Leigh and Aaron Goldenberg moved from NYC to Philadelphia in search of a home with the biggest kitchen that they could find for their money. They found it, but soon learned that it was filled with many odd surprises. For starters, the appliances were painted over, the dishwasher was stuffed to the brim with newspaper, and the interesting glass on the back door was covered in multiple layers of paint. Also, while investigating a mysterious water leak, they found an algae covered bucket lodged in their ceiling that they don't know how to get out. While this young couple has plenty of stories to tell, they are ready for Marc to help them create the stylish new kitchen of their dreams.
Jon and Cheryl Harvey hated their home's kitchen, even before purchasing the house. Cheryl wanted to back out, based on the condition of the kitchen alone. Jon saw the kitchen's great potential and promised Cheryl that if they bought the house, the kitchen would be fixed up to her liking. It's now been two years and poor Cheryl is still cooking meals on a hot plate. Cheryl's patience is running out and they need Marc's help to make it the kitchen they've always dreamed of.
Tswana Sewell moved into her home five years ago and got to work right away on the kitchen. She thought she could handle the improvements herself, along with the help of her very capable Aunt Maryann. After many sleepless nights laying sticky tiles, ungluing cabinet doors that weren't dry yet, and peeling chunks of glue and old wallpaper from the walls, Tswana and Aunt Maryann have officially given up on the kitchen, but not on the hope that with Marc's help they can someday transform it to greatness.
Ben and Kathy Miller found their home five years ago while selling real estate together. Not ready to financially commit to a complete kitchen overhaul at the time, they decided to make do the best they could. Now, touch any part of the kitchen, and it could come unglued, un-nailed, or un-hinged at any moment. With appliances that don't function properly and a kitchen table that's still considered temporary, they are at the end of their rope. With the help of Marc Bartolomeo, in two weeks, this kitchen will go from scary to warm and inviting-a place where they can comfortably entertain and teach their kids to cook.
Sabree and Rima Muhammad have owned their 100 year old home for 10 years. At one time, it was a good size for them, but now they are a family with two kids and a dog. They have ripped out a staircase, added hutches and a baker's rack over the years to create storage space, but now it looks like an exposed, unorganized mess. Between the space issue and multiple unsuccessful attempts to revamp the floor tiles, the Muhammad's have had enough. Time to call in Marc for a present day solution to an old house's problem!
Adam and Rana Laskowski bought their row home two years ago despite it's odd kitchen situation, the previous owners had moved their once decent sized kitchen into the mud room in order to have two dining rooms. Now, stuck with a tiny, drafty, galley style kitchen, Adam and Rana don't quite have the know-how to switch it back. Rana loves hosting parties at their home but the lack of kitchen space leaves Rana feeling mortified. It's time to put this kitchen where it belongs, and Marc will prove that it's not impossible!
Best friends Sandra Davidson and Kevin Coughlin spent months looking for a home they could invest in together. After finally finding it, they painted every room in the house and even mustered up the courage to renovate three bathrooms! When it was time to tackle the kitchen, inconveniently located in the basement, the project quickly became more than they bargained for. Sandra and David are willing to embrace their culinary cave by making it more functional and incorporate more light. These best buds are ready to put yet another home renovation under their belts and come up smiling!
Jay Butera is a speaker and advocate of clean energy but at home, he's having his own personal energy crisis! The watts pumping out of his old kitchen appliances literally keep him and his wife Bernadette up at night. The bright yellow paint in the kitchen will have you believing you're standing at the scene of a nuclear accident rather than inside a home that's run off solar panels. Furthermore, since the garbage disposal switch broke, they must use a wooden spoon to reach the other switch. These elements just don't add up-- a perfect equation for host/carpenter Marc Bartolomeo and Kitchen Impossible to solve!
When Kate and Jason Patarcity purchased their home 10 years ago, it didn't have the kitchen of their dreams, but it was perfect for just the two of them. Eight years and a daughter later, the Patarcity's once cozy kitchen has become an inconvenient burden! Host and carpenter Marc Bartolomeo brings this hopeless room back to life by giving this family a kitchen to be proud of.
Mike and Deirdre Lake have been working tirelessly to update their home to the current decade, but their outdated kitchen is making them live in the past. The cabinets are chipping, despite painting over them three times! The countertop that was one time outdated yet acceptable, spontaneously caught fire one Thanksgiving and has a permanent scar. Host and carpenter Marc Bartolomeo steps in to create a warm, inviting kitchen that compliments the rest of the home they have worked so hard on.
Twelve years ago, Lee and Keith McFadden moved into their beautiful Victorian home. Unfortunately, the outside has nothing to do with the inside. More specifically, the kitchen! While Keith has the enthusiasm for doing his own home repairs, he does not have the know-how. For instance, part of the backsplash became a casualty along with the faulty outlet Keith was working on. Instead of repairing it, he hid the hole with a toaster oven! When Lee couldn't stand looking at the busy kitchen floor anymore, she came up with the perfect solution to distract from it-a giant, green, hand-painted grape vine! Armed with their trusty handyman book and paintbrush, Lee and Keith just aren't cutting it. They desperately need help turning their kitchen into a haven as warm and inviting as the outside of the house implies.
Andrea and Brian Pollizi are officially waving their white flags, surrendering to the kitchen Gods. Since they moved into their 1930's home, they have enjoyed the work thus far, along with uncovering all of the nooks and crannies an older home can possess. However, the brakes come to a screeching halt at the kitchen doorway! With the floors falling apart, old ironing boards hanging from the walls, faux stainless steel countertops, and a layout that is not functionally friendly, the Pollizis are ready for the pros to come in. Andrea even sawed off part of a cabinet in a panic on moving day three years ago, when they realized their new fridge wasn't going to fit! Now, they can't wait to have a kitchen with modern conveniences that also compliments the integrity of their 1930s home.
Lolly and Ron Spaide used to live the life many people dream of, when Ron's job had them living in the Caribbean. When they decided to move back home, Lolly found a house for sale near her parents. But when Ron finally saw it, he burst into tears and pleaded with his wife to reconsider. She promised that in six years, the house would be perfect. In the past five years, Lolly has come up with some less-than-perfect solutions for her big plan. She has spray-painted the brown cabinets black, covered the gold flecked counters in contact paper, and covered the floors in sticky tile, all hand cut with scissors. What a mess! The next time Ron cries, he wants it to be tears of joy in his brand new kitchen.