Jan 8, 2014

John DeSilvia is a tough-as-nails Brooklyn native and a former union carpenter.  A licensed contractor, John oversees his own company, Brooklyn's Design Tech and he also appears on two DIY Network's shows-- Run My Renovation and Under Construction.  John shows real homeowners how to cut up to $10,000 from their renovation and remodeling projects. 

John DeSilvia will be appearing at the Philadelphia Home Show on Friday, January 24, Saturday, January 25 & Sunday, January 26.

What is the most challenging part of your job?
The most challenging part of my job is doing live television appearances on shows like The Today Show, Good Morning America, & Katie Couric, etc. because with live TV, you normally need to condense so much information into sound bites, and there is normally little time to prepare.

What is the last item you bought or crafted for your home?
I did a renovation of my backyard last summer. I live in Brooklyn and the backyards are small and challenging especially using materials like stackstone, composite decking, concrete patio while adding a basketball court and planting for the wife. Not easy in a small space.

What's your favorite room in your house?
My favorite room is the kitchen, which I will be gutting this summer. 

Any embarrassing on the job moments you'd like to share?
I was told that all the electric was shut off in the house so I was removing an outlet from the wall and I electrocuted myself—and it’s all caught on film.  So the lesson learned was never trust that it's shut down and always use a tester. 

Are you excited to come to Philly?
Yes, I decided to come with my family since I haven't been to Philly in 30 years. It’s hard to remember what it was like. 

TWO WEEKENDS ONLY! JAN. 18-20 & 24-26 2014