If your New Year’s resolution involved exercise, the International Builders Show in Las Vegas was a great place to keep that resolution on track! Overall, Design & Construction Week boasted 3,750 exhibitors and 4.7 million net square feet of exhibit space with everything from the latest in kitchen and bath design to millwork and marketing services. Making your way through the convention hall and to the many seminars available meant attendees logged several miles each day.

Attendance for the show was over 55,000, which was 8 percent higher than last year’s show. “This has been the best show we have experienced since the economic downturn,” said Jerry Konter, chair of the NAHB Convention and Meetings Committee. “You felt a great energy the moment you hit the show floor, as builders and exhibitors continue to benefit from the recovering economy.”

You could certainly feel the excitement at the Houzz.com booth, where the exhibitor showcased the latest in design photo sharing and launched a new marketing initiative that connects builders/remodelers/decorators with clients in need of their services. Having attended this event for many years, it’s amazing how much of the show has become technology driven, improving the products and processes available to builders who strive to improve their quality and efficiency.

“We’ve attended almost every International Builders Show in the past 25 years,” says Duke McDowell, President of Sterling Custom Homes. “Attending this show allows us to constantly improve our product and processes as we strive to deliver the very best building experience to our clients.”