August 15, 2010 by Post Team
“I always feel bad when I do not know the answer,” Matthews says, laughing. “He keeps me on my toes.”
Matthews, who also repaired the houses with his youth group from the church as a teen counseling, is accustomed to giving. A star on the DIY Network, a cable channel focused on housing projects DIY, has appeared in more than a dozen shows. Currently, she is too busy cranking out episodes of “mutual aid” in which she helps owners add value to their homes, and a new show, “This new house,” with Kevin O’Connor of “This Old House.”
“We’re really seeing in the construction of concepts,” says Matthews. “This new home is carried around the country researching new products. “The idea is that our homes can be more intelligent and therefore save money. There is a green building program, but everything they touch is about sustainability and the creation of smarter.”
When Matthews, 37, left Minnesota in the 90s to pursue his love of theater and music at the University of Boston, becoming a licensed contractor and help to repair their houses, was not at the top of their do list. After leaving Boston, he moved to New York to study opera. While she was there, took part in Broadway shows before landing a gig on a cruise.
Matthews returned to the Twin Cities in 1999 and continued to pursue acting with roles in
Guthrie Theater, Minnesota Opera, Mixed Blood Theatre and Theatre Open Eye Figure. She also had parts in several independent films and was in “The Temptation of last year,” filmed in the Twin Cities.
His television career was born six years ago when he learned of the DIY Network was looking for someone to host his show locally produced “Reforms bathroom.” Matthews released his tool belt in the ring and got the job.
“I went in, and things just click,” he says. “It was like two worlds came together and the information was completely natural for me. There is a natural component and an act of improvisation in our program – not a working script, you’re out there doing. You want to redo your kitchen, and I come to your house and have this conversation. Nobody is telling you what to say. So let’s talk about the project and teach you how. ”
After working with the network for a couple of years, Matthews decided to get his contractor’s license.
“It just makes sense with how much I was spending and how much he was doing,” he said.
While she spends much time traveling with “This new house,” Matthews movies most of the episodes of “mutual aid” in the Twin Cities area. When not working, she is still active, especially during the summer months. Already this year, ran the Half Marathon in Minneapolis, attended the Life Time Fitness Triathlon and completed the Mississippi River Challenge. And, of course, has things to do at home in South Minneapolis. Last year, the basement was remodeled, which appeared in an episode of “mutual aid.” Your kitchen remodeling renovations made in 2007, Cooking Channel “show.
One of Matthews’ favorite things to show people on television is how to make simple, cheap fixes such as changing light bulbs or installing low-flow shower head. She says she has noticed a spike in HUM during the recession of the last to join a “do not move, improve” mentality.
“People say, ‘If I can do it myself, then I can save money,” because they have no extra money for someone else to come as they did before, “says Matthews.” There is also a pride that comes with it … (But) I joke that should be a marriage counselor and a contractor because sometimes I’m standing with two people and they can not see the forest through the trees. There is a sense of pride and ownership in your home, I think this country needs. No more disposable mentality we need that – I think we learned from the recession. Bigger not always better. We do not always have to update everything. ”
Another construction project near the heart of Matthews is his volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity, which has taken him all over the country, including post-Katrina rebuilding in New Orleans. She is excited to be part of the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Project, an important event for Habitat, through October.
When talking about the Habitat project in Thailand, revealed a tattoo on his left forearm inspired by the trip.
“This means that humanity,” Matthews said while looking at the characters of Thailand signed on the arm.
When asked what is the future, says Matthews a good year, in addition to his work yourself, include a triathlon, make a movie and some construction.
“I like to build a house,” says Matthews. “A place where I can live with some rescue dogs and horses. A place that looks old, but has state of the art technology. Any place where my family and friends can come and lovers of the nature of Minnesota. A peaceful and happy I can go with an airport, not far away. ”
Amy Carlson Gustafson can be reached at 651-228-5561.
We asked DIY host Amy Matthews simple tips to increase the value of the house. This is what he had to say:
Changing lamps low water flow. “You get an instant update to your look, and save you money on your water bill.”
Renew your kitchen for correction or replacement of cabinet doors. “You do not have the small space to make it look impressive.”
Add a rear wall of the kitchen. “Backsplashes and under-cabinet lighting in the kitchen go together perfectly because the under-cabinet lighting can be really cheap and it lights up your new board. Tile a backsplash can cost a couple hundred exceeding $ for all material, and is instantaneous transformation of space. ”
Landscape now. “Plant now because things are taken two or three years to find really good and look set. It is also the end of the season and can buy things on sale. Landscaping is all elbow grease, and most people have all the hand tools that need to make an impact.’s definitely going to pay in the long term. “
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