"Build-it" TV show focuses on local family

By Chad Weber

August 19, 2013 Updated Aug 19, 2013 at 9:38 AM CDT

NORRIS, Ill. -- For the Herman brothers, building it yourself has always been part of the family business.

Building volcano man-cave islands is, I guess, what you call taking it to the next level.

"It's the coolest thing I've ever seen," said the show's Director Mike Stafford, "and I've been doing this thing a long time."

It was that brand of Herman brother's ingenuity that got the attention of TV entertainment companies.

Now they find themselves at the center of their own show on the Do it Yourself Network called "All Hooked Up."

"First couple days, cameras are everywhere and you feel like you just don't want to make a mistake," said Justin Herman. "You feel kind of pressured but that goes away and you realize you are on a deadline, a real deadline so you have to make things happen."

The show's first deadline was an 8 day project to create a floating man-cave.

"We wanted to make a second story," said Nate Herman, "and they said this is kind of shaping up like a volcano so lets run with a volcano theme."

As for the theme of the show, the director said its not your typical drama filled reality show.

"The projects and the people and I think the depth of family that the Herman's bring to a project," said Stafford.

In addition to the focus on family, the show has also brought a positive focus to local businesses who helped build the island.

"On national TV we are going to have Carver Lumber Companies and Economy Builders, Negwer Materials," said Nate Herman.

The island episode and one more in production will be market tested and if they do well, an entire season will be produced.

For now the family hopes America will become "All Hooked Up' on the Hermans.

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