This year we participated for the first time in the HIA Sydney Home Show. Over 280 exhibitors took part in the Show and there was a lot to see.

We weren’t sure what to expect from exhibiting at the Show, and it was a very late decision to take part. Fortunately the whole team pulled together and made it what it was – a success in many ways for Bluegem Homes, one of them being awarded “Finalist” in our category for our stand which reflected the attention to detail that we apply to all of our work.

Whilst our $20,000 Cash Back Offer has closed, the response has been wonderful and this is something we will certainly be looking to offer again at our next Show. Yes, there will be a “next show” for us. You can mark it down in your diary as being 28th – 30th October 2016.

However, it was the public and the visitors to our stand that made the Sydney Home Show the success that it was. We doubled our expected enquiries and ended up calling for backup! Whilst we were all very tired by the last of the four days, the hard work has really only just begun. We’re now in the process of following up on all requests for meetings with our prospective clients. The general feeling we get after having spoken to quite a few of them is one of excitement and anticipation.

There was some interesting feedback about the Show. Some visitors thought that there was not enough emphasis on Building Designers, architects and actual builders such as ourselves. They felt there was just a little too much emphasis on products as opposed to buildings systems.

There are definitely significant trends in our industry that were reflected in the Sydney Home Show. One of these trends was the influx of organisations that build “Granny Flats”. This type of accommodation certainly assists families stay closer together. Some additional comments from clients were that they use the concept to generate additional income.

In addition to Granny Flats, there was also less emphasis on air conditioning and a little more on ceiling fans. This is mainly due to houses now being designed to be more energy efficient. Most of our clients believe that air conditioning is essential when building their new home. What we try to incorporate into our designs is a comfortable home both in summer and in winter without artificial heating and cooling. This is where ceiling fans come into their own during the summer months. However, I agree, that there will be times that air conditioning is almost essential but a well designed and constructed home should not require air conditioning to be running constantly. The fans are used to assist in moving air around on the very calm and hot days.

For those who feel more comfortable knowing that air conditioning is available, we suggest that including the ducting during the build but only install the air conditioning unit itself if they feel that it is warranted. This could literally save you thousands of dollars.

Generally, the feedback to the Home Show has been pretty positive, and most of the people I have spoken to commented that they “got a lot out of it”.

If you visited the Home Show, let us know what was most interesting for you.