Hi,​ ​I’m​ ​Ward​ ​Schraeder-​ ​a​ ​husband,​ ​father,​ ​grandfather,​ ​home​ ​renovator,​ ​television co-host​ ​and​ ​​tool​ ​junkie​​ ​living​ ​in​ ​Salina,​ ​Kansas.​ ​I​ ​married​ ​my​ ​beautiful​ ​wife,​ ​Trish,​ 44​ ​years​ ​ago​ ​and​ ​we​ ​have four wonderful children and nine fabulous grandchildren.​ ​In​ ​my​ ​free time,​ ​I like​ ​to​ ​renovate​ ​homes and cars, fish, travel and play my guitar (although my family would argue that I’m not very good!). I hope to give people an insight into Bargain Mansions and my part as a co-star with my daughter, Tamara Day.

My beautiful wife Trish and I enjoying the sunset.

All four children. It truly is a blessing when we can all get together.

6/9 fabulous grandchildren.

My​ ​love​ ​for​ ​renovation​ ​started​ ​at​ ​a​ ​young​ ​age​ ​when​ ​I​ ​grew​ ​up​ ​on​ ​a​ ranch in Western Kansas.​ A ranch is a great place to become a jack of all trades because you learn how to be self sustaining.​My​ ​grandfather​ ​and​ ​father​ ​built things​ ​and​ ​taught​ ​me​ ​along​ ​the​ ​way.​ ​It​ ​became​ ​a​ ​family​ ​thing.​ ​​ The philosophy was that if we needed something done we did it ourselves. Mistakes were made, but knowledge was developed and passed down from generation to generation. ​Luckily,​ ​I​ ​was​ ​able​ ​to​ ​share​ ​this​ ​philosophy​ ​with​ ​my children and hopefully my grandchildren as well.​ ​In​ ​the​ ​summer,​ ​when​ ​my​ ​boys​ ​were needing work,​ ​I​ ​had​ ​them​ ​build​ ​us​ ​a​ ​40 ft by 40 ft barn. As exhausting as it was, we did it all. Dug the foundation, ordered the cement, built the walls and rafters, installed windows and overhead doors, all from scratch. All children are mischievous and especially mine. My co-star on Bargain Mansions and my daughter, Tamara, talks frequently about all the times I made her hang sheet rock for discipline when she broke curfew. I guess it was a good lesson because now we can look back and laugh since it’s what she does for a living! The best part of co-starring with your daughter is the time we get to spend together. Personality wise, she is my clone which makes for a very easy relationship while filming. It is a wonderful thing to have a purpose we both can enjoy. I never dreamt that I would be a co-host of a show on the DIY network. At this point in my life it is a great adventure that I am happy to share.

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