Who is Amy Matthews?

Amy Matthews was born on 19 May 1973, in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA, and is a general contractor as well as a television personality. She is best known for being the host of several shows focused on renovating, including “Sweat Equity”, “Renovation Raiders”, and “Bathroom Renovations”.

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The Net Worth of Amy Matthews

Amy Matthews has a net worth estimated to be over $1 million, earned primarily through success in her home renovation endeavors, as she also serves as a consultant for several home improvement companies, and broadcasting networks.

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Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings

Amy Matthews grew up in Robbinsdale, and she first developed her interest in home improvement early in her teens. She was very active with her church’s youth group, and participated in an outreach to help families in need with repairs to their homes, which helped develop her love for doing fix-it-up projects. She began studying over the next years, taking sideline jobs or volunteer work with other organizations.

She also had a love for performance, and wanted to see if she could break through into the entertainment industry as an actor.

After matriculating from high school, she enrolled at Boston University, completing her bachelor’s degree there. She then furthered her studies, going to New York to enroll at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. The private college offers degrees in Professional Performance and Fine Arts. Students often enroll to learn more about dance, acting, musical theatre, and other performing arts.

Completing her degree, she returned to her hometown in Minnesota, and started to get involved with local theatre groups, performing with the Minnesota Opera and at the Guthrie Theatre.

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She also became involved with the Open Eye Figure Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, and Her City Theatre.

Home Improvement Transition

While working in theatre, she also had commercial projects and three independent films to her name. All the while, she continued to build her skills in home improvement. She learned how to build porches, roofs, and other aspects of home construction. Eventually, she saw potential with this line of work, and became a licensed contractor. Her business in contracting would attract the attention of many, and she collaborated with the magazine “The Family Handyman” several times.

The magazine has been running since the 1950s, and its content is often created by volunteers and enthusiasts. They offer home care and repair tips, trends in improvement, garage work, vehicle improvement, yard improvement, and more.

More work started coming her way, and soon she was offered a contract by the DIY Network to become their home improvement specialist. The network is a spin-off of HGTV. and initially focused on do-it-yourself activities, as their name denotes. She’s also worked with 3M, appearing in commercials for their painter’s tape, and serves as the Home Improvement Advisor for HomeAdvisor, an online marketplace that helps with connecting homeowners to local home improvement professionals in their area.

Television Work

Matthews’ income continued to grow as the DIY Network offered her a chance to host a show. So she became the star of the show “Sweat Equity”, in which homeowners are shown how to perform renovations on their house, that help with the value of their home while allowing them to save money. She also worked on the series “Bathroom Renovations” which as the name denotes, is more focused on ideas for bathrooms and wet rooms.

Her work with the DIY Network also meant that she became connected with the sister company HGTV, and she was subsequently hired by HGTV to do another show, entitled “Renovation Raiders”.

In the show, she and a team of experts have to do a major renovation for a house in five hours, surprising the unknowing homeowners. A family member or friend would be responsible for helping plan the renovation, which usually has to do with a specific room. The plan and materials have to be ready beforehand to ensure that the work goes speedily. Her work has been showcased in publications such as “The New York Times”, “Esquire”, “Good Housekeeping”, and “Country Living”.

While she is primarily working as a contractor and host, she still stays connected to her acting interests. She is mainly involved with the theatre circuit in her area ,and is a member of several theatre companies, often as a part of the board.

Personal Life

Matthews is currently single – she was previously in a relationship with Aaron Doering who is a professor at the University of Minnesota. In 2018, he was arrested after it was discovered that he was committing physical abuse on his girlfriend, and other women came forward to confirm his history of abuse.

He was sentenced to six months in jail, and later admitted to alcoholism and abuse as problems he needed to correct, and consequently he resigned from his university post.

During her free time, Matthews works with several charitable organizations. She’s collaborated with the Rosalynn Carter Work Project, appearing in several cities in the US. She’s also a frequent volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, and has participated in fundraisers, charity balls, and similar events.

Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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