ORLANDO

- Improved forecasts for remodeling and housing construction build as the International Builders' Show in Orlando continues its four-day run through Saturday, Jan. 15. A 21 percent rise is anticipated in housing starts this year by David Crowe, chief economist for the National Assn. of Home Builders, the show's sponsors.

An upbeat forecast for remodeling was issued by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. “As both the economy and the housing market stabilize, so too will homeowner improvement spending,” says Abbe Will, a researcher with the Remodeling Futures Program. Over the coming years, remodeling expenditures are expected to increase at an inflation-adjusted 3.5 percent average annual rate, below the pace during the housing boom, but sharply recovering from the recent downturn.

Some 55,000 attendees were expected for the 2011 International Builder's Show at the Orange County Convention Center. The show features exhibits covering over 1 million square feet of exhibit space. While sizeable, the IBS show will have about half the attendance and floor space it had during the go-go years from 2005 to 2008.

Cabinetry firms are well represented at the IBS show, including Masco, Crown Point Cabinetry, Fabuwood Cabinetry Corp., Executive Cabinetry, Maple Ridge Cabinetry and RTA Cabinets Unlimited, Cabinets By Graber Inc., Half Price Cabinets, Cut-N-Crown, Inc., as well as wood components manufacturer Osborne Wood Products, Inc.

 
 Masco displays its KraftMaid Cabinetry, Quality
Cabinets and numerous other lines at the 2011
 International Builders' Show through Saturday, Jan. 15.

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