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When money is no object, some amazing home remodeling can happen. Here are nine of our favorite high-end Manhattan makeovers from Stephen Fanuka of DIY Network's Million Dollar Contractor .

The Glass House

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I'll Take One of Those

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Business with Pleasure?

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Not an Inch Wasted

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Why Eat Out?

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Wall of Wood

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Recreating the Granger

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Plus One

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Custom Glass Shower Tiles

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Museum View

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Age is Just a Number

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The Kitchen

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The Study

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Jigsaw Slabs

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5th Avenue Duplex

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Artsy

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Entertainment Room

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Carpet on the Wall

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Graffiti Art

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Upper West Side Reshuffle

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A Timeless Centerpiece

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Country Kitchen in the City

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A Little Space Never Hurt Anyone

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Reimagined and Reconfigured

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Time for a Change

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Connecticut Vacation Home

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Quite the Entrance

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A Whole New Meaning to the Great Room

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Flawless in Every Way

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Loft Conversion

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Office in the Corner

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Free Floating Wall

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Open Kitchen Island

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Privacy Door

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Master Bed

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Shower Getaway

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Meet the Host

About the show

DIY Network's Million Dollar Contractor , hosted by "Contractor to the Stars" Stephen Fanuka, gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most amazing spaces and construction of Manhattan's high-end luxury homes. The series focuses on the details, the materials and the insane amount of money clients spend to allow Stephen to create million-dollar projects. Despite the hefty price tag, many of the same on-site issues and problems also occur in the homes of everyday people. Throughout the series, Stephen shares tips and tricks of the trade that first-time DIYers and home improvement aficionados will appreciate.
Season 1, Episode 13

Thom Filicia

Licensed contractor Stephen Fanuka teams up with superstar designer Thom Felicia to give an apartment on Central Park West a facelift. Highlights include a completely new kitchen, and a former maid's room will be upgraded into a mother-in-law suite. Design never looked this good.

Friday
Mar 27
7am | 6c
Season 2, Episode 8

Plus One

Fanuka's clients own a one bedroom apartment, and they've purchased the studio next door. Now it's up to Fanuka to combine the spaces and give his clients the master bedroom of their dreams.

Thursday
Aug 13
8am | 7c
Season 5, Episode 2

Supermodel Bath

Supermodel Erin Heatherton enlists Stephen Fanuka to install a super luxe bathroom in her NYC pad. Erin wants to pull out all the stops as she's settling down from her whirlwind supermodel life, from a Japanese soaking tub to a steam shower and custom vanity. Fanuka tries to fulfill all of her super-sized dreams until the project comes to a halt when the apartment building puts up a big roadblock that could potentially blow the project out of the water.

Friday
Oct 2
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 4, Episode 12

Supermodel Pad

Supermodel Erin Heatherton has an eye for interiors, so when it's time to renovate her new apartment, she teams up with Fanuka to bring her designs to life. From reclaimed wood ceilings to custom marble bathrooms, this job is exquisite.

Wednesday
Dec 9
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 3, Episode 3

The Big and the Small

Fanuka and his team cope with a client's curveballs when what starts as a big project gets smaller and smaller. Meanwhile, a smaller project becomes a bigger headache when cabinets don't match.

Tuesday
Dec 15
9am | 8c
Season 5, Episode 1

West End Gut

Stephen Fanuka is taking on two projects, one in a 1950s apartment in New York City and another at a house in the suburbs. The 1950s apartment has never been renovated, and he has his work cut out for him. He's updating the space by knocking down walls to create a completely reimagined space, but mistakes from electricians and carpenters set him back as he has to fix them in a pinch. To get away from the stressful Manhattan project, he focuses on a second house, an unfinished New York suburban basement into a bathroom and storage space. With both projects on his hands, Fanuka can only move full steam ahead to upgrade these two homes.

Tuesday
Dec 15
10am | 9c
Season 5, Episode 4

Townhouse Overhaul Part II

Stephen Fanuka continues his work on the $3.5 million Chelsea townhouse renovation in NYC. After completely gutting the entire place, he discovers major foundation problems. The side wall on every level is tearing away from the back and front, and pure friction is holding the building together. Outside, more problems are cropping up when Fanuka tries to drill into the city sewer line to install a main line for the house. The bluestone sidewalks in front of the house pose a problem because they are landmarked, and if he breaks one he could get fined and lose his license.

Tuesday
Dec 15
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 3, Episode 8

Duplex Reduction

Famed director Penny Marshall enlists Stephen Fanuka and his contracting team to split her massive duplex penthouse into two apartments. Meanwhile, project manager Peter focuses on a one bedroom renovation that has a French atmosphere.

Thursday
Jan 7
10am | 9c
Season 4, Episode 13

Townhouse Transformation

Stephen Fanuka takes on one of the biggest challenges of his career: renovate and restore a massive 1860s townhouse in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. It's several thousand square feet of exquisite detail and expensive materials. With a tight deadline and a demanding client looking over his shoulder, Fanuka and his team raise their game and bring this 150 year old townhouse into the 21st century.

Wednesday
Jan 27
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 5, Episode 1

West End Gut

Stephen Fanuka is taking on two projects, one in a 1950s apartment in New York City and another at a house in the suburbs. The 1950s apartment has never been renovated, and he has his work cut out for him. He's updating the space by knocking down walls to create a completely reimagined space, but mistakes from electricians and carpenters set him back as he has to fix them in a pinch. To get away from the stressful Manhattan project, he focuses on a second house, an unfinished New York suburban basement into a bathroom and storage space. With both projects on his hands, Fanuka can only move full steam ahead to upgrade these two homes.

Tuesday
Feb 2
9am | 8c
Season 5, Episode 2

Supermodel Bath

Supermodel Erin Heatherton enlists Stephen Fanuka to install a super luxe bathroom in her NYC pad. Erin wants to pull out all the stops as she's settling down from her whirlwind supermodel life, from a Japanese soaking tub to a steam shower and custom vanity. Fanuka tries to fulfill all of her super-sized dreams until the project comes to a halt when the apartment building puts up a big roadblock that could potentially blow the project out of the water.

Tuesday
Feb 2
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 3, Episode 7

Loft Conversion

Contractor Stephen Fanuka is tasked with converting an open loft space into a lovely modern apartment. Converting a commercial space into a luxury residence presents challenge upon challenge, but the team comes together with fabulous results.

Tuesday
Feb 9
8am | 7c
Season 4, Episode 4

Pro Bono Renos

Fanuka takes on two projects for charity, but when problems arise, it seems that no good deed goes unpunished. But with a little ingenuity and a lot of elbow grease, Fanuka pulls through.

Tuesday
Mar 1
8am | 7c
Season 4, Episode 2

Tribeca Loft

Fanuka teams up with an up and coming designer to give a downtown loft apartment a major style upgrade. The bold design pushes Fanuka's team to the limit, but in the end they create a space that's as functional as it is beautiful.

Thursday
Jul 14
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 4, Episode 3

Guest Suite Gut Reno

Fanuka is presented with a unique challenge: combine a bombed-out studio with the luxurious apartment next door, creating a guest room and home theater. This job should be right in Fanuka's wheelhouse, but when quality control starts to slip, and Fanuka flirts with failure, he has to energize his crew and see the project through to the end.

Friday
Jul 15
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 4, Episode 4

Pro Bono Renos

Fanuka takes on two projects for charity, but when problems arise, it seems that no good deed goes unpunished. But with a little ingenuity and a lot of elbow grease, Fanuka pulls through.

Saturday
Jul 16
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 4, Episode 5

Downtown Loft

Fanuka takes on a job downtown, where his client just bought an apartment in a brand new building. It's a nice apartment, but lacking character, so it's up to Fanuka to bring in new cabinets, paneling, and decorative touches to turn this cookie-cutter apartment into a home like no other.

Sunday
Jul 17
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 4, Episode 6

Upstate Karma

Fanuka teams up with old friend George Oliphant on a charity project, renovating a small house for a needy upstate family. At first, it's meant to be a cosmetic upgrade, but when the crew discovers structural problems, this facelift becomes open heart surgery.

Monday
Jul 18
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 4, Episode 7

Kitchen Redux

Architect Gordon Kahn brings in Fanuka to reimagine a cramped Manhattan kitchen for an out of town client. The job goes smoothly, until the client changes the design at the last minute, and Fanuka is forced to rip out and redo his work. It's a job so nice, he does it twice.

Tuesday
Jul 19
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 4, Episode 8

Greenwich Village Rehab

When their contractor abandons them mid-renovation, a Greenwich Village couple calls in Fanuka to the rescue. From troublesome doors to last-minute leaks, this job is full of challenges, so it's up to Fanuka to get the job back on track.

Wednesday
Jul 20
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 4, Episode 9

Repeat Customers

Every contractor loves repeat customers, so when Fanuka gets a call from old clients who want a new kitchen, he gets right to work. It should be a simple job, but when the carpenters discover structural issues, has Fanuka bitten off more than he can chew?

Thursday
Jul 21
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 4, Episode 10

Murphy's Law

Fanuka's renovating a pier de terre on the upper east side, and it's the perfect challenge for his new project manager, Abe. Every job has its hurdles, but when the problems pile up, it's up to Abe to rise to the challenge.

Friday
Jul 22
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 4, Episode 11

Park Avenue Combo

Fanuka's Park Avenue clients just bought the apartment next door, and it's up to Fanuka to upgrade the new space. The job is a breeze, until the client decides to expand the job, without extending the deadline.

Saturday
Jul 23
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 4, Episode 12

Supermodel Pad

Supermodel Erin Heatherton has an eye for interiors, so when it's time to renovate her new apartment, she teams up with Fanuka to bring her designs to life. From reclaimed wood ceilings to custom marble bathrooms, this job is exquisite.

Sunday
Jul 24
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 4, Episode 13

Townhouse Transformation

Stephen Fanuka takes on one of the biggest challenges of his career: renovate and restore a massive 1860s townhouse in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. It's several thousand square feet of exquisite detail and expensive materials. With a tight deadline and a demanding client looking over his shoulder, Fanuka and his team raise their game and bring this 150 year old townhouse into the 21st century.

Monday
Jul 25
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 4, Episode 1

Eight Room Reno

Stephen Fanuka is hired to restore a huge, crumbling upper west side apartment to its original glory, and at it's a job that plays to his strengths, with lots of elaborate millwork and fine detail. But when permit problems and damaged materials create unforeseen challenges, Fanuka Inc. has to play catch up to finish the job on time and in style.

Tuesday
Jul 26
4:30am | 3:30c

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