News-Journal presents annual Spring Home Show in Daytona Beach

DAYTONA BEACH — Ideas and tips for your next home improvement project await this weekend at The Daytona Beach News-Journal’s 32nd Annual Spring Home Show, opening Friday at the Ocean Center.

Crystal Hanks (center), owner of Abaco Windows, sets up the company's display for the 32nd Annual Spring Home Show at the Ocean Center with help from sales manager Jennifer Wiggins.  Presented by The Daytona Beach News-Journal, the free 3-day event opens on Friday in Daytona Beach.

In the era of social distancing, home renovations and upgrades have become more popular than ever, said Matt Blashaw, host of HGTV’s “Professional Grade: as well as the DIY Network’s “Yard Crashers,” “Money Hunters,” “Deconstruction” and “Project Xtreme.”

A licensed contractor and versatile handyman, Blashaw will be at the free 3-day event sharing his secrets for making the best use of outdoor space in sessions at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. As the coronavirus pandemic has unfolded, more people than ever are adding functional creature comforts to their homes, he said.

“This pandemic has lit a match under the home improvement industry,” Blashaw said. “Contractors are busier than ever; material costs are going way up. People are improving the spaces they have. While there have been many horrible things about the pandemic, it is making people concentrate on their home and making it beautiful.”