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Everything, including the kitchen sink, for sale at Watertown Home Show


WATERTOWN — Britney M. Grimshaw needs just about everything for the century-old farmhouse in Adams that she and her fiance, Kyle Gehrke, are completely renovating.

So she and her mother, Paula A. Grimshaw, strolled through the 38th annual North Country Home Show on Saturday afternoon at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds municipal arena, where more than 60 exhibitors strutted their stuff.

They were pricing what it will take to redo the 1,500-square-foot house the couple will call home after their wedding next fall. At one point, they stopped at the North Country Hearth and Home exhibit to look at the brickwork for the pellet stoves.

“We’re just getting some ideas,” Britney Grimshaw said.

Owner George W. Dudo uses the Home Show to show off the work his company provides. It took him about two weeks to put together a series of pellet stoves and fireplaces for the exhibit and about 20 hours to install it at the fairgrounds before the event opened Friday night.

After a bit of a slower Friday night than usual, it picked up Saturday with more people stopping by his exhibit to look, ask questions and, hopefully, buy some equipment, he said.

He believes in an industry motto: “a fireplace in every room,” he said. “It’s feasible,” he said.

Families planning spring projects had a chance to see the latest designs of gazebos, grills, outdoor kitchens, hot tubs, woodwork and all kinds of home improvements. Just about everything imaginable was on display. Even the kitchen sink.

Phillip N. Reed, executive director of the Northern New York Builders Exchange, said he was impressed with the extravagant and quality exhibits, including a working waterwheel that a landscaping company brought in and a rustic-looking bedroom that a woodworker showed off.

“They put a lot of work into them,” he said.

Gareth J. Burkinshaw, who lives in Carthage but wants to find property out of town to build a house on, attended the event with his family “just to see what’s available.”

They own a home now but want something out of the town closer to their church, he said. Recently attending a building trade show, he figured he could incorporate the ideas of what he saw Saturday when he gets closer to finishing the project, describing it as “a modern, country ranch-style house,” he said.

“If there’s such a thing,” he joked.

The home show wraps up from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. About 3,000 people attended the show last year.

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