Anyone who loves home renovation and fix-it shows recognizes the trademark overalls of Canadian handyman extraordinaire Mike Holmes.
Not only is Holmes passionate about helping people renovate their homes — and in a sense, their lives — but he also dedicates much of his personal energy and finances to those in need. He took on a project in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans to build and replace the house a family lost in Hurricane Katrina.
Closer to home, he led a team of volunteers who rebuilt a beloved Toronto children's playground, which had been torched by arsonists.
Holmes returns to TV in “Holmes Makes It Right” (premiering on Oct. 16 at 9 p.m. ET). The show focuses on homes ruined by natural disasters, poor home inspections or bad contractor work.
As his replies to our 11 Questions suggest, he's a fearless family man of very few words.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A balanced life.
What is your greatest fear?
I have no fear.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I can’t say “no.”
What is your greatest extravagance?
On what occasion do you lie?
I would tell a ‘white lie’ if it would prevent someone’s feelings from being hurt.
What drew you to contracting?
My Dad. He helped me discover my love of building.
What is one thing you'd change about your industry?
The education of the trades.
When and where were you happiest?
My boat. I love my boat.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Who are your heroes in real life?
How would you like to die?
In my sleep.
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