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Get ideas for your home at Spring Home Show

As reliable as returning robins and forsythia blossoms, the Lehigh Valley Builders Association Spring Home Show makes its annual appearance, this year with fresh hope in improving attendance.

The economy is slowly improving, with home sales locally and around the country leading the way.

“New home builders are reporting both increased traffic and phone calls,” Lehigh Valley Builders Association Executive Director Chuck Hamilton said. “Remodeling projects have been steady through the downturn but 2013 indicates an increase in projects. These are all good signs that the consumers in our market are becoming more confident in the economy.”

Many of those consumers – 13,000 or so, Hamilton estimated – will make their ways to Stabler Arena Friday through Sunday for a look at all things new and exciting on the home front.

WHAT’S AT THE SHOW

They can attend seminars on a variety of subjects.

Show-goers can get a taste of Hollywood with a look at the Seal Master Chopper, a custom motorcycle that’s been riding the home show and exhibition circuit for years, promoting a line of pavement maintenance products and equipment.

The chopper was designed and built by Orange County Choppers of — the same shop of the reality TV show “American Chopper.”

But the real attraction for most is what’s going on in vendor offerings.

HOME AUTOMATION

In recent years, remote home control and automation have come within the reach of more consumers as they’ve acquired smart phones and other mobile computing devices.

Glen Hill, president of Current Concepts in Coopersburg, will demonstrate the Elan g! entertainment and control system. With the system backbone installed, users can choose from many remote capabilities: view home video monitor feeds, manage lighting, lock or unlock doors, program entertainment, adjust heating and cooling systems and much more.

All of it is possible, Hill said, “from an iPhone, iPad, Android, laptop or desktop – anywhere in the world.”

HOME DESIGNS

Builder Ken Snyder of Spectrum Homes, Whitehall, said his company’s Lifestyle series responds to many buyers’ wishes to arrange more of their living space on one floor.

“People want a single-story ranch, or master-bedroom first-floor arrangement, or an in-law suite,” he said. This kind of structure involves some special considerations.

“We have to comply with local ordinances. If there’s an in-law suite, there has to be a common area with the rest of the home – otherwise it might be considered an apartment building.”

Snyder said these homes are available in many custom designs from 1,500 to 3,500 square feet.

OUTDOOR LIVING

The Western Lehigh Landscaping booth addresses a familiar trend toward outdoor living, with a nod to current style preferences.

Article source: http://www.mcall.com/features/home/mc-sunday-cover-real-estate-0331-20130329,0,6609855.story