Smart sheds: a visible trend at the Home and Garden Show

Substantial sheds have taken center stage, with dormers, window boxes -- even lofts


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Remember when garden sheds were rough little huts hidden behind the house? You won't find many of those at the Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show, which ends Sunday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown. Visitors can choose from mini-barns made with old timbers or cottage-like buildings with dormers, window boxes -- even a loft.

Show-goers can climb a ladder to reach the upper space of the Hi-Loft Barn by American Structures and Patios (shown above). It measures 20 by 16 feet and costs $10,300 at the show.

The Weaver Barns’ Estate (third photo above) was built by Amish and Mennonite carpenters in Sugar Creek, Ohio, and is sometimes used as a garage, said Mike Killen, owner of Amish Yard, which represents Weaver in the Pittsburgh area. It is 20 by 12 feet and priced at $8,933.

Elsewhere at the Home & Garden Show:

Samples of beer, food and plenty of real people — chefs, experts in wine, gardening and banking, jazz musicians and others — will be among the 1,500 exhibits, products and services at the 33rd annual Duquesne Light Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show, which ends Sunday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown.

Lori Verderame, an antique appraiser, and Don Engebretson, the “Renegade Gardener,” appear both days as does the CAPA House Band, a group of young musicians performing at the Crawford Grill stage in the second-floor lobby.

Don’s Appliances chef Anthony Marino and Post-Gazette writers Peter McKay, Gretchen McKay and Doug Oster appear either alone or with invited guests at the PG Showcase stage in the Food/Kitchen area, second floor.

The schedule:

Today (March 15)

10 a.m.- noon: Doug Oster.

Noon: Dr. Lori, antique appraiser; Don Engebretson, “Renegade Gardener.”

Noon-2 p.m.: Chef Anthony Marino.

2 p.m.: Dollar Bank.

2 p.m.: CAPA House Band at Crawford Grill.

2-3 p.m.: Norm Abram of “This Old House” in GMC area, 2nd floor.

3 p.m.: Dr. Lori; “Renegade Gardener.”

3-5 p.m.: Cooking with Gretchen and Peter McKay.

4 p.m: CAPA House Band at Crawford Grill.

5 p.m.: Dollar Bank.

6-7:30 p.m.: Daniel Pipitone, Straw Bale Brewing, beer tasting.

7 p.m.: Dr. Lori.

7:30 p.m.: “Renegade Gardener.”

7:30-9 p.m.: Tony Knipling of Vecenie Distributing, beer tasting.

Sunday (March 16)

10 a.m.-noon: Chef Marino.

Noon: Dr. Lori; “Renegade Gardener.”

Noon-2 p.m.: Chef Bob Sendall, All in Good Taste, and Deb Mortillaro, Dreadnought Wines.

1 p.m.: CAPA House Band at Crawford Grill.

2 p.m.: Dollar Bank.

2-3 p.m.: Steelers wide receiver Derek Moye in GMC area, 2nd floor.

3 p.m.: Dr. Lori; “Renegade Gardener.”

3 p.m.: Don’s Jenn-Air presentation.

3 p.m.: CAPA House Band at Crawford Grill.

4 p.m.: Dollar Bank.

For more information: www.pghhome.com.


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