Lifestyle Home Show Exhibitors
"Beachcomber Hot Tubs"
Visitors to the Beachcomber Hot Tubs booth at the Lifestyle Home Show will notice some new items on display this year.
That’s because the business is promoting its new and larger Wharncliffe Road location, where they’re able to show more products, including barbecues, smokers, gazebos and pool accessories, says dealership owner Jeff McColl.
“We’ve been able to broaden what we do and have more product available than in the smaller space,” he says. “Hot tubs are our focus, but we’re showing more gazebos. While we’ve sold barbecues for a while, we’ve gotten more into smokers and that sort of thing. We’ll have some of those at the show.”
McColl and new business partner Jeremy Slemko will also be promoting their service component. “It’s a big part of what we do. We service all brands of tubs and also pools and saunas.”
The dealership has participated in the show for the past two decades. McColl says he finds value in the opportunity to meet potential customers and to let them see and experience the products first-hand.
"CCR Building and Remodeling"
CCR has been participating at the Lifestyle Home Show since its inception some 24 years ago. And it has been an ideal venue for connecting with clients and industry partners over the years, says Peder Madsen, co-owner of CCR Building and Remodeling with his father, Arne.
During that time the company has grown from a custom cabinetry and carpentry business, launched in 1989, to today’s full-scale renovation contractor with a wide-ranging portfolio of new builds and renovation work in all aspects of design and construction.
From kitchens and bathrooms to basements, additions and whole-home makeovers, there is no challenge too daunting for the CCR team, Madsen says. As well, the company has developed a growing interest in sustainable building, always looking for “greener” solutions.
Promoting these strengths at the annual home show has resulted in recognition and work, Madsen says.
“We do grow our business with new project opportunities,” he says. “And, as well, it’s always awesome to see past clients, who come by to check things out and to get great new ideas.”
“A big part of our business is solid surface quartz and porcelain countertops,” says Deborah Clemens, general manager. “People don’t always realize that, so we are putting that message out there.”
To highlight this company will be promoting a diverse range of countertops at this year’s Lifestyle Home Show.
The family-owned business was launched in 1969 with its own manufactured synthetic marble bathroom fixtures. But, Clemens says, it has always been ahead of the curve as new products were introduced, from early solid surface counters to quartz and, most recently, its porcelain Neolith.
“That’s been a real source of success for our business,” she says. Those will be front and centre at their booth.
But the show, which Coni-Marble has been involved with since its beginning, is also an opportunity to touch base with loyal customers, Clemens says. “It’s a pleasure for us to be at the show every year because we get a lot of customers who come by to tell us they’ve been using our products for a long time.”
“We will be actually creating 3D drawings at the show,” says Bonnie Hardy, who operates Covenant Construction with her husband, Craig.
The company will run a contest leading up to the show, inviting consumers to submit renovation and kitchen layouts and fortunate show goers may take away 3D renditions of their projects.
“We always put a lot of effort into our Home Show booths and this year will be no exception,” Hardy promises. “We’ve been doing the show for more than 15 years and we find it’s a great opportunity to talk to people about their homes and projects.”
Covenant has been assisting London and area residents with building and renovation projects for more than two decades, always committed to leading in innovation from green building to creative design.
In 2011, it expanded its services, launching Inspired Woodworks to design and build its own cabinetry. Samples of their custom cabinetry will also be featured at the show booth.
"Ferrell Brick and Stone"
Creating outdoor living areas is a growing trend among today’s homeowners. Ferrell Brick and Stone plays a major role in this trend, supplying the bricks, blocks and stones to help customers throughout southwestern Ontario achieve their creative desires.
For over 20 years, Ferrell Brick and Stone has been part of the London and area community and has worked hard to bring a diverse and unique variety of suppliers, manufacturers and products to their customers.
The company’s knowledgeable staff is very proud of the part they play in every project, whether it is supplying material for a new school, hospital or commercial business, or helping homeowners select products for their new home construction, interior remodeling or building that perfect backyard retreat.
Located at the corner of Colonel Talbot Road and Decker Drive, between Highways 401 and 402 in the city’s southwest quadrant, Ferrell Brick and Stone boasts both an interior showroom and an exterior display area.
These areas showcase a wide selection of products that enable customers to fulfill their dreams and bring their inspiring designs to life.
"Gliding Shelf Solutions"
For Dennis Beker and John King, partners is London’s Gliding Shelf Solutions dealership, the Lifestyle Home Show is one of their most effective forms of advertising.
“Leads are a big advantage,” Beker says. “We find it very worthwhile, based both on leads and on the orders we get out of it.”
They’ve exhibited at the show every year since launching their business four years ago this April.
Gliding Shelf Solutions is an Ontario-based company that builds and installs custom shelves to glide in and out of existing cabinets. The product is made-in-Canada and Beker notes that the turn-around time from a free consultation and price quote to installation is typically three weeks.
While seeing the shelves at the show can elicit a “wow” reaction from some, Beker says many customers come in already aware of the product and seeking a solution for a problem cupboard. Whatever the case, he says the shelving sells itself.
“People understand the product easily. We don’t have to explain it or tell them why it’s a good idea. They get it.”
Londoners can get more for their money by building a new home in St. Thomas. This is the message Hayhoe Homes will bring to the Lifestyle Home Show as a first-time exhibitor.
“It’s a quick commute from St. Thomas for London workers and housing prices here are better, lot prices are more reasonable and you can get many more features, more house for your money,” says Shale Holden, design and marketing assistant with Hayhoe.
A local builder for more than three decades, focused on creating a reputation for quality craftsmanship and design, Hayhoe is now developing communities in St. Thomas and Tillsonburg. The company’s exhibit will shine a spotlight on a new building phase in its St. Thomas Orchard Park South neighbourhood, launching this spring with a presentation centre opening in February.
“There are some really nice lots that back onto a walking trail and with mature trees,” Holden says. “It will definitely be a point of conversation at the show.”
In addition to detached homes, the new phase will include townhomes and a condominium site.
"Heritage Stair and Railing"
For Heritage Stair and Railing, participation in the Lifestyle Home Show has been an effective avenue to get the company name out in the marketplace.
“We get exposure,” says company owner David Brown. “And we get calls, (with regard to) a new home being built and quite a bit of renovation work.”
Since its beginnings in 2004, the company, with an experienced team of employees, has built a reputation for exceptional craftsmanship in its custommade staircases and railing, as well as for providing outstanding customer service. The business is thriving, serving a clientele throughout the Windsor and London regions, Brown says.
Heritage Stair and Railing offers its products in a wide range of wood types, including oak, maple, pine, mahogany, and more. Oak and maple are the big sellers, but, as trends change on a regular basis, there is often demand for less common varieties, like hickory or white oak, he says.
Brown will be on hand to talk about those trends at the show. The booth will also feature a full sample staircase to showcase the company’s workmanship.
"Homecastle Windows and Doors"
For more than a quarter century, Homecastle Windows and Doors has been bringing its personal touch and quality workmanship to the London region, building its business on referrals and repeat customers.
And the Lifestyle Home Show is an ideal setting for reconnecting with those customers as well as meeting new ones, says company owner Jim Versteegh.
“We see a lot of people there and reminding folks that we’re still around is important, I think,” he says.
This year the company will be touting an exciting result of its business growth — a brand new and expanded showroom at its First Street location.
Homecastle provides a wide range of window and door products, including vinyl and wood windows and entrance, garden and patio doors, as well as vinyl siding in a variety of textures and profiles. It also specializes in renovations.
Consistency, through the use of long-established suppliers of Canadian- made products, and superior workmanship, by installers who are full-time employees and thus take pride in their work, are two important earmarks of Homecastle’s continued success, Versteegh believes.
After a first successful year at the Lifestyle Home Show, Alex Oke, owner of Okewood Timberworks, is enthusiastic about returning.
“We got a good turnout and a great response, quite a few jobs and a lot of interest,” Oke says.
And the bonus was winning the “best feature display” award. “That was very rewarding.”
He will be demonstrating his art of creating handcrafted structures. Unlike many timber-framing companies, which use computer-controlled machinery, Oke fashions each piece by hand and uses traditional joinery methods, such as mortise and tenon connections and oak pegs.
At the booth, Oke will have demonstration timbers, allowing consumers to see and feel first-hand how his works come together.
He will also have a variety of smaller items, such as live-edge tables and cutting boards, for purchase. There will be a large timber-frame structure, also for sale – last year it was a cabana – illustrating the scope of Okewood Timberworks’ repertoire.
The company undertakes a wide range of projects, not only full custom homes, but also front entranceways, covered porches, patios and interior accents.
"Prestige Kitchen and Bath"
Exhibiting at the Lifestyle Home Show last year was so successful for Prestige Kitchen and Bath of London that owner Doug Grieve is going for a larger presence this year, doubling the size of his booth.
“The show was well worthwhile,” he says.
Grieve launched his renovation business just two years ago, but he’s no stranger to renovation work, with 35 years in construction under his tool belt.
Kitchen and bathroom renovations are a specialty for Grieve, who is hands-on with every project, along with all professional sub trades in place. He started working on kitchen renovations more than two decades ago as an installer. Then he managed kitchen companies for the past 10 years, before branching out on his own.
Design is a particular focus. “Anyone can throw a cabinet together but it has to work in the room,” he says. “I’ve been focused on kitchens since 1990. That many years of design and concentration counts.”
He looks forward to sharing his background and expertise with consumers at the show.
"Sloan Stone Design"
Business exposure, new customers and growing sales are three reasons Sloan Stone Design is going into its seventh year at the Lifestyle Home Show.
“Being in the home show has increased our sales and enabled us to get our name out into the public more,” says Derek Sloan. “We find our show presence is drawing retail customers into our showroom.”
The company, launched in 2010, designs, manufactures and installs granite and quartz countertops for new build and renovation projects. Sloan’s clients include builders, kitchen and bath dealers, as well as the general public.
Another advantage of participating in the show, Sloan says, is discovering what’s new in the marketplace.
“We’re seeing different styles and colour trends. We are helping people be more creative with those,” Sloan says.
Office manager Vanessa Cabral notes that with sleek and modern styling in vogue, white quartz continues to be popular. But a new look expected to draw appeal this year showcases a quartz product that, while maintaining its non-porous and maintenance- free properties, has a veining pattern that resembles marble.
Making a direct, face-to-face connection with the public is a major benefit of the Lifestyle Home Show, says Pat Malloy, owner of Duo Building Ltd. It’s a big reason why the company has had a presence there every year since it started.
“It gives us a real opportunity to connect with clients, so they can put a face to the company and have the opportunity to talk to a professional and ask questions,” he says.
“I think of it as a living advertisement that allows us to connect with people on a personal level. The show is a very good place, from that consumer standpoint, to meet contractors in a relaxed setting.”
For the past 38 years, Duo Building has been part of the London building community, specializing in residential and commercial renovations. In the past year, the company has expanded to building custom homes. This will be promoted at the show.
“It’s a true custom-build business, working with the client to take the project from planning stages to completion in one stop,” Malloy says.
"Lormac Renovation Centre"
The Lifestyle Home Show is the ideal antidote for the winter blues and gets people thinking about home improvements that come with springtime, says Kathie Wolak, president at Lormac Renovation Centre.
“It’s a great show. People look forward to seeing all the great stuff out there and they start thinking about spring and doing things to beautify their homes.”
The exterior renovation company specializes in windows, doors, siding, soffit, fascia, eaves troughs and gutter guards. Wolak is excited about showing off new offerings, including a modern version of the traditional patio door, window hardware and finishes and a new style of replacement doors in 39 colour choices.
She’s equally enthusiastic about reconnecting with past clients and meeting new ones “to join our more than 35,000 satisfied customers.”
“Our customers are the heart of our business,” she says. “They trust us to provide the best of the best, in both product and certified installation.”
Lormac offers a lifetime warranty, non-pro-rated and transferrable, on its workmanship and product. “It’s the strongest warranty in our industry,” Wolak says.