Mina and Karen splurge on a corner lot home in the historical neighborhood of Fletcher Place. While struggling to work within the guidelines of the Historical Preservation Commission, Mina and Karen face more problems than they could have ever anticipated. If they can persevere, the girls think they can make up for the costs by the time the house goes on the market -- will they have gone too far over budget to make it all worth it?
Mina and Karen reach outside of their comfort zone with a house on the edge of the Bates Hendricks neighborhood. They're concerned about the location, and when they discover that the house is festering with cockroaches, they fear that they may not come out with a profit in the end. But with smart planning, a little love and a lot of hard work, Mina and Karen are hopeful they can bring new life to the neighborhood with a charming renovation.
Mina and Karen find that "you get what you pay for" when they buy a bargain house for $5,000. At 730 square feet, it's their smallest home ever, but it's full of big challenges, including holes in the roof, holes in the floor and a rotting foundation supported by nothing more than a dirt pile and a car jack. Mina and Karen's goal is to create value but stay on budget while bringing this dilapidated little home back to a livable condition.
Mina has second thoughts that a charmless, boxy house bought from the city for $4,000 might have been a bad idea. But Karen sees the potential and convinces Mina that they'll be able to transform this 'giant cube' into an adorable single family home. Even though it's undesirable at first glance, Mina and Karen strip it down and turn this boring, rectangular house into a beautiful work of art, truly adding value to the neighborhood.
Mina and Karen are back in the Bates-Hendricks neighborhood with a brand-new project. The home is in a fantastic location, is close to everything and has a ton of square footage. Despite its good qualities, however, the home is dirty, ugly and is going to be a heaping handful of a job. This eyesore has three colors of brown paint coating the outside and is a confusing labyrinth on the inside. A house this size will ultimately require more construction workers, more hammers and ultimately more danger. Will they be able to give this home a new floor plan that's perfect for single-family living?
Mina and Karen take on a renovation project for an optimistic client who bought a duplex with intentions of renovating it himself. The home is in a historic and very established neighborhood that would mean easy profit if the job is done right, but challenges with the historical preservation commission and a possible voodoo curse threaten to slow things down. Will the ladies be able to overcome such strange obstacles?
Mina and Karen buy a tiny, Victorian-style home in need of a serious facelift on the outskirts of the Indianapolis community of Fountian Square. Not only is the house small, it has a funky layout with nonfunctional spaces, forcing the girls to build an addition on the back while trying to stay on budget.
Mina and Karen are excited to be back on Sanders Street to check out an old house they got a bargain on. The house already has great charm and plenty of curb appeal, but its large size is intimidating. The already huge project then comes with age-related issues like rotten wood, antiquated windows and many hidden treasures that are common in older houses. Can Mina and Karen return this home to its full potential?
Mina and Karen are welcomed into their new duplex with piles of clothes, two toilets and two feet of water in the basement. Although the girls have disagreements on room placement and paint colors, they hope all the hard work in this decrepit home pays off with a buyer.
Mina and Karen buy a little white house on a hill with potential to be a real charmer in the Bates-Hendricks neighborhood. The home has a great floor plan but it has serious foundation issues and is in desperate need of a facelift. During construction, a former owner of the house stops by to see how much her old home has changed. Will she be impressed with Mina and Karen's transformation?
Mina and Karen purchase a tricky home in a transitional Indianapolis neighborhood. The location is a sizable former office space with no discernable bedrooms so the girls are excited to utilize the blank canvas. The girls quickly fall in love with the project and start bringing out the space's charm with outdoor corbels, a beautiful fireplace, an antique structural column and real wooden floors. While their finished product is beautiful, they may soon realize they've gone too far in that neighborhood -- and maybe too far over their budget.
Karen and Mina are back on Woodlawn Avenue to rescue a new build that has been abandoned. While the home's basic structure is built, the bones have been left for dead. Mina and Karen see the amazing possibilities in this 2,200 square foot home and already have the perfect buyer in mind. Issues arise, however, when window delivery is delayed and the trim carpenters quit mid-job. Will the girls be able to pull off a successful renovation for this up-and-coming neighborhood?
Mina and Karen snag a four-bedroom, two-bathroom duplex for only $4,000. But with one of the worst foundations they've ever seen combined with unsafe floor joists on the second floor, Mina expects to spend upwards of $200,000 on the renovation. When Tad demos the chimney and puts a hole in the roof, the women grow more concerned about their budget. They hope that their attention to detail in the beautifully finished single-family home will pay off.
Mina and Karen's next home renovation project is far from a flip. This time they travel out of downtown Indianapolis and into the countryside to do a home renovation for new clients Mike and Karen Angle. The Angles have a big family but a house that feels very closed-off and they want help opening it up. Once the homeowners are out of the house and Mina's floor plan is squared away, the demo crew gets to work. Part of the plan is to add sliding glass doors and big windows to bring in more natural light. Just four weeks later, Mina and Karen are excited to invite the Angles back into their new open concept home that feels far more spacious.
Mina and Karen have renovated close to twenty homes in their downtown adjacent community, Fountain Square. They have hand selected their neighbors and raised property values resulting in their dream community. Having affected so much change in Fountain Square, they venture off into the adjacent Bates Hendricks community. Have they taken on more than they bargained for? Mina and Karen have their work cut out for them and have to work as a team to get the house done on time and on budget.
Staying within budget is a challenge for Karen and Mina after they purchase a duplex for $15,000 in order to turn it into a glamorous single-family home.
Mina and Karen bought their latest house in the Bates-Hendricks neighborhood for only $4,500. When they see inside, they soon realize why it was so inexpensive. From the termite-infested walls to the faulty foundation, the structure is barely standing on its own. Leave it to Mina and Karen to bring this abandoned wreck back to life! They strip the house down to the studs, then build it back up again to create an elegant and spacious home that's ready for new owners.
Mina has mixed feelings when she agrees to remodel her Dad's house in the suburbs of Indy. Her childhood home definitely needs an update, but her father may still need some convincing. Change is not his favorite thing when it comes to his house. Dr. Casey Starsiak, Mina's dad and Karen's ex-husband, is looking to open up his house with a brand new kitchen, stairway and deck, while also updating the great room and dining room. Although they are not tearing this house all the way to the studs, Dad's ideas about d%XE9cor could make this renovation Mina's most stressful yet.
Karen is caught off guard when Mina informs her that she's purchased their next reno project for a very high price. The rundown house on Hosbrook may be expensive but the location can't be beat, because it's right next door!
Mina and Karen get a call for help from Julie and Larry Lee who are seeking a major renovation for their house in the suburbs of Indianapolis. With a total of 23 kids and grandkids, the Lee's space is far too small for family gatherings. While one of the problems is a tiny kitchen, the home's main issues are a cramped dining room and lack of seating. Can Mina and Karen pull through with another incredible transformation for a family with a traditional style?
After purchasing a house from the city for only four thousand dollars, Mina and Karen know they might have a lot of work in front of them. But when they discover detrimental water damage, horrific smells, and questionable water lines from years of abandonment, they brace themselves for the worst. While foundation issues cause a wobbly and very dangerous second story, the girls are worried they may have bitten off more than they can chew. The Bates Hendricks neighborhood is up and coming and they want to ensure an everlasting impression. Can they turn this abandoned dump into a neighborhood treasure?
Budgeting is a must when Mina and Karen splurge on an old house they've had their eyes on for awhile. Inspired by its Victorian style, they have big plans for a massive makeover on this 2,100 square foot home. But this house has plenty of surprises in store for this mother daughter duo. Unlike their usual projects, the downstairs space is actually in decent shape, but it's the upstairs that poses a construction challenge. Can they turn a cramped attic space into a beautiful Master Suite? And faced with narrow stairs, missing woodwork and hours of wallpaper scraping, they hope their Victorian treasure proves in the end that she has something special worth saving.
After purchasing a very small house for only $25,000 near downtown Indianapolis, Mina Starsiak and Karen E Laine have their work cut out for them as they continue their mission of renovating Indy one house at a time. Built in 1880 and totaling only 512 square feet, the tiny house is sure to come with big problems. After the demo team tears it down to the studs, Mina and Karen get to work building it back up again, but bigger and better. Because the house is located in their own neighborhood of Fountain Square, the mother daughter team wants to ensure the house is a solid buy for its next owners. The question is, can they keep their renovation costs low enough to price the house to attract new buyers?