Take a look at this interview of Extreme Makeover Home Edition’s Ty Pennington, who spoke with Redbook magazine. He covers topics from DIY tips, to green building materials, to how the economic downturn will affect how homeowners approach renovations.
When reading this, it occurred to me that I think of Ty Pennington mostly as a high energy TV host, and not the designer that he is. But he’s got some pretty great insights to offer. One is that there is a time and a place for DIY, and sometimes it pays to hire a professional to do a job correctly, rather than to hire one to fix a DIY error. The first is often less costly than the second. And in saying that, that it is a good idea to outline costs and timeline expectations from the get-go, and get them in writing. Sound advice.
Another thing he mentions is that the influence of a flagging economy is likely to create a different approach as to how people conceive their projects and buy building materials. Pennington suggests that there will be more choices in re-purposed building materials, and a ‘return to a simpler time’ in terms of look to offset our increasingly high-tech culture. If he’s right, that should produce some pretty interesting contrast.
Another thing he mentions is the reasons he feels his program is so successful. He says that deep down, people need to be reminded that when terrible things happen, that there are people and communities out there who are more than willing to help out. That’s a pretty powerful idea. And it’s one that reinforces our notion here that building materials are not just things to buy. They can be the tools for transforming lives for the better, too.