How does it feel to be pushing the boundaries of LGBT visibility? What’s next for you guys professionally and personally? In regards to kids, that’s something we have been talking more and more about lately.
PJ and Thomas: It feels wonderful to have that representation on HGTV, whether it starts with us or another couple. We have agreed on trying to have kids in 3 years from now.
I am extremely type A, so I like things structured and to the point, however I also like to cut-up and have fun with my team. Thomas: We met at a mutual friend’s get-together back in 2009.
But at the end of the day, we both know that our marriage comes first and we make up and make a decision on the solution before we go to bed at night, because we don’t like going to bed angry. One of our friends who also has a show on HGTV told us before we even finished filming the pilot to not read the comments on Facebook because of how mean people can be, but we did read them and they didn’t faze us.
You guys are the first married, same-sex couple to host their own show on HGTV. There is always going to be negativity when you put yourself out there but it is a waste of time and energy to care what they think, when we could probably be spending that same time and energy demo-ing another house. PJ and Thomas: If the show doesn’t work out, we will still continue to buy and flip homes in our area.
After same-sex marriage became legalized, we decided to get married in the living room of our house that we’d been fixing up for the last 6 months.
At what point in your relationship did you guys decide to go into business together?
I am a designer, though I will help occasionally help with demo.
I am kind of the free-spirited, go-with-the flow one in our relationship.
Thomas: Well PJ had been building and flipping homes for about 3 years and once we got together it was just a natural progression for our relationship because it’s something we are both so passionate about, so it came somewhat naturally to us, like, : PJ: The show is about us, our neighbor Tania, and Thomas’ sister Sydney renovating homes in the Chattanooga area.
We all have our area of expertise, with PJ being the real estate agent and project manager, Thomas is the designer, Tania is sort of a "Jill of all Trades," and Sydney is the design apprentice.
I am a licensed realtor and have a degree in construction management.
I handle the real estate, with Thomas and I making all of the design choices together.
I’m a little more laid back and don’t stress too easily.