If you've ever scribbled some home remodeling ideas on a napkin or back of an envelope, don't throw those ideas away. Let the pros help you develop those plans into reality.
A panel of professionals - including remodelers, architects and suppliers - will be among the demonstrations at this year's Deseret News Home and Summer Living Show.Sponsored in cooperation with the Home Builders Association of Great Salt Lake, the free show will be combined with the annual Showcase of Homes May 19-21.
The HBA Remodeling Council will be on stage May 19 at 8 p.m. and May 21 at 6 p.m. to answer remodeling questions. Included on the panel will be a local contractor who was named by Remodeling Magazine as one of the nation's top remodelers.
Gene Peterson, president-owner of First General Services, was featured in the magazine's May issue as one of 50 top achievers in the industry. Peterson was honored at a formal presentation in Washington, D.C., May 12, according to Shirley Zorn, council chairman.
"May is one of the busiest months for home repairs and improvements," Zorn said. "Therefore, we are offering the panel of pros at the Home and Summer Living Show."
Hundreds of booths featuring everything from buying a new home to summer recreation will be part of the show in the Salt Palace. And a line-up of entertainment each day will also be featured.
Appearing on the entertainment schedule will be the Saliva Sisters, Rocky Mountain Jubilee, Small World Entertainers, the Peewee Pickers and the Salt Lake Good Time Jazz Band.
Half-hour demonstrations on home decorating, floral arranging and silk flowers, home security systems, mortgaging a home, stamp designs on fabrics and more will be featured during the show.
The HBA will present an information area with large colored photographs of 12 new homes constructed by its members. The new dwellings, featured in the organization's annual Showcase of Homes, are located throughout the Salt Lake area.
After visiting the Salt Palace exhibits, showgoers are invited to visit the homes during regular open house activities during the week.
Another highlight of the Salt Palace show will be a look at the "Smart House" that features a revolutionary system that promises to change the way Americans enjoy, manage and control their housing. The system features plugs throughout the house that can receive every type of appliance from gas ranges and telephones to computers and toasters.