Home Show returns to Manchester this weekend


Staff Report | March 18. 2017 12:07AM

Patti Phelps, an interior designer who helped design the Tiny House Initiative’s homes, including this one built by students from the Huot Technical Center in Laconia, helps Janet Swanson of Fremont during the annual New Hampshire State Home Show held at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester on Friday. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)








The bedroom loft of the tiny house built by Huot Technical Center students. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)


MANCHESTER — Just about anything found in a home, from kitchen sinks to a Murphy bed, is on full display this weekend at the 50th Annual New Hampshire State Home Show.

One of the most popular exhibits at the Radisson Hotel - Center of New Hampshire, as it was last year, was the Tiny House Village on Pleasant Street adjacent to the hotel.

Two of the completed homes were built by students at Huot Career and Technical Center in Laconia, a regional vocational technical program for Lakes Region students, and Kennett High School in North Conway.

Todd Mezzanotte, associate director of New Hampshire Home Builders which sponsors the program, said students receive a trailer in October, the base on which to build the tiny house, and rough plans.

The rest was up to them, from framing it, running wiring and plumbing and the design inside and out.

Patti Phelps, an interior designer, helped the students come up with their design for the 8-by-24-foot house which included pine ship lap (siding on the ceiling and walls), a hammered copper kitchen sink, monsoon blue cabinets and a loft big enough to fit a queen size bed. The students, she said, worked right up to Thursday night to add the finishing touches.

Both houses included a bathroom with shower.

The Kennett tiny house had closets, where the Huot one had a cabinet and drawers, and featured a highly glossed pine kitchen counter with stainless steel sink.

The show, which continues through Sunday, features more than 200 vendors.

Attendees will be able to interact with builders, remodelers, decorators, landscapers and other home experts, with exhibits covering all aspects of the home building/remodeling industry. Other highlights include the New England Made concourse and the Junior Lego Build.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for seniors ages 62 and older and free for children under 12. A military I.D. card will get attendees a $5 discount.

Attendees can receive $3 off an admission ticket if you bring in a non-perishable food item, socks or toiletries for Harbor Homes. No double discounts are accepted.
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