A couple looks to buy their first home in an up-and-coming neighborhood in Denver, CO. After purchasing a house, they quickly realize they're in over their heads with the renovation when they face abatement issues, plumbing problems and issues with the floors.
A couple looks for a home to renovate in the foothills of California's San Gabriel Mountains that includes a space they can convert into a guesthouse or mother-in-law suite for her mom. After choosing a place, they uncover several expensive and time-consuming surprises, including lead-based paint and asbestos.
After renovating their Long Beach, CA, home for several years, Ron and Sylvia realize it's too small and they need a bigger home. Their real estate agent helps them find a new space that they can turn it into their dream house. However, Ron and Sylvia are faced with budget additions and multiple construction challenges that may force them to rethink their design plans.
Busy new parents are settling into family life with their baby daughter, but the townhouse they've been renting just doesn't suit them anymore. They're debating a two-story traditional and a charming ranch in the northern suburbs of California's San Fernando Valley, and once they decide on a home they both like, renovations begin quickly. To make every dollar count in their tight budget, they bring in a designer and a contractor to help make sense of a tricky bathroom layout, and they also tackle a cosmetic kitchen update. Both projects are moving forward until an unexpected chimney problem threatens to send their design plans -- and their renovation budget -- up in smoke.
A couple that's currently living with her parents in Studio City, CA, wants a home of their own, and fast. She thinks it would be easier to transform a traditional home, while he's dreamed of having a modern space packed with architectural details. After getting the keys to their new space, they realize they'll have to live through a renovation nightmare as structural issues, lead problems and a termite infestation affect their design plans and budget.
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