MASON CITY | While the weather outside is frightful, the spring ideas for home and lawn care inside the North Iowa Events Center are delightful.
Billed as "A Million Ideas to Take Home," The North Iowa Home & Landscaping Show offers the latest ideas in landscaping, gardens, lawnmowers, energy-saving products, kitchen remodeling, sun rooms and gas grills.
Sandy Vanek is a landscape designer with Eastvold Landscaping, Forest City.
"Every year they come out with new paver styles and colors and textures and blends. It is so exciting. The opportunities are just never-ending," Vanek said.
"As you can see in our booth here, we like to mix the different textures of pavers and colors and shapes and patterns. There's lots of fun things you can do. You can create outdoor rooms with a lot of the pavers."
Outdoor kitchens, fireplaces and fire pits are popular additions to any outdoor living area.
Vanek said raised planters, pillars, seat walls and grill surrounds are a growing industry.
White Oaks Cabinetry, Rudd, offers cabinet options including but not limited to red and white oak, maple, cherry, alder, hickory and ash in painted or glazed finishes. Countertop options include laminate, solid surface, granite, quartz and natural stone.
"A lot of people are going to the solid surface tops whether it be granite or quartz or like a Corian type top. They feel like the Corian because you can fix any scratches where as in Formica you can't," said co-owner Julynn Mellmann.
But Formica can be a budget-conscious option for some homeowners remodeling their kitchen.
"Formica has a lot of nice new styles," Mellmann said.
The Olson Building was filling up with visitors wanting to get a peak at the latest innovations.
"I like to come and see what they've got new," said Don Pinkele of Clear Lake. "I look at them and think, maybe."