With three young children, Aaron and Amy have quickly outgrown their Chicago townhouse and are ready to trade it in for a more spacious home in the suburbs. They both want four bedrooms and a big yard where the kids can play but while she wants a classic Victorian with detail, he wants a split-level house with clean lines. Their agent Michael Devine will have to find the perfect blend of both their tastes to get this couple into a home. Things won't get any easier once they agree on a place, however. With help from designer Kim Scodro and contractor Don Jeanes, they'll face everything from black mold to budget overruns as they try to create their dream open kitchen. On top of that, they'll have to face the challenges of renovating a bathroom and basement on their own. Living through the renovation with three small kids will be tough but in the end they'll have a home that's perfect for the whole family.
Recently engaged Matt and Leslie are searching for their first home in Buffalo, NY, and have very unique needs. As a brewer, he wants space for a kegerator where he can chill his homemade beers. She wants a yard with enough room to grow her own vegetables and have her very own chicken coop. Their agent Robert Blake will have his hands full trying to find all that in a place that also combines Matt's Pacific Northwest industrial style with Leslie's farmhouse style.
Los Angeles lawyers Amber and Carlos are ready to find a larger home where they can start a family. While she loves the whimsical details and historic charm of traditional vintage homes, he likes the Spanish style that reminds him of his family from South America. Their agent Michael Grady needs to find a home that not only blends their styles but also has a large kitchen, a whirlpool tub and as few stairs as possible -- and all that near the beach. But even after they find their new home, the challenges won't end there.
Chicago real estate broker Josh and his marketing director wife Arin are ready to move out of their downtown loft and into a larger, more family-friendly home where they can raise their son Dylan. They have very definite ideas about what they want -- she wants a contemporary home with an open kitchen and all white cabinets while he wants a traditional home that absolutely must have a master suite big enough for two sinks. With help from Josh's real estate partner Tommy Choi, they'll search their target neighborhood of Lincoln Park until they find a house that satisfies both their styles. Getting it just the way they like it, however, will take a bit of work.
Jason, a historic preservationist, and Casey, an architect and artist, have been living in different cities and dating long distance for a year. They've decided to take a big step forward by both moving to the city where they first met, Buffalo, NY, and buy their first home together. Casey wants a Craftsman-style house with a more modern open layout but Jason prefers the vintage style of a Victorian with architectural woodwork and pocket doors. Finding a place that suits them both is not an easy task for their agent Jim Mack. With some give and take they'll settle on a house, then they'll dive into a major renovation that will test their new living situation. With help from designer Candice Urban-Green and contractor Fred Hunt, Jr., they'll tackle everything from bad wiring to troublesome tiling to beehives. It will all pay off in the end when they transform their beautiful historic home into a hip place that they both can love.
Newlyweds Darren and Lauren are ready to buy their first home together but agreeing on a style is no easy task. He wants a modern, contemporary look with clean lines and she wants a traditional place filled with charm and character. In the expensive Los Angeles real estate market, however, getting either of them what they want will be a challenge for their agent Ingrid Sacerio -- even with a budget of almost a million dollars. They finally find a place they can both agree on and then the real problems begin.
Jessica, Roddy and their young son Colton need a new home for their growing family. The expensive Los Angeles real estate market has put their dream of a large house with a yard completely out of reach, so they've decided to move to the more affordable Chicago suburbs where Jessica grew up. She wants a traditional suburban home but he wants a more modern place closer to the city. Balancing their tastes would be hard enough but their agent also needs to find them a place with three bedrooms, a basement and an updated kitchen -- and they've got a tight timeline of only one week to find it.
Russian-born Yulia and her husband Mark have been living in his mom's basement for the first few years of their marriage and are ready to find a place of their own. While she wants the single-family Colonial home she saw in American movies as a kid in Russia, he wants a multi-family Craftsman that they can rent out to offset mortgage costs. Since they both have jobs maintaining the city's park system, they want a house with plenty of green space. Their agent Tim Riordan will have his hands full finding all that with their first-time buyers' budget but once they get the keys, Mark and Yulia will dive into renovation and may find themselves in over their heads.
Ashley and Michelle are engaged and ready to buy their first home together but even with a million dollar budget they've been scouring the expensive Santa Monica, CA, real estate market for two years and have been unable to find a home. As a surfer, Michelle wants a place close to the ocean while Ashley wants a spacious and updated kitchen where she can enjoy cooking. Their agent Jennifer Lax also needs to find them a house with three bedrooms, an open floor plan and a big backyard for their two dogs. To finally get a home of their own, they'll need to make some compromises, which means massive renovations are in order.
After being forced to move out of their Chicago rental on short notice, Stephani and Dan moved in with her brother and his family. While her brother is also Dan's best friend, they still don't want to overstay their welcome. Their agent Jennifer Devies is helping them find a place that's cozy enough for Stephani yet spacious enough for former football player Dan with a huge kitchen and backyard for entertaining and the grand staircase that Stephani's always wanted. Finding all that won't be easy, which means that once they get the keys, they'll need to take on some major renovations to make the place their own.
Newlyweds Spencer and Kanika are ready to set down roots and buy their first home in Buffalo, NY. She wants a charming and cozy Victorian while he wants a traditional Colonial. They may have trouble finding either one in the popular neighborhoods they're targeting where houses are in high demand, however. If their first-time-buyers' budget wasn't challenging enough, their agent Mandy Smith will also need to find them a place with an open kitchen, a big yard for the dogs and space for a home office. Even after getting the keys, they'll have to take on major renovations to make their new house what they want.
Tony and his roommate Will have been scouring Los Angeles for an architecturally unique home that they can call their own. Adding to the challenge for their friend and real estate agent Jack Gladden is that they also want three bedrooms, a pool and room to renovate so they can add their own distinct style. After seeing some very out-of-the-ordinary homes, they'll finally agree on one and dive into a renovation like no other. Their designer and contractor Yvonne Landivar will help them through everything from mold issues to structural challenges to a ballooning budget. In the end, these two roommates will create an awe-inspiring space that truly is a one-of-a kind home.
Writer Steven and singer Sam are searching Los Angeles for a perfect home where they can raise their young son Lazlo. While he loves the area's popular Spanish style, she's got her heart set on a Craftsman house. Helping them find a place that blends their styles and also has plenty of indoor and outdoor space for the whole family is their agent John Bertolli, who also happens to be their brother-in-law. Once they get the keys, John will switch hats and sign on as their contractor as well, seeing them through a renovation that's more overwhelming than they expected. They'll struggle through the stress of design decisions, delayed timelines and unexpected costs, but it will all be worth it when they settle into a house that exceeds the whole family's expectations.
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