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Eastern Iowa Home and Landscaping Show hits Waterloo


The Sullivan Brothers Convention Center was filled with home improvement and landscaping vendors this weekend. Friday marked the beginning of the 61st Annual Eastern Iowa Home and Landscaping Show.

About 185 vendors packed both floors of the convention center.

"These vendors are showing everything from windows and siding to landscaping...anything you need for your home or garden!" show producer Barbara Miller said.

One common theme among many of the vendors was energy efficiency. One construction company focused on promoting a new method of building involving foam insulation.

"Insulated Concrete forms basically means that we have foam on each side of the concrete and we build the entire structure like that," Darin Dietz of Dietz Construction said. "It's fireproof, it's windproof, it's tornado proof--all of the advantages of a concrete home and yet total energy efficiency."

"Energy efficiency is huge!" said Rachel Bachman of Furniture Showcase. "What we're showing here today is some LED cans. LED typically burns about 50,000 hours, so LEDs become huge for us. Pretty well every home we've worked with in the past couple years are pretty much only doing LED for stuff like undercabinet lighting."

Some vendors reveal that classic looks are starting to come back in style for some items such as cabinets.

"One of the trends that we're seeing in the last couple years is more of the craftsman/arts and crafts styles," said Bethany Schulte, a design specialist for Beenblossom Cabinets. "We also have a person on our staff that does antiquing so it actually enhances that look and gives the look people want."

Along with all the "necessities" for a home, the show houses a few of the luxury items many homeowners hope to hope to have.

"We feature a line of spas that go from 5,000 to 6,000 dollars all the way up to the 30 plus thousand dollar Swim Spas," said Paul Meier of P & B Spa Sales in Denver. "You can get in, swim, teather up, run in the water or you can get into a 6,000 dollar, very nice feature hot tub."

The show continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and children 12 and under are free.

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