Kevin heads to Vegas, where truckloads of glass bottles from the bars on the Strip are crushed and combined with fly ash in Greenstone to create an almost 100% recycled cast concrete product. As a specially molded baroque decorative element, this material transforms the façade of the manufacturing facility into a huge desert replica of the English castle Swarkstone Manor. Next, Amy checks out a tent for your attic and a drill bit that'll go through just about anything, and Kevin has found a portable workbench that turns out to be an extra set of hands for the job. Finally, Amy heads for San Francisco Bay, home to hippies, poets, artists and others simply seeking affordable waterfront living. Sausalito's community of nearly 400 houseboats is a floating smorgasbord of creative housing solutions.
Kareem and Heather Bryant purchased a fixer-upper three years ago but were unaware of what they were getting themselves into. Every time they turn around, something else seems to fall apart in their kitchen. The Bryants are scared to replace anything with the fear of their kitchen crumbling down. Host Marc Bartolomeo will rescue the Bryants by picking up the pieces. They'll make a pass-through to make the kitchen appear bigger and will also add more storage space, all while making it very stylish and up-to-date.
Young couple Matt and Kate are just starting their lives together. He's a professional musician who spends a lot of time rocking out with the boys. Kate has just finished college and is now a dental hygenist. The two have been living with Kate's parents. They've been dating for several years, and Matt is almost ready to propose. But things are starting to get cramped at Mom and Dad's-so the couple is looking for a place to call their own. After searching throughout the city, the couple zeroes in on a two-story semi-detached with a yard for their dogs and a garage for Matt's tools. They've got a renovation budget of $60,000. Matt is sure he can handle all the work himself. But to help form a design plan, Kate needs a pro. They meet their designer, Alexandra, who'll be tasked with meshing Matt's bare-bones, industrial leanings with Kate's warm and homey desires. Alex's elaborate designs could break the bank, so Matt's counting on her to come up with ways to bring on the chic with reclaimed items and plenty of DIY projects for Kate. The couple decides to move into the basement while they concentrate on the renovation. Moving from one tight space to another is more than enough reason to get the job done.
With two rooms upstairs finished, there's only one bedroom left to complete before Matt and Kate can move out of the dingy basement. But with the summer season fading fast, Kate votes to redo their overgrown backyard. Alex wants to minimize the yard's bowling alley effect by breaking it up into three spaces: an entry/grill area, a dining area and a place to lounge. Matt breaks out the jackhammer to break up the old concrete and prep it for plantings. To create privacy, they opt to save cash by building a willow fence instead of cedar. But Kate splurges on a stone walkway and patio. In the end, the backyard is exactly what she wanted. But once again, they've gone way over budget, by $700. With only three spaces completed, they've already spent $16,937.
The bathroom, bedroom and backyard are finished, but Matt and Kate are still living in their cramped basement. It's time to take on the spare bedroom so that the couple can finally move upstairs. Matt sees the room as a chance to save cash by going sparse - a can of paint and a bed. Kate has other ideas. She wants to turn the room into a walk-in closet for her, maybe with a futon for guests. Kate's plan is put into action, but when Alex asks for more money for custom closets, fabric and wallpaper, Matt puts his foot down. After a heated talk about finances, Matt gives in and vows to do what he can to save money. Even if it means hanging wallpaper. Kate gets the DIY bug when she helps Alexandra reclaim an old chair, but it won't be enough to keep this project out of the red. Will Matt get his money's worth?
Three men set out to build three cabins in remote areas of the Alaskan Frontier. They will make preparations in the harsh Alaskan winter and race against time, the bitter cold, and the wilderness to complete their builds. Using their various skills sets and techniques, three different cabins will be constructed that will all need to hold up in some of the most harsh conditions in the world.
The three builders each face their own forms of adversity. Lee Raymond is struggling to get back on track after losing a month to bad weather and an impassable semi-frozen Quiet Lake. At the Matanuska Glacier, Chuck Gerwig has had perfect weather, but most of his labor is due to leave once fishing season starts in less than a month. And Jim Wagner has finished, numbered, and taken down his cabin in Gustavus, but now begins the arduous 500 mile transport to Chicken that will include two ferry rides, 2 border crossings and hopefully enough supplies to finish the re-build before winter sets in.
While its full-steam ahead for Lee Raymond as he finally gets some much welcomed sun, Jim Wagner and his family begin the long process of starting over; building roads, leveling ground and ultimately trying to get their cabin in Chicken back up. Amidst all the fervor of the other two builds, Chuck Gerwig's site is oddly quiet. Disaster has struck. His righthand man, Ryan Beachy, has been tragically killed in a motorcycle accident. Now his build is suspended and a decision needs to be made, to continue or not.
After battling the tragedy of the loss of his righthand man, Ryan Beachy, Chuck Gerwig is back in the saddle and ready to finish the job that he and Ryan started months earlier. 312 miles northeast in Chicken, Alaska, Jim Wagner and crew are at a near standstill due to a nonstop rain that has turned their man-made road into an impassible swamp. And with a concrete truck due any minute, will they be able to get it fixed before they risk losing any hope of getting the foundation poured? Finally, Lee Raymond has been fighting the same weather since he started and he's still behind. Now he's losing his number one crew to college, so his final push will have to be with a brand new crew that can afford no errors.
Mark and the guys work to dismantle a barn built by Abe Lincoln's uncle around 1830. Can they save the 180 year-old logs? Back on the Boneyard, they use old tobacco timbers to build a new barn in the Appalachian dogtrot style.
The guys rescue a huge double pen barn in St. Meinrad, Indiana. It's the biggest dogtrot style barn they've ever faced. They have to fight through modern layers of tin and barnwood to get to the incredible, pioneer era hand hewn beams. When it's done, Mark pays a visit to the nearly completed Lincoln Cabin.
Mark and the guys take the bones of an old Virginia log home down to Florida, where they turn it into a two-story hunting lodge. Mark makes mouth blown wavy glass for the windows, and dives in an alligator pond to get some long leaf pine for the floors.
The guys salvage a homestead corn crib with a good old fashioned barn raising.
Exterior designer Billy Derian helps a young family turn their backyard dustbowl into a whimsical children's play palace perfect for birthday bashes and barbecues.