For the better part of a decade, Bryan Baeumler has been entertaining and educating audiences all across North America with a series of HGTV shows that includes House of Bryan, Disaster DIY, Leave it to Bryan and now, Island of Bryan. Bryan’s passion for renovations and construction began when he was quite young, spending childhood summers helping his father build their family cottage from the ground up. At just 14, Bryan started his own handyman business, helping neighbors with odd jobs. Construction and TV were not always the plan. In fact, Bryan holds degrees in Political Science and Business and had planned to practice law but realized he would rather pursue his passion for building. This passion led to the launch of Baeumler Quality Construction followed by a number of projects under the Baeumler Brand including Baeumler Construction, Baeumler Approved, Baeumler Productions, Baeumler Media, and the Baeumler Family Foundation for Kids. Bryan and his wife, Sarah Baeumler work together on many of these projects. The iconic couple actually met in high school but they are not high school sweethearts. In fact, they did not start dating until 2001, 10 years later! The couple married in 2004 and are now parents to four children who join them on many of their adventures, including working alongside Mom and Dad as they renovate a resort in the Bahamas on Island of Bryan.
CANADIAN HOME TRENDS: What is your fondest childhood memory?
SARAH BAEUMLER: For me, it’s good old family road trips, back when we didn’t have a DVD player in the car. We had one of those cars where you could turn and face the back to watch the cars behind you.
BRYAN BAEUMLER: We had those road trips too, sitting in the back of the station wagon, eating fortune cookies, listening to Corey Hart’s Boy in a Box on my walkman. Boy, that takes me back!
CHT: What are you most grateful for?
SARAH: That we have four healthy children. You can’t ask for anything better than that!
CHT: What is one skill you would like to master yet?
BRYAN: For me, it’s definitely cooking. If I was left alone for a week, I would eat Kraft Dinner and Jack Daniels.
CHT: What advice would you give to other Dads?
BRYAN: Don’t take yourself too seriously. Make sure your kids know that, first and foremost, you love them, you will protect them and you will always be there for them. That’s all that really matters.
– Bryan and Sarah Baeumler, www.bryanbaeumler.com