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Michael (Mike) James Holmes
Born August 3, 1963 (1963-08-03) (age 46)
Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada
Occupation General Contractor
Children 3

Mike Holmes (born 3 August 1963) is a Canadian professional contractor best known for his television show Holmes on Homes where he rescues homeowners from renovations gone wrong.

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Background

Mike Holmes learned his craft from his father, who started teaching him construction work (i.e. electrical, plumbing) when he was 6 years old. By the time he was 19, Holmes had started his first contracting company, with a crew of 13 employees. At 21, Holmes founded his own renovation company. He has run two companies during his 20-year contracting career.

In 2006 Holmes started The Holmes Foundation after seeing a renovation that was so poorly done that he felt it was easier for him to tear the house down and start again rather than try to repair the damage. The purpose of The Holmes Foundation is to encourage young people to enter the building trades as well as to assist those who have been impoverished by bad renovations. Mike is well known for his contribution to the international community through his work with SOS Children’s Villages.

In 2006 Mike Holmes was recognized in Canada’s House of Commons for his promotion of skilled trades and for his advocacy for improved building standards. He was acknowledged as an “extraordinary craftsperson” and “an accomplished master builder with a social conscience”.[citation needed]

Holmes is the author of two successful books: the national bestseller Make it Right--Inside Home Renovation with Canada’s Most Trusted Contractor and Holmes Inspection—Everything you Need to Know Before You Buy or Sell Your Home, as well as a weekly newspaper column carried in the National Post. His Holmes Workwear apparel and boot line is available across North America, and he sells out home shows and seminars whenever he speaks in public.

He is the national spokesperson for Skills Canada and for World Skills 2009 and is often invited to speak by professional organizations, such as the Canadian Safety Association of Ontario, the Ontario Building Inspectors Association and the Canadian Association of Home Inspectors.

He is developing Wind Walk, the first Holmes Community, in Southwest Alberta. This unique community of eco-friendly and sustainable homes will set a new standard for residential construction and design. In 2009 Mike launched Mike Holmes Inspections a home inspection service. Mike's "Holmes Approved" Home Inspectors are currently inspecting houses across the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario, with service areas in Alberta starting soon.

Holmes on Homes

Broadcast on HGTV Canada, Holmes on Homes first started in 2001. Holmes on Homes was first conceived when Holmes approached the producers of the Just ask Jon Eakes home improvement show on HGTV with the idea for a new kind of home improvement show. Although there were few submissions to the show initially, their number had ballooned by the fourth season. In one fourth season episode of the show, Holmes stated that he received hundreds of e-mails a week from people asking him for help.

In Canada, Holmes on Homes airs on HGTV Canada and BBC Canada. It airs in the US on HGTV, in New Zealand on The Living Channel, in Australia on The How To Channel, and in the United Kingdom on Discovery Shed (Formerly Discovery Real Time), in Germany on DMAX and in South Africa on the home channel.

Holmes Inspection

Mike has begun a new series called Holmes Inspection that profiles home inspections gone wrong. Holmes Inspection started airing in Fall 2009 on HGTV Canada.[1]

Other media appearances

  • Holmes was a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on October 4, 2006, during which host Ellen DeGeneres made a mock marriage proposal[1]. Holmes returned on the October 6, 2006 episode to introduce a young couple whose home renovation project had gone poorly. He appeared for a third time on the December 7, 2006 episode and delivered an update, complete with photos, on progress with the renovation. Holmes later stated that he paid for over $300,000 of the cost, because the homeowners were nearly bankrupt and could not afford to fix their home.[2]
  • He appeared as a guest expert on CBC Television's Marketplace January 10, 2007 episode called "How Not to Get Nailed" in which the television show used hidden cameras to show unethical and illegal practices by home renovators.[3] He also appeared on a January, 2009 episode about problems with some new homes in Hamilton, Ontario.[4]
  • He made a cameo appearance in episode 4-06 "Jail House" of Corner Gas.
  • He was a judge on the HGTV reality show "Handyman Superstar Challenge".[5]
  • He is the TV spokesperson and supporter of SOS Children's Villages. He was part of a TV commercial that encourages Canadians to sponsor a child.
  • He built a treehouse on the children's television show "This is Emily Yeung".
  • He appeared on ABC's 20/20 September 28, 2007 episode discussing how to find a good contractor and how to deal with renovation problems.
  • He appeared on "The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos" February 27, 2008, and did a 2-minute Q&A session.[6]
  • He appeared as a co-host on "Entertainment Tonight Canada" on February 27, 2008.
  • He appeared on "Canada AM" on February 28, 2008.
  • He stars in Charlie Major's "Make It Right" music video.
  • Mike appeared twice in 2008 on The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos. On June 3, 2008, Holmes talked about his views on home inspectors, regulations, his latest book "The Holmes Inspection" and his future plans with his show Holmes on Homes and Make It Right productions.[7] There was also mention of an entire community that he is in the process of developing in Okotoks, Alberta.[8] On October 22, 2008, Holmes elaborated on the Okotoks project—450 sustainable homes to be built to LEED Platinum standard, incorporating geothermal and solar technologies, and costing 15-20% more than conventional homes.[9]
  • He has appeared in commercials promoting Nescafe instant coffee.
  • He appeared as a guest expert on The Dr. Oz Show on October 13, 2009 episode where he discusses the 4 Deadliest Rooms In Your House, and how to tell if your house is toxic.
  • He appeared as himself in an episode of the APTN children's stop motion animated program Wapos Bay: The Series entitled Make it Right which aired on November 5, 2009.
  • He made a guest appearance on the Canadian version of "Dragon's Den" on January 6, 2010.

Awards and Accolades

2004 Gemini Awards - Viewers' Choice Award [10]

On February 21, 2008 Holmes was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).[11]

2009 Gemini Awards - Holmes in New Orleans: Best Lifestyle/Practical Information Series

See also

References

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