Fueled by stories of the past, master craftsman Tim McClellan completes inspired transformations of old homes in Arizona’s iconic mining “boomtowns” in DIY Network’s newest series Boomtown Builder. Premiering Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, the eight-episode season features Tim as he draws ideas from the vivid history of each property to complete beautiful renovations for clients in the once-mining towns of Cottonwood and Jerome. While he adds modern finishes in his designs, Tim also helps families preserve original character when he salvages and repurposes materials unique to each home.
“America is literally covered with little towns that sprang up out of nowhere and went boom,” said Tim. “Then, when the resources ran out, they went bust leaving behind amazing homes. I help people realize their dream of living the Old West life by uncovering the history in these homes.”
In the premiere episode, Tim meets a couple whose Jerome, Arizona, home is one of the oldest buildings in town—a former grocery market from the early 1900s. He creates a spacious and functional great room on the main level with high-end amenities including a custom gas fireplace and handmade library/entertainment center. To incorporate the history of the area, Tim reuses the home’s original hardware on the new steel and wood front doors and crafts a metal trim for the great room’s ceiling beam that resembles a railroad bridge.