If buying a new home is not financially possible at this time, making changes in your present one may be the way to go.

The changes could be minor, such as adding a kitchen counter, or a major investment like adding a sizeable family room at the back. For the middle-of-the-road budget, some homeowners have developed a dining area by knocking out the wall of a little-used bedroom so that it became part of the living room.Ideas such as these are just a few that visitors will enjoy at the Deseret News Home and Summer Living Show. The four-day event opens May 4 in the Salt Palace.

Sponsored in cooperation with the Home Builders Association of Great Salt Lake and the Newspaper Agency Corp., this year's free show will be combined again with the annual Showcase of Homes.

Scores of stage demonstrations will be offered throughout the show, including seminars sponsored by the HBA Remodelers Council to offer suggestions and to answer questions by homeowners, according to Eugene Peterson.

Peterson, named one of the country's top 50 remodelers last year and a vice president of HBA, will head up the council's presentations.

The HBA council, composed of architects, suppliers and remodelers, will provide just one of the informative seminars during the show. Show visitors are invited to bring sketches or plans for remodeling to gain professional tips for their project.

Other half-hour demonstrations will be presented daily with professionals providing information on subjects such as home decorating, summer meals, residential lighting techniques and installing lawn sprinklers.

If you're more interested in buying a new home or getting ideas before building one, the annual Showcase of Homes will be a valuable part of the show.

The HBA will present an information area with photographs of nine new homes constructed by its members. The new dwellings, featured in the organization's annual Showcase of Homes, are located throughout Salt Lake County.

After visiting the Salt Palace exhibits, showgoers are invited to tour the homes during regular open house activities during the week.

This year's show has been expanded to four days to accommodate the crowds which attended previous exhibits.

In addition, merchants will have booths throughout the spacious hall to introduce Utahns to new home improvement ideas, home decorating, patio and lawn furniture, do-it-yourself projects and recreational suggestions.