When a high school student suddenly passes away after a football game, his shop teacher and classmates decide to help his family by renovating their basement as part of a school project. But the job gets too big for them to handle on their own and they send for help. Mike Holmes answers the call, on the condition that they help him finish what they started. Working together towards the same goal, Mike teaches the boys valuable lessons in construction, and how rebuilding can sometimes help heal wounds.
Cheryl decides to handle a bathroom renovation on her own after searching for the right contractor proves harder than it looks. Her family and friends pitch in to help, but even the best intentions can't substitute real expertise. When the truth comes crashing through her ceiling, Cheryl puts a stop to her DIY reno and is left without a working shower for 5 months. Mike comes to her rescue but soon realizes that she needs a lot more than just a shower. Cheryl is deaf but doesn't have a home that is sign-language friendly, which turns this standard bathroom reno into a breakthrough project for Mike and his team.
Mark's been a pilot in the Canadian military for over 20 years and for the past 8, he and his wife Carol have been planning and designing their dream home to retire in - a custom log house for their family. Unfortunately they hired a "friend" of the family to build it. He said it could be done for their $600,000 budget, but after 2 years of building and an extra quarter of a million dollars, their home isn't done and their contractor is long gone. Mark is forced to go back to work teaching fighter pilots on the other side of the world, while Carol faces her own battles at home. Mike Holmes and his team step in with reinforcements, and get a taste of 'Boot Camp'.
Gill and Julie installed a one-of-a-kind wheelchair lift for their daughter Maya, who has Cerebral Palsy, only to discover that the $17,500 prototype doesn't work. Despite all of the major renovations they have already invested in their home, Gill has no choice but to continue carrying Maya up and down the stairs, which is only getting harder. Mike arrives on site to help give Maya her independence, but the goal proves to be more than a challenge. The trouble starts with just getting the old lift out, and Mike is forced to rethink his approach, redesign the layout and revise his plan to make it right.
Mike and his team come to the rescue of Sheila and Val, a couple scammed out of their money, their kitchen and their trust by a notorious contracting criminal who would occasionally do one good job to lure other unsuspecting clients. When Mike gets a closer look at the criminal's rap sheet he discovers he's still wanted by the law! It's a tough lesson and cautionary tale about how one good reference doesn't make a good contractor, and how one good deed deserves another, in classic Holmes style.
After an arsonist sets fire to her house, Chili is stuck between a rock and a hard place when her insurance company pressures her to choose one of their preferred contractors. The alarm bells are ringing when the contractor's solution is to paint over all the soot and damage, ignoring all of Chili's concerns. Feeling that the insurance company is not working in her best interest, she sticks to her guns and does not sign the authorization form that would allow the contractor to work on her home, and as a result the job is left at a complete standstill. Chili contacts Mike for help and he's determined to make it right.
After an arsonist sets fire to her home, Chili is stuck between a rock and a hard place when her insurance company pressures her to choose one of their preferred contractors. When the alarm bells keep going off in her head, Chili decides not to sign the authorization form that would allow the contractor to work on her home, and instead contacts Mike who assesses the damage and quickly decides that the entire house needs to be repaired. In order to fully understand what Chili went through and what she needs to make her home safe, Mike visits the Fire & Emergency Services Training Institute and steps into the fire. Mike restores Chili's home along with her hope of a safe and secure future for her growing family.
A barn with a botched roof is home to a group of rescued horses, but the recently shingled roof starts to fall apart, leaving dangerous nails on the ground the horses could step on. Mike arrives onsite with his team ready to install a new roof but discovers that every part of the barn needs work, and without the needed repairs the horses could be sent to pasture. Mike and his crew renovate the stable from top to bottom, adding improvements like a water supply that doesn't freeze in the winter and a new flooring treatment that is also hoof-friendly.
Janice and George are offered a percentage of their contractor-friend's business for $300,000, with $100,000 going towards renovations on their home. They take the opportunity but realize something is seriously wrong after weeks of shoddy work and a few red flags. Eventually, they discover that they are one of over 40 families that have fallen victim to an elaborate $15 million fraud. Their basement is destroyed, their savings are gone and their family's future hangs in the balance. Mike and his team are called in to make it right and help restore their trust and self-esteem.
Jill and Mel hired a contractor who promised a second storey addition in 10 weeks for $125,000 dollars. A year and a half later, the addition is nowhere near complete and the contractor has disappeared, but not before taking $170,000 of their money. Mike Holmes is called in and quickly discovers that he's dealing with one of the worst homes he's ever seen! Not only is it unfinished, it's totally unsafe. For every step forward, Mike and his team have to take two steps back in order to uncover what exactly was done and what it will take to salvage this home. And for the first time in Holmes history, Mike offers them a way out and Jill and Mel are forced to make a decision that no homeowner ever wants to make.
When the City of Toronto faces a historic downpour, Gina's basement floods with water backing up from the City's sewage system. The remediation company hired by her insurance fails to follow the right protocols, putting Gina's son Joey at risk when he tries to clean up the mess himself. Mike arrives on site and discovers that Joey's grandfather was a self-taught carpenter, whose workshop was in the now damaged basement. Mike does double duty when he restores this family's home, as well as the fond memories of a grandfather's love and true craftsmanship.
Pam is a nurse who works countless hours at a brain injury center. When her family breaks apart she quickly finds a small home for herself and her kids. But as soon as they move in the problems start piling up. Everything from the sump pump and the venting to the kitchen and the yard needs fixing, but she's too busy supporting her family to do it herself. Her mother-in-law Aggie is so desperate to help she tracks down Mike Holmes, writes him a letter and delivers it straight to his mailbox. Mike agrees to do whatever he can to help and puts his son, Mike Holmes Jr. in charge of making it right for Pam.
Mike Holmes and his crew get on top of a bad roof that has plagued a family for nearly half a century. Living on both sides of their semi-detatched home, this family has been coping with leaks for over 40 years - and Mike's got the evidence to prove it. There's mold in the attic, barely any insulation, and as a result, heat loss like Mike has never seen. Mike and his team conquer the scorching heat and accomplish their mission, demonstrating that a roof built right protects everything underneath it.
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