By Dave Ongie, News Editor
No matter how much stock you put on the fickle groundhog and his shadow, February always brings with it the anticipation of spring.
And for folks who are expecting some tax return money, this can be a popular time of year to start pondering home improvement projects, repairs or or even to start construction of a new home. With that in mind, Lisa Luster – executive director of the Johnson City Area Home Builders Association – said the JCAHBA’s upcoming Home & Outdoor Show is the perfect place for folks to go as they prepare to spruce up their homes for spring.
Luster said the event, which will take place from Feb. 21-23 inside the MiniDome on the campus of East Tennessee State University, will allow the public to browse the latest technology and trends related to home construction, home improvement and landscaping, and it will all take place under one roof.
“They’re going to be able to talk to experts in the trades they are needing for the repairs or the remodels they want to do for their homes,” Luster said, adding that exhibitors and contractors participating in the event are licensed and comply with state laws.
The board of directors and staff of the JCAHBA will be on hand all weekend to take questions and direct folks to the professionals who can best help meet their needs. Electricians, HVAC technicians, remodelers and professionals specializing in paving and concrete repair will be among those available to help advise homeowners on repairs and remodeling projects.
“Some of the contractors that are going to be there are going to be able to help with plan design,” Luster said. “A lot of them can help design a plan for you before they produce the work so you can have a visual. They can draw it out for you.”
Folks looking for guidance on larger home improvement projects that may require a permit will also be able to get some valuable information at the show. In addition to the contractors and JCAHBA staff, the building services department from Washington County will be on hand, and Luster said she also expects representatives from the City of Johnson City to be present to answer questions on permits and other issues as well.
While home improvement will be a focal point for the event, equipment to assist for landscaping and the completion of large outdoor projects will be on display. Attendees will be able to browse pools and spas, watch demonstrations, check out the innovative projects completed by high-school teams competing in the Battle of the Build and grab some refreshments at one of the food trucks that will be parked inside the Dome.
The event will kickoff at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21. Hours are 4-8 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday.