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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

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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 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 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
Oct 2
8:30am | 7:30c
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
Oct 2
9:30am | 8:30c
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.

Wednesday
Oct 14
7:30am | 6:30c
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 2, Episode 5

Big, Big, Bedroom Suite

In this unique renovation, Fanuka is asked to turn a two-bedroom apartment into a one-bedroom master suite, complete with his-and-hers dressing rooms, and a custom kitchen - all on an incredibly tight deadline.

Thursday
Jan 7
9am | 8c
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.

Saturday
Jul 30
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.

Tuesday
Oct 25
8:30am | 7:30c
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
Oct 25
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
Oct 25
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 5, Episode 3

Columbus Ave Combo

Custom is the word of the day for this Columbus Ave gut renovation. Stephen Fanuka is on a tight deadline of turning two apartments into one in 150 days. He thinks he can get it done just in time, but the client keeps requesting upgrades to their Upper West Side oasis, which slows down progress. From expanding wood floors to costly stone replacements, Stephen Fanuka is racing against time for this $675,000 renovation.

Tuesday
Oct 25
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
Oct 25
10:30am | 9:30c
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.

Tuesday
Oct 25
11am | 10c
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
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.

Tuesday
Oct 25
12:30pm | 11:30c

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