Home Improvement Enthusiasts Invade Tyler

Whether you're a home builder, or just someone wanting to redecorate your house, the Tyler Area Builders Association has a showcase for you.   This weekend, 80 vendors will pack the Harvey Convention Center in Tyler for the 27th annual Home Products Show. With more than a 150 booths, when you walk in it takes a moment to let it all set in.

From counter tops, to furniture to windows and floors everywhere you look there's something new.  One eye catching display is what looks like an entire bathroom made out of natural stone.

"This is a product called true stone," said Jason Ashcraft of Ashcraft Marble.  "It's basically a cultured marble product, which we are able to imbed an image inside of it through heat and pressure. Anything you can take an image of you can put in this product." Another money saving product, geothermal heating and cooling units from Quality Air Conditioning.

"It's very energy efficient," said Tony Hudgins, Territorial Manager for AWEB Supply. "It uses the earth's heat to heat and cool your house. You don't have an outside unit and the side affect of it is it make 80 to 85 percent of all your hot water free." The theme of this years Home Products Show is Destination Home, which is what designers say people want. They want to design their living rooms to look like their favorite vacation spot.

"We tried to bring like a tropical look," said Larry Lott, Gray's Home Fashion Gallery Designer. "We brought a winter aspen look. I think it just makes people happy. People are more staying at home than ever before and they want their home to be their favorite destination." It's not the time to stay at home this weekend.  With so much to see, whether you were planning to remodel or not, vendors say you will walk away wanting to.

The Home Products Show opens Friday night at 6:00 p.m. and goes until 9:00 p.m. It runs again Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.  Children 12 and under are free.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com