Raleigh, N.C. — Organizers of the Southern Ideal Home Show, held at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, said they saw more foot traffic this weekend compared to a year ago.
They hope it's a sign of economic recovery.
Homeowners looking to spruce up their space had plenty of lush landscapes, custom kitchens and sparkling spas to choose from.
Landscape specialist Frank Bennett said he sees homeowners investing in their outdoor living spaces.
"Instead of selling in this economy, they've decided to scale back and stay at the house and enjoy it," he said.
Doug and Mary Latta of Raleigh were typical of those at the home show looking for inspiration.
"We love our home. We love our friends and the neighborhood, so we are just looking to stay and remodel," Mary Latta said.
Many of the 300-plus vendors offered "green" options. A toilet with a built-in sink was one of the most popular attractions.
To thank customers of his kitchen remodeling company, Eddie Casanava adds a unique touch.
"After we remodel their kitchen, I go and I cook for them and their friends and family and neighbors as a thank you," he said.
This weekend's show was the 25th anniversary of the event and was expected to draw about 22,000 people from as far as 100 miles away.