Matt Blashaw Preferred

MATT BLASHAW OF HGTV'S YARD CRASHERS AND VACATION HOUSE FOR FREE

The Orange County, California native began his building career at a very young age in his dad’s lumber yard, and worked on everything from plumbing to electrical. Shortly after graduation, Matt received his contractor’s license and began working as a self-employed general contractor, specializing in remodeling homes. 

He has hosted several series for the DIY Network and HGTV including Project Xtreme, Money Hunters, Blog Cabin and Professional Grade, and specials such as Cool Tool Builders Show and Worst Kitchen In America. Currently, Matt hosts the hit HGTV series Yard Crashers and Vacation House for Free. You may have also seen him on season 2 of Ellen's Design Challenge! 



Denver Tiny Home

DEREK "DEEK" DIEDRICKSEN of HGTV's TINY HOUSE BUILDERS

Derek "Deek" Diedricksen of RelaxShacks.com, author of the bestselling carpentry book "Microshelters", and host of HGTV's "Tiny House Builders", has been a tiny house builder and enthusiast since 1987 (when he built his first non-fort cabin) has hosted/designed for HGTV, The DIY Network, The History Channel, Make TV, and has had his work featured in The NY Times, Boston Globe, China Times, UK Daily News, Treehugger.com, Design Sponge, and beyond. His designs have also appeared on the ABC Network.

Deek, along with his brother Dustin, has taught hands-on building workshops since 2010 ranging "from Fargo to Sydney". The duo runs the YouTube design channel "RelaxshacksDOTcom", professionally builds tiny houses, tree houses, and backyard offices for clients, and Deek is also the author of "Humble Homes, Simple Shacks". The Diedricksen brothers’ specialty is constructing and designing with salvaged and repurposed materials- often in creative, colorful, and whimsical ways.

Deek will be talking about tiny house construction, budget building and salvage design ideas on our Fresh Ideas design stage.