Among the 127 makeovers, Nate says he does have one all-time favorite. Kari and Dave Hale wrote in to The Oprah Show because they were desperate for a Nate intervention. They lived in Seattle with their 2-year-old son and three nieces. Kari and Dave bought their 1960s tract house in 2004, but soon afterward they became the guardians of Kari's three nieces, and their tiny home just wasn't cutting it. So in came Nate to perform the biggest Oprah Show home makeover he'd ever done. "We had 15 days to do it, and we had wives and husbands bringing doughnuts and coffee and Thai food to the set," he says. "It was amazing."
Though Nate says he's asked for more time for makeovers in the past, the speed with which he has to do them has been a great learning tool. "That pressure is what I'm used to now, and it taught me a lot to be working against those time constraints," he says.
If he has to choose, Nate says his favorite guest of all time is Braden, the 2-year-old boy he watched when he took over for a stay-at-home mom. "He was just a great kid, and it was so much fun to be with him all day," Nate says. "I've always wanted children, and I've always been really close to the kids in my family—my niece and my nephew. I love being around kids; I absolutely love it."