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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.

Episodes

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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.

Wednesday
Jul 29

8pm | 7c

Season 2, Episode 13

Madison Avenue Kitchen

When a favorite client asks Million Dollar Contractor host and licensed contractor Stephen Fanuka to renovate her kitchen, he's thrilled -until he hears the three month deadline for a renovation that should take five. When overseas vendors, unforeseen problems and last-minute changes threaten to derail this renovation every step of the way, Team Fanuka comes together to conquer one of their biggest jobs ever.

Wednesday
Sep 23

8pm | 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.

Thursday
Oct 1

8:30pm | 7:30c

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 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 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
Nov 3

7:30pm | 6:30c

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?

Tuesday
Nov 17

7:30pm | 6:30c

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 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
Jan 27

11am | 10c

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
Feb 2

10am | 9c

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
Feb 2

11am | 10c

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 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.

Tuesday
Feb 16

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 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 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.

Tuesday
Mar 8

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.

Monday
Mar 14

8pm | 7c

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.

Monday
Mar 21

8pm | 7c

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