Chelsea and Aaron no longer feel as though their rental townhome's features or location are appropriate for raising their daughter, Scarlett, and are looking for a new home that can combine her love of contemporary farmhouses with his taste in rustic charm. Their agent, Andrew, is helping them find a home that suits their needs and fits within their low budget. Once settling on a home, they hire a designer and contractor to help with some of its shortcomings, but will the renovations result in a home that makes them feel like they're truly living the dream?
Andrew and Robin are searching for their dream home in Maine. The couple wants something big enough for their four growing children and right on a lake, but they agree on little else. Once the family decides on a house, it's all hands on deck as they tackle a massive renovation with a new design idea emerging around every project. Things only get harder, and more expensive, when they discover they may need to spend $8,000 to expand their septic field. When everything is completed, however, the family will have the lakefront retreat they've always dreamed of.
Laura and Steve are eager to get out of their cramped Austin, Texas, rental and buy their first home so they can start a family. With their tight budget, they're looking at homes in need of a little TLC. Once the lock is in place, they quickly make big renovation plans for every room in the house. The couple faces one costly issue after another as well as some bold design decisions, but in the end they'll have a beautiful home with an eye-catching new kitchen, perfect for raising a family.
Two years of searching has left California couple Sarah Jayne and Michael empty-handed as they debate farmhouse versus rustic and single level versus two-story for a new house close to the beach. They finally find a place they're both happy with, but they need to renovate it to make it exactly what they want. Their vision takes shape as they tackle projects in the kitchen and master bathroom, but then they're hit with unforeseen electrical upgrades throughout the whole house.
A husband-and-wife medical doctor team looking to purchase their first home together quickly learn that finding the perfect place will be trickier than they expected. Their real estate agent is on hand attempting to find a home that combines his hope for an industrial-style house with lots of brick and her desire for a cozy bungalow with a farmhouse feel. Their designer and contractor struggle to keep up with the renovations while second guessing the couple's design decisions and frequent mishaps. Will they be able to get it together in the end so they can finally relax and enjoy their beautiful new home?
A puppeteer and his fiancee have moved from New York City to West Hollywood, CA, and are eager to find their first home. They're hoping for something move-in ready but their budget is going to require them to seek a fixer-upper. Their real estate agent is helping them find a house that can bring together their opposing style requirements and they have a designer and contractor on hand to help with the necessary renovations. Will they be able to overcome all the nasty surprises that await in the house's old walls and wind up with the perfect new home?
A Silver Lake, California, couple searches for a home with a more spacious, suburban feel for their growing family. But after they sell their house, they only have 30 days to take on a massive kitchen renovation before their move-in date. Right away an expensive abatement sets them back both financially and time wise, and it doesn't get any easier when they run into one renovation after another. In the end, however, they wind up with the perfect home for their family.
Ready to become first-time homeowners, an engaged couple dives into their first big purchase before tying the knot. But they soon find out that there are many joys and perils of home ownership. From surprises in the flooring to losing the roof over their heads, it's a race to the finish line as they struggle to complete the renovations before making it down the aisle.
Rick and Kasey are relocating to Austin, TX, because of Rick's job in the military, and they're eager to find a 4-bedroom traditional-style home for their 3 kids as soon as possible. Rick wants a huge, two-story home, but Kasey's ideal home is a small, one-level place with less upkeep. When renovations begin, they face a number of issues, from hidden mold to design problems. For Kasey and Rick, the end can't come soon enough, because Kasey can't stand living without a kitchen, and Rick's allergies are affected by all the dust and debris.
After years of renting in Manhattan Beach, California, Veterinarian Assistant Deb is ready to purchase her first contemporary condo to share with her pets. But once she locks in a place, she soon discovers that her budget doesn't go as far as she had hoped. Deb and her pets live through the dusty renovations and face several challenges along the way from costly plumbing issues to crumbling backsplash tile. It's a struggle to the very end, but it's all worth it when Deb ends up with a beach-chic home to call her own.
Jen and Jeff rent a small apartment in Glendale, CA. While the couple feels they don't need a huge amount of space, they want a house that would give them a little more room for Jen's baking and Jeff's outdoor entertaining. After they decide on a home, they roll up their sleeves and start the renovation. Their vintage house turns out to have lots of vintage problems hidden beneath the surface, but Jen and Jeff hope to get the house up to date while keeping its charm.
Austin, TX, native Brittney is looking for a home where she can raise her nine-year-old daughter, and she knows just who to turn to for help. She enlists her real estate agent mom Sandra to find a fixer-upper. House hunting with her mom proves to be a challenge when their tastes collide, but they finally do pick a house. From rotting wood to electrical upgrades, along with a very headstrong daughter who takes her grandmother's side, Brittney faces many challenges in becoming a first-time homeowner.
A Silver Lake, CA, couple is eager to trade their current rental for a single-family home with a large yard. While they both agree that their new home must have three bedrooms, an open floor plan and a spacious kitchen, they clash when it comes to style. One wants a home with a contemporary feel and an all-white interior but the other would like a Spanish-style home with lots of charm and color throughout. When they finally agree on a house, they face a mound of unexpected structural and design issues. They're willing to put forth the effort to make their dream come true, but will the stress and sacrifice result in them having a stunning home they both love?
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