Pick up some building and renovating advice at the Home Base Home Show
Home Show ambassadors Kim Owen and Matt Di Costa, from The Block Sky High.

It's an exciting time to be building or renovating in Perth and with the annual Home Base Home Show on this weekend, there's plenty of free home improvement advice on offer to get you inspired.

And after a milestone birthday and the completion of the first stage of a major overhaul, this year's show promises to be the best ever, according to general manager Gino Premici.

"Having just celebrated 25 years, we're entering into an exciting new phase that will focus on design, inspiring spaces and the important role our homes play in the perfect Perth lifestyle," he said.

The local reno market showed no signs of waning and there had also been increasing interest among Home Base customers in the owner-builder process, he said.

"With reality television shows such as The Block continuing to prove popular, it's no wonder more and more of us are picking up the tools and project managing this all-important investment," he said.

Fans of The Block will have a chance to meet its WA stars Matt Di Costa and Kim Owen, who were on last year's The Block Sky High and will be at the show from 9am-noon tomorrow and 1-4pm on Sunday.

Sponsored by Austral Bricks, Mr Premici said the aim of the popular annual show was to educate would-be builders and renovators on all their options.

"It's designed for everyone, from budding first-homebuyers, through to keen renovators, those giving their interiors a makeover, as well as owner- builders and those building their dream home," he said.

And there have never been more options, according to Mr Premici, with builders and renovators increasingly taking risks with design and materials, making it an exciting time to undertake a home-improvement project in Perth.

"We're seeing patterns and textures coming through in tiling and flooring, with dark, wide oak flooring in herringbone patterns proving to be a popular choice, along with the experimenting of encaustic and cement patterned tiles in bathrooms, entrance halls or kitchen splashbacks," he said.

"Luxury items such as retreat-like bathrooms and walk-in scullery kitchenettes are making their way back into projects right across the State.

"It's not just limited to interiors. Brick is back in a big way thanks to the range of beautiful colours and slimline forms available, with my personal favourite being the stunning Burlesque range of glazed, high- gloss coloured bricks from Austral Bricks."

New products and trends set to be unveiled include an entrance feature crafted by Q Design, Caesarstone's new Perth showroom and a look at US cooling brand Big Ass Fans.

There will be plenty of free advice on offer, from the Clipsal Powerhouse to Enjo demos and mini versions of Home Base courses, with topics such as interior design, property development and sustainability.


Share in $50,000 of prizes

Is your bathroom in need of an upgrade? Has your kitchen seen better days? Visitors to the Home Show will have the chance to win one of four amazing prizes, including a $20,000 bathroom package.

The prizes are:
•A $20,000 bathroom makeover thanks to Waterway Bathroom Renovations
•A $15,000 kitchen thanks to Town & Country Kitchen Designs
•$10,000 of double-glazed windows and doors from Nu-Way Glass & Windows
•$5,000 of steel laser-cut architectural features from Q Design

To enter, look for the four coupons throughout The West Australian on Friday, March 14, or pick up a flyer at the Home Show, then drop the coupon for the prize you would like to win into the barrel at that exhibitor’s stand at the Show.

The Home Base Home Show is on March 15 and 16 from 9am-5pm at 55 Salvado Road, Subiaco. Entry is free. For more information see today's edition of Habitat for the official guide to the Home Show, phone 9388 1088 or visit homebaseexpo.com.au.

The West Australian

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