The Fredericton Home Show He returned after two years.
Before COVID-19The New Brunswickers will meet annually to learn how to plan home improvement Expert projects.
“There is everything you need for basic home improvements, maintenance projects, major renovations and new construction,” reads the event’s website.
It’s great to be back in person this year and to see people coming in to do business, said Brian McKiel, Show Director.
“We are excited about the return of the exhibitors,” he said.
There are 112 booths in the new exhibition venue at the Aitken University Center. In previous years, the show was held at the New Brunswick Fairgrounds.
“The general public is here for a reason,” he said in an interview on Saturday.
“They are here to do business with the exhibitors they see at the fair. They want to buy the products and services they see and do business with the exhibitors they see.”
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When McCaul spoke about the reorganization of the show two years later, hundreds flocked up and down the aisles, examining the various exhibitors.
This year, the important thing is energy and energy efficiency, McCell said.
“There is no doubt that the number one element this year is electricity or solar energy or anything related to energy,” he said. “I think our world has changed and evolved.”
He said people want to be more educated about how to achieve energy efficiency and reduce energy-related costs, especially with rising prices and inflation.
“We’re exactly[10 years later]when we introduced heat pumps to your home, and in the next couple of years every home will probably have an EV (electric vehicle) charger.”
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NB Power was on hand to promote discount programs for energy-efficient cars and homes.
Mary O’Neill started at NB Power two years ago, so this was her first personal experience with the company.
“Well, it’s really nice to be in person here, meet with clients, talk about our programs and services,” she said. “This is a really great experience for me.”
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The county facility had an electric vehicle on display as well as an EV charger.
Budget Blinds’ Tracy Keenan was also excited to be back in person.
“It’s great to be back in front of clients and to see our existing clients and some potential new clients,” she said. “It’s really cool to see everyone outside.”
Keenan said the past two years have been quite challenging without reaching the people the show provides, especially since two new locations opened in Fredericton and St. John.
“It’s really great getting her back to get to know our new business,” she said.
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The housing market has seen a huge rise in demand, both for existing homes and for new home construction.
Stephen Peabody knows that all too well. He works for Woodstock-based Ironwood Homes, which manufactures modular homes.
He said that while the demand for new housing construction is growing, the number of builders has remained fairly constant, which means there is an ever-growing waiting list for homes.
“The construction community is very large,” he said.
“Although there is an excess of demand at the moment, there is suddenly not a whole bunch of new builders who can build all these new homes. The truth is the wait times are running out, and that’s what we see, and it’s a topic of conversation every day and all day here at the show.”
Modular homes are unique in that they are built in sections and assembled together once they reach the lot. It is also customizable.
These days, it can take up to a year or more to manufacture a home, according to Peabody.
“It’s very crowded in Atlantic Canada,” he said.
The Fredericton Home Show runs on Sundays from 10am to 4pm