Bryan Baeumler

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Bryan Baeumler
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Born (1974-04-18) 18 April 1974 (age 48)
ChildrenQuintyn Werner, Charlotte Anne, Lincoln Wolfgang, Josephine Judith
ShowIsland of Bryan
NetworkHGTV Canada
StyleTelevision host
Previous show(s)

Bryan Baeumler (born 18 April 1974) is a Canadian television host on several HGTV/HGTV Canada shows. A former handyman and businessman, he translated those careers into a series of TV shows about home renovations in Canada and expanding to hotel renovations in the Bahamas. He has won a Gemini Award for his hosting and has published a book on home renovations.

Early life and education[edit]

Learning the trade from his father, an aircraft engineer, Baeumler spent his childhood summers constructing his family's cottage. At 14, Baeumler opened his own handyman business doing odd jobs for neighbors.[1][2] He received his B.A. in Political Science and Business from the University of Western Ontario in 1996.[2]

Business activity[edit]

Bryan's construction company

Baeumler worked from 1995 to 2003 running an air-cargo business.[3]

After working as a builder, he founded a construction company, which became Baeumler Quality Construction and Renovations Inc., of which he is president and CEO.[4]

In 2011, Baeumler launched Baeumler Approved,[NB 1] a website that aids homeowners connect with home-service companies in Canada.[5] Baeumler became the spokesperson of HeyBryan,[NB 2] a peer-to-peer mobile marketplace app that connects homeowners with home-service providers, in 2018.[6]

In 2017 Bryan and his wife Sarah bought a defunct abandoned beachfront resort on South Andros, Bahamas, and renovated it into a new sustainable luxury resort, Caerula Mar Club, that opened in December 2019, that they own and operate.[7][8][9] With the location in the Bahamas, the Baeumlers undertook actions for disaster relief in 2019 in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. Though the storm did not hit their resort, their employees were affected through friends and relations on the devastated islands further to the north.[10]


Baeumler has been a host on several shows, including Disaster DIY,[11] Disaster DIY: Cottage Edition,[12] Leave It to Bryan,[13] House of Bryan,[14] Bryan Inc.,[15] and Island of Bryan.[16] He is also a judge on the HGTV show Canada's Handyman Challenge along with Mike Holmes and Scott McGillivray.[17] With his wife, Sarah Baeumler, they co-lead in the Bryan Inc. show on HGTV Canada.[18]

Disaster DIY[edit]

Disaster DIY is a show on HGTV Canada about "Do-It-Yourselfer"s who have failed at their own home renovations and are in desperate need of some on-the-job training. The show is hosted by Baeumler and directed by Craig Goodwill. The projects on the show take place within the Greater Toronto Area.[19] The show ran from 2007 to 2011.

House of Bryan[edit]

House of Bryan is a series starring Baeumler's entire nuclear family, him, his wife, and their children; plus his apprentice, Adam. The series covers the construction of various homes that the Baeumlers live in, his dream home,[20] country cottage,[21] and forever home.[22][23] It became the highest rated series ever on HGTV Canada in 2016.[24] The show ran from 2010 to 2015.

Leave It to Bryan[edit]

Leave it to Bryan is a Canadian home renovation reality series hosted by Baeumler, which premiered in January 2012 on HGTV. The premise of the show is that the renovations most desired by a homeowner are not necessarily always the ones most urgently needed in the home.[25] The show ran from 2012 to 2017, and was put on hiatus.

Bryan Inc. / Renovation Inc.[edit]

Bryan Inc. premiered on HGTV Canada in Fall 2016, replacing House of Bryan on the schedule. The show focuses on Baeumler pairing with his wife to buy properties, renovate or replace (new build) the houses, and then sell them at a profit. In the first season, they buy two properties, one selected by each of them, and then Baeumler's construction company crews rebuild the homes, which they then sell.[26][27] The show ran from 2016 to 2018, and went on hiatus with the start of Island of Bryan. After the success of Renovation Island (Island of Bryan) on HGTV USA, Bryan Inc. was licensed as Renovation, Inc. for U.S. HGTV in 2020.[28]

Island of Bryan / Renovation Island[edit]

Island of Bryan is a TV show that premiered on HGTV Canada on 7 April 2019. The show follows the Baeumler family as they renovate a neglected 50-year-old hotel in the Bahamas. Due to the remote location of the resort, supplies only came in weekly and did not always come every week. The family was also living in the resort while they were renovating it.[29] The show first aired in 2019. HGTV U.S. repackaged the show in June 2020 as Renovation Island for American audiences.[30]

Renovation Resort[edit]

Renovation Resort is a TV show set to premier on HGTV Canada in spring 2023. The show follows Scott McGillivray, who has purchased a lakeside resort. He enlists the help of Bryan Baeumler to help renovate the resort, similar to what the Baeumlers did on Island of Bryan / Renovation Island.[31] The show will be a 7-episode competition series, featuring 4 teams of contractor-designer duos advised by McGillivray and Baeumler, who will renovate cabin-by-cabin competing head-to-head. The winning cabin will get the winning team the grand prize.[32]

Guest appearances[edit]

Bryan has made several guest appearances. Bryan was a judge on Canada's Handyman Challenge.[17] He was also a judge on Deck Wars.[33] Bryan was a guest builder on Home to Win.[34]


Baeumler won the Gemini Award for "Best Host in a Lifestyle/Practical Information, or Performing Arts Program or Series" in 2008 for his presenting work on Disaster DIY.[35]

Personal life[edit]

Baeumler and his wife Sarah (26 March 1978)[36] have four children: Quintyn Werner, Charlotte Anne, Lincoln Wolfgang, and Josephine Judith.[36]

During the time that the Baeumlers were living at Caerula Mar Resort renovating it (as seen on Island of Bryan), the children were at first home schooled. Then Quintyn was sent to a regional boarding school high school for a normal high school life, while the other three children were enrolled in a nearby Bahamian school.[37] The extensive renovations at the resort put stress on Bryan's marriage with Sarah.[38]

Published works[edit]

  • Baeumler, Bryan. (2015) Measure Twice: Tips and Tricks from the Pros to Help You Avoid the Most Common DIY Disasters. paperback, 328 pages; HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; ISBN 9781443414326.

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "Baeumler Quality Roots". Bryan Baeumler. Bryan Baeumler. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Bryan Baeumler, BA'96". UWO. Archived from the original on 4 February 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  3. ^ "HGTV's Bryan Baeumler is the master of Disaster DIY". 12 February 2007. Archived from the original on 27 September 2009. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  4. ^ "Baeumler Baeumler Quality Construction and Renovations Inc. administration". Archived from the original on 17 May 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
  5. ^ Baeumler, Bryan (7 October 2011). "Baeumler: The evolution of a business". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on 10 June 2021. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  6. ^ "HGTV's Bryan Baeumler Backs New Home Services App, HeyBryan" (Press release). HeyBryan Inc. 5 September 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2021 – via{{cite press release}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ Florid, Erin; Blumenthal, Betsy & Misner, Rebeca (15 November 2019). "30 New Island Hotels to Escape to This Winter". Condé Nast Traveler. Retrieved 10 June 2021.{{cite magazine}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "The Bahamas Is Getting a New Boutique Hotel". Caribbean Journal. 4 August 2019. Retrieved 10 June 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ Ogletree, Kelsey (24 October 2019). "The 12 Best Hotels for a Caribbean Escape Right Now". Robb Report. Retrieved 10 June 2021.{{cite magazine}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ Fortney, Valerie (19 September 2019). "Island of Bryan dodges Hurricane Dorian but HGTV celebrity pitches in". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 10 June 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "Disaster DIY". HGTV Canada.
  12. ^ "Disaster DIY". HGTV Canada. Archived from the original on 23 October 2007. Retrieved 22 March 2009.
  13. ^ "Leave it to Bryan". HGTV Canada.
  14. ^ "House of Bryan". HGTV Canada.
  15. ^ "Bryan Inc". HGTV Canada.
  16. ^ "Island of Bryan". HGTV Canada.
  17. ^ a b "Canada's Handyman Challenge". HGTV Canada.
  18. ^ "New Series 'Moving the McGillivrays' and 'Bryan Inc.' coming to HGTV". HGTV Canada. 12 August 2015. Archived from the original on 23 August 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  19. ^ "Handy Canadian: Bryan Baeumler's Testimonial". Archived from the original on 23 March 2009. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  20. ^ House of Bryan. Season 1 - In the City. Episode 1. HGTV Canada.
  21. ^ House of Bryan. Season 2 - On the Rocks. Episode 1. HGTV Canada.
  22. ^ House of Bryan. Season 3 - In the Sticks. Episode 1. HGTV Canada.
  23. ^ House of Bryan. Season 4 - The Final Straw. Episode 1. HGTV Canada.
  24. ^ "Video: Logix ICF Stars In The Highest Rated TV Series (EVER!) On HGTV Canada (soon to air in the USA)". Logics. logics. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  25. ^ "Would you leave it to Bryan?". Calgary Herald. 8 January 2012. Archived from the original on 7 September 2017. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  26. ^ "New HGTV shows from Bryan Baeumler and Scott McGillivray coming in 2016". Global News. The Canadian Press. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  27. ^ "HGTV Canada Stacks Sunday Nights With New Series From Superstars Scott McGillivray and Bryan Baeumler" (Press release). Corus Entertainment. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2021 – via Canadian Newswire (CNW).{{cite press release}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  28. ^ Del Rosario, Alexandra (8 August 2020). "'Renovation Inc.': HGTV Brings 'Renovation Island' Prequel Series To U.S. Audiences". Deadline. Retrieved 10 June 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  29. ^ Daniel, Dianne (10 April 2019). "Ooh, I wanna take you … to Island of Bryan". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 11 December 2019.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  30. ^ Furdyk, Brent (22 May 2020). "The Untold Truth of HGTV's Renovation Island". The List. Retrieved 10 June 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  31. ^ Megan Elliott (17 January 2022). "'Renovation Island': Bryan Baeumler and Scott McGillivray Team Up for Spinoff on HGTV Canada". The Cheat Sheet.
  32. ^ Nataly Cure (15 March 2022). "Scott McGillivray and Bryan Baeumler Team Up For New Competition Series 'Renovation Resort'". HGTV Canada.
  33. ^ "Deck Wars". Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  34. ^ "Bryan Baeumler". Home to Win. HGTV Canada. Archived from the original on 4 June 2016. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  35. ^ "'Degrassi,' 'MTV Live,' 'Ghost Trackers' among Gemini winners". The Canadian Press. 21 October 2008. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  36. ^ a b Gill, Nikki (14 June 2016). "How They Met: HGTV Canada's Bryan and Sarah Baeumler on high school days, foggy hikes and shared hobbies". Post City Toronto. Archived from the original on 16 June 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  37. ^ Shireen Hollier (3 June 2022). "Do The Baeumlers Actually Stay At The Renovation Island Resort In 2022?". The Things.
  38. ^ Alex Ceneviva; Trinity Archie (24 April 2022). "The Untold Truth Of Bryan And Sarah Baeumler From Renovation Island". Nicki Swift.

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