• Tue. Oct 3rd, 2023

    The North Carolina Home Expo: Turning Houses into Homes

    ByJames Forsyth

    Sep 19, 2023
    The North Carolina Home Expo: Turning Houses into Homes

    The North Carolina Home Expo, taking place at the Crown Complex from September 22 to September 24, aims to transform houses into homes. The event recognizes the importance of stable housing for human flourishing, emphasizing its role in addressing environmental factors like air pollution, access to healthy foods, and medical care.

    As part of the Healthy People 2030 objectives, the Built Environment section focuses on creating surroundings that cater to human activities and promote well-being. Studies have shown that a person’s zip code can impact their life expectancy, and Cumberland County in North Carolina has a life expectancy of 77.70 years.

    It is essential to understand the distinction between a house and a home. A house refers to the physical structure, while a home encompasses the emotional attachment and sense of belonging. Homeownership plays a crucial role in the psychosocial aspects of agency and self-determination, reflected in home repair and improvement projects.

    Renovation trends for 2023 have been influenced by the pandemic, rising material costs, the housing market, and the desire to age well in place. Projects range from basic repairs and upgrades to energy-efficient appliances, outdoor living spaces, and home offices as a response to mental health awareness.

    When deciding between renovating or moving, factors such as location, space for family growth, and costs should be considered. Some projects, like HVAC electrification, garage door replacement, stone veneer siding, and entry-door replacement, offer a 100% return on investment.

    For those looking to age well in place, options like door levers, bath bars, vinyl and bamboo flooring, and easy grip cabinet knobs are available. On a budget, projects like painting, adding plants, and incorporating home accessories can still make a significant impact.

    The North Carolina Home Expo offers a family-friendly, one-stop shopping experience to create a lasting legacy. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of products and services, including kitchen and bathroom renovations, window replacements, roofing and siding options, flooring, garage doors, and more. Homeowners can stay up to date with the latest home design and improvement innovations.

    The Expo will be held at the Crown Center and is free to attend. The schedule is as follows: Friday, September 22, from noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday, September 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, September 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit the North Carolina Home Expo website.

    – Healthy People 2030: United States Department of Health & Human Services
    – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    – Farahan Samani’s research study
    – The Spruce Website
    – Property Brothers, Drew and Jonathan Scott, HGTV
    – Todd Tomalak, Zonda Building Products Research