‘Restoring the Magic’

Spring is just around the corner. The corner may not yet be in sight, but the days are getting longer and enthusiasm is in the air at the 38th Annual Home & Garden Show. The two-day event got underway yesterday at the North Dakota State Fair Center.

The theme of this year’s show is, “Restoring the Magic,” a reference to home building and home improvements both planned and underway in Minot, the Magic City. Hundreds of interested homeowners, and future homeowners, visited the many booths at the Home Show Saturday. The mood of the crowd was noticeably different from a year ago when many homeowners were desperate to recover from the 2011 flood.

“There’s not as much urgency as there was last year. Those poor people were panicked with the flood and the like,” said Melissa Roberts, Graphic Custom Homes and Landscaping.

Roberts called the Minot show “exceptionally wonderful,” noting that foot traffic Saturday was similar to what she recalled from 2012.

“They know what they are doing here. They have some specific questions. They are very oriented on what their goals are,” noted Roberts. “We are happy to speak with them.”

There is a little of everything for a homeowner to consider and see at the Home Show, from basement flooring, framing, insulation, windows and gutters to patios and lawn and garden care. The event annually helps people prepare for the spring and summer projects that will commence as soon as the weather permits.

“It’s been a very good show. Attendance is up and there are more booths this year,” said Mary Lingelbach at the Gutter Topper display. “It’s been great.”

Nearby, Brian Bushnell of Gutter Topper was explaining his product to an inquisitive customer.

“They ask how they can not have to clean their gutters again, and about ice problems,” said Bushnell. “We solve whatever we can. This show has been great. People are showing a lot of interest in everything. The attitude is good. I believe this will be a banner year.”

Minot has seen a furious pace of building and remodeling projects on the heels of the 2011 flood and expansion of oil patch personnel into the region. The summer of 2013 could very well see a continuance of a variety of building and improvement projects.

One home contractor that has been a part of the ramped up building activity in Minot is Dakota Custom Homes of Washburn. John Walen and Wayne Weiss were staffing the Dakota Custom Homes booth at the Home Show Saturday. According to Walen, it is a very good time to visit with people eager for warmer weather and a chance to begin the construction season.

“This is tremendous,” said Walen. “This is excellent for us. People are starting to get ideas, checking on costs and that type of thing. What we do is a little bit unique. We do custom-built homes in Washburn and then move them to a site. We’ve done several in the Minot area in the last two years.”

Whether it be to purchase or design a home, rebuild or re-design a patio or finally replace those old windows, a visitor to the Home Show could find an answer or discover a completely new idea.

Three seminars on landscaping, floral designs and kitchen and bath design were held Saturday. A seminar on “New Trends in Kitchen and Bath Design” is scheduled for noon today. The Home & Garden Show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.