WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP | For those looking to remodel, upgrade, or build a house, the Home & Lifestyle Show at the Porter County Expo Center is the place to be this weekend.
Vicky Gadd, executive officer at the Home Builder Association of Northwest Indiana, the organization sponsoring the event, said that this year more than ever is a great time to attend the show to consult with more than 100 businesses showcasing their products and services.
“This is our 35th year and we have gone back to a focus on home improvement with a theme of being re-inspired. We want people to enjoy their homes again. With the economic downturn, people have put off projects they wanted to do and now the better economy means they can get those projects done,” Gadd said.
Businesses that specialize in helping home owners with their projects, like roofing, windows, siding, bathroom, kitchen, gutter, landscaping, lighting, pluming, insulation, and design business, were on hand to offer photos, videos, and discussion of their expertise.
“We know a lot of people want to get things done on their homes and we can help,” said James Moore of 1 Guy with Tools, a new business and a new exhibitor at the show.
“We do all kinds of home repairs, for people who need to do some general maintenance on their homes, and for those who are looking to sell a home. We’re local and we’re here to help people in our community,” Moore said.
Dave Parcell, sales manager with Solar Energy Systems, came from Nappanee, Ind. to showcase their solar panels for roof or ground mounting.
“We wanted to bring a presence to this region because we’ve seen an increase in the use of alternative energies. As there is more awareness of solar technologies, people will ask questions and find that it is more affordable than they thought. It’s a great way to reduce electricity costs for their home,” Parcell said.
Jean Chappell with NIPSCO said that bringing energy awareness to home owners is also their objective for participating in the Home & Lifestyle Show.
“We’re here with our energy efficiency group, to talk about our appliance recycling program, home energy audits, green power program, electric vehicle program, and our woodstove change out program. A lot of people want to know about these options when they update their homes and we’re here to provide this information,” Chappell said.
Alyssa Darrol of Hobart came to the event with her husband and daughter and said that they came to the event to plan for the future.
“We just bought a home and we are looking at windows and air conditioners. We just want to see the different things we need to upgrade,” Darrol said.