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Let HGTV's Kitchen Cousins Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri take you on a tour of John's barn-style home, Anthony's loft, their offices in an old firehouse, their Italian market in New Jersey and more.


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Backyard Greenhouse

Blue Coastal Living Room with Bright Blue Accents

Master Suite with Striped Accent Wall

Asian Style Gazebo and Koi Pond

Sea Glass Tile on Bathroom Wall

Bright Blue Mantel as Headboard

Modern Design in Kitchen

Open Functional Kitchen with Ikea Furniture

Hi-Tech Modern Living Room

Bright Blue Fireplace in Living Room

About the Show

The Kitchen Cousins are back with a new show, Cousins on Call! Real-life cousins and best friends Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri of Brunelleschi Construction are lowering the wrecking ball on outdated, dysfunctional homes, surprising the homeowners with huge renovations that will make all their demo dreams come true. This hunky designer/contractor duo live in the same building in New Jersey, one flight above Anthony's parents, Alfonso and Francine, who are also involved in the business. This close-knit Italian-American family loves to spend time together, and Anthony's parents are always ready to jump in to help on the latest designs.


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Season 1, Episode 13

The Cousins Help a Cancer Survivor

Aaron, a 30 year old cancer survivor, contacted the Cousins for help in surprising his parents, who endured his long, challenging road to recovery. The time and expense associated with battling the disease put an enormous strain on his family, preventing them from making much needed improvements to their home. The parents are overcome with joy! Then Aaron, Anthony and John decide to double the surprise, redoing the yard of the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge in Buffalo, where Aaron recovered during his cancer treatments. The facility desperately needs an outdoor area for patients and families to have a special place to relax, revive and enjoy fresh air. So the Cousins create an outdoor oasis with gorgeous landscaping, a zen garden and more. Between the parents' home and the Hope Lodge, John and Anthony work overtime, pouring their hearts into two meaningful surprise renovations in just one week. But when they discover major structural issues with the house, the biggest surprise just might be on the Cousins!

Apr 10

7:30am | 6:30c

Season 1, Episode 3

American Dream Home

James's parents are immigrants from Korea who have achieved the American dream. They've worked long hours at their flower shop in Jersey City for the past 20 years and are proud to own their home and to have put their son through college. Now, just a few years away from retirement, James wants to give his parents the surprise of their lives, a trip to Korea to visit family they haven't seen in 15 years. What they don't know is that while they are away, the Cousins are sneaking in to renovate their home. Anthony and John are giving them an open kitchen, and a new backyard with a koi pond and greenhouse. But with inclement weather and some unforeseen plumbing problems, will the guys make the deadline and deliver an emotional surprise? Or will James's parents be left wishing he had just given them grandkids instead?

Jul 30

7:30am | 6:30c

Season 1, Episode 9

Operation: Renovation

Growing up, Laura and her brother Joe moved constantly and now that Laura and her husband Raj have a house of their own, they want to renovate the basement for Joe who's been couch-surfing since he returned home from years of overseas military assignments. They call in the Cousins to help them surprise Joe with a living space well suited for his lifestyle. For years before the bought the home, the basement was closed off from the rest of the house and and fell into ruin, which makes for an unusual demolition. Laura wants to open it up to the rest of the house so Joe feels welcome but can still his privacy. Designing in a small space can be tough, but Anthony and John have creative ideas to maximize every inch. They tuck a custom shelving unit neatly under the stairs and build convertible furniture which is perfect for a flex space. When Joe walks through the door, he's bowled over to find that he finally has a place to call home.

Aug 13

7:30am | 6:30c

Season 1, Episode 10

A Suite Surprise

Tara and Darren need a place to relax and escape from the stresses of the day. Darren commutes to Manhattan daily and Tara works from home. Their bedroom is the only sanctuary in the house except that it is outdated, has no closet space, a tiny bathroom with one sink and is attached to a room that the family never uses. So when Darren is at work, Tara calls in the Cousins to transform the space. The Cousins are just finishing their booming demo when Darren gets home to find his space turned into a construction site. Anthony and John promise to create the oasis that Tara and Darren need, complete with a massive closet and beautiful bathroom with a steam shower for Darren's bad back. Drawing inspiration from old style French luxury, the Cousins deliver on a dreamy master suite that goes above and beyond what Darren and Tara could imagine.

Aug 20

7:30am | 6:30c

Season 1, Episode 5

An Inspired Extension

When Cheryl and Mike discovered a rotted foundation they called in Cousins, Anthony and John, to rescue them from their dire situation. Since the couple also wants to renovate their kitchen and living space, the Cousins answer with a design plan for a major extension that will not only fix their foundation but will give this family of five double the living space. A new mudroom with custom storage will lead into a bright and spacious kitchen centered around a unique island that can fit the whole family. The focal point of the living room will be a striking stone fireplace. And to top it all off, the cousins will build Mike and Cheryl a new deck off the the master bedroom. Mike and Cheryl's foundation inspired an extension to fit the whole family.

Aug 27

7:30am | 6:30c

Season 1, Episode 12

Jersey Strong

Ellen DeGeneres and the Cousins have a big surprise for a New Jersey couple who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Megan and Jonathan are volunteer first responders and while they were out risking their lives for others, their home was completely destroyed. During a taping of her Show, Ellen surprises the couple by bringing out the Cousins who reveal that they've already started working on the devastated home. They are renovating the entire house and decorating it in a beach-bungalow style. As New Jersey natives, this project hits close to home for John and Anthony. And the pressure is on! They only have five days to get the job done before they reveal the new home to the couple on The Ellen Show.

Dec 3

7:30am | 6:30c

Season 1, Episode 6

Work Hard, Play Harder

10 year old Nicholas is more than a cancer survior, he's also the president and CEO of the foundation Cancer Stinks. With his parents and Vice President little brother by his side he makes and hand delivers care packages to children staying overnight at hospitals for treatment in New Jersey. More than anything, Nicholas wants a place from which to operate his foundation and to hang out with his family. So he is overjoyed when he comes home and sees Anthony and John standing in his basement, promising to convert the unfinished dark space into the bright new headquarters of Cancer Stinks and new family hang out center. Anthony and John know it's important to mix work and play so they build a space with modular furniture that is multi functional. Cancer Stinks HQ by day and the ultimate boy cave by night, or at least until Nicholas' parents tell him it's time to go to bed.

Dec 10

7:30am | 6:30c

Season 1, Episode 11

New Beginnings

When Hurricane Sandy hit, Anthony and John immediately jumped to action and gave back to their Jersey community by pumping water out of their neighbors' flooded homes. In the process, they met expecting parents Steve and Michelle, who had moved into their home only 45 days before the storm and are weeks away from having their first child. The entire lower level of their home was completely flooded. Learning the couples' story deeply moved them and the knew they had to help. The Cousins decide to completely revive the ravaged space and transform it into an amazing living area for this young couple, allowing them to get back in their home where they can begin again...all just before their due date!

Dec 17

7:30am | 6:30c

About the Hosts...

Anthony Carrino

An entreprenuer at heart, this New Jersey native started his own Web design business before opening a construction company with his father.
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John Colaneri

After college, this New Jersey native joined the family business, a custom construction firm.
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