Tom is an event planner who also loves renovating homes. His partner Claus has moved to Hollywood from Denmark to be with him and they are ready to buy a house together. Tom is very picky and knows exactly what he wants and is more than willing to put some work into a place. But Claus can't envision renovations when looking at a property and would prefer something that is move in ready. When they finally settle on a home that is a fixer, there is a lot of work to be done to make it the house of their dreams. Tom takes on a full house renovation much to Claus' dismay but after a lot of time and hard work the end results prove to be well worth the wait.
After owning a home in the suburbs for five years, Judy and Barry Wallace have grown tired of maintaining and repairing a house. For the past eight months, the couple has been renting a downtown apartment, but that has been less than ideal. Now the Wallaces want the best of both worlds--a maintenance-easy condominium with the flexibility that comes with ownership. Can a loft space in the heart of the city fulfill all of their needs?
This House Hunters couple is divided - Artist Lynell is all about style, but his tv producer wife Lise wants a home that functions for them. With a budget of $450,000, they're looking for a house with the Craftsman flair he likes, and Spanish style details for her. Finding that mix is a huge challenge, but not as huge as the massive kitchen renovation they undertake after they move into their new home. And when Lise's job keeps her from being around for a major design decision, this renovation runs the risk of derailing.
Vicky works for her family's architectural woodworking firm, and is looking for high end custom details in a home. When she and her husband Phil fail to find it during their house search, they take matters into their hands. Utilizing the skills of a movie set designer to give their living room a traditional but comfortable Cape Cod style look, the couple puts Vicky's own woodworking crew to work creating breathtaking architectural detail throughout the home.
Ever since the arrival of baby Sophia, Noemy and Stephen have outgrown their tiny apartment, and are looking for a house to accommodate their growing family. They hope to find something near the beach in Playa Vista, CA for about $500,000. But will his modern style conflict with her desire to have her Mexican heritage reflected in their home? Once they find a house, they undertake a major backyard renovation which includes room for gardening, entertaining, and great spaces for kids to play. But will the landscaper in charge of the project be able to merge their styles, stick to their budget, and make their dream a reality?
Bill and Meredith live in a 400 square foot guesthouse with no stove or oven, so Meredith has to cook on a hotplate. With visions of a real kitchen and a budget of $325,000, the couple sets out to buy a house in the Los Angeles suburbs. The moment they find one, they embark on a full on renovation with a designer to create an earthy, modern and masculine kitchen that they both will love.
After selling their house at the top of the market, Micah and Valeri have spent the last three years searching for the perfect home. The last thing they want is a big project, but they can't help falling in love with a house that needs a major bathroom renovation. When they bring in a husband and wife design team to tackle the job, the team talks them into not only creating a vintage Spanish master bathroom, but also a walk in closet for a lot more money.
Courtney and Jerad are recently engaged, and have decided to buy a house instead of splurging on a big wedding. The problem is, quirky Courtney wants a home that is filled with unusual details, but her movie monster designer fiance, Jerad, has a modern, minimalist style. Their opinions clash during their house search, but once they buy, a serious master bedroom renovation forces them to work with a designer to create a look they will both love.
Rudy and his partner, Fuz, are looking for a home that has space to accommodate Rudy's parents for an extended period of time. Fuz wants a fixer upper that he can give a vintage industrial feel to, and Rudy just wants it to be comfortable and affordable. When they find a home that fits the bill, the guys dig into a massive renovation that includes gutting most of the house, as well as converting the formal living room into the master bedroom of their dreams.
Keith is a regular on the hit tv show 30 Rock, and his girlfriend, Jill, is an artist. They've recently relocated to Los Angeles from New York City, and are looking for a home where they can walk to restaurants and shops, just like they could in the Big Apple. Once they buy a house, they set about remodeling their kitchen, but a surprise discovery by the contractor turns the job into a much bigger renovation than they anticipated.
Musician, Mark, and stay at home mother, Kristen sold their home quicker than they thought they would, and are in a hurry to find a house with a room they can transform into a music studio and guest space. There are plenty of homes that fit the bill in their price range, and when they pick one, they not only set about renovating the garage, but also make major changes inside that highlight the home's architecture.
Candice and Perry recently relocated to Los Angeles for work and are ready to start their lives together once they find the right home to buy. After going on a house hunt, they end up getting the house they wanted, but now they need some help to create a space they can entertain friends and family in. So they hire a designer to help them merge their different styles and create the living room and dining room of their dreams.
Partners David and Barry want to take advantage of the buyer's market and purchase their first home together. They are looking in some very desirable areas of Los Angeles so their $500,000 budget won't get them as much space as they hoped. After seeing what their money can get them in the neighborhood of their dreams, they decide to downsize in favor of location and walkability. After closing they have just enough money left over to hire a designer and renovate a cramped kitchen into an open, modern craftsman kitchen that will make this house the home they were looking for.
Lisa and Bob Wadley recently relocated from Tennessee to Southern California. This was a big move for the couple, and it was made more difficult by the difference in housing prices between their old and new neighborhoods. Facing the prospect of settling for a much smaller home than the one they left, the couple is determined to find the best possible house for their money--one that will have three bedrooms, a good-size kitchen and it they're lucky, even a swimming pool.
Linda and Michael Green have lived in 10 homes since they were married 14 years ago. Now they've decided that the time is right to start searching for house No. 11. Their current home is the first residence the couple has owned, so although they are experts at house hunting, they are facing a new challenge this time around--buying a new home and selling their old one at the same time.
Marci and Dan Powers have been saving up for many years, waiting for the right home to come along. They have been doing their looking on their own, without a realtor. After struggling to find an affordable home, the family is becoming discouraged. Finally, an ideal situation presents itself. If things work out, the Powers may be able to buy a home in the middle of a renovation, complete the construction themselves and save a little money in the bargain.
Shaun Cooley has been renting an apartment on his own since finishing high school at age 16. Now 19, Cooley has been working as a computer programmer for three years now, and he has amassed a sizable savings. He'd like to put his money to good use and buy his first home. Helping him in this endeavor are two of his childhood friends who have recently started a career in real estate. Together, Cooley and his realtors Steve Erdely and Chad Ceretto, are in the market for a perfect first house. Even if they locate that perfect home, his short credit history may prove to be an obstacle to securing a home loan.
Nikki and Warren Dow moved into a tiny apartment because of its fabulous location by the beach. Now they are tired of having their bed in the living room and having to move everything around when they want to prepare dinner. They want to buy a house. Helping them to do it is Neda Joncich, a realtor who is also Nikki Dow's sister. They miss out on a house because they don't mind up their mind soon enough. When Nikki finds one she thinks is just right for them, but she and her husband must decide whether to make an offer after seeing it only once--in the dark.
Arthur Patterson is a bachelor who is eager to downsize from his 36-year-old fixer-upper house to a more manageable place that requires less maintenance. Because Patterson has grown rather attached to his current neighborhood, he is hoping to find a house or condominium in the near vicinity. With the assistance of his cousin and realtor Linda Dionisio, Patterson will be selling his house and searching for a smaller home that is more in tune with his busy lifestyle.
Amie and Mark Bradford are ready to leave apartment living behind. The problem is, most single-family homes in the neighborhood that the couple loves are out of their budget range. With the help of realtor Nick Peters, the Bradfords hope to find the perfect compromise between apartment living and a costly new home.
Jaye and Ken Kopp are renting a small house with a spacious garden, but want to trade it in to buy a larger home with a maintenance-free yard. They start out on their own, but they run into a like-minded realtor Chris Brotman, along the way. Together the Kopps and Brotman find a house that is just the right size, and with a little something unique to fit the Kopps' taste.
Karen and Greg Cowell and their two young children have outgrown their current house. They want a bigger place with enough room for them and all their toys. Unhappy with the previously owned homes they see with realtor and close friend, Debbie Kelly, they decide to have a brand new house built. They sell their house and move into a rental while the other is built. They then discover that they might be able to do even better.
Dr. Mimi Greenberg has set about fulfilling lifetime dreams since her early retirement began several years ago. She is a frequent traveler, but when she is at home, she enjoys the apartment's view of the mountains. She said she has always wanted a home by the sea, however, so she has set out to find a full-service condominium with a view of the ocean. Dr. Greenberg is also physically disabled, so she has certain special requirements for her new home. Her realtor, Gloria Hicks, understands her needs, but she also understands that sometimes buying a new house is not the only way to get what one wants.
Maria and Alex Romero have just moved to a new city with their two young boys. They are living in a cramped two-bedroom apartment and have only a few days to find a house before Alex goes out of town on business. Their realtor Mary Allen has the challenge of finding them a house that is move-in ready in a matter of days ... literally.
Marilee and Fred Karlsen have spent the last 27 years happily raising their children in the same house. Now that they've retired, they are determined to trade in their days of yard work and home maintenance for leisurely riding their bicycles along the beach. They said they are ready to downsize and want to do so near the ocean. The problem is finding a house that is the right size for the two of them with a big enough kitchen for Marilee. They also want a place that will provide a beautiful backdrop for all the art they have collected over the years.
Francisco Pugliese bought his tiny condominium while he was still a bachelor. It was perfect for him, complete with a beautiful open floor plan and interesting architecture. Now that he is married to Maria and they have a 7-month-old named Frankie, things are a little crowded. They are searching for a house with a yard that works for a family and are hoping they won't have to sacrifice their love for good design and beauty to get it.
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