or move up and need to sell your home? Do you want top dollar for your home? Do you want to sell quickly? Learn what can you do to achieve the most cash in your pocket at the time of closing.

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The FAQ’s of Building: How to Get Started, What to Look For, What Not to Do
1pm Sunday - Room 1
PRESENTED BY: 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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Simple Updates, Whether you are Selling or Staying
1pm Sunday - Room 2
PRESENTED BY: Laurie Lundgren - Laurie Lundgren COLOR & DESIGN

Are you thinking of selling your home, but know you need to update first? Madison’s Paint color expert, designer and realtor Laurie Lundgren, of Laurie Lundgren COLOR & DESIGN shares insider tips on some simple color and design changes that make a big difference!

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Remodel with Confidence – What You Need to Know Before Demolition
2pm Sunday - Room 1
PRESENTED BY: Joel Geissbuhler - Vive Home Transformations

There are so many “unknowns” before you start a remodeling project. What’s behind those walls and under those floors? How will the layout changes and new finishes tie into what’s existing? How much can you afford to change? In this seminar, we’ll help you prioritize your wish list, solve common problems like storage and traffic flow, prepare for as much as you can, and ensure your investment achieves an ROI, whether emotional, financial or both! Discover tools to create a new beginning without changing your address, and without stress!


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Gardens of Stone – Expressions of Our Local Environment
2pm Sunday - Room 2
PRESENTED BY: John Gishnock III - Formecology, LLC

This discussion will focus on the use of local landscape materials and will cover aspects of natural stone work including different functional, aesthetic, and emotional uses. 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.


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