Q&A With TLC’S Trading Spaces Carpenter Brett Tutor

Sep 13, 2019, 19:17 PM
TLC’s recent revival of its hit series Trading Spaces meant new families, new projects, and some new faces! Brett Tutor joined the show as a carpenter, but he’s so much more than that. The home improvement expert is also an Army veteran, a songwriter and guitarist who performs with his brother in the b and “The Tutor Brothers”, a licensed home inspector and general contractor, and he’s even been a TV stuntman. 
 
With his many talents, we’re thrilled that he made the time to appear at the Capital Home Show. You read that right, Brett will be making his Dulles Expo Center debut September 20 and 21. Join him on our Main Stage to enjoy his presentation: "If I Can Do It, You Can Do It" Tips from a Home Inspector and Carpenter. You don’t want to miss it – trust us!
 
Can’t wait to see Brett at the show next week? We caught up ahead of his appearances for a brief Q&A (which he answered in his typical charming style). Get the scoop below!
 
Q: What’s a simple design DIY project that can provide good results?
Brett: “One easy DIY project is always painting. Design wise it is hard to get more bang for your
buck with re painting a room. Go nuts, try risky colors or designs because at the end of
the day it is still just paint!”
 
Q: You live in Austin so we can’t imagine you’d ever want to move but if you could live anywhere else where would it be?
Brett: “If I had to move to another country it would be Costa Rica. I spend a lot of time there
and between the culture, the nature and the surf it always feels like home.”
 
Q: What do you think is the biggest mistake homeowners make in renovating their space?
Brett: “The biggest mistake I see home owners make when trying to renovate their own space
is definitely under estimating the cost of materials, the time a reno takes with just two
people and the fact that you usually don’t get everything right the first time.”
 
Q: Which projects have you been most proud to work on?
Brett: “The project I have been most proud to work on is doing overseas humanitarian builds,
like one with the Peace Corps in Panama where I helped build a bathroom and a birthing
house in the remote jungle.”
 
Q: What’s your best advice for someone embarking on a reno project?
Brett: “People should take a little time to research their contractor/ designer. Experience just
means you have already made most of your mistakes, you don’t want to be one of those
mistakes of a new contractor who is still learning on the job. Make sure there are
insured and or bonded and take the time to call a reference or two.”
 
Q: What three things can’t you live without?
Brett: “The three things I can’t live without are music, good friends and surfing.”
 
Q: What question do you wish an interviewer would ask me that I have never been asked?
Brett: “If I wanted a margarita; no one has asked me that yet during an interview.”
 
 
Brett Tutor will be on the Capital Home Show Main Stage on Friday, September 20 at 2pm and Saturday, September 21 at 12pm and 3pm. Get your tickets now and start planning your visit!