Stephen Fanuka is taking on two projects -- one in a 1950s apartment in New York City and another at a house in the suburbs. The 1950s apartment has never been renovated, and he has his work cut out for him. He's updating the space by knocking down walls to create a completely reimagined space, but mistakes from electricians and carpenters set him back as he has to fix them in a pinch. To get away from the stressful Manhattan project, he focuses on a second house, an unfinished New York suburban basement into a bathroom and storage space. With both projects on his hands, Fanuka can only move full steam ahead to upgrade these two homes.
Supermodel Erin Heatherton enlists Stephen Fanuka to install a super luxe bathroom in her NYC pad. Erin wants to pull out all the stops as she's settling down from her whirlwind supermodel life, from a Japanese soaking tub to a steam shower and custom vanity. Fanuka tries to fulfill all of her super-sized dreams until the project comes to a halt when the apartment building puts up a big roadblock that could potentially blow the project out of the water.
Custom is the word of the day for this Columbus Ave gut renovation. Stephen Fanuka is on a tight deadline of turning two apartments into one in 150 days. He thinks he can get it done just in time, but the client keeps requesting upgrades to their Upper West Side oasis, which slows down progress. From expanding wood floors to costly stone replacements, Stephen Fanuka is racing against time for this $675,000 renovation.
Stephen Fanuka continues his work on the $3.5 million Chelsea townhouse renovation in NYC. After completely gutting the entire place, he discovers major foundation problems. The side wall on every level is tearing away from the back and front, and pure friction is holding the building together. Outside, more problems are cropping up when Fanuka tries to drill into the city sewer line to install a main line for the house. The bluestone sidewalks in front of the house pose a problem because they are landmarked, and if he breaks one he could get fined and lose his license.
Stephen Fanuka takes the Chelsea townhouse renovation up a notch, literally. He's been contracted to build a fifth story penthouse on top of the existing four-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 the work, claiming that 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.
Stephen Fanuka treks out to Long Island to build a custom kitchen island. This island is unique: The homeowner wants it to be built out of wood, silver metal, glass and walnut butcher block. While talking about the island, Fanuka remembers that the client used to have chickens, but just like a fairy tale, a fox took them. He takes it upon himself to build her a chicken coop, complete with two hens from his own father.