Homeowners remodeling more

Rod Oshima
Rod Oshima
Andrew Dedrick
Andrew Dedrick

By Kristine Uyeno - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - This weekend, many residents will head to the Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall for the Home, Garden and Remodeling Show. With the weak economy, this year, could be a little different. But that's what exhibitors are actually hoping for.

"They wanna improve their environment with as little money as possible," said Rod Oshima with Diamond Head Plants.

Like other exhibitors at the event, he said his company is blooming. He credits the wilting economy, which is forcing consumers to change how they spend their money.

"They spend more time at home because they don't have the disposable income for entertainment. So they stay home, fix up their yard, putter in their yard," said Oshima.

They have a variety of ways to fix it up.

"It's a desert rose so it's a succulent, it require less water, it takes full sun," he said.

More people are fixing up their current home instead of buying a new one. Events like this offer help, with companies displaying everything from home security devices to attachable bidets. Anything from homeowners looking for a nice change.

This is the first time in 6 years, Bella Pietra has set up an exhibit a the show. Andrew Dedrick talks about the shift in trends.

"From new construction into a lot more renovation and remodeling and particularly, if we look at trends, it's do-it-yourself projects," said Dedrick.

Projects where homeowners spend less overall, but still benefit these companies.