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Martinsburg home show has everything - even kitchen sink

March 04, 2006|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

She's been to the Eastern Panhandle Home Builders Association's annual home show before, but said this year she was looking at the 200 exhibits differently.

"I'm looking for a nice home," said Belinda Lawton, of Martinsburg.

Lawton spoke with a home building company and a mortgage company Friday as she walked among several vendors in Martinsburg Mall.

"I like the area they can get me in," Lawton said, referring to a parcel of land the company American Acreage could build her future home. "You give them what you are looking for, and they design it."

Friday was the first day of the three-day home show. David Hartley, executive officer of Eastern Panhandle Home Builders, said last year's show drew more than 40,000 people.

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This is the 11th annual event, and Hartley said vendors were already saying there was more traffic than last year.

"Some people are looking for building, others for home improvement or landscaping," Hartley said. "It's just a one-stop shop for everyone."

Vendors selling everything from light fixtures to home security systems, and companies equipped to help finance a home purchase or home improvement set up small booths and passed out informational pamphlets and gifts. Some were serious buyers, and others were just browsing.

Pat Richards, of Martinsburg, said she comes to the home show each year. Friday she was hoping to find a vendor with a selection of kitchen countertops.

"I'd like to eventually put on a new countertop," she said.

Roger Brown, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., said he bought something small for his home at last year's home show. Friday he picked up a brochure for a garage organizer.

"It's something I need, but I'm not sure if I'll get it," Brown said.

Hartley said garage and home organization and home theater are relatively new additions to the home show. Energy efficiency systems that save homeowners money when they heat and cool their homes are also recent additions to the event.

Several home security companies also were at the home show.

Randy Hough, with Dynamark Security Centers, said more homebuilders are installing security systems in their new homes now than ever before.

Like many other venders, Hough's company, was offering a special price for home show visitors who purchased a security system.




If you go



What?

Eastern Panhandle Home Builders Association's annual home show

When?

Saturday from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Where?

Martinsburg Mall MARTINSBURG, W.VA.
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