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CANFIELD — As the weather warms up and spring is within sight, homeowners are getting ready to pull on their gardening gloves and bust out their toolboxes to get to work on the list of projects they’ve been compiling all winter.

The annual HBA Home and Garden show set up shop at the Canfield Fairgrounds Event Center over the weekend. The show hosts vendors from across the Valley that specialize in home improvement services, ranging from landscaping to flooring and siding.

Beth Sanders, of Howland, describes herself as a “home improvement enthusiast” who is always on the hunt for the next project.

“I’m always looking for the next big thing,” Sanders said. “That’s why I’m here. I like to see what inspires me — I like to live in a house I don’t need a vacation from.”

Karen Tiffee traveled from Roaming Shores in Ashtabula County for the show to see what “calls out to her.” She is looking into updating her home’s landscaping, which led her to Jack’s Custom Landscapes’ display. Jack Beggs, owner of the Poland-based company, said there is a higher demand for outdoor spaces in monochromatic colors, especially grays.

“Outdoor living spaces, particularly pergolas and pavilions, are really, really trending still,” Beggs said.

Lori and Richard Smith, of Salem, said they are itching to get outside and get to work.

“As the weather starts getting nice, you get ready to do these projects; it’s just kind of a given,” Lori Smith said.

The Smiths are looking to work on their garage, replace their roof and maybe put in an outdoor storage shed based on a display Richard Smith said he was ready to take home with him.

“We found an outdoor storage building while walking,” Richard Smith said. “We found one I would put on a trailer hitch and drag home with me.”

Architect Mike Pasquale of Sam Pitzulo Homes and Remodeling in Canfield echoed Beggs’ sentiment. He said the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced this year’s trends, including outdoor spaces and home offices.

“The home office is kind of the hottest item in a home right now with the COVID-19 pandemic,” Pasquale said.

As for other trends, Pasquale said are the days of formal dining rooms as open floor plans continue to be at the top of prospective homebuyers’ wishlists. He said gray and whites are still the trend in flooring and wall colors, but lighter and warmer-colored woods are making a comeback.

The HBA Home and Garden Show continues 10 am to 4 pm today.

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