Mariam and Ben are expecting their first baby, so they're ready to get out of their cramped Santa Monica, CA condo and into a home of their own. But even with a budget of over a million dollars, finding a place they can both agree on in the area's expensive market won't be easy. Their agent Mike Springer needs to find a ranch for her, something modern for him, an open concept for her, a closed concept for him, and while he wants a pool, she definitely does not. Which means once they get the keys, they'll need to tackle some major renovations to get everything they both want. With help from designer Rona Graf and contractor Guy Sharabi, they'll face everything from corroded plumbing to catastrophic floors, not to mention, a little girl who makes an early arrival. But if they can survive all the stress, eventually they'll be rewarded with a stunning new home that the whole family will love.
Kim and Troy love the beachfront atmosphere of their Marina Del Rey, CA rental, but they're ready to get into a home of their own. With prices in their current neighborhood out of reach, they've been searching for almost a year to find a house that fits their budget, but still has the scenic views of nature that they enjoy. It can be a Craftsman style home for her or a midcentury for him, but it needs to have an open concept kitchen, lots of light, and preferably have both a fireplace and a pool. Their agent Ellen Philips will somehow manage to hunt down a place that makes them both happy, but they'll face some major work and major problems as they try to make it their own. From structural issues to floods to fire dangers, they'll tackle it all with the help of their designer Kelly Schandel and contractor Bo Siton. And in the end, their new home will be worth the wait as they find themselves enjoying a stunning view both inside and out.
Kay and Todd are expecting their second child, which means they've run out of space in their current Chicago condo. Todd would like a brick home with traditional style, but Kay wants a more updated transitional Chicago frame house. And while he wants separate entertaining areas on different levels, she wants everything together in one open floor plan. It will be a tall order for their agent Nicholas Apostal, but he's up to the challenge, hunting down a home that has a lot of what they want and allows them to add what they don't. With the help of designer Erica Lugbill and contractor Damian Szulga they'll overhaul the layout on every floor, reorganizing the bedroom and bath layout as well as transforming the kitchen. Plumbing issues, unexpected expenses, and the general chaos of living through a renovation will threaten to keep them from finishing before the baby arrives. But in the end, the stress will pay off with an almost unrecognizable makeover that is beyond their wildest dreams.
Heather and Jesse are searching for a Long Beach, CA, house where they can start a family. She wants a cozy Spanish-style place with separate rooms, but he wants a Craftsman bungalow with an open floor plan. And while she would love to see gold fixtures in every room, he prefers a more contemporary look. Their agent Shelley Rocha will have a tough time finding a place with an updated kitchen, a large master suite, and a spacious yard with their first time buyers' budget. So once they get the keys, they'll have to customize their new home with a massive renovation. Designer Kimberly Winthrop and contractor Tom Bittner will guide them through a major remodel of their master suite as they face everything from wiring issues to layout concerns. With help from family, Jesse and Heather also take on a dangerous kitchen remodel that may leave them permanently scarred. But if they can survive this project, they'll get to enjoy many years of health and happiness in a beautifully transformed home that's worth all the pain.
Craig and Lital are expecting their first child and need to find a home fast. After selling their condo quicker than expected, they're living with her parents and are ready to have a house of their own in California's San Fernando Valley. He wants a traditional ranch, but she's hoping for a more contemporary place. And while they both want a spacious kitchen and a large yard, she absolutely refuses to have tandem parking. Hunting down the perfect house won't be easy for their agent Tanya Williams, but she'll find them a place they can make their own. And with the help of designer Kurt Langenhahn and contractor Ken Hicks, they'll dive into an overhaul of everything from the kitchen to the backyard. Budget concerns and design indecision will push them ever closer to their baby's rapidly-approaching arrival, making it all the more rewarding when they finally complete a beautiful new home to share with their bundle of joy.
After dating for two years, Austin, Texas couple Jamie and Emilee are ready to take the next step in their relationship and buy their first home together. She's looking for a small midcentury modern house with a chef's kitchen where she can show off her culinary education. But he's looking for a larger Craftsman style home with a separate laundry area, since he's very particular about clean clothes. Finding all that plus a big backyard in the city's popular Central Austin area will be a challenge for their agent Rachelle Anselmi. And the challenges will keep on coming once they start renovations and learn that they may have to entirely rethink their plans. With help from designer Sarah Stacey and contractor Cesar Fuentes, these first-timers will learn the renovation ropes. And if the structural issues, budget overages, and frustrations of learning to cope don't overwhelm them, they'll wind up with a transformed home where they can start their future together.
Craig, Monique and their young daughter Sadie are ready to get out of their cramped condo and into a single-family home with more space and a yard. Monique loves the charm and cozy feel of a Spanish-style home, but at 6'7", Craig would prefer a modern place with high ceilings so he won't feel boxed in. Even with their $1.3 million budget, their agent Amanda Chapman will struggle to find everything on both their wishlists in the competitive Culver City, CA market. Once they finally find the right house, the struggles continue as they take on major renovations including overhauling their kitchen and creating an atrium in the middle of their home. But with help from designer Breeze Giannasio and contractor Avi Ezra, they'll wind their way through plumbing problems, building code issues, and mid-reno design plan changes to emerge on the other side with a revitalized home that their whole family not only fits into, but loves.
Chicago newlyweds Lindsay and Tyler are searching for a home in the city where they can start a family together. But while she wants a Victorian with vintage charm and an open floor plan, he'd rather have a bungalow with more separated rooms. Finding a place that suits them both that's also close to transportation and in their budget will be no easy task for agent Todd Szwajkowski. But eventually they'll find a place they think has great potential, though it may turn out to be a potential for disaster. They'll face plumbing issues, structural issues, and budget issues, all before they even finish demo. As problem after problem piles up, designer Susan Klimala and contractor Allyson Case will try to drag this project toward the finish line. And in the end, even being wildly over budget won't stop them from loving their completely transformed new home.
After traveling the world for the past few years, Jenny has moved back to Southern California to be near family and she's ready to set down roots and buy a home in the area. With the help of her mom Lowry, she's searching for a Spanish home with architectural style and eclectic details to remind her of her travels. Finding her all that plus an updated kitchen, two bathrooms, and a pool close to family will be a challenge for her agent Lindsay Milkovich. But once she finds a place she'll need to put her stamp on it , and with the help of designer Caitlin Murray and contractors Chris Mc Craw and Robert Cortez, she'll face everything from electrical issues to rising costs to the cabinets arriving in the wrong color. It will be a struggle to the very end, but it will be worth all the pain when Jenny winds up with a stunning home that's just her style.
Axel and Nancy are looking for a larger home in California's San Fernando Valley where they can raise their young daughter, Ella. But they also need space for Nancy's parents, since Nancy would like to follow the Chinese tradition of having her aging parents move in with them. Finding a spacious home that the family can all agree on will be a challenge for their agent Elizabeth Marquart. Axel wants a relaxing pool, but Nancy most certainly does not. Axel wants modern, Nancy likes traditional. And they also have to take into account Nancy's parents' concerns about the feng shui of a home. When they finally find the right house, they immediately begin tearing down walls, gutting bathrooms and making over the kitchen. Designer Stephanie Leese and contractor Robert Cortez have their hands full with this project, as Nancy and Axel keep them on their toes with strong opinions and mid-renovation changes. Everyone will need to pull together to create a stunning home that fills the entire family with good energy.
Chicago couple Tommy and Amanda's big Italian families have been close friends their whole lives, so it was almost inevitable that they would wind up dating. But now they're ready to take the next big step and buy their first home together. The problem is they are on very different pages. He wants a raised ranch. She wants a two-story Georgian home. He likes dark woods with a masculine look. She prefers a light and airy vibe that feels more updated. And this self-proclaimed "high maintenance" couple needs plenty of bathroom space to get ready in the morning. But somehow their agent Mario DiLorenzo manages to find them a home they can both appreciate. And to make it their own, they'll quickly dive into a major renovation.
Dave and Jessica are searching for a single-family home in Burbank, California. They both want a spacious place with an open kitchen and a yard for their dog. Dave is looking for a bit of retro midcentury flair, but Jessica prefers something with a more contemporary style. Not to mention they also want a two-car garage, a fireplace and a large master bedroom. With the help of their agent Brian Everett, they find a house with perfect amount of potential to fit all their needs. Designer Jocelyn Borys and contractor John Stone tackle a massive overhaul of the kitchen and living spaces, while Dave gets his hands dirty gutting the guest bathroom down to the studs. They'll face a string of budget-busting structural issues as well as some tough design decisions, but when the dust settles, they'll enjoy a vibrant new home that they both can love.
Hannah, Todd, and their son Cooper are searching Austin, Texas for a large family home that they can buy and renovate in time for their annual holiday party. But while she's a city girl, he's a country boy at heart. So they need to find a place that suits them both and also has lots of land, a nice master suite, space for entertaining, a farmhouse feel for him, and a midcentury vibe for her. With perseverance their real estate agent Patty Jewell will manage to find the perfect blend and renovations soon begin. With their holiday party fast approaching, they'll need to update their kitchen, create a new master suite, and even add a pond.
Russian-born Yulia and her husband Mark have been living in his mom's basement for the first few years of their marriage and are ready to find a place of their own. But while she wants the single-family Colonial home she saw in American movies as a kid in Russia, he wants a multi-family Craftsman that they can rent out to offset mortgage costs. And since they both have jobs maintaining the city's park system, they want a house with plenty of green space. Their agent Tim Riordan will have his hands full finding all that with their first-time buyers' budget. But once they get the keys, Mark and Yulia will dive into renovation, and may find themselves in over their heads.
Ashley and Michelle are engaged and ready to buy their first home together. But even with a million dollar budget, they've been scouring the expensive Santa Monica, California real estate market for two years and have been unable to find a home. As a surfer, Michelle wants a place close to the ocean, while Ashley wants a spacious and updated kitchen where she can enjoy cooking. Their agent Jennifer Lax also needs to find them a house with three bedrooms, an open floor plan, and a big backyard for their two dogs. To finally get a home of their own, they'll need to make some compromises -- which means massive renovations are in order.
Writer Steven and singer Sam are searching Los Angeles for a perfect home where they can raise their young son Lazlo. But while he loves the area's popular Spanish style, she's got her heart set on a Craftsman house. Helping them find a place that blends their styles and also has plenty of indoor and outdoor space for the whole family is their agent John Bertolli, who also happens to be their brother-in-law. And once they get the keys, John will switch hats and sign on as their contractor as well, seeing them through a renovation that's more overwhelming than they expected. They'll struggle through the stress of design decisions, delayed timelines, and unexpected costs, but it will all be worth it when they settle into a house that exceeds the whole family's expectations.
Recently engaged, Matt and Leslie are searching for their first home in Buffalo, NY. And they have very unique needs. As a brewer, he wants space for a kegerator where he can chill his homemade beers. And she wants a yard with enough room to grow her own vegetables and have her very own chicken coop. Their agent Robert Blake will have his hands full trying to find all that in a place that also combines Matt's Pacific Northwest industrial style with Leslie's farmhouse style.
Chicago real estate broker Josh and his marketing director wife Arin are ready to move out of their downtown loft and into a larger, more family-friendly home where they can raise their son Dylan. And they have very definite ideas about what they want. She wants a contemporary home with an open kitchen and all white cabinets. And he wants a traditional home that absolutely must have a master suite big enough for two sinks. With help from Josh's real estate partner Tommy Choi, they'll search their target neighborhood of Lincoln Park until they find a house that satisfies both their styles. But getting it just the way they like it will take a bit of work.
Jason, a historic preservationist, and Casey, an architect and artist, have been living in different cities and dating long distance for a year. But they've decided to take a big step forward by both moving to the city where they first met, Buffalo, NY and buy their first home together. Casey wants a Craftsman style house with a more modern open layout. But Jason prefers the vintage style of a Victorian with architectural woodwork and pocket doors. Finding a place that suits them both is not an easy task for their agent Jim Mack. With some give and take they'll settle on a house, then they'll dive into a major renovation that will test their new living situation. With help from designer Candice Urban-Green and contractor Fred Hunt, Jr., they'll tackle everything from bad wiring to troublesome tiling to beehives. But it will all pay off in the end when they transform their beautiful historic home into a hip place that they both can love.
Tony and his roommate Will have been scouring Los Angeles for an architecturally unique home that they can call their own. Adding to the challenge for their friend and real estate agent Jack Gladden is that they also want three bedrooms, a pool, and room to renovate so they can add their own distinct style. After seeing some very out-of-the-ordinary homes, they'll finally agree on one and dive into a renovation like no other. Their designer and contractor Yvonne Landivar will help them through everything from mold issues to structural challenges to a ballooning budget. And in the end, these two roommates will create an awe-inspring space that truly is a one-of-a kind home.
With three young children, Aaron and Amy have quickly outgrown their Chicago townhome and are ready to trade it in for a more spacious home in the suburbs. They both want four bedrooms and a big yard where the kids can play. But while she wants a classic Victorian with detail, he wants a split-level house with clean lines. Their agent Michael Devine will have to find the perfect blend of both their tastes to get this couple into a home. But things won't get any easier once they agree on a place. With help from designer Kim Scodro and contractor Don Jeanes, they'll face everything from black mold to budget overruns as they try to create their dream open kitchen. And on top of that, they'll have to face the challenges of renovating a bathroom and basement on their own. Living through the renovation with three small kids will be tough, but in the end, they'll have a home that's perfect for the whole family.
Newlyweds Darren and Lauren are ready to buy their first home together, but agreeing on a style is no easy task. He wants a modern, contemporary look with clean lines. She wants a traditional place filled with charm and character. And in the expensive Los Angeles real estate market, even with a budget of almost a million dollars, getting either of them what they want will be a challenge for their agent Ingrid Sacerio. But finally they find a place they can both agree on? and then the real problems begin.
Newlyweds Spencer and Kanika are ready to set down roots and buy their first home in Buffalo, New York. She wants a charming and cozy Victorian, while he wants a traditional Colonial. But they may have trouble finding either one in the popular neighborhooods they're targeting, where houses are in high demand. And if their first-time-buyers' budget wasn't challenging enough, their agent Mandy Smith will also need to find them a place with an open kitchen, a big yard for the dogs, and space for a home office. But even after getting the keys, they'll have to take on major renovations to make their new house what they want.
After being forced to move out of their Chicago rental on short notice, Stephani and Dan moved in with her brother and his family. And while her brother is also Dan's best friend, they still don't want to overstay their welcome. So their agent Jennifer Devies is helping them find a place that's cozy enough for Stephani yet spacious enough for former football player Dan, with a huge kitchen and backyard for entertaining, and the grand staircase that Stephani's always wanted. Finding all that won't be easy, which means that once they get the keys, they'll need to take on some major renovations to make the place their own.
Jessica, Roddy, and their young son Colton need a new home for their growing family. But the expensive Los Angeles real estate market has put their dream of a large house with a yard completely out of reach. So they've decided to move to the more affordable Chicago suburbs, where Jessica grew up. She wants a traditional suburban home, but he wants a more modern place closer to the city. Balancing their tastes would be hard enough, but their agent Bob Poyo also needs to find them a place with three bedrooms, a basement, and an updated kitchen -- and they've got a tight timeline of only one week to find it.
Los Angeles lawyers Amber and Carlos are ready to find a larger home where they can start a family. But while she loves the whimsical details and historic charm of traditional vintage homes, he likes the Spanish style that reminds him of his family from South America. Their agent Michael Grady needs to find a home that not only blends their styles, but also has a large kitchen, a whirpool tub, and as few stairs as possible, and all that near the beach. But even after they find their new home, the challenges won't end there.
Recently divorced, Carla is ready for a new home where she, her daughter Gabby, and her son Nick can get a fresh start. But while mom wants a Colonial in the suburbs, the kids are pushing for a modern place at the beach. And with downsizing in mind, the whole family's going to have to adjust to smaller homes and a tighter budget. Luckily their agent Stacy Blake is onboard to mediate the family's conflicting styles and find them the perfect home that fits everyone's needs.
Denver couple Amber and Erin are ready to buy a second home in Los Angeles where they can get away from the cold Denver winters. But it also needs to be able to act as a home base for Erin's cake truffle business, which she is trying to expand to new areas of the country. So at the top of the list is an updated kitchen with lots of space. And one of Amber's must-haves is a pool, so they can truly enoy the Southern California weather. But once the ladies finally agree on a home, the challenges begin as they try to manage a total overhaul of their new home from 1000 miles away. In the end, they'll pull together a relaxing vacation getaway with the potential to launch Erin's business to new heights.
Jeremiah and Mosi want to get out of their cramped apartment and into a larger home of their own. But while Jeremiah wants an older house with traditional details like beadboard and defined rooms, Mosi wants a newer place with modern details like an open floor plan and clean lines. Adding to the challenge, their agent Denise Walsh needs to find a house that also has a cook's kitchen for Mosi, a creative space where Jeremiah can practice his singing, and a large yard for their dogs. With little to no renovation experience a fixer is a daunting thought but the guys may have to compromise along the way to get their dream home. Together they'll face the world of construction along with a long list of remodeling troubles from asbesos issues to sewer pipe leaks. Luckily they have designer Diane Gerardi and contractor Rob Murphy on board to help them out. But all the stress will be worth it when they can finally enjoy a beautiful new bathroom and gourmet kitchen that are the perfect blend of what they've both always wanted.
With two growing boys, Eric and Linda are ready to get out of their small Somerville, Massachusetts rental and into a home with more space. Eric's job as a fireman requires him to find a home within the city limits, but the area's soaring real estate prices are making that a challenge with their first time buyers' budget. Not to mention that Eric wants a two-family home that can provide extra income from renters, while Linda dreams of a single-family home where they can have a space that's all their own. Their agent Marc Ouellet will need to find a place that's not only the perfect compromise, but also has at least three bedrooms, an eat-in kitchen, and a yard for the boys.
Brent and John love their current Los Angeles house, but it's right in the flight path of LAX. They're ready to move to the quieter San Fernando Valley, and have a budget of up to $700,000 to spend. With the help of realtor Michael Bergin, Brent is hoping to find something with a mid-century modern feel, while John prefers a comfortable ranch-style house. Once they settle on a place, they waste no time starting demo. In their kitchen, they bring in designer Jolene Kraus to help update the space to match their tastes and cooking needs.
Jason, Eleiza and their young daughter Lily have moved all over the world for his career as a physics professor, but they're ready to set down roots and buy their first home near his current job in the Hartford, Connecticut area. They both want a Cape Cod style home with at least three bedrooms, a spacious kitchen, and space for a home office for Eleiza's political consulting career. But he wants a more rural place close to his job that will shorten his commute and she wants a place near shops and restaurants. And they both want a home that uses very little plastic and instead features natural elements like stone and wood. Their combined wish list creates quite a challenge for their real estate agent Lisa Ogren as she lines up houses throughout the Hartford area. After finally agreeing on a home, Jason and Eleiza launch into their projects, including gutting the kitchen to bring in organic materials like granite and bamboo. Everything from unexpected structural issues to over sized doors will delay their progress, but in the end, with help from designer Lorey Cavanaugh and contractor Mike Shelto, they create a beautiful, natural home that their family can enjoy for years to come.
Ben and Katie are expecting their second child and are ready to upgrade from their Cambridge, Massachusetts condo to a house with more space. They both love the charm of old Colonials, but he wants a traditional home out in the country with lots of land while she wants a more contemporary place that's walkable to shops and restaurants. Finding something that suits both their styles and also has a fireplace for him and a soaking tub for her will be a tough challenge for their agent Ellie Botshon. But things will only get worse once they get the keys and start renovation, as their old home creates a lot of new problems. From sagging structural beams to collapsed ceilings, the renovation proves difficult at every turn. But with the help of their contractor Bill Poillucci and designer Melissa Hammond, they work though all the construction issues and style debates to pull together a gourmet kitchen and spa-like master suite that will make their new house feel like home.
Eric, Dana, and their young son have outgrown their Simi Valley, CA condo. They are ready to buy a single-family home, and are targeting ranch-style places near their condo. While Eric wants a rugged Craftsman look on the inside, Dana is more traditional and clean-lined. They have a budget of up to $525,000 to spend, and are open to making improvements to the space. With the help of family friend and real estate agent Karen Betacourt, they see several ranch style homes to consider. Once they choose a place, they waste no time making updates, tackling the kitchen, master bedroom, dining room, and living rooms- all ambitious updates for their $33,000 renovation budget. With Eric on a work trip to Europe during part of the renovation, Dana is left in charge and takes it upon herself to update even more rooms in him absence. While they experience the ups and downs of renovation, after nearly six weeks of hard work, the effort pays off and then can now enjoy their new home.
Rachael and Ryan are ready to start a family, so they need to get out of their cramped 900 square foot rental and into their first home. They both want to stay near the Santa Monica, California coastline, but the area's expenisve real estate market is making finding an affordable place a real challenge. To lower costs Ryan is willing to tackle a true fixer-upper and handle renovations himself, but the idea of taking on so much work as first-time homeowners makes Rachael a little nervous. Adding to their home-search difficulties is their opposing criteria; he'd like to find a home with a rental unit for extra income, where she prefers a single-family home. With contrasting wish lists their real estate broker Toni Patillo has quite the task in finding them a home that fits all their needs, but as renovation begins, they may discover they've taken on more than they can handle. Even with help from designer Bridgid Coulter and contractor Boaz Siton, they'll run into problem after problem. But after all the termite issues, sewer line problems, and structural issues come to an end, Rachael and Ryan will wind up with the spacious kitchen and relaxing master suite of their dreams.
Having recently sold their home, Jeff, Stephanie and their three young children have moved in with his parents while they look for a place of their own near Port Chester, New York. But with two different styles Jeff and Stephanie's house hunting won't be an easy journey. While she wants a Cape with contemporary-casual style, he wants a Colonial with traditional details like molding and chair rails. Their real estate broker Julia Brasesco will have her hands full trying to find a house that suites both their tastes, and has an open kitchen gourmet enough for former pastry chef Stephanie. Once they agree on a home, this couple still won't see eye-to-eye about their kitchen overhaul. She wants glass-front cabinets, he wants a traditional wood look. She wants a stainless-steel backsplash, he wants classic tile. Yet somehow designer-contractor Donna Benedetto will blend their tastes together to create a style compromise that Stephanie, Jeff, and the kids will all love for years to come.
Kate and Tom are expecting their first baby and need to upgrade from their small Boston apartment to a larger home in the suburbs before their son arrives. The problem is that she wants a small cozy home with Victorian charm and he wants a large Colonial with a grand feel. And while she's worried about taking on too many renovation projects in their first home, as a professional electrician, he's more than happy to get his hands dirty and gut the entire place himself. Their agent Nancy Fudge will definitely have her work cut out for her finding a house they'll both love. While their designer Kate Maloney Albiani and contractor Dan McCarthy focus on transforming the kitchen into a functional space with a cozy but grand feel, Tom tackles a very long list of projects himself -- from rewiring the house to building a bathroom to finishing the nursery so their son will have a place to sleep.
High school sweethearts Tyler and Kelley live in Burbank, CA and are ready to upgrade from apartment living. They've decided to look for a house to buy, and with the help of their real estate broker, who happens to be Tyler's mom, they begin the search. Kelley is hoping to find something with a charming, farmhouse look. Tyler would rather their new place be clean-lined and modern, and he's open to renovating the space. After searching and deliberating on which house to buy, they finally get the keys. Because the kitchen and bathroom need an extensive overhaul, they waste no time getting started on renovations. But improvements don't get far before they learn that hidden water damage in the kitchen has given rise to an extensive mold issue. Foundation problems in the bathroom also cost valuable time and money. It takes over two months, but when the renovation is complete, these two have a home that they can truly call their own.
Relocating from Colorado, Eric and Jillian Dowsland are finding the Boston real estate market hard to navigate. With higher home prices but smaller floor plans than they imagined, this couple will have to learn how to maximize space.
Picking up her West Coast life, Fran moved to the Boston suburb of Norwood so her husband Tim could be close to his ailing mother.
Pentagon City, Virgina residents Seth and Simchah are ready to upgrade from apartment living and get more space for themselves and their young daughter.
New parents, John and Jacki, are looking for a baby-friendly home in the competitive real estate market of coastal Connecticut.
Intern architects Chris and Lindsey are moving from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore, Maryland. Chris is all about the functional style of Frank Lloyd Wright houses, but Lindsey has a different vision.
Newly married Ella and Michael Sandin are looking to buy a home for their blended family of five in the quaint and pricey town of Fairfield, Connecticut.
Married for five years, high school sweethearts Caitlin and Paul spent a year living with her parents before purchasing their forever home. Caitlin hopes to establish their independence in their own space.
Lindsay and Scott have been renting a downtown Maryland townhouse with Lindsay's brother. Now that Scott and Lindsay are newly married and with a baby on the way, they need a home.
Alan, Jen, and their dog Harry have been living in a 1-bedroom, 625 square foot apartment in Manhattan's Battery Park City. While they love city living, they're ready to sprawl out in a space of their own.
Chris, Erin, and their baby Sebastian have been living in Chris's native Australia. But Australia's high cost of living and wanting to be closer to Erin's parents have made Chris and Erin's task of finding their first home seem next to impossible.
Newly engaged Jessica and Eric just relocated from Buffalo, New York to the Baltimore area and finding a home to buy is no easy task in a new city.
Newlyweds Eric and Erin have been living with roommates to save money for their first home. They're now ready to ditch their frat lifestyle and set out on their own.
Debbie and Sean have been living with their respective families near Boston, MA. Ready to strike out on their own, they are looking to buy their first house.
Anastasia and Eric have outgrown their rental house in Orange County, California and are ready to buy a place of their own. While they'd both like something with vintage charm, Eric still wants the space to be modern; his wife is more concerned that it be single story since she's afraid of tripping on stairs. Once they purchase a place, they immediately embark upon extensive renovations, including an total overhaul of the outdated kitchen. Early in the process, however, Anastasia has to learn to manage her expectations when things don't go exactly as planned. Watch as this couple overcomes the challenges of living through a renovation, and see the great payoff as their beautiful new space comes together.
With the birth of their first baby, Sarah and Skye have outgrown their current Mar Vista, CA home. They both love Spanish style and are looking for a place they can fully customize. Having renovated their current home themselves, they prefer if their new house needs a little work so the can make it their own. Once they purchase a place, the two embark upon an extensive and total re-do of the house. With renovation comes stress, and for Sarah and Skye the biggest problem is timeline: they can't list their current home for sale until the new one is complete and they can move into it. But when you're doing a whole house makeover, that is easier said than done! In spite of the time crunch, watch as the house transforms into a chic and dramatic mediterranean showcase home.
Los Angeles, California couple Robert and Nathan are ready to upgrade from their small guest house and buy a place of their own. While they're excited to buy something, agreeing on what they want isn't easy; Robert wants a charming, granny chic vibe to their new house, while Nathan is all about modern. It takes some searching, but they finally agree on a house that works for both of them. Once they get the keys, they waste no time updating it so that it's a blend of their two styles. First up is an extensive overhaul of the kitchen; with Robert overseeing the renovations, tensions run high when he begins to second guess the work of the construction team. Watch as in spite of a few bumps along the way, Robert & Nathan transform their first place into their dream home.
Meghan has been living with her twin sister Lauren while she begins the process of looking for her own place to buy. Eager to find the perfect starter home, Megan is looking in the Leimert Park neighborhood of L.A., where she grew up. In addition to wanting to live close to her family, she's only interested in seeing Spanish style homes. This proves to be a challenge in her budget and desired area- will Meghan be willing to compromise on style and location in order to get a foothold in L.A's competitive real estate market? Watch as she finds a place and then embarks upon an extensive renovation of the kitchen and bathroom, which tests not only her budget but her patience. But in the end the ups and downs are worth it, as Meghan creates a beautiful place to call her own.
Wisconsin couple Lori and Cory have their heart set on purchasing a vacation home in the Hollywood Hills. Lori is hoping for something with a beachy feel, while her husband Cory is more interested in a mid-century modern style house. They are eager to do renovation, which is a good thing since the place they purchase needs a total overhaul. However, they quickly realize that managing a whole house renovation from across the country is easier said than done. And even though living in another state has its challenges, watch as they transform the space into the vacation home of their dreams.
Rebecca and Kari have outgrown their current place, in part thanks to their two dogs, one who's a puppy. They're hoping to find a place near Encino, CA, where they've been renting. Kari prefers Spanish-style, and wants to be sure that the place they buy incorporates her love of circular design patterns. Rebecca leans more towards Mid-century modern homes. Once they purchase a house, the two embark upon a total re-do of the main living spaces, including the kitchen and backyard. And even though the renovation has its ups and downs including attempting to undertake more work that they can handle themselves, watch how these two manage to come out ahead with the house of their dreams.
Joelle and Nick are busting out of their Hollywood condo and would like to buy a single family home for their young son to grow up in. They'd like a two-level home with a nice kitchen and 4 bathrooms, but the biggest challenge for this couple is that they don't see eye-to-eye on the style. Since Joelle is a city girl, she wants a modern home with touches of feminine glamour. Nick on the other hand prefers a more rustic home with a masculine rock and roll vibe. It's tough for their agent to find a house that they both like, but when he does, major renovations begin. Unfortunately a number of unforeseen obstacles and set backs increase their renovation budget and cause the project to take longer than anticipated. But in the end, it's a stunning transformation that is more beautiful than Joelle and Nick could have imagined.
Newlyweds Andrew and Caitlin are ready to buy their first home together. Andrew, a pastor, hopes to buy in Burbank, CA, near their church. He'd love a craftsman style place, whereas Caitlin is more interested in a traditional style home. They're okay with a fixer-upper, and once they get the keys to their new home, overhauls of the kitchen and bathroom get underway. Caitlin quickly becomes overwhelmed with the amount of work they've taken on, and wants nothing more than to get through the reno as quickly as possible. All of their hard work pays off, when after several months of construction they are able to enjoy a beautiful space all their own.
Thousand Oaks, California couple Matthew Chrstina are ready to upgrade from condo living and get more space for themselves and their four young daughters. Christina grew up in Texas and wants a big home that looks like it came from the pages of a design catalogue. Matthew prefers a California ranch style home with some bohemian character. Since their styles differ so drastically, finding a house that suits both of their tastes is not a small task. Once they agree on a home, Matthew and Christina immediately begin updates in just about every room, but their main project space is the master suite. They've never had one to themselves, and they make it a priority to create an oasis that is just for them.
Engaged couple Ron and Gwen are looking to buy their first house together. Gwen is hoping for a ranch style home with vivid pops of color, while Ron prefers the Cape Cod look from his childhood on the East Coast. He also wants the space to be sleek and modern. Once they purchase a place, the two tackle updating it to their own styles. They quickly realize that between planning a wedding and renovations, managing stress levels can be a challenge. Luckily, Ron's parents lends a helping hand with the work as they undertake improving the master, backyard, dining room, and living room. Watch as this young couple turns their outdated space into something they're proud to call their first home together.
Ani and Allen have been dating for four years and both currently live at home with their parents. Instead of renting a place together, they have been living at home to save up money to buy a place of their own. They both want a traditional style place, but Allen wants to make sure it has some modern touches. Not only is this their first time buying a house, this will also be their first time living together. They are not very handy but want to find a house to renovate so that they can make it their own. But they quickly learn there's more than meets the eye in home renovation when hidden problems arise. In the end, they are able to enjoy a beautiful space all their own.
Erica and Jeff are ready to buy their first home together in the Los Angeles suburbs. Erica, a nurse, wants a clean and modern space, whereas her husband prefers a more rustic style; they're both hoping for an open floor plan for hosting poker night with their friends. Erica is open to a fixer-upper since she has great faith in Jeff's handyman skills. Jeff, on the other hand, is more reserved about his renovating abilities. Once they purchase a place, Jeff's renovating prowess immediately gets put to the test when they attempt to knock down a wall, but find some unexpected surprises inside. Watch as they figure out how to tackle a bathroom and kitchen makeover, and see how all of their hard work pays off.
Married couple Fiona and Alex are ready to sell their condo and upgrade to a single family home. Fiona has her heart set on a place with charm and character, while Alex wants a clean and modern space. Since their styles differ so drastically, finding a house that suits both of their tastes is a tall order. Complicating matters is that Alex wants to keep renovation to a minimum, while his wife is eager to get her hands dirty with construction. Once they purchase a place, Fiona convinces Alex that a renovation is in order, and they immediately embark upon redoing the back half of the house, including a total overhaul of the master suite and guest bathroom. Watch as this young couple turns an outdated space into a perfect blend of her charm and his modern style.
Karen and Diana are ready to buy a place of their own in California's San Fernando Valley. Diana wants a Craftsman-style place, while Karen has her heart set on something with Spanish flair. They also have different priorities for what's important in their house hunt: Diana is focused on finding a kitchen to accommodate her new refrigerator, while Karen's more concerned about finding a backyard with a pool. When it comes time to renovate their new place, the learning curve is steep for these first-time homebuyers. They focus on re-doing their kitchen and master bedroom, but second guessing their design plan throws a wrench in the renovation. Watch as they work together to create a house they can call home.
Newleyweds Dax and Ashley are looking to upgrade from their rental house and find a place they can call their own. They're hoping to find a place near Eagle Rock, CA, where they've been renting. Ashley wants a charming Spanish style home, while Dax prefers a historic Craftsman. Once they find a house, Ashley and Dax jump into a massive overhaul of the master bath and kitchen. And while the renovation tests their patience and their budget, watch how a little hard work pays off once it all comes together.
Janice and Brett just moved from Seattle to Southern California with their two young children. Brett is an avid surfer, and the whole family enjoys spending time at the beach. They've been renting and now they're ready to buy a house. But they want to be less than two miles from the beach, and in the seaside real estate market, that's no easy feat. With help from their real esate agent, Janice and Brett comb through the available homes. Every house they see needs some kind of significant work, but they finally make their choice and get to work turning their new house into a warm, cozy retreat. They also put in a top-of-the-line kitchen, with help from a designer.
Ben and Mashanda are an artistic young couple looking for a house that offers them creative space and that matches their colorful, vintage style. Ben is a musician and Mashanda is an artist, so they'd each like their own separate studios in their new house. To get enough rooms in their price range, they need to focus on fixers. Their real estate agent shows them homes with historic character, but they're all in desperate need of repair. Mashanda and Ben aren't afraid of renvations, and they make their choice. With two months before they have to move in, the couple gets to work fixing up their house?only to discover one unforeseen problem after another. They race to get the house ready, focusing on a stylish living room redo, before time runs out.
Beverly and Lester love the neighborhood they live in. Not only are there great activities nearby, but they also live within walking distance of Beverly's parents. The only catch is they've been living in a rental. Now they feel it's finally time to buy. They hope they can stay close to her family, so they enlist a real estate agent who specializes in the neighborhood. After looking at a number of houses, they finally make their choice. But when it comes time to renovate their new house, Lester feels very strongly about design choices. He especially wants a modern kitchen. Will Beverly be able to get a word in edgewise and put some of her beachy, rustic taste into their home?
Newlyweds Jason and Shannon have run out of room in their rental. Jason has experience working as a general contractor, and he's not afraid of big renovation challenges. Shannon, however, feels overwhelmed by the scope of what Jason is willing to take on. They tour houses that range from decent to shabby condition, but Jason's keen eye for detail finds problems in every home no matter how updated.
Ruth and Michael bought their Craftsman home before theyhad children. Now, with two growing kids, the couple is in dire need of more space. They may not have much money,but they have plenty of style and creativity. In fact, Ruth isan interior designer and Michael is a graphic designer. He has plenty of big ideas, which aren't always realistic, but Ruth has practical know-how. These two aren't afraid of fixers, and they look at homes with great bones, in need of updating. Finally, they settle on a house that feels just right. And with Ruth lending her expertise and Michael coming up with big ideas, they turn a small kitchen into the kitchen of their dreams.
Carmen and Johnny are tired of squeezing into a one-bedroom apartment. They love being in the heart of the city, but they're willing to give it up for more space¿especially more land. Their house search takes them out to the suburbs, where they look at one fixer after another. They even look at a pricier home in good shape, but they don't care for the style and realize they'd have to fix it up anyway. Finally, they make their choice and dive into a big renovation, focusing on the old rec room that they want to spruce up into a hip game lounge for entertaining.
Sonia and Sean have a family of five. They rent in a part of town they love, but they've just found out their rental is being sold and they have 60 days to clear out. The couple launch into a house search, but it's hard to find a large enough home in their price range, in their ideal location. And while Sonia grew up doing handy work around the house, Sean never has and he's reluctant to tackle a real fixer. But the couple finds a good-sized home and Sean gets his first taste of renovation work. And with some professional help, they give their outdated master suite a modern makeover.
Tara and Charles live in a townhouse with their two young boys. The neighborhood is great, but there's just not enough space. In fact, when the boys want to play outside, Tara and Charles turn their garage and driveway into a makeshift play area. The couple works with their realtor to find just the right house in just the right neighborhood. But after looking at one fixer after another, that turns out to be an impossible dream. So they decide to pick a house they can turn into the home they've been looking for. After the purchase, they launch into a massive renovation, taking out a big section of the back half of the house and redoing the kitchen, living room and entry.
Partners David and Barry want to take advantage of the buyer's market and purchase their first home together. They are looking in some very desirable areas of Los Angeles so their $500,000 budget won't get them as much space as they hoped. After seeing what their money can get them in the neighborhood of their dreams, they decide to downsize in favor of location and walkability. After closing they have just enough money left over to hire a designer and renovate a cramped kitchen into an open, modern craftsman kitchen that will make this house the home they were looking for.
Ever since the arrival of baby Sophia, Noemy and Stephen have outgrown their tiny apartment, and are looking for a house to accommodate their growing family. They hope to find something near the beach in Playa Vista, CA for about $500,000. But will his modern style conflict with her desire to have her Mexican heritage reflected in their home? Once they find a house, they undertake a major backyard renovation which includes room for gardening, entertaining, and great spaces for kids to play. But will the landscaper in charge of the project be able to merge their styles, stick to their budget, and make their dream a reality?
Vicky works for her family's architectural woodworking firm, and is looking for high end custom details in a home. When she and her husband Phil fail to find it during their house search, they take matters into their hands. Utilizing the skills of a movie set designer to give their living room a traditional but comfortable Cape Cod style look, the couple puts Vicky's own woodworking crew to work creating breathtaking architectural detail throughout the home.
This House Hunters couple is divided - Artist Lynell is all about style, but his tv producer wife Lise wants a home that functions for them. With a budget of $450,000, they're looking for a house with the Craftsman flair he likes, and Spanish style details for her. Finding that mix is a huge challenge, but not as huge as the massive kitchen renovation they undertake after they move into their new home. And when Lise's job keeps her from being around for a major design decision, this renovation runs the risk of derailing.
Candice and Perry recently relocated to Los Angeles for work and are ready to start their lives together once they find the right home to buy. After going on a house hunt, they end up getting the house they wanted, but now they need some help to create a space they can entertain friends and family in. So they hire a designer to help them merge their different styles and create the living room and dining room of their dreams.
Musician, Mark, and stay at home mother, Kristen sold their home quicker than they thought they would, and are in a hurry to find a house with a room they can transform into a music studio and guest space. There are plenty of homes that fit the bill in their price range, and when they pick one, they not only set about renovating the garage, but also make major changes inside that highlight the home's architecture.
Keith is a regular on the hit tv show 30 Rock, and his girlfriend, Jill, is an artist. They've recently relocated to Los Angeles from New York City, and are looking for a home where they can walk to restaurants and shops, just like they could in the Big Apple. Once they buy a house, they set about remodeling their kitchen, but a surprise discovery by the contractor turns the job into a much bigger renovation than they anticipated.
Brendan and Hiwa, are first time homeowners and first time parents, who want to find a house to make it a home, in time for baby's arrival. With a limited budget and dreams of living near the beach, this couple has to make both their budget and their conflicting design styles work as they take on another first - a major renovation.
Tom is an event planner who also loves renovating homes. His partner Claus has moved to Hollywood from Denmark to be with him and they are ready to buy a house together. Tom is very picky and knows exactly what he wants and is more than willing to put some work into a place. But Claus can't envision renovations when looking at a property and would prefer something that is move in ready. When they finally settle on a home that is a fixer, there is a lot of work to be done to make it the house of their dreams. Tom takes on a full house renovation much to Claus' dismay but after a lot of time and hard work the end results prove to be well worth the wait.
Rudy and his partner, Fuz, are looking for a home that has space to accommodate Rudy's parents for an extended period of time. Fuz wants a fixer upper that he can give a vintage industrial feel to, and Rudy just wants it to be comfortable and affordable. When they find a home that fits the bill, the guys dig into a massive renovation that includes gutting most of the house, as well as converting the formal living room into the master bedroom of their dreams.
Courtney and Jerad are recently engaged, and have decided to buy a house instead of splurging on a big wedding. The problem is, quirky Courtney wants a home that is filled with unusual details, but her movie monster designer fiancé, Jerad, has a modern, minimalist style. Their opinions clash during their house search, but once they buy, a serious master bedroom renovation forces them to work with a designer to create a look they will both love.
After selling their house at the top of the market, Micah and Valeri have spent the last three years searching for the perfect home. The last thing they want is a big project, but they can't help falling in love with a house that needs a major bathroom renovation. When they bring in a husband and wife design team to tackle the job, the team talks them into not only creating a vintage Spanish master bathroom, but also a walk in closet for a lot more money.
Bill and Meredith live in a 400 square foot guesthouse with no stove or oven, so Meredith has to cook on a hotplate. With visions of a real kitchen and a budget of $325,000, the couple sets out to buy a house in the Los Angeles suburbs. The moment they find one, they embark on a full on renovation with a designer to create an earthy, modern and masculine kitchen that they both will love.