A: Greater automation, greater convenience, streamlined design, sustainability and environmental awareness are all driving product design. I love the idea of utilizing technology to make your everyday life easier and better. You might be a hard worker, but when you come home, you want to relax and unwind.
Super-handy Curtis is the “Rehab Addict” on the DIY and HGTV shows. The old-house advocate saves dilapidated dwellings from the wrecking ball and fixes them up.
Curtis at the show: “Salvage to Sold,” 1 and 6 p.m. March 1, noon and 3 p.m. March 3.
Q: How many homes have you rehabbed in the Twin Cities?
A: I’ve done 10, and one was my own home in Uptown. Right now, our focus is on revitalizing north Minneapolis. We want to show people how we get these old homes off the city’s demolition list, restore them using salvaged materials and make them owner-occupied.
Q: What are some easy ways to revamp an outdated room?
A: Clean — I use Bar Keepers Friend by the case — reorganize, strip wallpaper and put on a fresh coat of paint. If you have the time and patience, it will make a big difference.
Q: What was the lowest amount you’ve paid for a home?
A: $1 for a Dutch Colonial in Minneapolis. The city was going to tear it down. We rehabbed it within $100,000 and sold it in a day.
Q: What are some of the your favorite local places to find salvaged stuff?
A: Bauer Brothers — I pretty much have a cot there. If you want clean, organized and heated, go to Guilded Salvage and Architectural Antiques.
Q: What’s your favorite part of doing rehab?