DAYTONA BEACH – Ideas and tips for your next home improvement project await you this weekend at the Daytona Beach News-Journal’s 32nd annual Spring Home Show, which opens on Friday at the Ocean Center.
In the age of social distancing, home renovations and upgrades are more popular than ever, said Matt Blashaw, host of HGTV’s “Professional Grade:” and “Yard Crashers,” “Money Hunters,” “Deconstruction,” and “Project Xtreme.” “
As a licensed contractor and versatile handyman, Blashaw will attend the free three-day event and share his secrets for making the best use of the outdoor space in sessions on Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. As the coronavirus pandemic has evolved, more people than ever are adding functional comfort to their homes, he said.
“This pandemic set a match in the home improvement industry,” said Blashaw. “Contractors are busier than ever. The material costs increase significantly. People improve their spaces. Although there have been many terrible things about the pandemic, it makes people focus on their home and make it beautiful. “
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Blashaw’s focus this weekend will be on making the most of backyards, patios and other outdoor spaces, he said.
“The outdoor life is so important in Florida because you basically do it 365 days a year,” he said. “I’ll show you tips and secrets on how to create a welcoming environment.”
The presentations will include before and after pictures of projects that Blashaw has done, with an emphasis on getting the most out of each room.
“People always think about what makes something beautiful, what surfaces, what kind of countertops,” he said. “Let’s not only figure out how to make it eye-catching, but also how to make it work for your family – a better place to be anywhere.”
As vaccines continue to roll out across the country and there are signs that life is returning to normal, Blashaw predicts an increase in interest in house parties and other social gatherings.
“We have all seen the importance of having family and being together,” he said. “I think we will get together again in large groups, so we will look for ways to invite them to your garden.”
The Home Show also features expert advice from South Florida Interior Designer Ryan Locke, who offers ideas for simple “spring” indoor “fresheners” on Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 pm.
“I’ll be looking at ways to change the wallpaper or lighting in your home, or add an accent wall or custom built-in system,” Locke said. “It’s about simple things that people can take home and apply to their own spaces.”
Locke is based in Miami and for the past decade has built his career as a designer of luxury residential projects in South Florida, New York, Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton, Honduras and Mexico. He has also noticed a boom in business due to the pandemic.
“Actually, we’ve never been so busy,” he said.
The Home Show will feature vendors who are familiar with home renovation and remodeling, solar energy, pest control, gutters, privacy screens, windows, doors, roofs, floors and landscaping, and a range of retail items for the indoor and outdoor use of the home.
Other activities include a live butterfly exhibition, daily bingo games and magic shows, and live music on Saturday and Sunday.
The free event will be presented in the front exhibition area of the Convention Center, just outside the main entrance to the building on North Atlantic Avenue. Masks and social distancing are required to ensure the safety of all attendees and exhibitors.
The opening times are Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Parking in the parking garage and West Park of the Convention Center is $ 10. Visit news-journalonline.com/homeshow for details.
WHAT: 32nd Annual Spring Home Show, presented by the Daytona Beach News-Journal
WHEN: Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
WHERE: Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach
COSTS: Free admission; $ 10 parking space in the Ocean Center Garage or West Lot.