All Original: Lowcountry homebuilders show promotes 40th year with outdoor kitchens, gardening and slew of presenters

Spruced up back lawn patios are popular statements for homeowners looking to redesign their properties. Consumers can find assistance at The Original Home Show Jan. 10-12 at Charleston Area Convention Center (Dreamstime).

There's one yearly event in greater Charleston geared both to consumers eager to buy or fix up a home and to housing pros seeking updates on industry matters.

It's also known for holding a cooking display or other recreational activity to entertain attendees.

The show's most remarkable aspect, however, stems from its long run: The first expo took place way back in 1975 and it's continued unabated since then.

That's why organizers can feel comfortable using the name, "The Original Home Show." This year's fest will take place Jan. 10-12 at Charleston Area Convention Center in North Charleston. The Charleston Home Builders Association will host the expo, as it has for close to four decades.

"We are excited about the show and some new exhibitors that have been added," says Phillip Ford, executive vice president of the Charleston Home Builders Association.

"These vendors will feature boats, ATVs, RVs and golf carts. This will give the guys (and gals) something to look at while visiting," he says.

The Original Home Show not only enjoys a venerable history, the event also stands out as one of the first big residential promotions of 2014.

"We hope everyone will come out and visit the show," Ford says. "This is the largest show in the Lowcountry and features products and services for any price point. If you live in a $200,000 or a $2 million house, this show has something for you."

Next weekend's fest will showcase more than 70 presenters and a half-dozen sponsors. Homeowners Mortgage, a full service home-loan banking company with an office in Mount Pleasant, will be presenting sponsor.

The show also will promote three special events. They're comprised of Palmetto Outdoor Kitchen Pavilion, in which cooking specialists daily whip up Lowcountry dishes; South Carolina Master Gardener, whereby plant and flower experts offer tips and analyze soil samples; and special flood insurance presentations from Lisa S. Jones, a certified floodplain manager and Associate in National Flood Insurance with Carolina Flood Solutions LLC.

"One of our big issues facing homeowners is flood insurance," Ford says. "On Saturday we will have two classes for consumers to educate them on this issue."

A sign of the show's long-time interest revolves around the sizable participation from local businesses.

Along with "presenting sponsor" Homeowners Mortgage, Home Show "sponsors" consist of Palmetto Surfacing, Carolina Lanterns, Muhler Co., Service Master Clean of Charleston and Charleston Style & Design magazine.

In addition, 73 exhibitors will take part. Listed by category, they are:

A-Z Contracting, Cantey Foundation Specialists, Contract Exteriors, Crawlspaces Plus, Homewerx LLC, Palmetto Surfacing, Rhino Shield, Sunview General Contracting Inc., Tri County Roofing.

America's Home Place, Amerisips Homes, Coastal Design Builders LLC, David Weekley Homes, FIXation - Handyman Service, Pulliam Home Remodeling, Renaissance South Construction Co., SC Housing, Strock Design & Remodel, The Charleston Design Cottage.

All Natural Dips, Carolina Fresh Farms, Cutco Cutlery, Designer Kitchens & Baths Inc., HLG Growers, Kitchen Craft, Kitchen Magic of the Lowcountry, The Crescent Olive, Welcom Cabinets.

Aqua Blue Pools, Blue Haven Pools, Heritage Pools LLC, Pool Cover Solutions - SE LLC.

Berkeley Electric Cooperative Inc., Dr. Energy Saver, Edgewater Energy Services, Energy One America, Hi-Tec Systems, Home Telecom, Myers Heating and A/C, Nextgen Technologies Inc., South Carolina 811.

Environmental Solutions and Service, Rainbow Air & Home Cleaning Systems, Service Master of Charleston.

Home Pest Control Co., Lane's Professional Pest Elimination, Palmetto Exterminators/Mosquito Control, Truly Nolen.

Best Buy Blinds Inc., Century Glass, Charleston Shelving & Mirror, Coastal Siding & Windows, Express Sunrooms, Glass Guru, Invisible Fence of Coastal Carolinas, Kohler Moving & Storage, Leafguard of the Lowcountry, Overhead Door Company of Charleston, Palmetal Design LLC, Premier Pergolas Unlimited, Quality Products, Rainbow Play Systems, Special Additions Inc., Taylors Window & Screen Inc., The Pendergrass Moving Company LLC, Ximo.

Advantage Healthcare of Charleston, BlueGreen Vacations, Charleston Home + Design Magazine, Crews Chevrolet, Edward Jones, Trailer Depot, Usborne Books & More.

For more information, visit or call the Charleston HBA at 843-572-1414.

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Date: January 10 -12

Time: 10 a.m - 5 p.m.

Organizer: Charleston Home Builders Association

Location: Charleston Area Convention Center, North Charleston

Admission: Adults, $5; children under 12, free

Parking: Free

Features: Close to 80 builders, remodelers, specialty contractors, manufacturers and salespeople offer a host of goods, tips and wares for the home's interior and exterior. Look for building, landscaping, interior design and remodeling products and services. Shoppers can compare prices and benefits "all under one roof." Many exhibitors promote at-show "specials."

Events: - Palmetto Outdoor Kitchen Pavilion - Local chefs and pit masters show how to prepare Lowcountry cuisine. Cooking demonstrations will be under the food tent Friday, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

- South Carolina Master Gardener - Charleston area gardening experts will answer questions and take soil samples. Visit the Home and Garden Information Center at to properly collect samples. You can purchase plants, special books and small garden tools at the convention center.

- Flood Insurance Classes - The chief of Carolina Flood Solutions will update Realtors and builders Friday 2-3 p.m. on flood mitigation and lowering premiums and consumers Saturday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on the National Flood Insurance Program and controversial reforms.

For more information: Go online to and click on The Original Home Show.