Holmes on Homes

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I like to think of myself as a mans man. I love building things and getting my hands dirty. Having spent more than a decade in the cabinet industry, I’m always interested in seeing a new tool operate or getting my hands on something new for around the house.

Being comfortable around tools and machinery has made me no stranger to television shows that feature construction and information on how to do things around the home. I’ve seen my fare share of episodes of This Old House, Hometime, New Yankee Workshop, and the plethora of design shows on cable television.

Somewhere along the way, television shows that feature construction have become more about the outward appearance of the carpenter / woodworker and less about what they know. Sure, these men and women have no problem operating machinery and instructing a homeowner in creating their own piece of furniture, but when that same host begins telling a homeowner that a particular kitchen cabinet is top-of-the-line, I find myself yelling at the television that “they must be high because there is no way that half-inch flake board box is top-of-the-line“.

The statements like those above are what has driven me away from the televisions shows similar to those that I have grown up watching. More emphasis is placed in the design aspects of the project and how good the carpenter with the sexy accent sounds.

It wasn’t until just recently that I found myself glued to the television watching a show on home renovations. Despite the trend, I came across a show that featured a contractor that knew his stuff. I was blown away by his attitude on Making it Right. The host is none other than Mike Holmes of Holmes on Homes.

While the show has been on the air for a couple of years now, I saw my very first episode just the other day. Once the episode was complete, I sat staring at the television for a second episode. When that second episode was complete, I was kind of bummed out when something else came on.

A week after catching that first episode, I began scouring the internet for a place to view shows online. Once I found the Holmes on Homes section of HGTV, I spent the better part of a lazy Sunday afternoon catching up on what was available.

If you enjoy watching construction shows and aren’t familiar with Mike Holmes, I strongly recommend checking out the show. To view them online, head over to the HGTV Website to stream them at your convenience. Once you watch a show or two, or if you have already seen it, head over to the comments section and tell me what you think of it.

6 comments On Holmes on Homes

  • Walt,
    I agree! I love that show- I like the detail shown to “make it right” vs. other shows that glaze over it. I must admit though, that the tag line gets a little irritating after a while.

  • I just caught the first show of Holmes on Homes the other day. I think we were still on vacation and saw it in the hotel room. I liked it a lot! He goes in and fixes screw ups by people who should not be allowed to do construction work. I saw the one where the people spent over $10,000 and the contractor never finished, left rented tools in their shed and had the stuff so crappy he had to take everything out and redo it.

    I would love to have my house on one of those shows as long as they don’t charge me 🙂 Let’s remodel this whole house and have a nice long episodic feature.

    Mike

    I used to do a lot of stuff myself, but here of late I have gotten lazy and my neck has been hurting way too much to haul around wood and heavy compound miter saws 🙁

    • Mike,
      Its amazing how much these people have been screwed over by their contractor. Unfortunately, in a lot of circumstances you are at the mercy of the contractor.

      I believe that all of these Holmes on Homes shows are filmed in Canada. I thought it was strange that every show had Mike Holmes talking about the same codes until I realized that there were no building code variations from State to State (because they were not filmed in the United States).

  • Agree, love the show. Makes me nervous because all the episodes I have seen have been him fixing a suburban home that was part of a subdivision where one company did all the houses, kind of like mine. Great show and he goes to extremes to did it the right way.

    • Mike,
      I’ve taken a lot from the show and plan to incorporate that learned information to some of the projects I have to do around the house. Very informative and fun to watch.

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