Think of a man raised by Italian parents who loves building the kitchen table as much as what goes on it, and you have a true sense of the essence of Paul DiMeo. Best known as the carpenter with attitude on ABC Television’s two-time Emmy winning Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, DiMeo was a featured designer on all nine seasons of the hit show.
DiMeo is originally from Media, Pennsylvania, and is the youngest of five children. He began his love affair with home construction at age 5, after his family’s home burned to the ground. “My father and I embarked upon our own extreme makeover to reconstruct the family home,” he explains.
Major League Baseball asked Paul in March of 2011 to be the lead designer and builder of the MLB Fan Cave in New York City. The Fan Cave is the first-of-its-kind immersive fan experience.
After attending Point Park College in Pittsburgh, this Theatre Arts major began perfecting his skill of set building for the Pittsburgh Playhouse, while also developing his other big love: acting. A move to New York saw him designing for the Dance Theater of Harlem, the Yiddish Theater, Carnegie Hall and numerous off-Broadway and Broadway venues. He also pioneered the “Loft Living” project, working on the renovation of lofts and brownstones, and as master carpenter, renovated the Landmark Brownstone of Aaron Burr.
After 17 years in New York, DiMeo decided to move to Los Angeles, where he renovated the homes and businesses of Hollywood’s 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.
For DiMeo, life is all about finding humor in the little things you do, while keeping a smile and making a joke here and there...something he takes very seriously.