Eastmoreland remodeling Faire puts resources at neighbors fingertips

by: David F. Ashton, Flanking Steve Gemmell, representing Earthquake Tech, are Evi Graham (holding Delia) and her husband Scott Graham.

The second annual Eastmoreland Home Improvement Faire at Duniway Elementary School gave neighbors even more resources - it hosted nearly double the number of remodelers, landscapers, and providers of other services, than at its first event.

'This year,' said Chair Steve Baker, 'our event is hosting 24 vendors, including landscape architects, building architects, a seismic retrofitting company - and a company offering custom windows and doors.'

The event is important, Baker explained, because 'there's more remodeling activity in Eastmoreland than any other place in the city. The Faire makes it easy for neighbors to come and see these vendors right here the neighborhood. Without cost or without travel, they can come and see what's available to help them improve their home - right here in their backyard.'

Several visitors who spoke with us said they had read about the event in THE BEE, and came by to see what was new in home renovation, landscaping, and safety.

'We're thinking about adding onto and remodeling our house,' was how Mike Cooley put it. 'This seems like a good place to start.'

We noted several visitors - and a couple of general contractors - stopping at the new vendor this year, Earthquake Tech. They offer a seismic retrofit service that makes sure a home's load-bearing beams and posts are solidly connected to the foundation.

The event is a fundraiser for the neighborhood association, Baker told THE BEE. 'We use the money to maintain our neighborhood's garden and to inoculate the elm trees, threatened with Dutch Elm disease.'