*Johnathan Brewer, was born in San Diego and raised in Oakland, California. He’s a full time Oakland firefighter in the community and has been for the last 9 years.
When he’s not saving lives in a uniform, he uses his other skill as a licensed general contractor to restore the homes of those on and off television. Aside from serving the community in both capacities, he trains future firefighters at the fire academy.
Currently brewer has landed an on-air carpenter gig on OWN Networks’ Emmy award winning show “Home Made Simple” which airs Saturdays at 9am/8c. He is featured in 10 episodes this season as the lead contractor who assists with the vision of the show’s lead designer. Overall Brewer enjoys working with the crew. He feels right at home.
“Home Made Simple” creates homes that deserving families love to live in. The show pairs inspiring families, a team of professional designers, carpenters and special guest artists, who work together with the families to create simple solutions to everyday home challenges and design dilemmas.
“I kinda just do it. I don’t really think about it in the context of time. I just have these things that I wanna do and I just do them.”
At the age of 15, Brewer started his journey in construction as a laborer during his summer break.
This journey later birthed his own general contracting firm, Brewer Builds, in 2008. Fortunately, Brewer’s firefighting job gives him the flexibility to manage his business on and off TV.
“Around the age of 15 years-old my father had a friend who was a general contractor… I went and labored for him for a while and that kind of sparked my interest in construction. I had always been like a tinkerer. I like to fix things and take apart things.”
Brewer works with a crew and sub-contractors. He is able to deal with most clients as a project manager. From time to time, he does a portion of the work. In fact he prefers to be pretty hands on with the job.
“I created this handyman business here in the Bay Area, Oakland, and I started doing a multitude of projects and people liked my work and they were wanting me to do bigger projects and then that led me to start my own general contracting company in 2008.”
In 2009 Brewer appeared on his first home improvement show “Super Scapes” on HGTV as an on air carpenter.
Shortly after “Super Scapes” he appeared on DIY Networks “House Crashers.”
He has also been featured as a guest contractor on HGTV’s “Curb Appeal the Block” and “Elbow Room” as a guest host.
Over the next 5 years, he plans to continue working as an Oakland firefighter. He also plans to continue his Brewer Builds contracting business in hopes of passing it down to his children one day. As for his television work you can expect to see him participating in a project with “This Old House.” Brewer feels this is a big deal being that he grew up watching the show which simultaneously sparked his interest in the building trade.