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Let Anthony and John take you behind the scenes on some of the best Cousins Undercover projects. They'll break down the basics and offer tips and advice.

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Anthony and John deconstruct how they built custom floating bookshelves.
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At Home With the Cousins 7 Videos

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

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Contemporary Kitchen Breakfast Bar With Sheepskin Stools

Cousins Undercover Homeowner Reveal

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White Home With Yellow Front Door

Eclectic White Dining Room with Orange Chairs

Vibrant Blue Living Room With Rustic Details

Light, Airy Living Room With White Sofa

HGTV Host Anthony Carrino

Updated Country Kitchen With Blue Cabinets and Window Bench Table Seating

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Traditional Blue Home Office

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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About the Show

Every neighborhood has one — that local hero who makes life a little easier for everyone around him or her. Now is America's chance to celebrate neighborhood heroes in a BIG way. Each week, HGTV's cousins, Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri, give one hero the surprise of a lifetime. First, we send him or her away for a weekend. Once they are gone, the cousins descend on the neighborhood with huge trucks and hulking teams of renovators to tackle a home overhaul customized exactly to the hero. Finally, the cousins and the neighborhood band together to reveal our hero's house, transformed inside and out.
Season 1, Episode 4

Backyard Block Party

When Tania Liddy leaves town for three days to help her sister move, what she doesn't know is that the Cousins, along with her family, friends, neighbors and community leaders, will descend upon her home to completely renovate what is the true epicenter of their tight-knit community: her kitchen, living room and backyard. This is a total surprise for a deserving person who selflessly coordinates all the community's athletic, school-related and social activities. The whole neighborhood is used to working together so they dive right in with John and Anthony to blow Tania away for an exciting reveal she'll never forget!

Thursday
Jul 2
6:30am | 5:30c
Season 1, Episode 3

The Heart of the Neighborhood

While Earl Hart's out of town with his wife and sons for three days, he has no idea that the Cousins will recruit his middle school students, along with Earl's family, friends and neighbors, to completely renovate the entire first floor of his home. They'll also knock through the wall to the backyard to give him direct access to where they'll build new deck to enjoy with his family and neighbors. Earl dedicates every moment of his free time to the students from low income areas, many of who don't have strong role models. So his entire community joins the Cousins to give back to Earl with the surprise of his life.

Thursday
Jul 16
6:30am | 5:30c
Season 1, Episode 5

Coach's Custom Quarters

Bob Keenan has no idea that as soon as he leaves for a three-day weekend away, volunteers from all areas of his life will join forces with the Cousins to create an amazing renovation for this incredibly deserving person who always does for others without ever asking for anything in return. In addition to some major curb appeal, they'll build a true wrestling gym to enable him to continue his work with kids, a massive deck to add to the sense of community he cherishes and an overhaul to his living room finally give him a great place to be able to relax with his family. It's a lot to pull off in only three days but with the help from Bob's whole neighborhood, Anthony and John will give him an emotionally-charged surprise he'll remember forever.

Thursday
Jul 30
6:30am | 5:30c
Season 1, Episode 7

Veteran's Vintage Overhaul

The young Wendl family leaves their small, close-knit town in Iowa for a fun trip to L.A. that includes watching a live taping of ELLEN. But when Ellen and her special guests, the Cousins, pull them out of the studio audience and onstage, things start to sink in... Anthony and John have already begun an undercover overhaul of their home and recruited the entire town to help. The Wendl's house is seventy years old and while it's filled with flourishes of their personal, vintage style, it's needs a lot of work. Sam Wendl's military service overseas prevented him from having the chance to repair what the house sorely needs much less to create the home in their image. Friends, family and all the whole town pitch in to completely rebuild the exterior, remake entire first floor and give them a backyard to perfectly fit their lifestyle.

Thursday
Aug 6
6:30am | 5:30c
Season 1, Episode 6

Public Servant's Private Oasis

With Mike and his family at the beach for just three days, the Cousins go undercover with the help of his fellow public servants to renovate his huge basement and backyard, both blank canvases with great potential that Mike doesn't have the time or resources to develop. Furiously working to accomplish all this in order to give Mike an amazing surprise in such a short timeframe can only be accomplished by everyone pitching together alongside Anthony and John in the spirit of what Mike has always done for others as a volunteer firefighter, EMT and police officer.

Thursday
Aug 13
6:30am | 5:30c
Season 1, Episode 1

New Mom's Newest Addition

The Cousins collaborate with Ellen Degeneres to surprise new mom Elizabeth Brehm with a full home renovation. But they can't do this alone. They rely on enthusiastic help from the whole neighborhood and the family and friends who love Elizabeth and want to roll up their sleeves for hard work and fun to give her the home she truly deserves. Since buying the house a year ago, she's been wanting to create a bedroom and nursery in her unfinished, unlivable second floor. But after recently getting laid off from her teaching job, those dreams were put on hold. Now she'll get all that and much more.

Thursday
Aug 27
6:30am | 5:30c
Season 20, Episode 32

A Child Therapist's basement goes from disaster zone to modern cottage chic.

Marianela is a Child Therapist who has dedicated her life to making a difference in the lives of troubled youth. She and her husband bought their first home as newlyweds and it immediately became their extended family's main hub for all get-togethers. Within a year, the whole basement flooded and the space became entirely unusable. Now this budding family of four needs all the space they can get. So the Cousins team up with Marianela's colleagues, patients, family and friends to surprise her with a modern cottage-style full basement overhaul including a family room with a handmade fireplace, custom open stairs and a stage for the kids to entertain guests.

Thursday
Sep 3
6:30am | 5:30c
Season 2, Episode 4

A beloved school nurse and star EMS volunteer receives a surprise kitchen and backyard renovation.

Lauren Weber is a beloved elementary school nurse and dedicated EMS volunteer whom along with her firefighter husband, Steve, always puts others before herself. At the top of the list of their own needs are a kitchen overhaul and something functional and fun for their blank canvas of a backyard. The Cousins recruit Lauren's students, co-workers, fellow EMS volunteers, family and friends to turn their home into a place to share with the community they love. The dated, broken-down kitchen gets a complete modern makeover and they remove the wall from the kitchen to the backyard replacing it with floor to ceiling accordion doors that lead to a new, Moroccan-themed deck complete with a romantic pergola, built-in tree boxes and a custom indoor/outdoor beverage cart.

Thursday
Sep 10
6:30am | 5:30c
Season 2, Episode 7

A wounded warrior's broken down home transforms into a healthy haven for rehab and relaxation.

Mark Little risked his life fighting in the Iraq War and, although he lost his legs to an IED, he has never stopped living life to the fullest and relentlessly encouraging to do so. He and his wife bought the house Mark grew up in several years ago but, with Mark currently a full-time student who dedicates all his free time to inspiring other wounded vets by running marathons, giving speeches and raising funds, the couple lacks the means to make their home more functional for the needs of a person who spends all day on prosthetic legs. So the Cousins recruit Ellen DeGeneres to surprise the Littles with a life-changing home renovation including an indoor spa and hot tub to soothe his aches and pains, a bedroom/bathroom overhaul specifically designed to make his life easier and a living room rec area for entertaining his military buddies complete with a custom shuffleboard.

Thursday
Sep 24
6:30am | 5:30c
Season 2, Episode 6

A specialist dedicated to helping sick children gets the entire first floor overhaul of her dreams.

Lucie Kahn is a Child Life Specialist dedicated to helping hospitalized children deal with a medical environment and understand their procedures and treatments. She, too, copes with a severe medical situation having contracted Lyme disease while working at a summer camp for kids with serious illnesses. Her condition has drained her and her husband's resources preventing them from fixing the serious issues that threaten their first home together. So the Cousins corral help from her co-workers, family and friends to surprise her with an entire first floor overhaul. They completely redo her outdated, dysfunctional kitchen with all new appliances, cabinets and floors, they turn her empty dining room into a refined, traditional space with a coffered ceiling and pocket doors and they transform her drab, dangerous patio into a safe and inviting entryway and spot for relaxation.

Thursday
Oct 1
6:30am | 5:30c
Season 20, Episode 32

A Child Therapist's basement goes from disaster zone to modern cottage chic.

Marianela is a Child Therapist who has dedicated her life to making a difference in the lives of troubled youth. She and her husband bought their first home as newlyweds and it immediately became their extended family's main hub for all get-togethers. Within a year, the whole basement flooded and the space became entirely unusable. Now this budding family of four needs all the space they can get. So the Cousins team up with Marianela's colleagues, patients, family and friends to surprise her with a modern cottage-style full basement overhaul including a family room with a handmade fireplace, custom open stairs and a stage for the kids to entertain guests.

Thursday
Mar 3
6:30am | 5:30c
Season 2, Episode 5

A Treasured Teacher gets an A-Plus Open Concept Overhaul

Anthony and John corral help from a treasured third-grade teacher's students, colleagues, friends and family to surprise this one-of-a-kind educator whose commitment to her work far exceeds the norm. Rosalis dedicates all her energy to her students, even inviting her overachieving class to her house every year. With the recent addition of their baby daughter, Rosalis and her husband have outgrown their already cramped house. Their only bedroom became the nursery forcing them to set up a makeshift bedroom for themselves in the dining room. Now, the whole community pitches in starting with a completely overhauled kitchen that opens to new a dining area, transforming the old dining room into a proper master bedroom and with an entire living room makeover including a custom feature wall created by her students.

Thursday
Mar 17
6:30am | 5:30c
Season 2, Episode 6

A specialist dedicated to helping sick children gets the entire first floor overhaul of her dreams.

Lucie Kahn is a Child Life Specialist dedicated to helping hospitalized children deal with a medical environment and understand their procedures and treatments. She, too, copes with a severe medical situation having contracted Lyme disease while working at a summer camp for kids with serious illnesses. Her condition has drained her and her husband's resources preventing them from fixing the serious issues that threaten their first home together. So the Cousins corral help from her co-workers, family and friends to surprise her with an entire first floor overhaul. They completely redo her outdated, dysfunctional kitchen with all new appliances, cabinets and floors, they turn her empty dining room into a refined, traditional space with a coffered ceiling and pocket doors and they transform her drab, dangerous patio into a safe and inviting entryway and spot for relaxation.

Thursday
Mar 24
6:30am | 5:30c

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