Unlike a fine wine that just gets better with age, an old house gets worse with age. Tom Silva is not just a contractor, but a master of his craft. He has been transforming old houses into modern homes for over three decades, with his expertise and passion for building. He is also a television personality, who has been sharing his knowledge and skills with millions of viewers on the PBS shows This Old House and Ask This Old House. He is the co-owner of Silva Brothers’ Construction. Tom Silva is a man who loves his work, his family, and his community. He is a true inspiration for anyone who wants to learn more about the art and science of home improvement.
Date of birth
75 years old
Place of birth
Lexington, Massachusetts, USA
About 5’ 5’’ or 165 cm
About 176lbs or 80 Kg
3 (2 brothers and 1 sister)
2 (1 son and 1 daughter)
Lexington High School
Contractor and reality television personality
Estimated over $5 million
Silva Brothers’ Construction Company based in Lexington, Massachusetts
First construction project
A fallout shelter under his family’s 1787 Colonial house in Lexington, Massachusetts
This Old House, Ask This Old House , The This Old House Hour, and This Old House: Trade School
Years active on TV
one award and two nomination
Hobbies and interests
Carpentry, woodworking, gardening, golfing, fishing, and spending time with his family
Circular saw, hammer, tape measure, level, and utility knife
Tom Silva was born in 1947, in Lexington, Massachusetts. From a young age, Tom was highly interested in construction and accompanied his father to work. Tom and his brother would often join their father during work learning the tricks of the trade. The family-owned a colonial house in Lexington which was built in 1787. Growing tensions between the USA and Russia during the cold war instilled a fear of a nuclear war in many people. As a result, many business houses were established which offered to built fallout shelters.
Seeing this, Tom’s father built a shelter under his house to minimize the effect of a nuclear attack. Even though the shelter never came to use, it proved to be a valuable learning experience for Tom and his brother.
The early experience proved to be invaluable for Tom and his brother who established their own company by the name of Silva Brother’s Construction. Early on in its establishment, the company gathered a lot of attention for its consistency and craftsmanship. The Silva brothers were soon approached by PBS and were offered a lead role in the reality series, The Victory Garden. Even though the show focused primarily on gardening, construction work needed to be done in the backyard. The Silva brothers enjoyed an amazing run on the series which opened new doors for them.
Tom’s work in The Victory Garden brought the producer of This Old House to his door. Impressed by Tom’s performance, Russel Murash invited the Silva brothers to his show. They assumed the role of permanent contractors on the series in 1988. Ever since then, the brothers have enjoyed an amazing career.
Tom is in a long-term marriage with his wife Susan. The pair met during the late 1980s and have been together ever since. In over 33 years of marriage life, the pair are parents to two lovely children. Tom is especially close to his family and holds his brother Richard in the highest regard. He is also close to Richard’s family and often takes in his nephews in the family business.
The family is currently living in the suburbs of Boston. The house was built in the 19th century and Tom likes to renovate it now and then.
Tom Silva has amassed a net worth of over $5 million. He earns his income from his appearances on the PBS shows This Old House and Ask This Old House, as well as from his co-ownership of Silva Brothers’ Construction, a family business based in Lexington, Massachusetts. Tom Silva has been involved in the construction industry since his childhood, and has gained recognition for his expertise and craftsmanship.