Renovators find multitude of ideas with exhibitors at home show

Raissa Tetanish
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‘We wanted to look at better ways of heating our home’

TRURO – It was a renovator’s delight this past weekend at the 2014 Colchester County Home Show. 

For three days, visitors flocked to the Rath Eastlink Community Centre for the 22nd annual home show, now in its second year at the new facility.

“It was my husband’s idea to come here,” said Wanda Kent, who was walking around with the couple’s eight-year-old daughter, Olivia. “We’re renovating our kitchen and laundry room, which includes our heating system, and even doing some landscaping outdoors. We just wanted to come check everything out.”

The Truro family has been to the home show in previous years, however it was the first outing since the event moved to the new centre last year.

“Everything caught my eye,” said Olivia. “Especially the fudge and the hot tubs.”

While Olivia tested out a Euro Body Shaper with Cork Kallen, her mother said she was enjoying the home show.

“I really like the things like Mary Kay out (in the foyer), and all the bigger stuff in here,” she said. “Because we’re doing renovations, I did get some kitchen ideas and even the retaining walls caught my attention.”

Also working on renovations at their New Glasgow home, Tanya and Mike McCarthy wanted to see what the home show had in store.

“We wanted to look at better ways of heating our home, because oil is so expensive these days,” said Tanya. “We’ve been looking at heat pumps. And hot tubs…who doesn’t want a hot tub, but we probably won’t be getting one.

Tanya said the couple would continue to attend future home shows, especially while continuing renovations.

“Right now we’re basically re-doing the entire upstairs,” said Mike. “Insulation, drywall and windows.”

Tanya said the couple, even though they aren’t renovating their kitchen, has gotten some good ideas for if and when the time comes.

With about 5,000 people attending last year’s home show, Scott Sprague with Master Promotions said attendance was a little down this year.

“It’s going to be close,” he said, adding about 3,500 people had attended from the time the home show started on Friday until the final day began on Sunday.

“Even with the weather this nice (on Sunday), we should still have a strong day,” he said. “Everyone’s having a great time. There’s been a positive vibe throughout the event and it’s been a good experience. People are engaged and anxious to get outside into spring.”

He said the event was a good chance for those working on new projects to compare products from various suppliers, and possibly get ideas for new ones.

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

Organizations: Rath Eastlink Community Centre, Master Promotions

Geographic location: New Glasgow

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