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 Daytime Emmy Award, and a total of nine nominations for "Outstanding Service Show Host." He went on to highlight historical restorations on the History Channel’s "Save Our History" and green renovation across America on “Renovation Nation” on Discovery's Planet Green.
Steve has renovated his own homes for more than 40 years, starting with a run-down 1920's craftsman cottage in Olympia, Washington, then a number of historic homes in Salem, MA, and two houses and a barn on an island off the coast of Maine. He recently did a renovation/restoration of Sea Cove Cottage, a 1905 Victorian in the center of a classic Maine lobstering village. Steve builds and renovates homes for clients in the mid-coast Maine area with Steve Thomas Builders.
Steve is popular speaker, video producer, and writer. He is also committed to public service, serving on the Board of Trustees at the LifeFlight of Maine Foundation and the Timber Framers Guild. For five years he worked with Habitat for Humanity International on the ReStore and Home Builders Blitz initiatives.
The other path in Steve’s life has been adventure, which he attributes to his late grandfather, an Episcopal missionary in the remote Alaskan Arctic village of Point Hope. After college he crewed on a sailboat racing out to Hawaii, brought the boat back to Seattle, then spent a year in the Mediterranean as first mate of a 103’ schooner and as a boatbuilder in Antibes, France. Then, he sailed a 40’ sloop from England to San Francisco via the Panama Canal, Galapagos, Marquesas and Hawaii.
In the early 1980's, he journeyed to the remote Micronesian island of Satawal to learn the ancient 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 one-hour documentary for the PBS’s “Adventure” series. 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.