Chris and Jen Reynolds have been upgrading their home--a 1970's ex rental unit--piece by piece over the last 3 years. However, with the recent addition of their baby son Jack, they plan on converting their empty basement space into a spa-worthy bathroom. Will they be able to complete the project for six grand and also get a boost in equity? But more importantly will they finish in time for Grandma Reynolds's visit from the UK?
Amy and Tony Carr's 3-level home has an appealing layout and a great location on a cul-de-sac. But its cookie-cutter construction means it won't stand out to potential buyers. They don't plan to sell anytime soon, but they want to add value to their home while making the space more comfortable for their large family. They must decide if they're going to focus on interior upgrades to give the home some pizzazz, or invest in bigger ticket items like new windows or a roof.
Mat & Leslie Edstrom had a few good reasons to buy their 1930s home with a big lot 8 years ago. The property has an outbuilding that Mat could use as a studio for his photography business, plenty of acreage for exterior shots and a charming house that they could continue to upgrade for their needs. Now that their two young boys are 'tweens', they need more space for the kids and want to turn the tuck under garage into family space with a mudroom/TV area & pool table area. As they expand the space to join with the existing basement, they upgrade the gym, laundry room and part-time bedroom. The budget is $35K and they plan to do as much as possible in order to stay on budget and hopefully pocket an equity boost.
It's a good thing that Jen & Jason Armstrong are handy because their split level house needed some love when they bought it. The apartment style laminate cabinets in the kitchen and outdated everything sits like a big eyesore in the middle of the house. The plan: To give the entire space a "Hollywood Regency" style to glam it up. On tap: Custom armoire style cabinetry, which will immediately give it an elegant look. We'll install wood flooring in both the kitchen & great room area.. Innovative magnetic leather floor tiles will surround the new kitchen island, giving the space a soft texture on the feet. Waterfall granite countertops, updated appliances, and LED lighting will finish off the new space, giving it just the right amount of glamour. Hopefully they'll not only get an awesome kitchen, but a nice bump in equity.
Marc and Lisa Stingley moved into their 1980's rambler six years ago. Lisa's a die hard DIY'er so they've updated almost every room of the home. But now that the family has expanded to include their daughter Langston, the house is starting to feel a little cramped. They don't plan to move, and must decided if they're going spend money on high end finishes in the kitchen or build an addition connecting the garage to the rest of the house.
Sabrina and Drew Ely supersized their living space when they left their 700 square foot downtown condo for a four bedroom home in the suburbs. This new construction home came in great shape, but the unfinished basement and backyard need serious shaping. Although the guest realtor feels finishing the basement will be the bigger equity bump, what these two really need is a backyard. They design and build a two level deck and lower patio, complete with high-end splurges and surround landscaping. In a community of boring backyards, this deck masterpiece will definitely stand them apart.
Liz & Joe Sheeran were happy to buy a move-in ready house in a sought after urban neighborhood. The picture perfect two-story house only had one sore spot-the dungeon-like basement. They want to create some livable space in the lower level, but don't want to break the bank doing it because they're not sure how long their jobs will keep in this city. With an $8,000 budget, their goal is to work with the exposed rafters and ductwork and create an industrial style basement that will enhance their lifestyle and hopefully boost their bottom line. But can that small budget get them any return?
Jared and Jane have created a comfortable vibe in their suburban split-level home. They love to entertain, but their big backyard is a bust: a tiny concrete patio, a chain-link dog run, and an elevated deck with no connection to the yard and storage tucked underneath. It all adds up to an eyesore. Our expert agrees: to bring this home up to the value of those around it, Jared and Jane have to bring the interior charm of their home outdoors.
In 1957, Alcoa Care-free homes designed a 1900 square foot home constructed completely of plate glass, framed by aluminum and supported by posts that were clad in aluminum. Today, only a few of these Alcoa homes remain in anywhere near their original form. Whitney and Robert McChane didn't mean to buy a piece of history, but now that they did, they're intent on keeping it as close to original as possible. With the help of Host Amy Matthews and a savvy real estate agent, they'll help the McChanes make the right restoration choices so they get the biggest bang for their 20k budget.
Tom and Constance Campbell are avid Diyer's, which is a good thing because their 1950s ranch style house needed plenty of work. Covered with pink, both inside and out, they've made plenty of neutral updates. But the pink bathroom and pink-toned exterior still need to go. Even though the house has those glaring sore spots, the couple really wants to turn the makeshift gym in their garage into a full-blow industrial style gym. Where should they put their $12,000 renovation dollars? Find out!
Kerry & Kate Hage are recently married... and when Kate moved into Kerry's 1960's bachelor pad rambler, she wanted to make it actually feel like a home. Kate has a laundry list of projects for the house... But the main priority is the kitchen. They are going for a cottage beach design with pebble tile, lots of bead board and light, bright colors. Since they are on a budget, they also want to do it all themselves and also plan to reuse the cabinetry.
Brittany & David moved into their home just a year ago & only had to do a bit of decorating to make it complete. But, their backyard is a jungle. But, they plan to stay in their home awhile so they'd like to make the backyard a place for them to live - while also boosting their potential equity down the line.
Monica Moses and John Reinan had no trouble updating their mid-century ranch style house with high contrast contemporary design. The main projects left to tackle: the swamp-like backyard and the chaotic, poorly finished basement space that Monica uses as an art studio. The swamp is an immediate red flag for future buyers, but a remodeled art studio will give them additional square footage that will up the value of the home. With no plans to sell for many years, where should they invest their $20,000 budget? Will they get a nice return on investment, or just a lifestyle boost? Find out!