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.
When Mike Holmes and his crew start pulling up floors and tearing down walls they uncover disaster after disaster, and nothing is leveling out. Sledgehammers to the kitchen floor compromised structure; cutting corners in the bathroom led to mold; and there's asbestos in the basement. These are just some of the problems Mike and his crew have to fix after he sets his sights on making this wrong situation right.
After paying a contractor to build a second story addition on their home, homeowners Don and Peggy are left with nothing but a bad shell. The contractor ripped off their roof and took off to Europe, leaving the inside of their home exposed to heavy rains for six days. The basement is destroyed and has become a breeding ground for mold, dry rot, and is now home to the biggest nest of ants Mike has ever seen. When things seemed like they couldn't get any worse, Mike is forced to deliver more bad new to the family: everything needs to go, including all of their belongings. The entire layout is re-designed, structure must be reinforced, and Mike closes in on making it right for this family.
Mike and his crew continue to take on the challenge of rebuilding a home that was only inches away from being a complete demo. With the house still needing insulation, drywall, four bathrooms, a kitchen, two fireplaces, plus all the electrical, plumbing and HVAC ... Mike sends for reinforcements and brings in pro after pro to make sure he delivers a house that not only looks good on the surface but is built right from the ground up. Together they transform what was once an open wound, into an open-concept home.
Louise and Steve had RetroFoam installed in the walls of their home, but later find out it's banned in Canada due to the Urea Formaldehyde it contains. The family now suspects that the insulation is the culprit behind their son's respiratory problems. But when Mike and his crew start tearing things down, he discovers the issues go way beyond their walls. The house is littered with health and safety hazards, from mold infestation and animal carcasses, to rotted floor joists and illegal plumbing. Mike takes it all on to give this family a fresh start.
A high school teacher is run down by a van after his home is vandalized. Tragically, his recovery means learning how to walk. The crew rally behind Mike and go the extra mile by building a fully accessible backyard oasis, complete with hot tub, and then topping it off with a display shelf for the prized running shoe collection. Mike even brings in boxing legend George Chuvalo to deliver this knockout performance and to remind the victim that you've got to keep rolling with the punches.
Rocco and Stephanie thought they had bought the house of their dreams, they thought. City inspectors approved the renovations made to their home, and now they have to live with the damage unless the inspectors admit they didn't do their job. There's a baby on the way and no one's budging, so Mike steps forward to do what no one else will. Mike is speechless when he discovers that the basement was finished over a crumbling foundation, and the problems just keep piling up! With the help of his crew and trusted pros, Mike settles scores and brings some much needed stability to this family's home - just in time for their new addition.
When the police arrest a kitchen contractor responsible for ripping off over 70 families, Mike finally faces the biggest bull he's ever seen and reminds us that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. After holding Laura and Greg's new kitchen hostage for 4 months, even threatening to put a lien on their home, the desperate couple turn to the one contractor they can trust. Mike steps in to make it right and gives this family the kitchen that was stolen from them.
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.
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.
Homeowners Catherine and Cameron wanted to give their fifty-year-old home an update. They paid $100,000 out of pocket for what was supposed to be their dream renovation. But unfortunately, the contractor they hired didn't have the right skills to deliver the goods, and made a mess of their home in the process. He cut corners by not hiring a licensed electrician and did all of the electrical himself. He moved doors and compromised structure, and the sub trades he hired caused $10,000 in roof damages using $10 worth of staples! Completely disheveled, Catherine and Cameron turn to Mike for help, who gives them a Valentine they'll never forget.
Homeowners Charmaine and Zephie bought a century home. It was love at first sight but the romance didn't last long. For the past three years they have been coping with leaks in the kitchen and bathroom, electrical problems, collapsed drainpipes and a bad roof. But that's not even the worst part. On top of everything else, there's one secret that will give them no rest: a mysterious third floor that was sealed off by previous homeowners decades before, and which they have no access to. Plagued by visions of black mold lurking in their attic, they call the only Holmes that can solve this mystery, and throw in a little extra space.
Natalie is overwhelmed by a second floor addition her mother Ingrid started, but couldn't finish. Ingrid poured her life savings into a small cottage in the hope of turning it into her modern dream home. But after spending hundreds of thousands of dollars, the job's not done and the work's all wrong. Tragedy strikes after Ingrid suffers an aneurysm, followed by two strokes. Her daughter Natalie tries to balance taking over the renovation with taking care of her mom, but soon realizes she's in way over head. She turns to Mike to finish the house. Mike and his team will need to fix the HVAC, redo plumbing, replace windows and properly seal the home to finish the job in the best way under the worst circumstances.
Manuel and his wife were like two peas in a pod, but now it's just one, and the pod is in desperate need of some TLC. After his wife passed away, Manuel couldn't sleep in their bedroom, which was part of an old addition previous homeowners had built. So he closed off the space which opened it up to critters for the last 4 years. There's no foundation, no permits, and no way Mike is leaving without giving Manuel a warm space to fill with new memories. Mike takes it all down to the ground, and for the first time in Holmes history he let's the family play a big role in the rebuild. But before the job's done they'll need to redo a retaining wall, deal with asbestos and Manuel's son, Ben will feel the real pain of a bathroom demo.
Lali put her trust in the wrong hands. She paid $11,000 for $200 worth of work and has been living in chaos for the last 13 months. Her neighbor promised a kitchen reno but left it as a demo and has been delivering nothing but excuses for over a year. Mike retraces the Contractor's steps as he tears down the work and discovers that this guy is one of the ugly contractors he warns homeowners about -- and he's got the poor track record to prove it. Not only is the work unfinished, it's dangerous. The contractor has robbed Lali threefold: First of her money, then her trust and finally her safety. But Mike restores her trust as he restores her home, and helps mend a relationship that should have never been broken. In the end, Mike gets what he gives when Lali and her daughter deliver the best reaction he's ever received -- and fans will ever hear!
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'.
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