Home & Garden Festival Shows Signs of Improving Economy

By: Jessica Cunnington Email
By: Jessica Cunnington Email

April 14, 2013

The Blue Ridge Home Builders Association Home and Garden Festival wrapped up on Sunday. Local businesses said this weekend's crowd of confident visitors shows some positive movement after several years of uncertainty.

Whether it's new windows, roofing or all the tools to do it yourself, building or remodeling a home is a big financial commitment.

Megan Coppage of Orange said she and her husband have been thinking about doing an addition and remodeling their home for a while.

"It's a different financial situation at the moment, interest rates are good and now seems like a good time to do it," Coppage said, who attended the Home and Garden Festival on Sunday.

This year, there were more and more people like Coppage at the festival who find themselves in a better position to work on their house or build one.

"Things are certainly turning around for the better," said Jimmy North, President of Airflow Systems Inc., and a member of the festival's committee for 24 years. "Things are definitely starting to pick up in the building industry, I'm certainly getting a whole lot busier than I have in the past."

One local construction company agrees, and this year's show brought in a lot of people who have been waiting to start their projects and can do it this year.

"Everybody that I've talked to seemed to be real motivated you know really wanting to do something and excited about getting started. So for us it's been a good strong year really compared to previous years," said Joseph Theobold of Theobold & Botto Construction.

The Home and Garden Festival also gives out awards every year.

The 2013 Edge Award goes to Green Valley Energy Conservation Inc. Thomas Abshire, the president, said he's thrilled to be a new business and receive this award right out of the gate.

The 2013 Rookie Award goes to Zenscapes. They're brand new to Charlottesville and say they're excited to bring their expertise in landscaping to this community. Chad Hommel is a Charlottesville native, and spent several years in Massachusetts landscaping for upper-class clientele so he says he is happy to bring his own business back home.

The 2013 Best in Show Award goes to Theobold & Botto Construction. An all-in-the family, traditional construction business who say they hold artistry dear to their hearts. They build and create all of their work and are opening up a Charlottesville office next month. They've worked on mansions in Northern Virginia and residential homes as well.

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