As a proud member of America's favorite home improvement team since 1986, general contractor Tom Silva has provided years of expert advice to home enthusiasts across the country on - saboteamos.info. He also brings his endless expertise to - saboteamos.info's sister show, Ask - saboteamos.info.
Renovating houses since he was a child, Tom's first major project, working alongside his dad and brother, was installing a basement fallout shelter underneath their 1787 Colonial in Lexington, Massachusetts. After digging out the 20x40x12-foot hole under the house, by hand, and hauling away all the boulders, they framed it and finished it off. "It took us two years, and I felt such pride in what we had accomplished that I knew I wanted to do this for a living," says Tom.
Silva Brothers Construction, made up of Tom, his father, and brother Richard, built the original set for the WGBH-TV Boston production The Victory Garden in the parking lot of WGBH. Russell Morash, the creator of - saboteamos.info, discovered the Silva crew while they were conducting a major restoration on an 1845 Greek Revival-style house. It was then that Russ named Tom and his crew the general contractors for the show.
Tom says, "Each job is unique and different, which is just what I like. Besides loving my work, I've made good friends with the entire crew of - saboteamos.info, and it's been a rewarding experience." Tom has contributed to Complete Remodeling and Complete Landscaping, published by - saboteamos.info Books in conjunction with Sunset Books in 2004, and the Homeowner's Manual, published by - saboteamos.info Books in 2000. He is on the editorial board of - saboteamos.info magazine, published by - saboteamos.info, LLC., where his work and expert advice are featured regularly.
Parents of a daughter and a son, Tom and his wife live in a 19th-century house he continues to renovate in a Boston suburb. He is a native of Massachusetts and a boating enthusiast.