Business is booming for home improvement specialists


APPLETON, Wis. — Building is what Jason Matousek said he always wanted to do. Over the past two years, he has done a lot for people looking for new or refurbished decks.

What do you want to know

  • Fox Cities Home & Garden Show home improvement companies gear up for another busy year
  • The show lasts until Sunday
  • The National Association of the Remodeling Industry is holding a similar show near Milwaukee this weekend.

“Last year, I filled the whole year. I had no break between bridges and this year it’s the same,” said Matousek. “I’m full until October right now.”

The Black Creek resident and owner of Joinery and Terraces M3 says he’s okay with that.

“I love it. It’s what I always wanted to do. I love building stuff,” Matousek said.

He is one of the sellers of Fox Cities Home and Garden Show this weekend in Appleton.

The show opened on Friday and hundreds of people showed up to check out different companies offering everything from replacement windows to decorative lighting systems.

Home improvement has taken off in the past two years as people upgrade their homes and yards or do entire renovations and additions, reflecting changes in how they use their homes during the pandemic.

Cassie Lambrecht of Kaukauna Tundra Home Improvements said she saw no signs of consumer interest.

“For the past two months when we’re doing these shows from home, they’ve been crazy,” she said. “They are so busy. Just give it a few hours and this place will be packed.

She said the business was growing with the renewed interest and was able to take on new customers.

“The more business we get, the more installers we hire, honestly, the wait time, maybe a few weeks, but we’re doing really well,” Lambrecht said.

The Appleton show is not alone. the National Association of the Renovation Industry the show runs Friday through Sunday at State Fair Park near Milwaukee.

Matousek – who works alone – said he didn’t see interest or job numbers slowing down.

As for a new terrace, he suggested customers start planning now for later in the year.

“If you’re planning on making a game, you kind of want to schedule it now so you’re on the books and ready to go,” he said.

The Fox Cities Home & Garden Show runs Friday through Sunday at the Fox Cities Exposition Center. It is open until 7 p.m. on Fridays. On Saturday it will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults.


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