Bringing it Home

HGTV Star Chip Wade presents home improvement seminar with Forsyth County Library


Local home improvement and do-it-yourself enthusiasts will soon have a chance to meet HGTV star Chip Wade when the Forsyth County Public Library presents “Home Improvement on a Budget” on Tuesday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Forsyth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Cumming.

“Presenting a workshop with the library is a natural extension of Chip’s desire to educate homeowners,” says Laura Bradley, Program Manager. “He’s the owner and lead designer of the Atlanta-based real estate and design firm Wade Works, LLC, so his career is devoted to helping people make the most of their living spaces and their budgets.”

As the host, designer and executive pro-ducer on his Emmy Award-winning series, Elbow Room, Wade is there from concept through construction to show homeowners how to customize their spaces and transform houses into homes that perfectly suit their lifestyle.

“My favorite question is ‘what if..?’  I stay enveloped in this inquisitive mindset [for] most of my creative process, constantly crafting the most unique, yet efficient solutions for space layout, product design, and iconic stylized pieces for my clients,” says Wade.

The Georgia native has building in his blood. Coming from a long line of experienced carpenters and woodcraftsmen, Wade began working with his father at an early age. Over the years he developed an interest in design, carpentry, landscaping, and renovation. After earning a degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech, Wade became certified in residential construction.

In 2007, Wade shared his carpentry skills with the Atlanta team of HGTV’s series Designed to Sell. Since then, he has appeared on HGTV’s Curb Appeal: The Block, Ellen’s Design Challenge, HGTV’s Showdown, HGTV’s Design Star, Oprah and CNN. Wade is currently filming two new shows, including a pilot show with his wife called Wise Buys, for HGTV and DIY and appears for a second season on Ellen’s Design Challenge.

Wade gave fans a glimpse of his own redesigned living space with a photo tour in the September 2015 issue of HGTV Magazine. While the pictures show Wade and his family enjoying their home, the photos also highlight several affordable DIY pieces, such as iron garden ornaments wired to serve as light fixtures and sheet music printed on canvases to hang over a piano.

Similarly, the “Home Improvement on a Budget” presentation will focus on the art of creating amazing living spaces with highlights from some of Wade’s favorite makeovers. He’ll also talk about his company, Wade Works, and the future of design.

“Before homeowners head out to hardware stores and home décor outlets this spring, we hope they’ll listen to Chip’s talk and remember that the library is a free resource for project ideas and how-to advice,” says Bradley.

The event is free, but seating is limited and advance registration is required. After the presentation, Wade will stay for a meet-and-greet with participants and give brief consultations to homeowners that bring a few photos of their living space or home improvement project.

A selection of home improvement and décor books, magazines, and electronic media will be on display at the event. Library patrons and event participants will even be able to access some of those materials, such as HGTV Magazine, from home using the library’s web-based Flipster and OverDrive services.

For more information, or to register for the event, please visit