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Lawrence Home Show set for this weekend

February 9, 2012


If you’re going to stay put, you might as well do it in style.

Many of the nearly 70 vendors at this weekend’s 12th Annual Lawrence Home Show will be playing off of that theme as more residents look to remodel rather than re-locate.

“Even with the economy, remodeling has stayed strong,” said Bobbie Flory, executive director of the Lawrence Home Builders Association, which organizes the show. “There’s activity in that market, and this is a one-stop shop to let people see the newest trends and designs.”

The show will have a new location this year. All three days of the show will take place at Crown Automotive, 3430 S. Iowa St. Show times are set from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. There is a $5 admission for adults, although $3 discounted tickets are available with a coupon.

Organizers said the show will have a heavy dose of products for people who want to turn outdoor space into living space.

“I think people are realizing that in a lot of cases now may not be the ideal time for them to make a move, but they still want to enjoy the home they’re living in,” said Brian Pine of Pine Family Landscape Center.

The result has been a surge in new outdoor living products over the last several years, especially in the outdoor kitchen arena with pizza ovens, specialty smokers and other similar products becoming more common.

“The creativity of how people want to enjoy their homes has really increased,” Pine said.

Flory said the show also will have a heavy emphasis on energy efficiency improvement, such as doors, windows, and even installers of geothermal systems that use the earth’s temperature to heat homes.

“But really energy efficiency isn’t what we consider a trend anymore,” Flory said. “It is just something that is here now and that everybody is paying attention to.”

The show also is scheduled to include lawn and garden equipment suppliers, banks that make home and remodeling loans, kitchen and bath companies, flooring firms and at least one other category.

“We have people out here who will build you a new home too,” said Flory. “We still have those people.”


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