Archive for Sunday, February 8, 2009

Weekend show focuses on market for remodeling, despite hard times

From left, Jeff Wyatt, Paradise Carpet One, talks with Mary and Bruce Lopez, Lawrence, at Saturday’s Home Show at First Serve Tennis Center, 5200 Clinton Parkway.

From left, Jeff Wyatt, Paradise Carpet One, talks with Mary and Bruce Lopez, Lawrence, at Saturday’s Home Show at First Serve Tennis Center, 5200 Clinton Parkway.

February 8, 2009

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After 15 years, Debra and J.B. King thought it was time their house got a new roof and windows.

“We assume now is a good time to do this. You sort of think people need the work,” Debra King said.

The Kings were among the thousands of visitors at this weekend’s Lawrence Home Show, an annual event sponsored by Lawrence Home Builders Association.

Spas, siding, security systems, sliding glass doors and a lot more were on display for homeowners Saturday afternoon.

And it’s homeowners like the Kings that have helped make a dismal economy not so bad for those in the local home-building trade, many vendors said.

“People still want to invest in their existing home, so there are still opportunities for the building industry,” Lawrence Home Builders Association executive director Bobbie Flory said.

Joel Dickey, with Midway Wholesale, said he would take another year like 2008 — even if what customers want has changed.

“There’s been a lot more siding and window replacements. A lot more remodels,” he said.

Linda Powell was scoping out concrete countertops and looking for ways to upgrade her kitchen Saturday.

“Now seems like the better time to do it. People are available to do the work, and the money might be easier to get for the home improvements,” she said.

This year’s home show focused on green and energy-efficient features.

Terry Rossiter was looking at siding and insulation that would give his home a boost in energy efficiency.

It’s something that he thinks will save him on bills in the short term and add value to his home in the long run.

“It’s an investment in my future,” he said.

The Home Show will continue today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Serve Tennis Club, 5200 Clinton Parkway.

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