John, Sarah and their three young children recently relocated to Southern California and are eager to buy a home in Thousand Oaks. Working with an $860,000 budget, they hope to find something with a large backyard and an updated master bathroom. Sarah would like a ranch home with a contemporary farmhouse style, while John would prefer a Spanish-style home with clean lines and a modern vibe. They also have deal-breakers, like John's hatred of round design elements and Sarah not wanting a drain in the middle of the shower floor. They finally find a home and start renovations but pricey issues keep popping up that hurt both their timeline and their budget. Will the stress and headaches be worth it in the end?
Natalie and Matt love living in Redondo Beach, CA, but want more space so they can start growing their family. Natalie is a food blogger so she needs a larger kitchen with more counter space and natural light for photographs. While she loves the rustic farmhouse look, Matt prefers something more masculine and industrial for their home. Once they find a house they can agree on, they set about opening up the kitchen and redoing the bathrooms. In the end, they hope to have the perfect home for their future family that features a blend of their personal styles.
Computer engineers Cory and Caitlin are young, quirky and a perfect fit in the 'keep it weird' city of Austin, TX. Ready to take the plunge and buy their first home together, they disagree on what they want. Caitlin has her heart set on a midcentury with a cottage interior while Cory has visions of a real Texas ranch with limestone and lots of land. When they find the happy medium between their two styles, renovations prove much harder than expected for this tech-savvy duo.
Real estate agent Daniel, his wife Julia and their young son Leonardo want to be closer to family so he's searching the listings for homes in Burbank, CA. Daniel would like to find a ranch on a cul-de-sac while Julia prefers a traditional home with a picket fence. Daniel finds homes that are more his taste than hers, so Julia recruits both of his brothers, who are also real estate agents, to help tip the scale in her direction. When they get the keys to their new home, Daniel and Julia take on projects throughout the house including a massive kitchen remodel and they realize they'll have to make some compromises to get their dream home.
Tired of living in apartments and with two little boys in tow, Lucho and Annie are ready to buy their first real home for their family. They are looking for a toddler-friendly place with a big yard, large kitchen and enough space to grow for years to come, so they've decided to focus their search in the trendy area of Eagle Rock, CA. After finding a place to call their own within their budget, Lucho and Annie have one unexpected cost after another and quickly discover that even the smallest of homes can come with some hefty renovation price tags. With the help of interior designer Stephanie Leese and contractor Cristian Cruz, they maximize their small place with big design ideas, creating a stunning interior and a paradise of a backyard.
Instead of taking their honeymoon, Austin, TX, newlyweds Diana and Sean are searching for a new home. They're confident they can find a good value quickly, if only they could see eye-to-eye on their wants and needs. To find the right home, Sean is taking the lead and acting as the couple's agent and once they find a place they can both agree on, Diana steps in and acts as the contractor to take on the challenge of a complete redo. Along the way, the budget keeps rising as problems come up, not to mention extras in their kitchen and master bath. In the end, they wind up with a home that truly feels like the perfect start for their lives together.
Cassie and Oliver are tired of living in LA rental properties with their three dogs so they're looking for a spacious house with a big yard in the San Fernando Valley. Oliver, a former chef, wants a ranch-style home with a huge kitchen while Cassie, a former swimmer, dreams of a pool and a cottage-style home. After they find their perfect place, Cassie and Oliver find themselves in over their heads and knee-deep in construction problems. They sort out how to handle over-sized appliances and a new layout to create a design they can both agree on.
Chad and Kelsie are eager to buy their first home together in Austin, TX, and are looking for a three-bedroom home under $250,000. Since Chad is a part-time fitness trainer, he'd like a designated area to work out but also a place for a chicken coop. Kelsie is more focused on finding a colorful, funky home with room to practice yoga and an outdoor gardening space. Once they find a house and start remodeling, the couple soon finds out that renovation's not everything it's cracked up to be. Will Chad and Kelsie finish their reno and find themselves in a home that has them clucking with joy?
Now that Lars and Katherine have a young son, they'd like to trade their cramped Los Angeles rental for a more spacious family home. They'd like a three-bedroom house with a big kitchen and backyard but they both know that in the pricey Los Angeles market they'll have to be ready to put in some sweat equity. Once they find the right home, major renovations begin in the kitchen and the bedrooms but a costly wall removal bid stops them in their renovation tracks. While they face rising costs and unexpected issues along the way, in the end Lars and Katherine wind up with a stunning new home that is everything they wanted and more.
After a large natural gas leak forced them out of their rental house, Brigg, his wife Endyia and their two sons are searching for a home in California they can settle into for years to come. Music producer Brigg wants to find a home with enough room for a music studio and Endyia insists on an open-concept kitchen with a large island for entertaining. When they finally get the keys, they need to renovate their new house to make it exactly what they want, taking on massive projects in their kitchen, master suite and guest bathroom. Determined to get everything she wants, Endyia rolls up her sleeves to help out while contractor Al provides a rockin' musical backdrop with his guitar.
A family is quickly outgrowing their apartment and complicate their first-time home buying experience by renovating their new kitchen. They hope the renovation results in a home interior that fits both his eclectic taste and her desire for simple style, so they're enlisting the help of a local real estate agent, a designer and a contractor to help them. Will their time, money and effort be worth it in the end?
A newly engaged couple is on the hunt for their first home together near their families in the Austin, TX, area. Their real estate agent gets to work helping them find and renovate a place that fits both of their conflicting tastes, while their designer and contractor step in to help solve structural and budgetary issues. Despite the flaws and setbacks, they're hoping to begin their new lives in a warm, welcoming new home.
An Austin, TX, family is looking to start over after losing their home during the recession. Their real estate agent helps them track down a home that fits their many needs and renovations begin immediately. With the help of their agent, a designer, a contractor and even the talents of their own relatives, this family is able to overcome several setbacks and put together a beautiful home they can call their own.
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