Renovation Island Eager homeowners head to Volvo Car Stadium for ‘open air’ remodeling show next weekend

Volvo Car Stadium will host the Charleston Home + Design Home Show on Daniel Island next weekend.

They’ve got the plans, cash and drive to revamp their bungalows, tweak Charleston single homes, redo brick ranches and expand their craftsmen dwellings.

The last step before construction is lining up a home improvement specialist or choosing suppliers to handle remodeling projects — whether overhauling the garage, adding a screened-in porch or digging out a swimming pool. That’s where the fifth yearly Charleston Home + Design Show on Daniel Island plays a key role.

Local magazine company New Home Charleston organizes the April 30-May 1 event, which takes place at Volvo Car Stadium (formerly Family Circle Stadium) on Daniel Island. Show hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Thousands of custom home products and services will be there, according to promoters. Special events include a Home Show Happy Hour 5-8 p.m. Saturday with beer, wine and catered food; live entertainment from John Cusatis; and a food truck row featuring Lowcountry Street Eats and EMS Food Truck. Parking and general admission are free.

“This is the fifth year we have organized Charleston’s only open air home show,” says Timothy A. Barkley, publisher of New Home-produced Charleston Home + Design Magazine. “Each show over the past five years has been a success, and the show continues to grow,” he says.

This year’s perks, according to Barkley, include:

 Timing. Charleston Home + Design Show takes place at an important time of the year, financially speaking. “Tax refunds are being received, and homeowners have a clear idea what types of projects they want to hire contractors for in their homes,” he says.

 The staple Daniel Island Luxury Home Tour returns this year from 1-5 p.m. April 30 with six private Daniel Island homes open to the public. Barkley says people seeking inspiration are especially fond of the tour “because they get to see up close many custom options for their own homes.” The home’s builders and architects will be on hand to answer questions and talk with the public. According to Barkley, the tour succeeds at matching property owners with general contractors and architects to design and build homes. “In fact, every builder involved tells us they have met future customers during the home tour,” he says. The tour also serves as fundraiser for the American Red Cross, Lowcountry chapter. Tour tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 day of show if available, at

 Built for tennis and concerts, Volvo Car Stadium works wonderfully as a custom home show venue. “This time of year attempting to organize and execute a home show indoors would be a failure. The weather is just too nice to be indoors,” Barkley says. Homeowners and businesses favor the open air concept because “they can still be outside while meeting the home professionals who can help create the home they’ve always wanted.” At the same time, “organizing a home show outdoors in the spring does come with some risks,” Barkley says. Company displays are underneath the stadium seating and protected from the elements. Palmetto Mosquito Control will “keep the space bug-free,” he says.

 Returning this year is an overhaul giveaway, this time a $5,400 Dream Garage Makeover “that someone local will win,” Barkley says. The project will be published in a future issue of Charleston Home + Design Magazine. The giveaway includes a $2,000 showroom-style garage floor coating package from Carolina Flooring Specialists, a $2,000 modular organizing system from Monkey Bars and a $1,400 home organizing package from local professional organizer Jennifer Truesdale of STR8N UP Professional Organizing Services, show backers say.

 Barkley credits the nearly 100 ”local A-List contractors and vendors.” The businesses stay busy now with so many locals wanting their homes remodeled or new homes built, he says. The intense interest stands as “quite a turnaround from when we started the Charleston Home + Design Show on Daniel Island in 2011” — during a national real estate downturn. The businesses will provide advice on a multitude of projects: solar power, outdoor kitchens, closets, flooring, countertops and “everything in between,” Barkley says.


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