Bryan Baeumler doesn’t believe he’s put in an honest day’s work unless he gets his hands dirty. A natural-born teacher, the Gemini-award winning host has been educating and entertaining viewers across Canada and the U.S. for over seven years on the hit shows House of Bryan and Disaster DIY.
On House of Bryan, fans watched in record-numbers as Baeumler built a custom 3,500 square foot home for his family. On Disaster DIY, he waged war on building shortcuts and taught well-intentioned DIY-ers how to bring their renovations back on track with a little tough love and a lot of humour. In his latest show, Leave it to Bryan, the veteran contractor helps reno-hungry homeowners prioritize the room they need, over the renovation they want.
Learning valuable tricks of the trade from his father, a meticulous aircraft engineer, Baeumler spent his childhood summers building his family’s cottage from the ground up. His entrepreneurial spirit emerged at age 14 when he opened his own handyman business doing odd jobs for neighbours.
With so much of his youth invested in building, it’s hard to believe Baeumler’s life almost took a completely different turn. After earning a degree in Political Science at Western University, Bryan was headed towards a career of practising law. Realizing he’d rather be renovating than be chained to a desk, his innate passion for building took over and he traded in his tie for a tool belt and founded his contracting company Baeumler Quality Construction.
A few years and several hit TV seasons later, Baeumler is tackling even more projects than ever. He’s launched the hit show Leave it to Bryan, joined Mike Holmes and Scott McGillivray as a judge on HGTV Canada’s biggest competition series yet – Canada’s Handyman Challenge, built a dream cottage for his family in Season 2 of House of Bryan, and has made memorable appearances on Deck Wars and HGTV’d.
Read the complete story: Originally printed on HGTV.ca
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