Recently married, Gill and Ed Alcorn are ready to transition from apartment to house. As they search for a place, the balance between price and preference becomes a battle. Each having their own ideas of what their first home should be, the couple lands in a well-located bungalow. With a small renovation budget and differing ideas, Gill and Ed look to the contractors and designers to offer them all the help they can get.
Spatial issues overwhelm Gill and Ed's small bathroom. One problem? The door won't open without slamming into the sink. As the crew works on this cramped bathroom, Gill steps on some toes when he disses designer Tara, and contractor Vincenzo thwarts Tara's plan for the shower.
Creating a sanctuary away from the destruction and dust of their new home becomes a priority in the master bedroom for Gill and Ed. They work to form an oasis they can call their own. As these homeowners mesh their contrasting styles, will they find the balance they need?
In the backyard, opinions are once again differing for Gill and Ed. As they reach a consensus, this couple discovers something they never expected, and the problem forces money intended for Gill's dream patio furniture to go towards something else entirely.
Ready for a meal not from a box, Ed and Gill are excited to renovate their outdated kitchen. The floors, appliances and cabinets will reflect Ed and Gill's styles, but their budget may not make all the amenities possible.
Halfway through the renovation, Ed and Gill are growing weary of the dust, grime and noise. They go on a weekend retreat, leaving Vincenzo and Tara in charge of their largest project yet, the living room and dining room. Upon Ed and Gill's return, with walls missing and a totally new look to their home, Ed is wishing he would have foregone the tranquil weekend.
The living and dining room renovation has produced results everyone likes. But since the remodel caused Ed and Gill to go way over budget, Gill works hard to study and pass her realtor's exam so she can get out there and find some work.
From balancing senses of style to balancing want and necessity, Gill and Ed now work to utlize a small space for both an office and a guest room. Saving money and saving space are both at the center of the design.
Working to restore the structure Gill fell in love with, Ed and Vincenzo head outside to attempt to rebuild the columns and rails once associated with the porch.
Borrowing supplies from the backyard and making deals with the neighbors, Ed and Gill up the curb appeal as they finalize their renovation by overhauling the landscaping.
After pouring tons of sweat equity into their fixer-upper, Ed and Gill contemplate selling their home. Gill, with her trained eye in real estate, looks for the next potential flip. But as they grow more comfortable with the newly renovated place, are these homeowners willing to sell and give everything up?