Carter’s career as a carpenter began at the age of 12, when he began as an apprentice to his neighbor. He continued to work in carpentry and construction throughout school, following in the footsteps of his older brothers (Todd and Tyler), who are also carpenters. Oosterhouse has a B.A. in nutrition and communication from Central Michigan University.
Oosterhouse is married to actress Amy Smart.
In 2003, Carter joined TLC's series Trading Spaces in its fourth season. In that same year, TLC also added the spin-offs Trading Spaces: Family and Trading Spaces: Boys V. Girls to their programs, which allowed him the opportunity to work with children.
In 2004, Carter did an episode of CBS Sunday Morning in New York in which he remodeled correspondent Bill Geist's office with the help of commentator Andy Rooney.
In 2005, Oosterhouse was a contributor to NBC's show Three Wishes, a primetime unscripted series with Amy Grant, in which he visited small towns across America to help wishes come true.
Carter has been featured as an expert for programs including: Rachael Ray, The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, CNN, Entertainment Tonight and Extra.
In Fall 2007, Oosterhouse began two new shows, Carter Can, a home improvement show premiering on October 4 on HGTV, and The Inside Job, a behind-the-scenes view of Carter Can, which offered homeowners take away information, on the DIY Network.
In early 2008, a second show was added on the HGTV network, Red Hot & Green, with Nicole Facciuto, on which Carter promotes eco-friendly materials for earth-friendly living.
Oosterhouse is also the host of the new HGTV network show Million Dollar Rooms, showcasing the extravagant and over-the-top and extravagant features of some of America’s most elaborately built homes.