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 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 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 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.

Wednesday
Nov 4
7:30am | 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 2, Episode 2

Upper West Side Gut Renovation (Part II)

In this Upper West Side gut renovation, Fanuka is focusing on the kitchen and dining room, and both rooms require exquisite custom millwork. Fanuka goes to extremes to achieve the highest quality, travelling halfway across the country to select the actual trees that he will use to build his cabinets, and risking life and limb to get a 600-pound stone countertop into this eighth-story apartment.

Thursday
Jan 7
8:30am | 7:30c
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.

Friday
Jul 15
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 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.

Sunday
Jul 31
4:30am | 3:30c
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 5

All in the Details

Stephen Fanuka has solutions for a master bedroom that lacks storage space and an apartment in need of an overhaul. He builds custom drawers and a closet for good friends in Floral Park, and he takes an Upper East Side apartment and makes it shine.

Monday
Nov 7
12:30pm | 11:30c
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.

Thursday
Jan 26
8:30am | 7:30c
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.

Thursday
Jan 26
9am | 8c
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.

Thursday
Jan 26
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 6, Episode 4

Heartfelt Renos

Stephen Fanuka steps in to upgrade a bathroom for a family friend, and he partners with George Oliphant to renovate a kitchen for a deserving family. Tempers rise when it's revealed that the bathroom ceiling and floors are uneven, but Stephen stands his ground and gets things leveled. A father and his sons are excited to see their brand new kitchen, and the amazing reveal doesn't disappoint.

Thursday
Jan 26
10am | 9c
Season 6, Episode 5

All in the Details

Stephen Fanuka has solutions for a master bedroom that lacks storage space and an apartment in need of an overhaul. He builds custom drawers and a closet for good friends in Floral Park, and he takes an Upper East Side apartment and makes it shine.

Thursday
Jan 26
10:30am | 9:30c

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