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Home Show offers answers for small, large projects

Thousands attend annual event

March 06, 2011|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com
  • Atlee Newcomer of Hagerstown hammers a nail into a board his mother is holding in the kids craft area at the Home Show Sunday at Hagerstown Community College's Athletic, Recreation and Community Center.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Debbie Hackley and Dennis Sullivan want to add a shed to their Funkstown property, but the shed has to be built on-site because there isn’t enough access to their yard to move a shed there, she said.

“We just moved into a house that’s very, very tiny and we need the storage. I think it’s the smallest house in Funkstown,” said Hackley, 54.

Hackley and Sullivan, her fiance, aren’t sure whether they will buy a shed or build one themselves, but they went to the Home Show at Hagerstown Community College’s Athletic, Recreation and Community Center on Sunday to scout for information.

“She’s handier than I am. I like to think I’m handy, but I’m not,” said Sullivan, 59.

“We love the house,” said Sullivan of the home that is approximately 680 square feet.

An estimated 2,400 people attended the Home Show on Saturday, and Sunday appeared to be getting a good crowd despite the rain, said Keith Moore, president of the Home Builders Association of Washington County.

Chris and Michele Phillips are thinking about building a new house in Clear Spring, where they like the “openness,” Chris said, so they went to the Home Show to meet builders.

The couple moved from Lancaster, Pa., to the Hagerstown area, where they’ve owned a home for about 2 1/2 years, said Chris Phillips, 40.

Phillips said it’s a great time to consider building a home because lot prices are down, builders are looking for work and the couple thinks they can get more house for their money.

Accompanying them Sunday were their children — Katie, 7; Nathan, 6; and A.J., 4. Katie and Nathan were decked out in pink and red plastic hard hats and contractor’s aprons they picked up at the Home Show.

Nathan, wearing a Steelers top, showed off a small football he got at the show.

Hagerstown residents Dustin and Stacy Barr also brought their children to the Home Show.

The couple was looking into how much it would cost to have foam insulation sprayed into the addition on their home, said Stacy Barr, 26.

Richard Wagner, 59, of Hancock, was looking for new products that might assist him in his work as a handyman.
Williamsport-area neighbors Gerald Stevens, 52, and Wyatt Bell, 52, had lists of projects for their homes.

Both of them are looking for new heating and air-conditioning units, and Stevens said he also is considering sealing his driveway and putting new insulation in his attic.

Kathy Becvar said she and her husband, Scott, have a lot of projects to do for the Chambersburg, Pa., home they’ve owned for 12 years.

“We come every year because we have a lot of different projects going on,” she said.

This year they are looking for a tankless water heater, windows, stamped concrete and a heater for the garage.

The couple was joined by grandson Connor Porter, 4.

Becvar said they asked Connor if he wanted to go home or go to the Home Show.

“He said, ‘I want to go to the Home Show,’” Kathy Becvar said.

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Franklin County Builders Association Show

When:
Friday from noon to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Waynesboro Mall, 626 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa.

For more information: Call the FCBA at 717-267-2208 to reserve a spot.


Eastern Panhandle Home Builders Association’s Home Show

When: Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Where: Martinsburg Mall, 800 Foxcroft Ave., Martinsburg, W.Va.

For more information: Call 304-267-4710.

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