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Royal Oak Builder Stars in 'House Crashers' Episode

Rick Kastler worked around the clock for three days shooting 'House Crashers' on the DIY Network. Was it worth it? "Definitely," he said.

“I have never worked that hard in my life,” said Rick Kastler.

The Royal Oak resident and owner of Kastler Construction, starred in an episode of House Crashers in which he was part of a team that transformed an unused formal living room into a master bedroom – in only three days!

The episode "Romantic Michigan Master" aired Wednesday at 11 p.m. on the DIY Network. It was filmed in nearby Farmington in March.

House Crashers, described as ambush renovation at its best, is hosted by licensed contractor Josh Temple. Temple finds homeowners at big box stores, then follows them home with a crew and launches into an interior renovation.

“We pretty much worked around the clock,” Kastler said of the experience. “We had to do a huge amount of demo work, we raised the ceiling, added Pewabic tiles to a fireplace and we moved the front door. It was overwhelming. When we were finished the homeowners were off the charts. It was a great experience.”

And yes, it was all really done in just three days.

Kastler has been doing mid- to high-end home renovations – additions, kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, basement remodeling and exteriors - in Royal Oak and surrounding communities for 15 years, including his own home on North Lafayette.  His house, which doubles as his office, was featured in the .

“We do quite a bit of work in Royal Oak,” Kastler said. "It's common here to take a standard bungalow and push out the back and build a second story master bedroom."

Around the city, various builders are constructing more than 40 new homes, he said.

“Royal Oak is a definitely a hotbed of opportunity for the future.”

You can see a portfolio of Kastler’s handiwork at kastlerconstruction.com.

If you missed House Crashers last night, the episode with Kastler will air again today at 11:30 p.m.

Mary Rettig July 13, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Gee, maybe Rick Kastler has the money that he owes my husband for jobs that he's done for Kastler Construction!

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