Region 8 Home & Garden Show Plants Big Ideas

March 14, 2004 -- Posted at 5:29 p.m. CST

JONESBORO -- Fans of Trading Spaces and Extreme Makeover Home Edition were in luck this weekend. The 8th annual Home and Garden show was held at the Northeast Arkansas District Fairgrounds. Folks looking to build homes, remodel or develop land were able to meet with professionals and get advice from the 53 vendors...and there were plenty of folks looking for help.

"I'm just kind of seeing what ideas I can get for my new home. It's brand new, so I got to have something," said Michelle Lundry.

"We're out looking at cabinets, designs and different flooring patterns and things like that," said Alex Hanusowski.

Julie Mills is the Executive Officer for the NEA Homebuilders Association and says folks are doing it themselves, and their not scared to try new things.

"They are figuring out that it's not quite as difficult as what they thought it was going to be and there is a lot of things that go into it. So they need to talk a professional, remodeled or something like that can actually let them know what they need to do before they try and tackle it themselves."

Event organizers say building or remodeling a home is not just about landscaping and counter tops any more, in fact this year for the first time, they've added plasma televisions and electronics.

Harris Cain is just one of the vendors giving advice and estimates.

"Most people are interested in building, and of course there are always people who are interested in remodeling too," said Cain.

With new trends and ideas every year, it's enough to keep you coming back...

"I've been here three years in a row, so I've gotten ideas on how I can reconstruct my house and all that," laughed Lundry.

The two day event was sponsored by the Northeast Arkansas Homebuilders Association.