Over the past seven seasons of shooting "Yard Crashers" for DIY Network and HGTV, I am constantly asked the same questions about the show. So instead of letting the rumors fly around like the dust during one of our builds, I will tackle these questions for you head on and answer them honestly. Here we go...
Question: Do you really do the builds in two days?
Answer: Yes we do. In fact, it's more like a day and a half. After I do the drive up, introductions and design reveal, we don't started with demo until around 9:30 or 10 a.m. We do however work overtime into the night as long it takes to get up to speed. Sometimes we get done around 8 p.m. or in some rare instances 2 a.m. the next day. You can always tell how long I've been awake by counting the rings under my eyes. To top it off, we have to be done building by 3 p.m. on day two in order to get done with all of our interviews and "after shots" before the sun goes down. It is by far one of the craziest shows I've been a part of, but I love it.
Question: Do you really come back the next day after you meet the couple to start work?
Answer: No way. In fact, in the last five seasons we have tried not to elude to the fact that we come back the next day because literally it would be impossible. We have to not only draw up the design, but also order all of the materials, synchronize deliveries of all those materials, hire the proper contractors to help out and get all the proper permits in order. I don't know of anyone that could do that in one night, let alone a few days. Typical turn around time is 30-60 days. The show is already a logistical nightmare as it is, so we need all the prep days we can get.
Question: Are the homeowners you go home with real or were they picked beforehand?
Answer: I go into every Lowe's searching for real homeowners and nine times out of ten I find them. We do have backups that we do call in if the day is looking pretty slow. We can't afford to have a day that we don't find anyone. It puts us too far behind and it is very costly to bring in an entire crew and pay them for nothing. So the answer is very rarely. If we do bring a couple when the store is slow, more often than not I've met them before on another day of ambushing and we just had too many people that day to cast. So for everyone that thinks that all the homeowners are fake, it's just not the case.
Question: Do you work when the camera's are not rolling or do you go into a trailer, lay in a cozy bed and eat lobster?
Answer: First off, the only trailer I have is packed full of tools. Secondly, If I wasn't shooting a TV show, I would be building something. I love to build. It is in my blood and it drives me. So the answer is absolutely not. I work straight through for two days, hence the reason I go home and pass out for two days straight. Although I would stop for a lobster lunch anytime.
Question: Do you still carry a hair brush in your tool bags?
Answer: Thanks to my friend Josh Temple of "House Crashers", people in airports around the country can be heard yelling, "Hey Bla Bla! Where's your brush!?!?". Needless to say, I ditched the hair brush.