With real estate prices rising in the metropolitan area and inventory shortage, repairing existing homes seems like a wise bet for many homeowners – and attractive bait for many sellers.
Enter Keith Nylund.
The Denver contractor, investor and vice president of Restoration Realty Inc. specializes in removing the existing roof of a home and installing an extra story (or two) to add square feet. That fits in well with the DIY TV trend of recent years and leads to a new DIY network series from Nylund entitled “Raise the Roof”.
What is it and where do we put it !! ?? Exciting details will follow shortly … #DIY #diynetwork #hgtv #raisetheroof pic.twitter.com/8Ah64EBBLw
– Keith Nylund (@KeithNylund) June 2, 2016
“Most of the time I buy the property, design it, pop the top, then resell and market it myself,” said 34-year-old Nylund on the phone from San Francisco, where he finished the voice-over work on “. Raise the roof. ” “For the show, I did a few (projects) for existing homeowners, but for the most part, I’m still trying to keep the house’s original style.”
This is a big deal in Denver these days as residents are complaining about the development of condominiums with cookie cutters and “scratches” that change the character of a community by clashing with the existing look and feel of the surrounding architecture.
“I want to fit into neighborhoods,” said Nylund, a Colorado State University graduate who started turning houses in Aurora seven years ago but has only been “Pops Tops” for a few years. “I don’t want this to be a modern eyesore. And HGTV and I agreed on that: to keep the historical charm and character. “
The first seven episode season of “Raise the Roof” premieres on August 16 on DIY Network, which reaches 60 million US households and is part of Scripps Networks Interactive – owner of HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel and Cooking Channel.
# Exhausting day when this back wall is knocked out #raisetheroof #DIY #diynetwork pic.twitter.com/oYzUBPOmpG
– Keith Nylund (@KeithNylund) December 18, 2015
Denver’s architecture and unpredictable weather will play a role in the show, from handling unusual storms to matching hard-to-find bricks in buildings in Denver Square, according to producers.
“It was great to be back in my hometown filming a show I created after meeting Keith in 2013,” said co-executive producer Elise Sabbeth, who works with Nylund and her business partner Kat VanSchooneveld is from Denver.
In the first episode, Nylund expands a 1910 Craftsman-style bungalow into a three-story building with an additional 1,900 square feet while repairing burst pipes and water damage. The six-month job results in a tripling of the area and a new view of the mountains.
“Denver weather definitely plays a dramatic role on the show,” said Melanie Wester, executive producer at 12 Forward Entertainment, in an email. “Since Keith is pop topping, there are times when his houses don’t have roofs. Watching him shovel snow off the original hardwood floors in a living room is not an ordinary scene. “
In fact, working under the control of television cameras is a very different experience than doing a job privately, Nylund said. And the projects didn’t always go as planned.
“There have been times when we screwed up or the contractors screwed up or someone didn’t show up,” he said. “And I’m half color blind – which is part of the show – so the designer came up to the construction site and said, ‘You literally painted the house the wrong color! ‘At first it was nerve-wracking. But I think we can show how difficult it really is to produce a beautiful product. “
And those annoying television cameras?
“They’re there to make me look good,” said Nylund.