Whether you’re a home improvement junky or just someone who appreciates fine architecture and style, the 92nd annual Indianapolis Home Show is an extravaganza of home-focused information and exhibits, including a fully-constructed, decorated and landscaped home built entirely inside Exposition Hall at the Indiana State Fairgounds.
The show, which opened Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, runs through Sunday, February 2, 2014. It is the nation’s oldest home show and also the largest one in the Midwest.
The Centerpiece Home
This year’s Centerpiece Home was built by Fischer Homes, a Cincinnati-based builder which came to Indianapolis in 2009, and is now building in 29 locations in the greater Indy area, including Carmel, Geist, Fishers, Zionsville, Westfield, Noblesville, Avon, Center Grove and Greenwood.
The 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath home was built on a French Manor elevation, and measures over 4,100 square feet, not counting the basement. It is a model of Fischer’s French-inspired “Marshall” design and reflects some of the latest trends in both architecture and style, with its “Fresh Urban” theme. Landscaping was provided by a local Indianapolis company, Calvin Landscape.
An expansive, open kitchen with a gourmet island was designed to be the focal point of the home. The dining room integrates with an outdoor courtyard and bistro that features a brick fireplace and raised hearth.
There are several nice styling touches in this home. An antique laundry door (above), for example, adds far more character than could be achieved with a typical, factory-made door.
“The master suite is unbelievable. It’s actually 3 separate rooms. It’s a full-size bathroom with a separate, free-standing tub, which is really unique. It’s got a sitting area with a fireplace, and then a step up into the actual bedroom area,” says Division President/Manager for Fischer Homes Brad Kriner.
Feature Garden. While the focal point of the show is obviously the Centerpiece Home, around 25,000 square feet of the West Pavilion is dedicated to gardening and landscaping.
Several local landscaping professionals contributed to this portion of the show, which features all manner of greenery, floral designs, cash-and-carry bulbs, and a dizzying array of gardening tools and products.
William H. Brown Landscaping, based in Zionsville, Indiana, has created the Butterfly House, a specially designed landscaped setting in the center of the West Pavilion in which butterflies flutter all around you.
Opening Weekend Attractions
Scooby-Doo and Shaggy too will make an appearance at the show in the Xfinity exhibit space and on the Unilock Outdoor Living Stage on Saturday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 26.
The Marketplace Pavilion takes place the opening weekend only, and is a showcase of artisans, painters, potters and several interior designers who can answer questions about any design plans you might have.
Other Attractions and Special Events
Mary Snell, Marsh Director of Nutrition and Wellness, will offer health and wellness tips from 1-1:30 p.m. as part of Monday Marsh Day. The event takes place at the Unilock Outdoor Living Stage.
On Tuesday, Jan. 28 all seniors over age 65 get into the show for half off.
The Choppin’ Hunger Challenge pits celebrities and local chefs against one another as they attempt to create mouth-watering meals from typical food pantry items.
The Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis (BAGI) will show off the latest in energy-efficient, kitchen design with a fully-built kitchen that features such innovations as a low-flow waterless tank, energy-efficient refrigerator and the latest in kitchen design and technology.
- When: Friday, January 24 thru Sunday, February 2, 2014
- Where: State Fairgrounds, West Pavilion, Exposition Hall & South Pavilion, 1202 E. 38th St.