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.