As the son of an engineer and builder, Matt Blashaw spent his youth knee-deep in the world of construction. After years of experience as a general contractor and remodeler, the California native entered a DIY Network contest to find America’s top handyman in 2006. Blashaw didn’t win, but his role on the show led to a hosting gig for the network’s new show, Deconstruction, and eventually a spot on HGTV’s Yard Crashers.
Blashaw will be at the Johnson County Home + Garden Show this weekend to speak to attendees and offer advice for homeowners. Here, he provides a little insight into his favorite projects and what space he likes to makeover the most.
What is the best part of your job?
I love showing people the finished product. The positivity is so thick in the air you can feel it.
What was your most memorable home project for yourself or work?
My charity “Build For Love” renovated a room for two children with cystic fibrosis so they could have a space to do their therapy in. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room when the kids saw the new space. One of my most magical builds to date.
What’s one thing you think people should splurge on for their home?
High-end kitchen cabinets are a must. They take the most abuse of any cabinet in the house, so make sure they can handle it
What’s one simple thing homeowners can do to improve their landscape or garden?
Take a sample of soil to the local garden center. The greenest, most lush landscape could be yours by simply changing the PH of your soil.
What is your favorite space to makeover and why?
Backyards have to be my favorite. There are no limits to what can be done. The sky is the limit.
What is one home improvement project you wouldn’t recommend someone trying to do on their own?
Definitely installing pavers in the backyard. I don’t think people realized just how much work goes on underneath those pavers beforehand to make them look the way they do.