Home-ing Out: Charleston design show takes advantage of “open air” Family Circle stadium, island sites
By JIM PARKER
The Post and Courier
In the open arena where throngs recently watched Family Circle Cup tennis, perusers next week can soak up the sun as they check out home interiors.
The two-day Charleston Home + Design Show on Daniel Island April 20-21 is expected to attract hundreds of homeowners and prospective buyers.
“We specifically chose a date in April to do the show since this is the weather everyone in Charleston wants to enjoy outdoors,” says Tim Barkley, publisher of Charleston + Design Magazine and show organizer.
“There is a great demand from homeowners for a home show in April but it is a huge challenge to motivate homeowners to spend time indoors at a show,” he says.
The Daniel Island show is in its second year, complementing similar fests in Charleston in the summer and Mount Pleasant in the fall.
“It’s also Charleston’s only open-air home show,” Barkley says.
The outside venue, for what is typically an indoor event, brought raves in 2012. “The vendors love it,” Barkley says. ‘The homeowners like the concept, too. People like the stadium. It’s kind of a new spin,” he says. “We are now establishing this as an annual event.” To find out more, visit www.DanielIslandHomeShow.com.
Rain could put a damper on the show, but there are contingency plans. Family Circle Cup organizers had $1,000 worth of tarps for inclement weather during the women’s pro tennis tournament. In case of rain at the home and design show, the tarps would be used as covering “to keep everybody dry,” he says.
At the same time, Barkley checked the weather charts and discovered that “April is the second lowest rainfall month” — only October is drier in the Charleston area.
Running concurrently with the show for a second year is a luxury home tour, which will be held Saturday afternoon and will spotlight seven residences on Daniel Island.
The open house comes with a twist for 2013. Residential home designers for the first time will take part in answering questions and detailing their handiwork.
That’s a departure from last year, when a “homes for architects” tour showcased designs from local professionals. For 2013, “we couldn’t guarantee enough homes designed by architects,” Barkley says.
He learned that many custom plans on Daniel Island are mapped out by the residential home designers, who are talented craftsmen although not certified as architects. “They’ve designed beautiful houses out there,” he says.
All is not lost for the architects’ homes event. It will move to August to be part of the Charleston Home + Design show at Johnson Hagood Stadium. “We still think this is a good concept, that people want to see the differences in homes designed by architects,” Barkley says.
Citing the recent success of the Wine + Food Festival with off-site events, Barkley intends to add house tours to each of the Home + Design shows. That way, homeowners can check out designs they like at the show, then ferry to the open houses to see the styles right away.
Still, “A lot of homeowners don’t know the next step,” he says. At the show, they can meet with any of the 75 or more recognized, respected greater Charleston companies showcasing thousands of custom home products, Barkley says.
If that isn’t enough, the fest is sponsoring two makeover giveaways: a drawing for a $5,500 closet organizing overhaul and a contest for a $2,000 garage makeover that includes plans submitted by homeowners and reasons why their garage needs to be redone.
In adding the Family Circle stadium to the regular rotation of home and design shows, Barkley says he is careful to ensure the event draws from a wide audience.
“What we didn’t want to do is pigeonhole ourselves into being a show (solely) for Daniel Island residents. That was a worry last year. What we were happy to discover is we had the support of Daniel Island residents and had support from the entire community.”
Barkley adds, ”I think people are comfortable with (Interstate) 526, going to Daniel Island and Family Circle stadium.”
Also subject to debate at one time was the outdoor format. “We want to prove the concept; an open air show.” Barkley says the 2012 event made the point, attracting 2,000 people.
Organizers are providing a measure of financial relief to showgoers: There are no admission or parking charges. “People still feel a little pull from the recession,” he explains. At least in this case, “Free is good.”
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CHARLESTON HOME + DESIGN SHOW ON DANIEL ISLAND
• Dates: April 20-21 (rain or shine).
• Location: Family Circle Stadium, 161 Seven Farms Drive on Daniel Island.
• Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
• Admission and parking: Free.
• Tickets: Daniel Island Luxury Home Tour is $20 in advance via online site and $25 on Saturday at the stadium. Free for children under 12. Just 400 tickets will be sold. The tour ticket includes admission to the Bluegrass by Design Party 6-9 p.m. on Saturday.
• Local companies taking part: More than 75. They will be lining the stadium concourse, which is shaded from the sun, protected from the elements and has cool breezes off the Wando River.
• Sponsor: New Home Charleston.
• Slogan: “Get Inspired. Get Started.”
• Events and giveaways:
- Daniel Island Luxury Home Tour. The self-guided tour runs alongside the Home + Design Show. Seven private residences will be open to the public 1-5 p.m. Saturday. Homes will be hosted by an architect or residential designer who drew the house plans and/or the builders or businesses that handled specific features. For example, the householder at 458 Creek Landing St. is also owner of Daniel Island Audio Video: The house features a centralized, high-tech audio-video system. The architects, builders, etc. can answer questions and point out details. Tour proceeds will be donated to the Retired and Service Volunteer Program of the American Red Cross, Charleston chapter. Homes on the tour are 1136 Oak Overhang St., 1419 Smythe St., 720 Island Park Drive No. 108, 458 Creek Landing St., 465 Creek Landing St., 185 King George St. and 108 Island Park Drive.
- Closet Organizing Makeover worth $5,500 that someone local will win. It features up to 20 hours assistance from professional organizer Jennifer Truesdale of STR8N UP Professional Organizing; custom closet system from Advanced Window Fashions; and Murphy wall bed from HWC Custom Cabinetry. People can register at the show.
- Garage Organizing Makeover valued at $2,000 from Monkey Bars Garage Storage Systems that will go to someone local. The public can register at the Charleston Home + Design Facebook page.
- Food Truck Row. It features up to four local food trucks each day including GeeChee Island, Roadside Seafood, Carolina Creole, Auto Bahn and Dulce.
- Free home and design seminars for homeowners throughout the weekend.
• More information: www.DanielIslandHomeShow.com, www.DanielIslandLuxuryHomeTour.com.