Hosts Christina Anstead and Tarek El Moussa take on Californian homes. From buying a house unseen, taking on a home with flood damage and tackling a home renovation three hours away in North Hollywood, this season is an adventure in flipping.
Before: Out-of-Style Kitchen
After this house sat abandoned for a while, Christina and Tarek bought it sight unseen. Unfortunately, when they did their first walk-through, they realized it was in much worse condition than they thought. The dated kitchen had an awkward break that led to the laundry room.
After: Bright + White Kitchen
To create a better flow to the laundry room, they opened up the wall leading into the kitchen and installed a barn door. The layout change meant they lost windows and natural light, so the new kitchen design had to be ultra-bright and airy. White cabinets and countertops, as well as pale floors, instantly lighten the space, and soft gray walls establish subtle contrast without darkening the room. Classic rectangle tiles are laid in a herringbone pattern for a compelling backsplash.
Before: Ransacked House
Christina and Tarek knew they were taking a risk when they bought this house without laying eyes on it, but they didn't realize it would be completely vandalized — even the brand-new water heater had been stolen.
After: Cozy and Welcoming Living Room
New floors and walls instantly set the scene for a fresh, neutral living space. The real showstopper is the double-sided fireplace. Tarek covered the fireplace in massive slabs of tile that deliver a clean, modern style that will appeal to younger buyers.
Before: Ready-for-an-Update Bedroom
This 2,400-square-foot home in Laguna Hills, California, had a long list of problems: missing siding, the need for a new roof, flood damage and an awkward layout. But Christina and Tarek loved that it had huge bedrooms and bathrooms and is located in a super-desirable area, only 2 miles from the beach.
After: Relaxing Bedroom Retreat
This bedroom simply needed cosmetic upgrades — a fresh coat of paint on the walls, plush carpeting and new windows and doors. To modernize the fireplace, the brick was painted black and a new screen was installed.
Before: Utterly Outdated Bathroom
The bathroom is a great size, but filled with completely dated finished and materials. In addition, the built-in, super-sized bathtub has a decades-past aesthetic.
After: Contemporary Contrasting Bathroom
Bold and geometric, the bathroom renovation is grounded in chic black-and-white tile. A freestanding bathtub replaces the older oversized one, and the shower got a major upgrade. A low wall is paired with framed glass walls that create a more open atmosphere.
Before: Mid-Reno Kitchen
The home was in the middle of a renovation after flood damage. In addition to missing drywall throughout the home, the kitchen was missing cabinets, and it was time for a major improvement.
After: Modern Farmhouse Kitchen
Christina and Tarek were able to open up the home by removing a couple of walls, and the kitchen was reoriented to create a welcoming flow. The modern farmhouse kitchen combines white Shaker cabinets and white marble countertops with black veining. The backsplash of elongated black tiles delivers a striking contrast.
Before: Obsolete Kitchen
Christina and Tarek take on a flip in North Hollywood, a mere 20-minute drive from Rodeo Drive. The classic Spanish Revival home is full of character, but the kitchen doesn't match the architecture of the home at all.
After: Timeless, Wow-Worthy Kitchen
Spanish Revival style is all about combining rustic elements with traditional motifs. Dark cabinets are clad in white quartz countertops. Medium-brown hardwoods are laid in a herringbone pattern and a Spanish-inspired backsplash reflects the Old-World history of the 100-year-old home.
Before: Too Tiny Bathroom
Although the bathrooms had some of the original character of the home, the spaces felt dated. This tiny bathroom also wasn't functional for a modern family.
After: Open and Functional Bathroom
Borrowing space from the rest of the home, this bathroom is about five times its original size. Patterned tile grounds the room in style. Classic white subway tile is used for most of the shower, yet it's backed in blue tile that brings bright color into the gray-and-white palette.