Tamara Day is the host of the DIY Network television show “Bargain Mansions”. She is from the midwest, born in Kansas City, Missouri, on August 20, 1976. She is the daughter of Ward and Trish Schraeder and has a sister and two brothers. Ward taught all his children all aspects of construction. He has developed ventures in food distribution, 2700 head dairy farm, medical imaging centers, bank, and hospitals/assisted living facilities, winery, Freddy’s Food franchises, real estate holdings and, oil field explorations.
In 2019 Ward joined the Board of Rocket Crafters, emerging propulsion and launch services company producing an affordable payload-to-orbit transport system through new engine technology on Florida’s famed Space Coast.
Tamara graduated with a degree in communications at Kansas State but in 2008 she took on the first project that would reel her in. Her husband Bill and she bought a foreclosed home that needed a lot of renovation to make it livable.
She married Bill in 2000 and had four kids, Henry, Bobby, Thomas, and Nora. Bill has a Bachelor’s Degree in Science of Accountancy from the University of Missouri in Columbia. He serves as a financial analyst and the owner of BL Day Properties. He also flips houses. Tamara designs her own houses and does a lot of the work herself with the help of her Dad, Ward.
Tamara buys neglected mansions in the Kansas City area and restores them for flipping on her show “Bargain Mansions” on the DIY Network. “Attainable but aspirational, laid back lux” is what she says is her signature design style.
At first, she had a market space where she sold furniture that she had restored and now she just does that on a much larger scale. She called her first business “Growing Days” and it has grown into multiple divisions – a retail store, Growing Days Home, a design business (in-person and e-design), and continuing to revitalize these old Kansas City homes through Bargain Mansions. The show is fun to watch as she gets the help of her Dad, sometimes her kids, and some repeat contractors.