Home show brings out builders

Hammer time

Posted: Sunday, April 09, 2006

 

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  Marilyn Cordner, an Alaska representative for the product Quick-n-Brite, gives a demonstration of the biode-gradable, nontoxic cleaner. Photo by Joseph Robertia

Reva Lovett, of Soldotna, builds a birdhouse during a children's workshop at the 27th annual Kenai Peninsula Builders Association Home Show at the Soldotna Sports Center on Saturday. The home show continues today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Photo by Joseph Robertia

For homesteaders, building a home meant felling spruce for logs, chinking them with moss and then decorating the inside walls with labels from canned goods.

That was then, this is now, and in the present day, many homeowners want much more for their abode.

From wide-screen, plasma televisions with movies piped in from satellite dishes to simmering spas with underwater disco lights, many cutting-edge services and technologies to meet the needs of modern homeowners were on display at the 27th annual Kenai Peninsula Builders Home Show that returned to the Soldotna Sports Center on Saturday and continues today.

“I thought it was great,” said Sandy Bell, of Soldotna, in regard to the home show, which was presented by the Kenai Peninsula Builders Association and Spenard Builders Supply.

Bell said she wasn’t looking for any product or service in particular, and instead just came to peruse.

“I’m not in the market for anything, but it’s always fun to see all the new products out. There was a lot of diversity. I think it’s really interesting,” she said.

 

Marilyn Cordner, an Alaska representative for the product Quick-n-Brite, gives a demonstration of the biode-gradable, nontoxic cleaner.

Photo by Joseph Robertia

There was a lot to see this year as the home show featured more than 120 booths, free demonstrations, seminars and cash and prize giveaways as part of the event’s theme of Building a Great Community.

“(The home show) really has everything you need to build a home from the ground up,” said Dave Carver, of Kenai.

Many of the people working the booths also were quick to answer questions and offer advice to those asking.

“Everyone was nice and friendly,” said Ruth Hunt, of Kenai.

Tim Dale, of Soldotna, said he attends the home show annually because it helps him make the seasonal switch.

“Spring season is the building season, so this gets me thinking that winter is over, spring is really here and I need to get outside and start pounding a few nails,” he said.

These year’s home show was a combination of familiar vendors, peppered with a few new ones.

The local chapter of 4-H has become a staple of the home show. The groups have a livestock petting booth out front, and the exhibition and judging of educational displays are done by 4-H and Junior Market Livestock members in-doors.

Lisa Schmitter, a 4-H leader, said their programs are represented year after year for good reason.

“We fit into the home show because a lot of people have farms,” she said.

Schmitter added that being at there is educational for those who don’t yet have farms, but are interested in learning how to keep and propagate livestock in the future.

For them their were educational displays on how to protect livestock with an electric fence, how to care for a horse hooves and how to make better bacon — to list a few.

“Being able to come by and see this stuff and learn, it helps a lot of people,” Schmitter said.

Scott Hamann of Metal Magic was a relative newcomer. He was selling large custom metal fabrications in a variety of themes — many with traditional designs of animals such of the wolf, bear, salmon, halibut and goat.

“I made them all through the winter, so I thought I better try and sell them,” he said.

Hamann said each piece of artwork took more than a day to design on the computer, then several hours more to cut, surface finish and finally hand paint.

“They’re all unique. No two are alike,” he said.

The home show continues today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the sports center.



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