Traipse the aisles of the Seattle Home Show 2 and your mind will start calculating how best to convince your partner you need a warming...

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Traipse the aisles of the Seattle Home Show 2 and your mind will start calculating how best to convince your partner you need a warming drawer for the kitchen. (Just argue it will make Thanksgiving that much better.)

The Seattle Home Show 2 opens Thursday for four days at Qwest Field Event Center, where nearly 500 vendors will court you with the latest home technology, offer comparison shopping if you’re about to start a home renovation or convince you to pick up their art for your walls. The show will have options like a drying cabinet by manufacturer ASKO that can be used for clothes, shoes or gloves. A Wolf warming drawer can be used in an indoor or outdoor kitchen. The drawer also can be used as a bathroom towel warmer.

But the home show isn’t just geared toward single-family houses. Many vendors also can help condo owners, said Barbara Bratsberg, show spokeswoman.

“We’re trying to remind people with condos there are many things at the show that are as appropriate for them as there are for single-family homeowners,” she said. Choices include “many decorating things like blinds and paint and inexpensive things they can do to make dramatic changes with very little investment.”

Seattle Home Show 2


The show will run 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday-Oct. 14 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 15 at Qwest Field Event Center, 1000 Occidental Ave. S. in Seattle.

Tickets are $9 adults, $6 seniors 60 and older, $3 ages 7-15. Kids under 7 free. Attendees who register at the door will be able to visit the show a second day for free.

For more information, a $2 coupon or directions to the show, go to www.seattlehomeshow.com.

Plumbing companies can help with bathroom renovations or garden experts can teach you how to start a container garden.

Condo owners also will see washers and dryers that are designed to look more stylish for people who can’t hide their laundry area.

The show continues to focus on green building with environmentally friendly vendors. The Environmental Home Center is featuring a carbon “neutral” wood-burning stove which burns in a manner that neutralizes the release of carbon dioxide.

You also can learn more about the Built Green program and ways to make your home more energy efficient and improve its air quality.

The Masters Builders Association of King and Snohomish counties and other vendors will again host several seminars on home improvement.

Nicole Tsong: 206-464-2150 or ntsong@seattletimes.com