Has cabin fever got the best of you yet? It may have been a fairly mild winter in terms of Wisconsin weather, but many of us are still itching for spring.
One of the sure signs that winter is almost over is the announcement of home expos and showcases all over the state. When the snow melts and the temperature rises, people start thinking about remodeling and building their dream home.
These shows, which are sponsored by home builders associations in Wisconsin, bring in regional home improvement experts to answer questions and help you get the job done. Plus, the tours feature some of the most exquisite homes you've ever seen. That includes many projects featuring Pella windows and doors as well as products like our between the glass blinds and shades as well as home automation technology with Insynctive.
We appreciate the many Wisconsin builders who rely on us for quality products, and we encourage you to check out these events in your area and beyond.
1. Golden Sands 2016 Home Show - February 19 - 21
The Golden Sands Home Builders Association tops our list with a late winter home show in Stevens Point. Look for Pella Windows & Doors of Wisconsin at booths 49 and 50.
In addition to meeting with home improvement experts, you can also attend cooking classes and get interior design tips at the seminars and demonstrations held Saturday and Sunday. Kids can enjoy face painting, a photo booth, and a bouncy house. Tickets are $6. 12 and under get in free. Save $1 on the price of admission with a non-perishable food donation to Operation Boot Strap.
Click here for more on the Golden Sands 2016 Home Show.
2. Wausau Area 2016 Home Show - February 26 - 28
Head over to the Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo Center in late February if you plan to build or remodel in the Wausau area this year.
The Wausau Area Builders Association is bringing in dozens of vendors to help you develop your plans. There will also be a variety of demonstrations and workshops to attend. If you're a birdwatcher or nature lover, don't miss the presentation from the Raptor Education Group on Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm.
Click here for more about the WABA 2016 Home Show.
3. The Racine Home Expo - February 27 & 28
The end of February also brings a big show to southeastern Wisconsin. Tickets to the Racine Home Expo are just $3 a piece and admission is free for anyone under 18. It will be held at the Racine Festival Hall.
If you plan on building or remodeling in the Racine/Kenosha area, you'll be able to scope out hundreds of different vendors including Pella Windows & Doors of Wisconsin. Plus, check out some spectacular exhibits for everything from kitchens and flooring to decks and pools.
Click here to learn more about the 32nd Annual Racine Home Expo.
4. Wisconsin Rapids Home & Garden Show - March 4 - 6
Folks in central Wisconsin can beat the winter blues and prepare for spring with a big show at the Wisconsin Rapids Mall in the first week of March.
Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors. But if you're planning to build or remodel and have plans to show, you'll get one free ticket to the show per household.
In addition to a list of area vendors, there will also be a fish fry on Friday night, seminars to help you expand your knowledge, and even events for the kids.
Click here to learn more about the 2016 Wisconsin Rapids Home & Garden Show sponsored by the Central Wisconsin Home Builders Association.
5. Madison Area Dream Home Showcase - March 4 - 6
The first weekend in March is also your opportunity to get ideas for turning a house into a dream home in the state capital.
The Madison Area Builders Association is sponsoring the 2016 Dream Home Showcase at the Alliant Energy Center. Whether you're planning a small project like new kitchen cabinets, remodeling your basement into an awesome rec room, or landscaping your yard into your own piece of paradise - this is the place for Madison area residents to get inspiration.
Admission is $5 per person, but you can also sign up for BOGO tickets on the MABA website.
Click here for more on the Dream Home Showcase. Mark your calendar for Madison's parade of homes June 11 - 26 as well.
6. Mid-Shores Home & Garden Expo - March 5 & 6
Chilton plays host to calumet County's only home and garden show, which is held at the Vande Hey Brantmeier dealership on Madison Street.
Experts from the local home-building industry, including folks from Pella Windows & Doors of Wisconsin, will be on hand to take your questions and show you the latest we have to offer.
Don't miss the free seminars, kids activities, and concessions. You may even go home with a door prize! Admission is $5.
Click here to learn more about the Home & Garden Expo in Chilton.
7. Brown County Spring Showcase of New Homes - March 5 - 13
The Brown County Home Builders Association will be showing off some of the most-impressive homes in and around the Green Bay area during the first two weeks of March.
57 different homes in Brown County will be on display in communities like Bellevue, Howard, Lawrence, and Ledgeview. Get a sneak peek at the homes on the BCHBA website .
In addition to dozens of new homes, the 2016 showcase will also feature some remodel projects, which will only be part of the tour during its second weekend. Tickets are $12 if purchased before March 4th.
Click here to learn more about the Brown County Spring Showcase of Homes.
8. Burlington Home & Garden Show - March 12
More than 75 vendors will be on hand to answer questions at Burlington High School as the city's chamber of commerce hosts its annual home and garden show.
If not everyone in your family is interested in building and remodeling - no problem. This show is being held in conjunction with Burlington's Chocolate Extravaganza, so it will be day full of fun, food, and entertainment. There's even a celebrity cupcake decorating contest.
You can also attend several free workshops throughout the day. Admission is just $2, but you may be able to find coupons for free admission in local newspapers.
Click here to learn more about the Burlington Home & Garden Show.
9. Realtors Home & Garden Show - March 18 - 26
The State Fair Park Expo Center in Milwaukee will be home to a huge home and garden show in mid-March that stretches over two weekends. The Greater Milwaukee Area Realtors are responsible for this show, and there will be plenty for you to take in.
Stop by the Garden Markets for a boutique shopping experience and get some landscaping ideas. There is also a cooking patio stage, various seminars, and even an exhibit featuring artwork and antique collectibles. Those items will be auctioned off on Milwaukee Public Television at a later date.
Click here to learn more about the Realtors Home & Garden Show in Milwaukee.
10. Super Home Extravaganza in Fond du Lac - March 18 - 20
With a name like that, you have to expect quite a bit! "SHE" is back (Super Home Extravaganza) at the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds courtesy of the Fond du Lac and Dodge County Home Builders Associations.
Homeowners with remodeling plans and those looking to build a new house will get plenty of ideas. Plus, there will be a host of local celebrities and experts on hand. Learn a little about outdoor cooking from Mad Dog and Merril, plant mentor Chad Muche will have gardening advice, chef Matt Mooney will talk about healthy eating, and unique artists will be in attendance as well.
There also will be an area to keep kids busy. The youngsters can make their very own oriole bird feeder! Click here to learn more about the Super Home Extravaganza.
11. Door County Home & Garden Expo - March 18 & 19
Head up to Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay in mid-March for an event sponsored by the Door County Home Builders Association.
Whether you already own a place on the Door Peninsula, or dream of building a private getaway there someday, this expo will give you all the inspiration you need. Discover the latest trends in home building, remodeling, landscaping, and interior design.
Then you may as well check out a winery or two while you're in Door County. Click here to learn more.
12. Sheboygan County Home Expo - April 1 - 3
Lakers Ice Center in Sheboygan is the place to be at the beginning of April. This popular event from the Sheboygan County Home Builders Association allows you to connect with many different experts in a variety of fields.
Kids can build a birdhouse with help from local high school students, and you can check out chainsaw carving artist, Dave Bartel, in action.
Anyone who attends this home expo will also get a free ticket to the upcoming Sheboygan Spring Tour of Homes.
Click here for more about the Sheboygan County Home Expo.
13. Manitowoc County Home Show - April 8 & 9
There's more going on along the lakeshore in Wisconsin during April. The Manitowoc County Home Builders Association will host its 36th annual spring show at the local ice center.
Whether you're looking to speak with a home improvement contractor, builder, or just about any type of specialist - you'll find them at this show. Plus, the organizers are promising exciting new twists at this year's event. Admission is $5. Kids 12 and under are free. Get $1 off the price of admission when you bring 3 non-perishable food items to donate.
Click here to learn more about the Manitowoc County Home Show.
14. MBA Spring Tour - April 16 - May 1
The Metropolitan Builders Association in the Milwaukee area will be running tours of homes in southeastern Wisconsin for three weekends from mid-April through the start May. There will also be condos, available lots, and land developments along the free tour.
Organizers say this will be the biggest spring tour yet. The 2015 event featured projects in Waukesha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, Racine, Jefferson, and Walworth Counties. Sites will be open from Noon to 4 pm.
"From city living to lakeside luxury, the options vary every year," says MBA Executive Director Kristine Hillmer.
Click here for more on the MBA Spring Tour.
15. 2016 Winnebago Parade of Homes - May 13 - 22
You'lI have two weekends to view homes built by the Winnebago Home Builders Association. It's a county wide tour of both new and remodeled homes in the Oshkosh area.
Talk with builders and subcontractors, check out the latest in home technology and trendy decor, and see it all firsthand in a relaxing atmosphere. The tour is $10 for adults and anyone under the age of 18 can attend for free.
Click here to learn more about the 2016 Winnebago Parade of Homes.
Are You Planning a Project for 2016?
Spring brings a sense of new beginnings. If you're planning to build a new home or freshen up your existing home with a remodeling project in 2016 - we hope you'll think of Pella for windows, doors, and more. You'll find products to make your home energy efficient, and technology to make it a more convenient place to live.
If you're a construction professional, we offer everything you need to keep your customers happy and your team on track. Architects can get technical support to help with planning, and general contractors will enjoy competitive pricing that translates into savings for you and your client.
If you're a homeowner looking for replacement windows we can do that too! Get a free quote with an in home consultation from Pella Windows & Doors of Wisconsin. Or stop in and visit one of our four Wisconsin showrooms in Green Bay, Appleton, Madison, and Brookfield. Come and talk with us in person!