Customers who buy home building products don't always have a good idea of the scale, size and look of their purchases before installing or setting them up in their homes.
Your Building Centers, 280 Arch St., Williamsport is set to open Home Solution Center, a 10,0000-square foot showroom to display not only the company's products but some unique features.
"We're very excited about it," said store manager Chip Yost. "It's been a long time in the coming."
A ribbon cutting at the site is set for 10:30 a.m. Monday.
Home owners and builders will be able to browse the showroom to take in any of the numerous products set up in model rooms. Yost noted that allows customers the benefit of seeing how their purchases - be it a cabinet, kitchen sink, window - will appear in their homes.
"We wanted to give them something they couldn't find anywhere else in the area," he said. "It's a regional showroom."
Yost said many of the so-called anchor box stores that deal in home-building products don't offer such a service. Patrons can browse kitchen and bathroom displays, flooring, windows, doors, roofing, siding, fencing - all showcased in home-like settings.
"We want Mr. and Mrs. homeowner back in the door," he said.
The facades of several model homes lend a small town neighborhood look to one corner of the showroom.
Insides of the homes contain single rooms reserved for meetings, Yost noted. Yost noted company officials were looking to bring a showroom to Williamsport for a number of years. Your Buildings Centers are located in 14 communities of central Pennsylvania, but few have Home Solution Centers.
It only made sense, Yost said, to showcase products found in many homes.
"People have problems visualizing," he explained. "Here, we have it to look at."
Yost said the company works with a lot of builders as well as those customers looking to do their own home building project.
For many years the showroom area, located adjacent to the main store, was used as a storage facility. Yost said he's happy with the way the showroom has shaped up following many months of renovations to the building.
The Home Solution Center also offers design services to homeowners by one of company's many trained specialists.
"If you are doing a project, we can save you money," Yost said.