Licensed Contractor, Real Estate Expert and Designer Rachel Street flips a historic row home in her hometown of Philadelphia, PA. She transforms the first floor layout into an open-concept space to make the home more enticing to today's buyers. She also exposes the brick along one side of the home and restores its original 100-year-old Hollywood door to honor the home's great history. Finally, she adds a bathroom to the third floor to transform the level into a stunning master suite.
Rachel Street renovates a grand row home in the up-and-coming neighborhood of East Passyunk. Immediately, she faces structural problems in the century-old property and has to rebuild the entire exterior wall. She also modernizes the home's layout by creating an open space living area and adding a rooftop deck to take advantage of panoramic city views, and she revives Victorian features including ornate turrets, an elaborate built-in cabinet and an antique tile mosaic.
Rachel Street tackles a tiny row home in South Philly's Whitman district. After extending the second floor to add an additional 150 square feet, she makes the space seem brighter and larger by white washing the interior brick and using light colors for the floors and cabinetry. Finally, to infuse some Philadelphia history, she restores a 150-year-old salvaged door and incorporates it into the design.
Rachel Street tackles a twin row home in Germantown that was partially rehabbed by a previous owner. She quickly discovers the previous work is less than perfect and is forced to rebuild the rotting roof, install new brick on the crumbling exterior and add new insulation. Then, she reconfigures the layout to create a modern, single-family home with an open-concept first floor.
Rachel Street renovates a huge, turn-of-the-century home in the Mt. Airy district. She decides to restore several of the property's original features, including a walled-up sun porch, elaborate fireplaces and cabinetry.
Rachel Street takes on a row home that is wider than a regular row house in the popular Dickinson Narrows neighborhood. The renovation goes from a cosmetic rehab to full gut job when she discovers serious plumbing issues and the rear of the house has to be rebuilt.
Rachael Street takes on a builder-basic row home in Philadelphia's East Passyunk neighborhood and intends to flip it fast. Her plan for converting this home into a designer-chic abode includes rebuilding the kitchen peninsula, creating entertaining space on the first floor and reconfiguring the second floor to accommodate much-needed storage space. Her dreams of turning this home around quickly are threatened, however, when she is forced to replace the home's knob-and-tube wiring.