Midwestern transplants are leaving their Burbank, Calif., rental for more space and a better commute. They find a home, move in and begin a huge renovation -- only to find out they're expecting. A baby on the way puts pressure on the couple's contractor to stay on schedule and on budget, but structural issues may force them to rethink their plans.
West Hills, CA, newlyweds are eager to buy their first home together. He's a second-generation real estate agent so they're feeling confident they have the skills to lock in the perfect house but do they have what it takes to get through renovations when multiple surprises take a big chunk out of their budget? From abatement to potentially having to dig up a large part of their yard, they may have to make some design compromises and scale back on dream projects. In the end, they'll learn of yet another surprise that will change their lives forever.
A New England couple is ready to buy a bigger home for their growing family. Once renovations begin on their home, they quickly realize they may be in way over their heads. With the pressure of raising two small children in a home that's under constant construction, they begin questioning their decisions and looking for ways to speed up the process. One winter storm after another puts them even further behind and digging trenches in the icy ground puts them at a standstill. If they can power through all the obstacles and find a lost appliance, however, they may be able to finally cook a family meal in their new kitchen.
Denver natives are searching the city for a larger home for their family of four. He bought their current home before meeting his wife, so she thinks it's her turn to get what she wants. But agreeing on a home, figuring out what style fits them both and learning the renovation ropes proves to be an exercise in compromise. When unexpected discoveries, budget overages and new projects are thrown into the mix, this couple is forced to learn some lessons the hard way.
A Manhattan Beach, California, family of five hopes to stay close to the beach while finding more space. Affordable homes in their dream location all require renovation, however, and the home they choose turns out to be an even bigger -- and taller -- project than they ever imagined.
A couple braces themselves for the harsh realities that come with buying a fixer upper while searching for their first home in Denver. Armed with enthusiasm and the willingness to put in some sweat equity, this couple will still have to learn to brush off the renovation dust and try, try again if they want to finish the project.
A Los Angeles couple finds themselves swimming in red after renovation expenses begin piling up. With the pressure rising, this self-proclaimed "un-handy" couple fights to stay afloat by taking on a number of projects themselves. The couple didn't realize, however, that the house would start fighting back!
A couple of new parents with no renovation experience jump right into a remodel in the Los Angeles area. The projects soon add up and costs climb higher as they lean more and more on professionals to get them to the finish line. But as they delve deeper into demo, a whole host of problems may cause them to rethink their plans.
A couple with two small children quickly begins renovations on their new home so they can move out of their cramped Melrose, Massachusetts, apartment before their lease is up. The duo is new to renovation, however, so the hidden pipes, a white-vs.-gray argument and a rogue bathroom gut job results in a workload that quickly spirals out of control.
A Denver, CO, couple temporarily lives with her parents while they desperately search for a new home to raise their two young sons. But between home style and design style, they both have wildly different visions of what looks best. Once they're in the midst of reno, this dueling duo realizes if they don't find common ground quickly, they'll be overtaken by reno surprises that push them over budget.
A Washington state family faces a tricky house hunt while searching for a larger home in the Los Angeles area. Armed with good intentions and a sense of humor, they quickly jump into renovation projects but immediately see their to-do list grow rapidly. They may take it all in stride but an expensive structural surprise may require them to make some very hard decisions.
A Denver couple wants to leave city life behind and get back to the land. While they're eager to find a top-to-bottom renovation, they don't want to get in over their heads. The couple begins questioning the quality of their home, however, once problems arise after renovation.
An Australian couple searches California's San Fernando Valley for their first home. She's looking for an all-American traditional while he has a contemporary home with a modern interior in mind. Once they settle on a place, they quickly move in but attempting renovations while having the flu leaves them coughing up dollars.
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