DIY TV show features Hammond couple on Saturday
BY BOB KOSTANCZUK email@example.com April 14, 2011 5:30PM
Gina and Joseph Simmons of Hammond will have their home refurbishment featured on “Renovation Realities” at 8 p.m. Saturday on the DIY Network.
DIY, which comes from the makers of HGTV and the Food Network, offers home improvement television.
DIY’s shows include “I Hate My Kitchen” and “Man Caves.” The DIY Network is available nationwide on satellite TV and via cable providers.
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
Gina and Joseph Simmons decided to tackle a big project at their modest Hammond home.
“We’re kind of do-it-yourself people, but we by no means are any kind of experts,” Gina Simmons said.
The young couple’s attempt to convert their attic into a master bedroom and bathroom was documented for a television audience.
The DIY Network takes a look at the gutting and rebuilding on an episode of “Renovation Realities” that airs 8 p.m. Saturday.
Hanging drywall, laying carpet and doing other gritty work make for a daunting undertaking.
Such a spunky endeavor fits the behind-the-scenes storytelling of DIY, the “do-it-yourself” home improvement network.
“This is the first time we’d ever really attempted anything full-on by ourselves,” Simmons, 31, said this week. “I knew it was gonna be really rough. I think it was harder than Joey thought.
“We thought the show would be a good excuse to just kind of push through it and get a lot of it done, which we did.”
Simmons and her 27-year-old husband own what the DIY Network calls a fixer-upper house near Purdue University Calumet, where both are students.
“Technically, it was just a little two-bedroom, one-bath house” with an unfinished basement, said Simmons, describing the home she and her husband bought.
“So trying to put a big master suite up there with a bathroom would make a big difference,” said Simmons, who is majoring in English and psychology.
Her husband, Joseph, served as a U.S. Army medic in Iraq and is a manager with a restaurant chain.
The couple’s own money is being used for the home renovation depicted on TV.
Simmons and her husband successfully applied to be on the half-hour show, which accepts online applications from homeowners with renovation projects and the willingness to show “their true personalities.”
The series seeks to illustrate the “speed bumps” that do-it-yourselfers face during the course of renovation.
Simmons conceded she and her husband don’t always work so smoothly together.
“It was rougher working with my husband than it was actually working on the attic,” she said with a laugh.
“Renovation Realities” captured footage earlier this year of the couple’s construction efforts, which include redesigning stairs leading up to the new master suite, according to promotional material.
Simmons and her husband, who don’t have children, are still working on the home makeover.
“It kind of resembles what it’s going to be,” she said. “It’ll definitely get done.”
Contact Bob Kostanczuk at 648-3144.