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Updated: Fall Atlanta Home Show returns this weekend
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(UPDATED WEDNESDAY AT 4:58 P.M. WITH CORRECTED INFORMATION ON TONYA WILLIAMS' BACKGROUND WITH HGTV)

The 31st annual Fall Atlanta Home Show and new Outdoor Living Expo will take place Friday through Sunday at the Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Pkwy. near Vinings.

Hundreds of exhibitors will showcase the latest home products and services for both indoor and outdoor living. Landscape designer Ahmed Hassan, original host of HGTV’s and DIY Network’s “Yard Crashers,” will speak Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m., headlining a roster of speakers who will appear throughout the event. It is owned and produced by Semco Productions LLC, a Roswell-based company specializing in trade show production, event marketing and conferences.

“Here in Atlanta, we are fortunate to enjoy year-round outdoor living,” said Semco President Michael Schoppenhorst, also the show’s director. “Our attendees have told us they are especially interested in ideas about how to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces and smoothly transition from one to the other. With the combination of the Fall Atlanta Home Show and Outdoor Living Expo, people can learn about the latest products and services inside and outside the home including kitchens, baths, porches, decks, pools, outdoor kitchens, landscaping, heating and air conditioning, insulation, fireplaces and so much more.

“The show’s featured speaker, Ahmed Hassan, is ideally suited to address the topic of outdoor living. He’s well-known from his hits on HGTV and DIY Network and his presentations are very popular. … One lucky person and a guest will win the opportunity to have brunch with him on Saturday before his first presentation. Details on how to enter the contest will be posted on the Atlanta Home Show’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/atlantahomeshow.”

Buckhead resident Tonya M. Williams, a top-producing real estate broker, was HGTV’s real estate expert on “Design to Sell” and “Bang for your Buck” and appeared on its “Urban Oasis” contest promotional video. Williams is speaking at the home show for the seventh year. She will talk about creating outdoor livable spaces Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m.

“The show is very unique in that people in the fall, they’re almost nesting now that summer’s gone and the weather is colder,” Williams said. “The focus shifts entirely to your home and you want to do [a] quick fix and spruce up [your home] and beautifying for the holidays and going into the new year. Generally people don’t take on huge projects but what I call busy projects because they’re dressing [homes] for the holidays. They want a comfortable space to entertain in.”

One of the most popular exhibits each year is the SeeThru House, staffed by the experts of ConsultAHomePro.com. Here, attendees will learn what happens behind a home’s walls, above the ceiling and under the floor, and can ask questions and discuss ideas with plumbers, electricians, carpenters, general contractors and other professionals who will be at the exhibit.

The 3,000-square-foot exhibit is designed to demonstrate the internal workings of a home including plumbing, decking, electrical systems, security, fireplaces, insulation and more.

Various landscape displays within the expo will be designated as “beer gardens” and are sure to become popular gathering spots each afternoon. Local brewers will offer beer tastings for attendees age 21 and older and the $5 charge to participate in the tastings will benefit Hope Atlanta, programs of Travelers Aid.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. General Admission tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the show’s entrance and online at www.AtlantaHomeShow.com. Children age 12 and under and adults age 65 and older with I.D. are admitted free. Military personnel and first responders receive a free ticket with the purchase of one general admission ticket. Members of Atlanta’s housing industry — real estate agents, contractors, interior designers, landscapers — will be admitted for free with business card at the show entrance Friday only. On-site parking is free.

Williams said the show has something for everyone.

“I think it’s a wonderful place for homeowners, potential [home] buyers, anyone who has a space,” she said, “to get ideas and to really see what’s out there. … I call it a toy store for adults because you can go in there and if you don’t think you need something, you’ll come out saying, ‘I needed all of this,’ when you leave with several items. It’s like being in a candy store for your house. Whether you want to spend a small amount or if you have an unlimited budget, it’s a wonderful place to go to put together ideas for the inside and outside of your home, from start to finish.”

Information: (770) 798-1997 or www.AtlantaHomeShow.com

- News Editor Everett Catts contributed to this report.
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