Tiny homes, heat pumps, solar panels: Atlantic National Home Show is back

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Atlantic National Home Show — and with smart tech, solar panels, a tiny home and other cutting-edge offerings on display it might be the biggest yet, according to senior show manager Denise Miller.

"If you're buying, building, renovating or just dreaming, it's for you," Miller said. 

The show features well over 100 vendors representing all things home-related, from doors and windows to mortgage brokers to woodworkers and pool installation. 

Some businesses, like Armstrong Installers, "have been coming for 40 years," said Miller. "Then we have a lot of new people who have just launched their businesses."

For energy-conscious homeowners, the show will feature smart home products, including a Tesla Powerwall, a home-battery system with a built-in inverter that can, according to the manufacturers, power an average two-bedroom home for an entire day.

Although this year's show will feature a guest appearance by Damon Bennett of the HGTV show Holmes on Homes, the home show targets a much broader demographic than just renovation reality show buffs.

"More people are gravitating toward new, smart homes, and this is where a lot of them will do their planning and research," Miller said. 

"The show is a great platform for a lot of local businesses to get started in this industry," Miller said. "Smaller players are all trying to compete against the big box stores and the big names, but you're all equal when you come into an event like this."

The 40th annual Atlantic National Home Show, which began Friday at Harbour Station, continues Saturday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and  Sunday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for seniors.