Known as a serial renovator, Steve Thomas helped catapult This Old House to the top of PBS’s list of most-watched ongoing series of all time. He was honored with a 1997-1998 Daytime Emmy Award, and a total of nine nominations for "Outstanding Service Show Host." He went on to highlight green renovation across America on Renovation Nation on Discovery’s Planet Green.
Steve currently developing a new show for PBS. As soon as it’s further along, we’ll share details.
Steve has renovated his own homes for more than 35 years, starting with a rundown 1920’s craftsman cottage in Olympia, Washington, then two historic homes in Salem, MA, a cabin and barn on an island, and now a small shingle style cottage in midcoast Maine. In the process, he has emerged as a leading advocate of green and sustainable renovation.
In between early renovation projects, Steve’s yen for adventure, which he attributes to his late grandfather, a missionary in the Alaskan Arctic, inspired him to combine his love of fine woodworking with his passion for the sea and sailboats. In the early 1980’s, he journeyed to the remote Micronesian island of Satawal to learn the ancient technique of star path navigation under the late master navigator Mau Piailug. Steve’s research resulted in the critically acclaimed book The Last Navigator, and a documentary for the Adventure series on PBS. It was in 1989, in between research trips to the Alaskan Arctic for a second Adventure book and film, when Steve got a call from the Adventure series publicist, who also worked for This Old House. The show’s producers were conducting a nationwide search for a new host, and the rest is history.
Steve received his undergraduate degree in philosophy from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. He lives in St. George, Maine with his wife, Evy, and their standard poodle, Emma. His son, Sam, is a videographer in Santa Fe, NM. His daughter-in-law, Amanda, is the Program Director of ArtSmart in Santa Fe, NM.
The Apprentice Shop
Building the Barn Frame