HGTV’s Windy City Rehab wouldn’t be the same without Ari Smejkal, and you know it! There is nothing this master craftsman cannot create and long-time viewers of the show would certainly agree that Ari is the right man for the job when it comes to redoing a home’s interior.
Let’s learn more about his private life as this “Ari Smejkal Bio” proceeds.
Ari Smejkal On Windy City Rehab
Ari Smejkal initially joined Windy City Rehab for its inaugural season and kept making his appearance time and again, as Alison Victoria needed help with furniture and interior designs.
Fast forward to 2022, Ari is now back for Windy City Rehab season 3, and his skill is still sharper than ever. He is a constant face alongside host Alison Victoria and frequent collaborators such as Nelson Ramirez.
Promoting the show, Ari took it to his IG on May 5, 2022, to write, “check us out on @Hgtv tomorrow night #windycityrehabchi @thealisonvictoria”
Also, the next day, he posted a short video from his workplace reminding his fans not to miss the next episode.
Did you know: Prior to Windy City Rehab, Ari also appeared alongside Alison Victoria on Rock the Block (2019).
Ari Smejkal Net Worth
Ari Smejkal garnered a net worth of under $1 million by 2022.
A craftsman by profession, Ari started his career studying landscape architecture at Harvard University and at the same time running a company of seven people before his education was done. In 1983, he then dropped out of school to pursue his craftwork full-time and eventually formed Hammer Design Group.
Today, Hammer Design Group is popular for its flexibility and offers Furniture, Commercial, Residential, and Artwork services. “There is nothing that HDG can’t design, build and bring to life. The only thing that rivals his master craftsman skills is his kindness, dedication, and hard work,” they claim.
Furthermore, Ari’s company was so popular that they even offered merch including hoodies, tees, hats, and caps ranging anywhere from $14 to $45.
As for their woodworks, it ranged up to $4,200.
When Ari isn’t working, he liked to go golfing, gold panning, or hunting.
Trivia: Ari held his first-ever art exhibit at The Gallery, 202 East Wisconsin Avenue, Lake Forest, IL.
Is Ari Smejkal Married?
Yes, Ari Smejkal wasn’t married as of 2022. However, he was in a domestic partnership with Lara Heffernan then.
But strangely, Lara often labeled Ari as her husband.
As for Ari, though we haven’t seen him mentioning Lara as his wife, he did once share that he was “the Luckiest Man in the entire Word” to have her.
Talking more about Lara, she is a real state agent who worked at Keller Williams Prestige. With over 15 years of experience in sales, she claimed to have built hard negotiating skills and a sense of humor which in the mix with her interior design background will help her clients to realize the best.
Lara is originally from Brookfield, Illinois but as of 2022 resided in Germantown, Wisconsin.
She has two siblings named Moira Casey and Dana Arden.
Her birthday is on November 7.
Ari Smejkal Kids
Ari Smejkal has four biological kids — Taner, Dillian, and Aric (from his previous marriage with Suzette Carol), and Everly Luc Arden Smejkal (with Lara Heffernan).
His son, Tanter was also involved in woodworking in NC and was the head carpenter at the Hammer Design Group. As of 2022, he lived in Miami, Florida with his wife Priscilla Smejkal and their two beautiful kids.
On the other hand, Dillan didn’t follow in his father’s footsteps and went on to work at Colorado Bankers Life. Likewise, Aric went on to work at his alma mater Western Michigan University.
As for Ari and Lara’s daughter, Everly was born on September 16, 2017, at 12:46 pm.
Besides these four, Ari also has a stepdaughter named Chloe from Lara’s previous marriage. The last we checked Chloe attended Germantown High School in Wisconsin.
Chloe turned 16 on October 29, 2021.
Ari Smejkal Age
Ari Smejkal was 59 years of age in 2022.
His real name is Arthur F Smejkal but people also call him “Mr. Steele.”
Is Ari Smejkal On Instagram?
Yes, find him on Instagram @hammerari.
Ari Smejkal Parents
Ari comes from a family of at least four.
Though we do not have their names, he seemed extremely close to them and was last spotted out gold panning with his father and brother in Feb 2020.
Also, Ari is close to his golfer uncle.
Ari Smejkal Height
Ari Smejkal stands tall at a height of above 6 feet 3 inches (190 cm).
His district features include — a long face, white hair and beard, and blue eyes.
Where Is Ari Smejkal From?
Ari hails from Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea,
But as of 2022, he resided in Chicago, Illinois.
When Is Ari Smejkal Birthday?
He celebrates his birthday in April, making him either an Aries or a Taurus.