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Home and Garden Show brings homeowners, home improvement pros together

Jessica Fuller • Feb 20, 2016 at 9:14 PM

While the snowstorms over the past few weeks might have you thinking differently, spring is just around the corner.

That means it’s time for homeowners to turn their thoughts to home improvement projects — and time for the Johnson City Area Home Builders Association Home and Garden Show.

East Tennessee State University’s mini dome is sporting more than 100 different vendors for the 47-year-old event, which opened to the public on Friday afternoon. This makes the second year the association has hosted the event at the mini dome: JCAHBA member and former president Tim Hicks said the event began to outgrow Freedom Hall. 

Hicks, who also owns Hicks Construction in Kingsport, said he’s noticed a growing trend toward outdoor remodeling and landscaping, and with spring right around the corner, he said the event gives homeowners plenty of samples of potential projects to tackle.

“There are so many new things coming out and this gives them an opportunity to come look at it,” he said. “People are looking for more outdoor space with the grill and the patios and the nice kitchens outside, so that's really something that people are looking at now.” 

And homeowners at the event suffered no shortage of information from dozens of vendors representing themselves at the show, like Promier Landscaping from Kingsport. 

Carli Clark, a designer with Promier Landscaping, confirmed the elevated interest in patio renovation, fire pits, brick pizza ovens and outdoor kitchens once the economy started turning around. 

“(People are) putting their money into their home, staying at home, making it kind of their little oasis,” she said. 

Hicks added that as a growing community, Johnson City helps events like this weekend’s home and garden show flourish. All that information can be a little overwhelming, though.

Just ask Erin Hollis, whose family moved to the area from Georgia a year ago.

The show happened to fall just a day after Hollis and her family made an offer on a new home, so she and her family combed through more than 90 vendors to get an idea of what to expect in the area as far as home improvement. 

“We don't know what we're going to face as far as gutters or roof issues, so we're trying to get as much information as possible,” she said.

“It's given me a lot of information, probably more than I can handle,” she added with a laugh. 

The JCAHBA Home and Garden show continues Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. and will conclude at 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and children under 12 enter for free with a paying adult. More information on the JCAHBA can be found at www.jcahba.org.

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