Meg O'Rourke and her husband, Jeremy, have a very small, outdated kitchen. They plan to take out a wall and update everything. They start off optimistic, but when inexperience and exhaustion collide, this couple begins a tough, uphill battle to complete their renovation.
James and Alyssa Boothe have a kitchen that just isn't their taste. They knock a wall down and attempt to totally renovate the space. Various problems arise, including an unexpected sewage pipe and a cabinet that won't fit in the door. By the end, the Boothes have a completely different opinion of renovations.
Allison and Peter Zalezsak love everything about their home, everything except their master bathroom. They want to transform their outdated bathroom into a stylish, modern space. Allison and Peter have never done any DIY before, but they're pretty confident they can figure it out. However, this renovation takes a turn for the worse when Peter finds out how dangerous renovating can be!
Jeff Behrens and his brother-in-law Jose set out to turn Jeff's boring, small utility room into a laundry/bathroom combo. From demo to plumbing to framing, this renovation is one surprise after another.
Stephanie Schiding and her boyfriend, Sherrill, just bought their first condo. They're planning to completely gut their dirty and dingy kitchen and start fresh with new cabinets, new countertops, new flooring and new windows and doors. Stephanie's nonexistent renovation skills mixed with Sherrill's perfectionist attitude is surely going to cause some issues. In its current state, Stephanie and Sherrill's kitchen is truly a disaster, but with a little bit of luck and a lot of hard work, this kitchen nightmare can become the kitchen of their dreams.
Firefighter Charles Kuniyoshi and his girlfriend, Ana Rivera, just bought a house and are taking on one huge project: the kitchen. With only a few days to complete this monster of a renovation, Charles and Ana give it all they've got to hold it together. But it only takes a few surprises -- and one big surprise for Ana -- to slow this project down to a grinding halt.
Ron and Pam Wylie are renovating their cramped, dysfunctional and outdated kitchen, and these two DIY pros don't foresee any problems with the task at hand. Their fragmented house, however, has other plans. Each wall hides new surprises, and the sheer size of the renovation starts to wear on these DIYers. By the end of this project, the Wylies' mental and physical boundaries are pushed to the brink.
Kat and Ron Partch want to open up their tiny kitchen to create an open space for entertaining their friends. But, as they demolish their walls and ceilings, they run into electrical and structural problems that have them scrambling up through the attic and down into the basement. Then the building inspector throws them a curve ball!
Newlyweds Jim and Ally Pleuss want to open up the living and dining room space in their new house by tearing out the walls around the staircase. But a never-ending demolition, "rolling" support walls, and a freak wheelbarrow accident leave them with nothing but a big hole in the floor.
Andrew and Mandy want to expand their tiny, outdated house by building a stairway to access their unfinished attic. Ultimately, they plan to convert the upstairs into a new master suite. While Andrew has no doubt that he and Mandy will make a great team, Andy's disorganization and lack of skill push Mandy into major meltdown mode.
Celeste Parrish wants to renovate her outdated master bathroom and has called in her friend Angela to help. These two novice DIYers quickly learn about the ups and downs of renovation. From plumbing issues to poor time management, these two friends realize that sometimes renovation is best left to the professionals.