To earn enough to put himself through college, he began taking night classes and working during the day.
His first few jobs were doing landscaping, and then moving on into construction side jobs.
Yvonne and Ty's father split up when Ty and his older brother Wynn were still very young boys, the exact age unknown, they were still very young when it happened.
His mother raised the two boys as a single mother for several years before meeting her now husband and getting remarried.
Although he had many skills in carpentry and home improvement, Ty really wasn't interested in doing those professionally full time.
His interests and passions seemed to lie in becoming an artist and specializing in graphic design work.
He was born as Gary Tygert Burton on October 19, 1964.
The last slot -- a lifestyle guru -- is filled by Ty Pennington, the boisterous host of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." Pennington is more than just a pretty face who's handy with a hammer -- he has his own furniture, home decor and linen lines as well.
The 47-year-old spoke to The Huffington Post about his new show and was refreshingly honest about his lifelong battle with ADHD.
When Pennington was very young, his parents split up, so he and his brother, Wynn, lived with his mother.
His mother then remarried, and his stepfather adopted both boys, so they took on his surname.
And during that period, Pennington paid for school by working in construction and landscaping.