Reality Gig: Designer (Carpenter/Attitude) on the ABC Television Networks Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
At age 5, Paul DiMeo began his affair with home renovation after his home burned to the ground. He and his father embarked upon their own extreme makeover to reconstruct the family home. Pauls deep understanding of family hardship shines through as the rugged carpenter with a heart of gold on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
Paul is originally from Media, Pennsylvania, the youngest son of five children. While attending Point Park College in Pittsburgh, Paul was able to perfect his skill by building sets for the Pittsburgh Playhouse, and he also served as stage manager for the American Dance Ensemble. In the summer of 1980, he moved to New York City. While living in the East Village, he was befriended by Harry Baum and Lynne Michaels, the owners of The Open Space Theatre on St. Marks Place. There he built sets and learned the art of dumpster diving. He also freelanced for the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Yiddish Theater, Carnegie Hall and numerous off-Broadway and Broadway houses.
As he was settling in New York City, Paul realized his true talent was helping others. He continually renovated lofts and brownstones in Greenwich Village, Harlem, Tribeca and the East Village. He was the master carpenter on the restoration of the Landmark Brownstone of Aaron Burr and also renovated various celebrities homes, such as Madonna and the Roe family. He was instrumental in recruiting a young group of people that helped pioneer Loft Living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
After 17 years in New York, Paul decided to move to Los Angeles. Once again he pioneered the Loft Living movement by moving into an old firehouse in downtown L.A. He excelled in his field, renovating the homes and businesses of Hollywoods movers and shakers. His client list includes the Beverly Hills Ralph Lauren Polo store, the William Morris Agency, Glenn Close, Joan and Marty Ransholff, Arnold Rifkin, David Niven Jr., Ann Archer, Marjorie Lord, Angelo DeSapio and -- his most memorable client -- George Hamilton.
In addition to his work on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Paul continues to run the day-to-day operations of High Meadows Production, Inc., his event marketing/labor company. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Kelly, working on an extreme makeover of their very own.