Carter Oosterhouse Bio, Age, Winery, Amy Smart, Wife, Height, Net Worth

Carter Oosterhouse
Carter Oosterhouse

Carter Oosterhouse Biography

Carter Oosterhouse is a popular American television personality and former model who was born on Sept. 19, 1976, in Traverse City, Michigan. He rose to fame as a carpenter on the TLC series Trading Spaces and has hosted various home improvement and how-to television shows. Oosterhouse was the host of three HGTV network shows Red Hot & Green, Carter Can, and Million Dollar Rooms in 2008.

Carter started his career as a carpenter at the age of twelve, he began learning carpentry as an apprentice to his neighbor, a carpenter. He continued working in carpentry and construction throughout school following in the footsteps of his older brothers, Tyler and Todd, who are also carpenters.

Regarding his schooling, Oosterhouse attended the Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools. Later on, he received a B.A. in nutrition and communication from Central Michigan University.

After college, Carter moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television. While there, he worked as a production assistant and tape coordinator behind-the-scenes for Project Greenlight. Moreover, while auditioning for a new show on TLC, Carter got a part in the show Trading Spaces and joined the cast in their 4th season.

Television shows and appearances

Oosterhouse in 2003 joined TLC’s series Trading Spaces in its 4th season. In the same years, TLC also added the spin-offs Trading Spaces: Family and Trading Spaces: Boys V. Girls to their shows, which allowed Oosterhouse to work with children.

In addition, in 2004, Oosterhouse did an episode of CBS Sunday Morning in New York in which he remodeled correspondent Bill Geist’s office with the aid of commentator Andy Rooney. In 2005, he was a contributor to NBC’s Three Wishes, a primetime unscripted series with Amy Grant, in which he visited small towns across America to help dreams come true.

Carter has appeared as an expert for shows including The Today Show, Rachael Ray, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The CBS Early Show, The View, Entertainment Tonight CNN, and Extra. In 2007, he started two new shows, Carter Can, a home improvement show premiering on October 4 on HGTV, and The Inside Job, a behind-the-scenes view on Carter Can. It will allow homemakers to take away information on the DIY Network.

A second show was added to the HGTV network in early 2008, Red Hot & Green, with Nicole Facciuto, on which Carter promotes eco-friendly materials for earth-friendly living. Furthermore, Carter hosted the 2012 HGTV network show “Million Dollar Rooms”, showing the high and lavish features of some of the most detailed built homes.

In 2015, Ososterhouse started hosting the ABC reality show “The Great Christmas Light Fight” alongside Taniya Nayak. He returned for subsequent holiday seasons from 2016 to 2021.


Carter has been named one of People magazine’s “Sexiest man on TV” in its “Sexiest Man Alive” issue. In addition, he was also named one of the sexiest men on television by TV Guide Channel, Inside TV magazine, and CosmoGirl.

Moreover, Ososterhouse has appeared in OK Weekly, US Weekly, USA Today, Everyday with Rachael Ray Chicago Tribune, Redbook, the Los Angeles Times, Good Housekeeping, and LA Confidential among other publications.


Carter is the face of the men’s fragrance Voyage by Nautica. Previously, he modeled in print campaigns for Lincoln, Nivea, Miller Light, and Hewlett Packard. Moreover, he appeared in commercials for Bud Light, Nivea, Lake Michigan, Credit Union, Gillette’s M3Power razor, Treasure Island in Las Vegas, and Rooms To Go.

Charitable works

Carter started Carter’s Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating & promoting awareness of fitness and self-esteem among America’s youth. The aim is to increase the activity level of kids. They do so by creating and developing community parks and playgrounds in their neighborhoods.

The kids then have the chance to participate actively in building up the community. They use, share, and care for these public areas. In 2011, he collaborated with Rebuilding Together to build 6 playgrounds to promote the health and well-being of children in low-income communities.

Carter Oosterhouse Age

Carter is 48 years old as of 2024. He was born Carter Nicholas Oosterhouse on September 19, 1976, in Traverse City, Michigan, the United States of America. In addition, he celebrates his birthday on the 19th of September every year and his zodiac sign is Virgo.

Carter Oosterhouse Family

Oosterhouse was born to his father Roland Oosterhouse and his mother Mary Lopez in Traverse City, Michigan, in the United States of America. Moreover, he has an elder sister named Sienne Penick, and two elder brothers Tyler Oosterhouse and Todd Oosterhouse. Carter’s nationality is American and he belongs to Mexican and Dutch ethnicity.

Carter Oosterhouse Wife

Is Carter married? Yes. Carter is blissfully married to his beautiful wife, actress Amy Smart. The duo tied the knot on September 10, 2011, in Traverse City, Michigan. On December 26, 2016, the couple welcomed their first child, Flora Oosterhouse, via surrogate.

Carter Oosterhouse Height

Oosterhouse stands at a height of 6 feet 1 inch (1.87 m) tall.

Carter Oosterhouse Net Worth

Carter has an estimated net worth of $8 million. His fortune comes from his career as a television personality.