A Los Angeles law enforcement officer and his wife face a competitive market with a modest budget while searching for their first home together. Once they decide on a place and renovations begin, they're hit with surprise expenses like needing lead abatement and a new electrical panel. The couple is determined to not let these expenses prevent them from taking on other projects, however, so they're forced to take on some of the work themselves.
A Boston couple is ready to ditch their cramped condo and find a home in the suburbs. After locking in a home, however, things quickly go off course when they begin renovations. Uncovered sewer pipes cause a redirection in the design plan, and uneven counters cause a delay in the backsplash install.
A Southern California couple with three children under the age of three has their hands full needs to move into a new home with more space. After they find a house large enough for their family, they start a major overhaul and need all hands on deck. While they struggle through a kitchen remodel, his dad, who happens to be a plumber, saves the day by taking the lead on other projects.
After renting for years, a couple has saved up enough money to buy their first home in Denver. They decide to renovate an older home but soon learn that old houses come with expensive problems, like replacing 70-year-old pipes. With setback after setback they begin to worry they've taken on too much.
A Boston couple is looking to buy a home for their rapidly expanding family. Due to their budget and the area they're targeting to live in, any house they buy will be a fixer-upper. Once they decide on a place and the renovations begin, the problems come fast and furious, putting even their relationship at risk.
A recent transplant to Denver, Colorado, is ready to buy a home but doesn't know a lot about renovation. She turns to her best friend and roommate for advice, but even with guidance, this inexperienced homeowner finds out how tough it can be to get through a major renovation.
Two dads with a young son buy a bigger home in Southern California, but more space creates more renovation projects. Design plans change when one of them goes out of town, but the choices may not be for the better.
A Southern California couple wants a spacious home where they can start a family. After buying a place, they jump straight into renovations with his fellow contractor and face a string of problems, including installing a half-ton support beam.
Newly married musicians are looking to buy a bigger home that can house all their instruments. While he's more enthusiastic to take on renovations than she is, they both know that putting in some sweat equity is the only way they'll get a house that truly reflects their creative side. The SoCal couple learns something new about themselves and each other when their designer pushes them to make some bold design decisions.
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