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Fall Home Show returns this weekend

Brendan Charters
Brendan Charters, discusses Building Laneway Housing: Where to Start and Where to Go in the speakers’ lounge Friday, Sept. 29.

The Fall Home Show features 250 exhibitors and lifestyle vendors, alongside renovation, design and DIY experts

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Thinking about tackling a DIY project but aren’t sure your skills are up to snuff? Considering a basement reno? Or perhaps you’d just like unleash your creativity and paint your own pumpkin in a free workshop.

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The 2023 Fall Home Show (www.torontohomeshows.com), happening Friday, Sept. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 1 at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place, delivers all that and more, including Building Laneway Housing: Where to Start and Where to Go.

The City of Toronto simplified the process to build laneway and garden suites, says Brendan Charters, a founder partner and development manager of Eurodale Design + Build.

The suites can be a great alternative to basement apartments because they’re self-contained residential units typically located in the backyard next to a public laneway on the same lot as the primary dwelling.

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“Our housing needs change through our life cycle,” says Charters, who discussed Building Laneway Housing: Where to Start and Where to Go in the speakers’ lounge today, Sept. 29.

“These independent dwelling units can be great news for young adults who are either in school or just finished school and starting to work as a first home that’s separate from their parents in the main dwelling,” he says. “It can be perfect for a first-time homebuyer because it can offset mortgage costs.”

Empty nesters may choose to live in a laneway or garden suite and rent their primary dwelling for additional income. A suite can also create a multigenerational home that allows older adults to age in place next to a child or other relative while still enjoying their independence and autonomy, Charter notes.

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The Fall Home Show features 250 exhibitors and lifestyle vendors, alongside renovation, design and DIY experts. “With colder fall temperatures top of mind, we’ve curated a lineup of fun and festive stage presentations, interactive demonstrations and free DIY workshops to get visitors excited about wanting to spend more time indoors,” says Show Director Sharon Donaldson.

HGTV real estate and renovation expert Scott McGillivray shares advice on When to DIY & When to Call in the Pros. Tackling projects that should be left to the professionals could result in disaster and cost homeowners more money and grief in the long run, he warns.

Christina Da Costa and Maria Perketa of Aspire Design Group spill secrets on transforming a dark and dreary basement into a wine cellar to entertain guests or a home cinema using lighting, acoustics and immersive audiovisual systems.

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Erin Klassen, co-owner of Urban Gardener, shares tips on Becoming a Plant Parent: Indoor Plants that Will Thrive with You. Take along a photo of your sick houseplant and ask the Urban Gardener team how to make it feel better. Effy Terry of Organize That teaches you how to Fall in Love with Your Space: Declutter, Organize, Cozy Up.

Visit the DIY Centre to learn the basics of using power tools to tackle simple home improvements. Enjoy a complementary 15-minute consultation with home designer Kate Davidson or Amanda Shields and talk to RenoMark expert about your home renovation project.

For more information, visit https://torontohomeshows.com.

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