Paige Hemmis is an unlikely vision on a construction site. The statuesque beauty is an accomplished actress, businesswoman, and skilled homebuilder. She is dynamic, and confident, and she is currently ‘wowing' viewers as one of the lead carpenters on ABC's popular "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." The Wisconsin-born, California-raised actress / entrepreneur is co-founder of Rent To Own Investments, a private company, which provides innovative solutions for families to purchase their first home. Rent To Own Investments buys houses, renovates them, and develops finance programs for tenants who cannot afford the steep down payment usually required to own. Paige is self-taught with no formal carpentry training and can rarely be found without a tool of some kind in her purse.
Paige grew up in Chatsworth, California with aspirations ranging from teacher to doctor to world traveler to wedding planner to building her own dream house. She attended college at the University of California Santa Barbara enrolling in the Theology and Psychology programs. Paige has been fortunate enough to experience many of the careers of her early childhood dreams. During college, Paige fulfilled her teaching penchant by teaching first aid and CPR to the UCSB student population. She became a licensed Emergency Medical Technician and pursued a medical internship in Virginia for another year after graduating with her Theology and Psychology degrees from UCSB. When Paige returned to California and accepted an International Sales Manager position for Iwerks Entertainment, she satiated her travel curiosity by serving territories throughout Asia, Australia and the United States for four years.
Feeling an entrepreneurial spirit, Paige pursued substitute teaching while developing contacts in the wedding industry. Paige launched Simply Elegant Weddings in 2001 and continues to assist couples with planning the happiest and most important day of their lives. The natural progression of helping couples plan the first day of their new lives led to helping families secure their first homes. Without deep pockets, Paige used her tenacity and resourcefulness to learn all the aspects of carpentry from drywall to electrical to plumbing. Today, Rent To Own Investments has successfully bought, refurbished, leased, and sold fifteen new homes to first time buyers - an incredible accomplishment in California's competitive real estate market.
Today, Paige is hard at work on her own Rent To Own Investment property, refurbishing it in between acting, wedding consulting, and working with a staff of over 100 sub-contractors on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition". When Paige finds rare free moments, she enjoys dining out, hiking, and rock climbing and curling up with a good mystery book.