When a homeowner discovers that his newly built house has a crumbling foundation with 1/3 of the minimum strength required by code, he calls host Mike Holmes for help. Mike and his team build a new custom foundation within walls of the existing foundation and devise a plan to protect the weakened exterior from further damage.
Jane and Dan had a tiny quarter-sized water stain on the bedroom ceiling of their six-year-old townhouse. When a roofing contractor came to repair the balcony above the leak, he discovered that the joists underneath were completely rotted through. No other contractor was willing to take on this structural mess, so they've asked host Mike Holmes if he's up for the challenge.
Kristine and Terry needed more living space for their growing family and decided to add a second story addition over their garage. When the contractor they hired asked for full payment because he claimed the job was 99% done, the homeowners refused and called host Mike Holmes. When he and his team finish the job, they demonstrate just how incomplete the job really was.
Lisa and John decided to have an existing retaining wall in their backyard rebuilt with concrete blocks. As the wall was going up, they began to question the lack of gravel base and reinforcement material. Then, before the job was complete, the contractor just stopped showing up, and they soon realized they'd been taken for a ride. Host Mike Holmes and his team of landscape professionals tear down what had been started and build a retaining wall that's rock solid.
Julie and Joe needed another bedroom in anticipation of adopting a second child. With advice from a contractor, they decided an attic conversion would be simple since the exterior wall and roof wouldn't have to be touched. The reality was quite different, and the contractor created a dangerous mess. Host Mike Holmes and his team have no choice but to tear the roof completely off and build out the space properly.
As an investment, Lisa rented out a home to what seemed like the perfect tenants. Until the police contacted her and told her the tenants had been growing marijuana in the house. The damage they did to the home was so extensive that the repairs will cost as much as the house is worth. Host Mike Holmes takes this former illegal operation and turns it around.
Jennifer and Abraham, expecting their first child, decided to remodel their bungalow for their growing family. The contractor that they hired seemed to have everything in hand, but four months later, they found they'd paid 90% of the contract while only 30% of the work was complete. Left with a contractor on the run, a huge mortgage and bills piling up, they're facing an emergency and are in need of a miracle.
Amidst a renovation project gone terribly wrong, Jennifer and Abraham faced an emergency and needed a miracle. And it came in the form of Ellen DeGeneres and Mike Holmes. Ellen learned of their plight and introduced them to Mike, who with a team of contractors answers their calls for help.
Kathleen lives alone in a small, high-rise apartment and needs a bathroom renovation to make it handicap-accessible. After a year of renovations and two different building companies, host Mike Holmes arrives to find that the bathroom is nothing but a concrete shell. Mike makes it right and makes the rest of Kathleen's apartment friendlier for her wheelchair.
Nancie and Woody moved into a 25-year-old townhouse that required some updating, particularly the floors and the tiny kitchen space. As renovations got underway, Woody was unexpectedly hospitalized. Despite the contractors' assurances that they'd continue the work with little supervision, host Mike Holmes and his team find that there's one big mistake that must be corrected.
Kjirsten and John had their bathroom remodeled with a custom slate tile shower, featuring built-in bench seating. Soon afterwards, they noticed a strange substance seeping out of the tile grout and that their shower wasn't draining properly. When the bathroom ceiling started to peel away, they realized that something is seriously wrong beneath the surface. Host Mike Holmes confirms that the beauty of their new shower is indeed only skin deep, and his team rescues this wretched renovation.
Jane, a single mom, lives in a typical new home development with her two kids. Since the day they moved into their brand new home, they have been plagued with repeated plumbing and heating issues. Then, during a cold spell, the porch ceiling caved in, exposing questionable building code practices and materials. Luckily, host Mike Holmes and his team have the right answers to improve this troubled house.
Lisa and Simon, expecting their first child, wanted to build a nursery and a new bathroom. They found a reputable contractor with impressive credentials and a long list of references. After signing a contract and making a substantial down payment, they were told that the job would start immediately and be done in six weeks. Over the next four months, however, every excuse was given as to why the job could not be started. Realizing that the project would not be completed by the time their baby arrives, Lisa and Simon fired the contractor and called host Mike Holmes. Time is ticking, as Mike and his team race to beat the stork and complete this renovation.