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home show ideas?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by csl, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. csl

    csl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 235

    so i just got a call today from the major organizaton that runs the local home and yard show. we were put on a waiting list for the last 5 years (seriously) and they asked to see some of our work. we submitted some pics and they booted someone else and let us take there place. it is a 10'x10' booth on a corner. we have done home shows in the past, but my question is to those who have done them recently or have attended them. what are the major materials people are using this year, and can you post some pics of successful booths and ideas people might not think of? i know 100 sq.' isnt huge, we usually do a small water feature, a nice paver design, and some synthetic turf. any one got some real good show stoppers? thanks for the replies!
  2. robtown

    robtown LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 224

    I would try to design something they wont see from someone else. they wont be able to judge quality from a booth but they can see creativity. The more complicated the better. So they dont try it themselves.
    Waterfall under the capstone into a drain.
    Mood lighting that changes colors.
    Add wall coins.
    Recessed archs in the corners.
    Something that says they need you to do the job. Im sure there will be plenty of other guys there with a wall and some fake grass.........is that the sum of your talent???
    good luck .
    you waited 5 years to get there so dont be lame.
  3. dclandscape

    dclandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    we are doing our first one this year it is also a 10x10 corner. I plan on doing it all pavers with a seating wall running down the inside edges. One edge will step up to about 3' and have a sheer decent waterfall coming through it and a flat screen mounted to a wall we'll make so it will sit directly about the water feature. Plan on putting together a nice slideshow for the tv. The other seating wall will have nice framed pictures and brochures and stuff. Kind of a simple layout but will be nice with the water feature.

    My return question is...What do you use to keep the pavers in?
  4. Landscapes8988

    Landscapes8988 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 29

    this was our first booth.... after seeing the economy fall we decided to get involved with the trade show. Great results.... this was 10'x20'

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  5. csl

    csl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 235

    we have done them the past 3 years, but different shows, this one is very hard to get into. we also do high end fencing and gates, so i am going to try and incorporate a nice gate and entry along one on the sides to drive traffic in. a friend also owns a very high end wood shop, so i am going to try to get him to do a custom carved bridge that will direct traffic from the paver walkway to a seating area across the water feature. thanks for the help so far.
  6. Landscapes8988

    Landscapes8988 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 29

    with only a 10x10 things are limited... but i have seen some creative things in small spaces!
  7. csl

    csl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 235

    such as.......
  8. JRSlawn

    JRSlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 640

    I would love to see more pics of what the guys on the site have done in the past. I am doing a feature garden this year at our show my area that I am in charge of is 30x35 I am trying to come up with a design as we speak. The other guys who do the features at this show do some pretty crazy stuff to say the least I think the one guy last year had a 15k countertop water feature that is right a counter top that had water running threw it.
  9. ANC Stone Creations

    ANC Stone Creations LawnSite Member
    Messages: 160

    One thing to consider is to keep your booth somewhat close to what your target customers are able to afford.

    For Example:
    The waterfall running thru a counter top sounds pretty sweet! but, back to reality 15k ?how many people do you think actually bought one? my guess would be maybe one, because anything is possible.

    I would incorporate many different things ie: water feature, patio, small wall, lighting and plantings just to mention a few.

    Check us out online at www.ancstonecreations.webs.com for some water feature ideas that are very easy to install in just a couple of hours!

    If you have any questions email me direct at anc_stonecreations@yahoo.com
  10. csl

    csl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 235

    so i talke to a local supplier that we do a lot of business with. we came up with a floor plan that i am laying out in CAD and they are letting me "borrow" a very high end bbq for a kitchen display, a gas fire pit, low volt lighting, and all the pond materials we need for our water feature. a local stone supplier is letting us use all the newest paver and retaining block in our display, and we are working with another supplier to get some larger rock and boulders to build in. also, a friend of mine just purchased a lumber mill that mills down recycled wood, like from old schools, etc. and we are going to build a pergola to extend over the booth. thanks for the suggestions, anything else also helps.

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