Derby builder Bob Cook participated in the Home Show for the first time last year and came away with more than four days of work.
"I sold three homes and got 15 remodeling jobs," Cook said while setting up Wednesday for the 56th annual Home Show, which opens today at Century II's Expo Hall.
"I like to come here and meet people and just set up appointments," Cook said. "People like to meet the people behind the business."
Cook was building a kitchen display Wednesday as Expo Hall filled with builders and suppliers showing what they do, from bathtubs and hot tubs to windows and doors.
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"You can find just about anything for your home, and this is the place you can see it demonstrated," Cook said.
More than 275 exhibitors are expected for the show, which opens at 1 p.m. today and runs through Sunday. It's expected to draw more than 35,000 visitors over the four days.
"It has grown into a regional show in size and scope over the years," said Wess Galyon, president of the Wichita Area Builders' Association, which sponsors the show.
Galyon said he expects visitors to ask about energy efficiency, especially with tax rebates available for people who upgrade their homes.
"It's a big deal," Galyon said. "And it's not just about insulation. It's about light fixtures and water fixtures.
"We'll talk to people about EnergyStar ratings and what they mean to them."
Seminars are scheduled throughout the show.
"The educational aspects and the product demonstration is what has really made this something that has attracted people throughout the region," Galyon said.