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Old House Fair

Save the date for the 2017 Old House Fair on Saturday, March 4, 2017, 9am-3pm at the Sevier Park Community Center. Check back in February 2017 for additional information.

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Would you like to volunteer for the Fair? Visit Hands On Nashville for this and many other volunteer opportunities.

The Metropolitan Historical Commission Foundation and partners will host the 2017 Old House Fair on Saturday, March 4, 2017, 9am-3pm, at the Sevier Park Community Center, 3021 Lealand Avenue. The Old House Fair is a FREE day-long festival showcasing new ideas, practical advice, innovative materials, and quality services for homeowners to learn more about sustainable and historic products and services, and gain tips for planning and executing your project.

Exhibitors included companies, retailers, and artists experienced in working with homes of many ages and styles, from Antebellum to Mid-century Modern.

Sponsorship opportunities available. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact Robin Zeigler at robin.zeigler@nashville.gov or 615-862-7970 ext.79776.

Presentations for 2017

Please check back as we are still refining the sessions.

window workshop

Historic Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum

Time: Ongoing

Kids of all ages will learn about history through crafts and activities led by Historic Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum.

How to Hire an Architect

Time: 9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

There are many great designers, but which one will be the right fit for you? Tyler LeMarinel, AIA, NCARB of Allard War Architects will arm you with the right questions to ask and provide you with helpful hints for staying on schedule and on budget.

How to Hire a Contractor

Time: 10:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Hiring the wrong contractor for your job can cost you stress, weeks of wasted time and, and possibly thousands of dollars. Lynn Taylor of Taylor Made Plans warns that the BEST contractor may not be the RIGHT contractor for your needs. She will guide you on asking the RIGHT questions when interviewing contractors; looking out for hidden agendas; and identify your job site expectations when it comes to your home and property before you sign the contract.

How to Finance a Rehab

Time: 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Learn the ins and outs of an FHA 203K loan with Roger Sheaves, designed to help borrowers finance an older home that needs significant repairs.

What to Expect During a Remodel

Time: 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Join Building Co. 7 to learn what a good contractor looks like on paper, what is involved in the pre-construction process, what the construction process looks like and warning signs that you may be talking to the wrong contractor.

Crawlspaces: What do you know about yours?

window workshop

Time: 12:30 - 1:00 p.m.

Do you know what it’s like in your crawlspace? If the only people who venture into your crawlspace are spiders and the cable guy, it might be time for you to get acquainted. Join Go Green Home Services in a discussion on why your crawlspace matters, the common issues associate with crawlspaces in the Middle Tennessee area specifically, and, what you can do to make sure your crawlspace provides clean air, energy efficiency, and is pest free.

Historic Interiors & Details

Time: 1:15 - 1:45 p.m.

Join Susan Besser of Franklin Preservation Associates to learn the details of interiors from the Federal to Art Deco time period featuring woodwork details & light fixtures. The information featured will be especially helpful if you are searching for ways to incorporate period appropriate details in your historic home or add character to your new infill housing.

Is Geothermal Right for My Home?

Time: 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Join Maynard Select to learn how geothermal works, operation costs and benefits.

participants at preservation station table in exhibit hall