Shani Gates, Phil Walters and Harold Brewington were among the many vendors with smiles on their faces and prospect leads in their pockets. And patrons were just glad Charles Allen and other gardening gurus were there over the weekend as part of the 14th annual Carolina Home Show at the Crown Expo Center.
“Great crowds,” said Gates, 43, who owns Curbing Creations.
Spring is coming, and this was a smorgasbord of ideas if you’re into landscaping or interior and exterior upgrades.
“It’s been really good,” Walters, 48, said outside of his Phil’s Home Improvement booth. “It’s that time of season when people want to renovate.”
Walters grew up in Massey Hill, has been in the remodeling business for 25 years and offered some insights on why updating an older home is an alternative to buying a new one.
“They like their neighborhoods,” Walters said. “They are comfortable. We just improve on what they’ve got.”
Brewington, who owns Carpet One of Fayetteville, said he had received several good leads.
The annual showcase is sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Fayetteville along with Carolina Mortgage and First Alliance Mortgage.
“We had 67 different vendors and 4,300 people attend,” said Natalie Fryer, 36, executive officer for the Home Builders Association. “Spring is coming and there’s a lot of remodeling.”
There was a time when I couldn’t get to the pub fast enough.
Sunday, I couldn’t get to the Crown Expo Center quick enough to explore everything from kitchen cabinets to storage sheds to pulling up that old, brown rug in the front bedroom.
“Hardwood floors are the thing now,” Brewington said, after I told him about the beautiful hardwood floors I hadn’t seen in years because of that rug.
Some sanding, staining and buffing, Brewington said, and the floors can be just like new and a signature of pride.
Trust me here.
There was something for everybody, from folks interested in bathroom makeovers to adding on sun rooms to swimming pools and spas to garage doors to heating and air-conditioning units to home security systems to purchasing and financing new homes.
And for folks who like working in the yard, people were there to offer advice and tips.
“They had a lot of good questions,” said Allen, 55, owner of Green Biz Nursery Landscaping, after conducting a seminar on lawn and garden care. “They wanted to know when to fertilize and such.”
Allen gave me tips on cutting back azaleas once they bloom, and anything and everything you would ever want to know about caring for indoor plants.
Spring is near.
I’ve got ideas.
I’ve got plans.
I’ve got dreams for this old house of mine, because there’s no place like home.
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