Matching Century-Old Paneling

Stephen's challenge: matching the wall paneling in a century-old home.

Nine Can't Miss Million-Dollar Remodels

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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

With the flip of a switch, the family room is lit with the natural rays of sunshine. How? Stephen installed shutters that slide back so the homeowners have the perfect view of the skyline.

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I'll Take One of Those

This upstairs solarium has everything one could only dream of. Fully retractable ceiling shutters, contemporary furniture around a TV and a view of Central Park West. Yes, please.

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Business with Pleasure?

Office, storage and wines. It doesn't get any better. Stephen says this staircase encourages guests to go upstairs and see the rest of the place. Solid slate stone walls along the stairwell marry the upstairs and downstairs beautifully.

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Not an Inch Wasted

Stephen's new project manager Peter came up with the goods when it counted the most. An engaging living space with a big screen TV and couch, a timeless fireplace mantle and table for games, it's perfect for family and friend fun.

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Why Eat Out?

This classic dining area has a handcrafted wooden table with chairs and is just around the corner from the living room.

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Wall of Wood

Built in 1924, this apartment is pre-war and turned out to be a real jewel box. The re-stained oak-paneled dining room has character with rift oak rails and quarter sawn panels.

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Recreating the Granger

A formal entry way with big spaces that opens to the dining room and living room, the homeowners were really pleased with the work Stephen’s crew crafted up.

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Plus One

Fanuka goal on this project was to take a studio apartment and incorporate it into the existing home. Removing a wall and pushing the old space back, this new living room is open and engaging.

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Custom Glass Shower Tiles

Custom everything. Stephen brought in his team with the most technologically advanced CNC glass cutting machine to trim the frame around the shower precisely to the client's specs complete with a new vanity outside.

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Museum View

Restoring these wall panels brought back the same beauty and integrity the room had over 100 years ago when it was originally built. Newly installed lights crossing along the ceiling beams making the room much more vibrant.

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Age is Just a Number

An apartment over 100 years old, from the stairs, columns, and capitols, even the smallest details have given this room a whole new life. The lanterns hanging above are the originals restored and refinished.

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The Kitchen

This kitchen has an eloquent design with slab covering the top of the island and the finest stainless steel appliances for cooking.

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The Study

Stephen's crew installed a wall unit and bookcase to separate this private space from the rest of the rooms. The study is now a nice getaway from an otherwise open apartment.

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Jigsaw Slabs

The master marble bath is comfortable and functional. Like a jigsaw puzzle, each slab was hand selected and put together to form one masterpiece.

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5th Avenue Duplex

This entire duplex was remodeled head to toe. The living room needed an updated contemporary look and that's precisely what Stephen Fanuka gave the homeowners.

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Artsy

The foyer features blue savoy slabs, mahogany doorways and entresols of high gloss finish. The staircase has been fitted with a new banister in high gloss finished wood to match the doors and entresols and new balusters.

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Entertainment Room

The perfect change of pace. This contemporary room maintains high end while making your guests feel like they can still get comfortable. One seat chairs and a couch are the perfect way to gather around the TV.

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Carpet on the Wall

The seating area upstairs pops with a tufted bench and wall to wall carpet.

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Graffiti Art

The common hallway entrance was modernized with an edgy graffiti style art piece.

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Upper West Side Reshuffle

The living room, formerly the master bedroom, underwent a dramatic transformation thanks to Stephen and his crew. A beautiful antique wooden bookcase was relocated to this room, as well as a new window on the northwest wall.

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A Timeless Centerpiece

Stephen wanted a timeless rolling ladder installed as the centerpiece of the room to allow the homeowner easy access to any book they desire.

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Country Kitchen in the City

What used to be the master bath and home office is now an open, repurposed country-style kitchen with a wood-topped center island made from mahogany and new flooring.

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A Little Space Never Hurt Anyone

The kitchen now takes full advantage of the 15-foot ceilings. These shaker cabinet doors accented with granite countertops.

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Reimagined and Reconfigured

A brightly painted new foyer with wall paper and light fixtures accompanied by a floor rug brings the room space to life.

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Time for a Change

This beautiful master bedroom suite was once upon a time the kitchen. Spacious, colorful and traditional, this bedroom is absolutely perfect.

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Connecticut Vacation Home

With so much window space, the living room needed furniture to balance out the room. A free floating walnut steel stair case leads upstairs. The shades are lowered by motor and the windows are all made from lead free clear glass.

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Quite the Entrance

This entry foyer is spectacular. A wintery theme art along the walls is one more reason why Stephen said this was the nicest home he's ever built.

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A Whole New Meaning to the Great Room

Cladded beams, oversized windows and a corner bar make this wide open space cozier.

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Flawless in Every Way

This flawless kitchen features glass foil back tiles, oak cabinets and oversized commercial appliances.

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Loft Conversion

The client wanted a loft feel but with a defined living section in each area of the apartment. The finished result turned out perfectly.

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Office in the Corner

How do you turn one long open space into a multi-divided room? Stephen's crew worked hard to turn this loft space into a separately defined office space for work.

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Free Floating Wall

The dining room features a free floating wall with fireplace and scales the place nicely.

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Open Kitchen Island

This open and airy kitchen is perfect for the loft featuring an island for stainless steel appliances.

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Privacy Door

A sliding panel decorated with art is the perfect divider into the master bedroom. The feature element seals off from the kitchen for privacy.

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Master Bed

Stephen wanted this room to have plenty of natural light so anyone who wakes up is greeted by New York City's sunshine.

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Shower Getaway

Five showerheads featuring body sprayers are what Stephen calls the perfect getaway vacation from within your own home. A window above allows natural light into the bath.

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Meet the Host

Stephen Fanuka

On DIY Network’s Million Dollar Contractor, Stephen deals with the nightmares involved in the high-end world of opulent spaces, unbelievable materials and infinite dollar signs.

All About Stephen

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 2, Episode 7

Secret Door

Fanuka Inc has built thousands of bookshelves, but Stephen takes on a new challenge when he's asked to build a study with a secret door housed in a bookcase. Meanwhile, Fanuka gives his own backyard an upgrade - complete with a wood-burning pizza oven.

Thursday
Jun 11
7:30am | 6:30c
Season 2, Episode 6

Walls of Wood

Stephen Fanuka has been working with wood for decades, but when he's called on to construct a traditional wood-panelled dining room with an incredible level of detail, his years of experience will be put to the test.

Thursday
Jul 30
8am | 7c
Season 2, Episode 9

Museum View Duplex (Part I)

In a pre-war apartment that's seen better days, Fanuka is tasked with restoring the wood-paneled dining room to its former glory. But when demolition in the apartment goes too far, it's up to Fanuka to recreate hundred-year-old craftsmanship.

Thursday
Aug 27
8am | 7c
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
Oct 2
9:30am | 8:30c
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
Oct 20
9am | 8c
Season 5, Episode 5

Townhouse Overhaul Part III

Stephen Fanuka takes the Chelsea townhouse renovation up a notch, literally. He's been contracted to build a 5th story penthouse on top of the existing 4 story townhouse. His team painstakingly begins construction of the steel and glass penthouse on the roof of the townhouse when the neighbor interferes and stops work because they claim Fanuka is drilling into his personal wall. In the meantime, Fanuka begins work on a Tribeca bathroom renovation. He runs into problems when the veining in the stone that he picked out for the floor doesn't line up exactly for his book match design. Disaster after disaster could blow this these two projects apart.

Thursday
Oct 29
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 3, Episode 5

Classic Seven

The Fanuka craftsmen renovate a classic seven apartment with beautiful results, and create a small custom built home office for a previous client.

Tuesday
Dec 15
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 5, Episode 6

Million Dollar Chicken Coop

Stephen Fanuka treks out to Long Island to build a custom kitchen island. This island is unique: the homeowner wants it to be built out of wood, silver metal, glass and walnut butcher block. While talking about the island, Fanuka remembers that the client used to have chickens, but just like a fairy tale, a fox took them. He takes it upon himself to build her a chicken coop, complete with two hens from his own father.

Tuesday
Jan 12
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 3, Episode 6

Bachelor Roof

Stephen Fanuka and his client work closely together to build the ultimate bachelor rooftop patio, complete with custom grill and outdoor entertainment center. As the project moves forward, the client decides to expand the job's scope, and the entire apartment is renovated top to bottom.

Tuesday
Feb 2
8am | 7c
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 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
Oct 25
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 5, Episode 6

Million Dollar Chicken Coop

Stephen Fanuka treks out to Long Island to build a custom kitchen island. This island is unique: the homeowner wants it to be built out of wood, silver metal, glass and walnut butcher block. While talking about the island, Fanuka remembers that the client used to have chickens, but just like a fairy tale, a fox took them. He takes it upon himself to build her a chicken coop, complete with two hens from his own father.

Tuesday
Oct 25
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 6, Episode 1

House of Fanuka

Stephen Fanuka's latest client is his wife, Lisa, and this project isn't going to be easy. He guts the kitchen and first floor living space to bring to life her vision for better flow, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. With so many decisions to make, will they see eye to eye? Lisa's reaction to the reveal says it all.

Tuesday
Oct 25
12pm | 11c

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