Anthony and John team up with Ellen Degeneres to create a life-changing surprise for a family who have dedicated themselves to our country despite suffering personal setbacks. Military Veterans Alex and Heather Stephenson bought their home with the hopes of finally planting roots with their three young kids after years of constantly moving. But just after closing on the home, Heather suffered a dangerous auto accident that derailed their plans to address the house's many needs. With her amazing recovery complete, Ellen flies the family out for a sunny L.A. vacation while the Cousins corral local Veterans, town officials and citizens who are eager to help give the Stephensons the dream home they always wanted, complete with a modern exterior and rustic flourishes inside amid the repairs and renovations to their kitchen, living room and master suite.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As a dedicated police officer, Nadia's everyday work is both highly rewarding and extremely taxing. As a wife and mother, her main concern is separating those stresses from her valued home life with her husband and two sons. Their family room and backyard are the heart of all their time together but both are broken down and sorely lacking the design and functionality Nadia has dreamed of for years. So the Cousins and her supportive community come together to surprise her by remaking the family room and completely transforming the backyard to include a soothing rocky stream, in-ground fire pit and pergola for relaxation, lush plant life in all directions and an outdoor living room complete with an all-weather tv.
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.
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