Matching Century-Old Paneling

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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 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 4

Inside the Glass House

Last year, Fanuka Inc. replaced the rooftop solarium in an exclusive penthouse on Central Park West. Now it's time to renovate the rest of the apartment, and it will prove a challenge for Stephen and his new project manager Peter. Every inch of the apartment is beautifully finished with built-in walnut cabinetry and rare materials like wallpaper that's actually made of stone.

Thursday
Jul 16
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 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 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.

Tuesday
Oct 20
10am | 9c
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 1

Connecticut Vacation Home

Stephen Fanuka heads to Connecticut to build a sprawling 10,000 square foot vacation house for his city-dwelling client's country retreat. It's an ambitious project, but the results are nothing short of stunning.

Tuesday
Dec 15
8:30am | 7:30c
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 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 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.

Tuesday
Feb 23
8am | 7c
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.

Tuesday
Mar 15
8am | 7c
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 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 10
11:30am | 10:30c
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
Nov 24
8am | 7c
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.

Friday
Dec 1
8am | 7c
Season 6, Episode 3

Long Island Kitchen

Stephen Fanuka travels to Long Island to help his client achieve the kitchen of her dreams, and he repairs a man cave in NYC, but not without a few hiccups along the way. When he questions the placement of the kitchen island and thinks there are too many doorways, the client disagrees and sticks to her plan. Back in the city, Stephen swiftly repairs a water-damaged man cave. At the end of the day, both clients are happy.

Friday
Dec 1
8:30am | 7:30c
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.

Friday
Dec 8
8am | 7c
Season 6, Episode 2

Luxury in Lincoln Square

It's a full house when Stephen Fanuka's client is living in the same space as the renovation. Two apartments in Lincoln Square are being consolidated into one for a family of five. When Stephen finds out the master bedroom wall unit was done all wrong, he flips out but recovers and takes steps to make it right. The final look of this big renovation is refined and luxurious.

Friday
Dec 8
8:30am | 7:30c
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.

Friday
Dec 15
8am | 7c
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.

Friday
Dec 22
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.

Friday
Dec 29
8am | 7c
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.

Friday
Dec 29
8:30am | 7:30c

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