Eddie proposed to his wife - Olympic hockey player Tessa Bonhomme - on the steps of their new house. The future looks bright for these newlyweds - except for their dysfunctional basement. It seems good at first glance, but the layout is way off. Sebastian and Samantha are going to have to think outside the box to conquer this basement reno - and restore marital bliss to Tessa and Eddie's home.
Shawna and Andrew live in a beautiful Victorian home, but their second floor is feeling increasingly tight for their growing kids. Thankfully, Shawna's got the design-eye while Andrew is willing to get his hands dirty. With the right spending choices and a bit of magic, Sebastian and Samantha must resize the space and transform Shawna and Andrew into the parents of the year.
Joyal and Eugene's home is large with good bones, but dated when it comes to style and layout. And while their 100,000 budget seems like a list, their "want" list is hefty. With Joyal as Sebastian's construction sidekick and Eugene as Samantha's design-partner-in-crime, it's a team effort to make smart saves and navigate this home into the modern era.
After 15 years, Jennie and Michael finally patched their leaky solarium, but now they're unsure how to tie it into their out-of-date kitchen. With most of their budget soaked up by the solarium fix, these parents need to save everything. Keeping this job on budget will test Sebastian and Samantha's design and building skills to the max.
Lynn and David are a mother-son combo who find themselves in over their heads when trying to renovate David's basement on their own. Sebastian and Samantha must come up with some creative solutions to unlock this party pad's full potential, while also crafting a space where mom also feels at home.
Nicoletta and Ryan are proud parents of home-schooled kids, but their cave-like, divided floor layout is starting to feel too small and dark to serve as both a family space and classroom. It's time for Sebastian and Samantha to shed light on how to open up their main floor for the right price.
Karen and Keith have waited 16 years to redesign their main floor. Now that their two teenage sons are old enough that they won't destroy the place, the wait is over. Keith's dream is a warm home with insulated walls throughout. Karen's is an open-concept main-level equipped with a state-of-the-art kitchen. But steel support beams and spray-foam insulation doesn't come cheap. So Sebastian and Samantha have to turn up the heat on savings to make this family's dreams come true.
With the birth of their second child, Rachelle and Mo decided to re-convert their century-old, two-unit house back into a single-family home. Reclaiming their downstairs is an expensive undertaking, involving taking down halls and redesigning the entire layout. Sebastian and Samantha are going to have to put their heads together and figure out how to make two units become one without breaking the bank.
Katy and Jeff are the new owners of a century-old home, and have inherited an outdated floor plan. To host their large family, they want an open-concept main level and to relocate the kitchen to the front of the house, but their big plans outsize their small budget. Sebastian and Samantha must do some smart space planning and creative up-cycles to give Katy and Jeff a functional floor plan that maintains the charm and character of the home, while bringing it into the modern age.
Monica and Ryan have a second floor that looks like it belongs in another house. An amateur builder, Ryan handled renos on the main floor but ran out of gas when it came to finishing the upstairs. Together, Sebastian and Samantha are going to overhaul the dilapidated second level and finally give Monica and Ryan the space they deserve.
Leilani and Cheyenne are two BFFs with one simple mission: convert Leilani's cramped, out-of-date townhouse into a beachy, family-friendly oasis before Leilani's husband arrives from Grenada in mere months. And that's not their only deadline: Leilani is seven months pregnant! While Seb and Cheyenne handle the heavy lifting of a kitchen and home-office overhaul, Sam and Leilani source fabrics and craft the perfect budget-friendly DIY for baby's new nursery.
Hannah and Daniel are new parents looking to create a cozy basement suite that will entice their parents to stay and help out with their toddler son. But their budget is super tight, their ceilings are strangely low and the water issues hiding behind their walls are some of the worst Seb and Sam have ever seen. It's going to take group grit and smart spending decisions to rid this home of moisture and give Hannah and Daniel the head-room their family needs to grow.
Niamh and Dave had dreams of a comfortable and stylish second floor, but their renovation turned into a nightmare after surprise electrical issues zapped their contingency fund. With a dingy bathroom, unfinished floors and a creepy annex to content with, Sam and Sebastian need to conjure some stellar saves to match this couple's sharp design sense with their tight budget.
Lauren and Amanda have just finished
renovating their new home, but haven’t touched the cramped and outdated
basement. The clock is ticking as Lauren is eight weeks away from having their
first baby. They want a basement playroom that can include all the kids on the
block, plus a much-needed new laundry room and storage area. Will they get it
done in time for delivery?
Marianna and Andy’s main floor has serious flow
issues. Marianna craves a French bistro-inspired kitchen but feels isolated in
the current cramped location. Sabrina and Sebastian are going to flip the
script on this main floor nightmare, giving them a kitchen and living space
that is open and inviting. Family dinners will never be the same!
Christine and Michel have a beautiful home, but
space is tight with a two year old, home office and a large extended family
that use the basement as their own personal storage locker. Sab and Seb work
together on the unfinished basement to create an inspiring home office and
lounge area to relax in.
Mother and stepdaughter Melina and
Emma, are fed up with their outdated and busted up kitchen. With Emma’s father,
and family cook, away on business, they want to surprise him with the kitchen
of his dreams. Sebastian is teaming up with wisecracking teen Emma and it isn’t
going to be easy. Meanwhile, with Sabrina’s designs Melina might end up
inspired to be a chef herself.
Natalie is a professional hockey player, who along with her husband Adam,
has always dreamed of having a personal gym. But right now the space is more
like a storage locker in need of some serious organization. Our duo hit the
ice, make some smart spends, and work a hockey themed DIY into the design to
create a dual-purpose gym and laundry space.
Maria and Alex have a bathroom that is stuck in the ‘80s, with unfashionable
tile, a broken jacuzzi and a bidet. Maria is a professional makeup artist and
needs an environment she can work in and be proud of. Their fridge is full of
so many creams they don’t have room for food! With a beautiful custom project
and smart design choices, Seb and Sab are going to bring this bathroom from the
past into the present.
Nadar and Raj are
best friends who bought a house together in downtown Toronto. They love to cook
and entertain their friends, but they hate the cramped, impractical kitchen with
dated cabinets and lack of counter space. They have uneven floors and squeaky
stairs that are in desperate need of repair. An open main floor design with a
mid-century modern vibe is on their wish list, and Sebastian and Sabrina have a
stunning solution that will fit their budget.
Ashlea and Graeme would like to convert their cozy barn into
a functional space for exercise, leisure, and work – the only problem is,
they’re being told to tear it all down and start from scratch! With decaying
finishes and a ton of mold, it looks like something out of a horror movie! The
problems mount up as they see what lies beneath, but with Seb and Sab on the
case, this frightful barn will transform into an oasis.
Charlotte’s best friend Michael finds it hilarious that Charlotte pulls out a plunger every time she needs to drain the sink. But Charlotte has had enough with her old, dated kitchen and knows it needs a major makeover. She’s a bit of a handy-woman herself, having tackled a few projects on her own, but this job is too big for one person. Sebastian and Sabrina repurpose furniture and up-cycle materials to save Charlotte’s reno and give her a stunning, eclectic, and fully functional kitchen of her dreams.
Board game enthusiasts, Nancy and Erick have two young
children and an unfinished basement that hasn’t been used since they moved in.
They’re hoping to transform it into both a family space and an escape area.
They’re rolling the dice on Sebastian and Sabrina to turn this drab basement
into a gamer’s paradise.
Newlyweds Kim and Kyle
were happy to become new homeowners, but the fear of fixing their cold and
cramped 100-year-old home brought a quick end to their honeymoon! Renovation quotes
are well over their budget, and have the couple frozen in their tracks.
Sebastian and Sabrina bring their best to completely transform this main floor
through smart spends and some truly imaginative design.
Jenn and Phil are in DIY SOS! With Phil’s unfinished renovations,
a family of raccoons in the chimney, and exterior doors that do not retain heat
in the cold, the couple are getting desperate. It is up to Sabrina to keep
Phil’s expensive taste in check, while Sebastian works with Jenn to get this
renovation on budget and ready in time for winter.
Elise and former
DJ turned family man Michael, are new parents living in a home of half-finished
DIYs. Mike’s reno attempts have resulted in no ceiling, and a kitchen that
doubles as a laundry room. They need a space that’s safe for the little one to
crawl around, and the parquet floors just aren’t cutting it! Sebastian and
Sabrina will need some smart saves and innovative design choices to open up the
main floor, turning it into a functional family home.
When Ken and Elisa purchased their family home, they knew it needed work. They did their research, found a contractor and began to renovate. Months later, the reno is incomplete and the contractor left them with both an unfinished basement and a hole in their wallet. This couple has a large extended family and wants the basement to be a great hang out for both kids and adults. They’re nervous to trust a contractor again, and with quotes coming in higher than they can afford, they need a trusted team. Sebastian and Sabrina completely transform this empty shell and save Ken and Elisa’s reno through smart spends and reimagined materials.
Brian and Lainie are a fun-loving couple with 5-year-old twin girls, but mealtime in their galley kitchen is anything but fun. Their narrow galley kitchen is simply too small. Just opening the fridge door creates a roadblock. They’re tired of cramped living. They want to open everything up, including the entire main floor. They love entertaining and they figure it’s time to go big…or get a new home! But their open concept dreams are being crushed by high quotes. Sebastian and Sabrina repurpose furniture and upcycle materials to give this couple a stunning main floor.
Rob and Caitlin have four kids and one on the way. When they moved into their family home, they personalized the kids’ rooms, but never completed their own bedroom and bathroom. In fact, their Master suite has become a play room for their kids with their mattress on the floor acting as a trampoline! With a baby on the way, they’ve decided it’s their turn. They want a master retreat oasis, but quotes are well over their budget. With limited funds, they need smart solutions. Through upcycled builds and recycled finds, Sebastian and Sabrina can save their reno.
Raj and Riva have a large family kitchen. But after 11 years, the brown cabinets, laminate counters and lack of organization, have them pushing the reno button. They want this to be their forever home, but quotes are coming in well over their budget. They wonder if they have to move to get their dream kitchen. They need help before they put a for sale sign on their home. Sebastian and Sabrina use their expertise and upcycling skills to create a kitchen that looks custom, saving Raj and Riva’s reno.
Jason and Nikki are a busy family of four. They have a great home in a great neighbourhood, but their kitchen is letting them down. Sebastian and Sabrina turn used cabinets and repurposed furniture into a stunning design to save their reno.
Lisa and Kenny’s lives are very busy. Not only are they raising two kids, they work in music industry and are often on the road. Sebastian and Sabrina use their upcycling know-how and repurpose tricks to save this reno.
Jamie and Marcus have a lot going on. They got engaged, bought a house, and now they want to take on a kitchen reno. Money is tight, but with broken drawers, doors that won't fully open and a hazardous stove, they're desperate for a new kitchen. With a wedding around the corner, their funds are limited and quotes are coming in too high. But Sebastian and Sabrina know how to spend smart and re-imagine design elements to save their reno.
Eric and Rebecca are engineers by day, and home brewers by night. They love to have friends over to try new ales, but their 60s kitchen isn't equipped for their entertaining needs. They weren't afraid to take out a wall in the dining room, but taking on a kitchen reno is beyond their engineering know-how. They want an open concept kitchen complete with beverage centre and won't settle, but quotes are way over their budget. Sebastian and Sabrina recycle hardware and salvage materials to save their reno.
Andrew is a single guy who loves to entertain family and friends, but his kitchen is too small and closed off. He wants open concept with a large island so he can see his guests when they come over, and have great sightlines to his seven nieces when they visit. His sister Courtney agrees and has been by his side getting quotes, but they’re coming in too high. Andrew wants the biggest bang for his buck and doesn’t want to compromise. Sebastian and Sabrina dive into DIY with Andrew and Courtney, using salvaged items and unique finds to give Andrew the bachelor pad he’s always dreamed about.
Karen and Matt crave an open concept main floor. They have two young kids and a wall preventing them from proper sightlines. But the dividing wall is only the first of many ‘wants’ on their list. They want to overhaul their main floor so it looks more like an adult space, instead of a catch all for kids’ toys. Quotes for their dream reno are a nightmare, coming in well above their budget. Sebastian and Sabrina use their expertise and completely transform the space with upcycled materials and repurposed cabinetry to save their reno.
David and Wemi love their home but hate their builder’s grade galley kitchen. There’s not enough counter space or storage and the layout is tight. They’ve made DIY attempts to add storage and update features, only to admit defeat in their efforts to make the space more functional. But a full kitchen reno is bigger than these DIY’ers can handle. They need the professionals. With a growing baby, money is tight and quotes are coming in higher than they can afford. But Sebastian and Sabrina know how to save their reno through some upcycling tricks and smart spends.
Joel and Kera have two growing boys, a busy schedule, and a basement straight out of the 70s. Kera’s grandmother used to own the house, but now it’s Kera and Joel’s. Kera has fond memories of family gatherings in the space, and wants to capture those days again with her growing family. But the orange carpet, dark paneling, and damp feel isn’t inviting at all. They’ve reached out to contractors, but quotes are exceeding their budget. Sebastian and Sabrina will breathe new life into the space through salvaged items and cost effective solutions to save their reno.
Sarah and Jon bought their first home and knew it needed some fixing up, but didn’t realize how much time and money it would take to get it family friendly. Jon took on the basement reno first and quickly realized the kitchen is beyond his skills. There’s a lot to deal with, including an odd layout, peel and stick flooring and very shallow counters. Jon’s on paternity leave and needs the job done before he returns to work, but quotes are coming in high. With some unique finds and re-imagining standard cabinets, Sebastian and Sabrina will get it done and save their reno.
Nick and Zina are a dynamic real estate duo that understands pride of ownership. Their family home is impeccable, except for their master bathroom. The door to this room remains closed and hidden from visitors. It’s very large, very dark, and has some very strange features that leave people scratching their heads. They’ve renovated their whole house, so money is tight and they need help. Sebastian and Sabrina impart their expertise and create break out builds with custom surprises as they save their reno.