Discover who’s who at the Bellevue Home Show

January 12, 2010

By David Hayes

Issaquah-based Decks by JRW recently completed this project.

Issaquah-based Decks by JRW recently completed this project.

Now in its 28th year, the Bellevue Home Show brings new features and a new attitude when it opens at the Meydenbauer Center on Jan 22. Eastside homeowners will find a strong emphasis on green — in building, remodeling, food, financial matters and creative opportunities. More than 150 local exhibitors represent the entire scope of the building, remodeling and interior design industries.

Rosanne Cohn, of the Bellevue Home Show, said the exhibition is ideal for Eastside homeowners.

“It’s smaller, more accessible — a local experience showcasing the top vendors and exhibitors in their industries, and is dedicated to the Eastside economy and environmental attitudes,” Cohn said.

Four Issaquah businesses are participating this year, ready to enlighten homeowners about the latest in decks, use of natural materials in new homes and home remodeling projects both big and small.Here’s a look at them:

Decks by JRW

When it comes to home renovations focusing exclusively on decks, Ron Spillers, owner of Decks by JRW, said there is no bigger builder in King County.

Based in Issaquah for more than 20 years, Spillers said Decks by JRW has participated in the Bellevue Home Show for almost as long as it’s been in business.

“It’s a good show,” Spillers said. “It’s more intimate, not a ton of vendors — 15 tub guys or 15 window guys. You can stop and talk with each professional one on one.”

Spillers said he looks forward to this year’s show to let homeowners know about the latest in decking trends. The past 10 to 13 years have seen the advent of more artificial deck products, he said.

“More than 80 percent of our work is done with composite decking,” a combination of wood and plastic, he said. “We have found these products to be attractive, durable and cost effective.”

They also get a lot of use from PVC, or all-plastic, products, which stand up to scratching and staining better than composite materials. Some major manufacturers are now offering a hybrid of the two, for even more realistic wood look, he said.

Living Shelter Design Architects

Returning to the Bellevue Home Show for their third stint after a two-year absence is Living Shelter Design Architects. As more and more home designers move toward sustainable resources, owner Terry Phelan said Living Shelter has been incorporating the concept since 2000.

“It’s been my focus since 1995,” Phelan said. “We were one of the first in the area to be involved with alternative materials in construction.”

She said the alternatives include strawbail walls, vegetated roots and reclaimed hardwood flooring, to name a few.

She added that she especially likes that the Bellevue Home Show features a sustainable building section.

“You find that these home shows are really interesting, where a lot of people go out getting ideas,” Phelan said.

Shirey Handyman

If you’re looking for more of an updating project, rather than a complete renovation, Shirey Handyman is the stop to make at the home show.

A sister company of Shirey Contracting, Shirey Handyman has been helping Issaquah-area homeowners with projects from the kitchen to the bathroom for the past seven years, including special services, repair and updates.

This will be its second trip to the Bellevue Home Show.

“We did it last year,” General Manager April Bettinger said. “It was a real nice experience. It’s helpful for people to come out who are ready to shop. They also get to see what other people are working with.”

This year, Bettinger said Shirey is promoting its toilet replacement program. In addition to learning about water conservation, homeowners can sign up to have up to three toilets replaced by low-flow toilets and get a $100 cash rebate per toilet through Cascade Water Alliance.

Thornberg Construction Company Inc.

If you need a bigger remodeling project, seek out Issaquah’s Thornberg Construction, who’s been part of the Bellevue Home Show almost from the beginning. Thornberg was named a Top 50 Remodeler in 2007 by Northwest Home and Garden magazine.

Stop by Thornberg’s booth and learn about interior remodels, additions, custom homes and design/build services, which it’s been offering metropolitan Seattle customers since 1937.

If you go

Bellevue Home Show

10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Jan. 22-23 and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Jan. 24

Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth Ave., Bellevue

Tickets are $5 – $8

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