Ward Schraeder has noticed that many of us don’t really know how to complete simple projects ourselves and he is giving us the opportunity to learn. Through his YouTube series Working with Ward he is reaching out to people who did not grow up learning how to build and create. Link to his YouTube channel- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9wLuLpwyBX_PkNXmvrBJZg/videos

Ward is also the co-host of Bargain Mansions on HGTV with his daughter Tamara Day. This is a really great show, if you like home renovations then you’ll enjoy this one. They transform their houses into incredible properties. Inspiring!

About this week’s guest, Ward Schraeder: “My​ ​love​ ​for​ ​renovation​ ​started​ ​at​ ​a​ ​young​ ​age​ ​when​ ​I​ ​grew​ ​up​ ​on​ ​a​ ranch in Western Kansas.​ A ranch is a great place to become a jack of all trades because you learn how to be self sustaining.​My​ ​grandfather​ ​and​ ​father​ ​built things​ ​and​ ​taught​ ​me​ ​along​ ​the​ ​way.​ ​It​ ​became​ ​a​ ​family​ ​thing.​ ​​ The philosophy was that if we needed something done we did it ourselves. Mistakes were made, but knowledge was developed and passed down from generation to generation. ​Luckily,​ ​I​ ​was​ ​able​ ​to​ ​share​ ​this​ ​philosophy​ ​with​ ​my children and hopefully my grandchildren as well.​ ​In​ ​the​ ​summer,​ ​when​ ​my​ ​boys​ ​were needing work,​ ​I​ ​had​ ​them​ ​build​ ​us​ ​a​ ​40 ft by 40 ft barn. As exhausting as it was, we did it all. Dug the foundation, ordered the cement, built the walls and rafters, installed windows and overhead doors, all from scratch. All children are mischievous and especially mine. My co-star on Bargain Mansions and my daughter, Tamara, talks frequently about all the times I made her hang sheet rock for discipline when she broke curfew. I guess it was a good lesson because now we can look back and laugh since it’s what she does for a living! The best part of co-starring with your daughter is the time we get to spend together. Personality wise, she is my clone which makes for a very easy relationship while filming. It is a wonderful thing to have a purpose we both can enjoy… At this point in my life it is a great adventure that I am happy to share.”

Follow Ward on instagram @wardschraeder

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