In this new weekly series, HGTV's House Hunters Renovation follows potential home buyers as they tour three for-sale homes and choose the one that is the perfect fixer-upper. In a House Hunters first, HGTV cameras also capture what happens after the home is purchased and the renovation project begins. Each episode features the new homeowners as they renovate and then reveal their new space.
John, Sarah and their three young children recently relocated to Southern California and are eager to buy a home in Thousand Oaks. Working with an $860,000 budget, they hope to find something with a large backyard and an updated master bathroom. Sarah would like a ranch home with a contemporary farmhouse style, while John would prefer a Spanish-style home with clean lines and a modern vibe. They also have deal-breakers, like John's hatred of round design elements and Sarah not wanting a drain in the middle of the shower floor. They finally find a home and start renovations, but pricey issues keep popping up that hurt their timeline and also their budget. Will the stress and headaches be worth it in the end?
Natalie and Matt love living in Redondo Beach, California, but want more space so they can start growing their family. Natalie is a food blogger, so she needs a larger kitchen with more counter space and natural light for photographs. While she loves the rustic farmhouse look, Matt prefers something more masculine and industrial for their home. Once they find a house they can agree on, they set about opening up the kitchen and redoing the bathrooms. In the end, they hope to have the perfect home for their future family that features a blend of their personal styles.
Computer engineers Cory and Caitlin are young, quirky, and a perfect fit in the 'keep it weird' city of Austin, Texas. Ready to take the plunge and buy their first home together, they disagree on what they want: Caitlin has her heart set on a midcentury with a cottage interior while Cory has visions of a real Texas ranch with limestone and lots of land. When they find the happy medium between their two styles, renovations prove much harder than expected for this tech-savvy duo.
A couple gets pushed out of their comfort zone during a full-house renovation in Burbank, California.
Tired of living in apartments and with two little boys in tow, Lucho and Annie are ready to buy their first real home for their family. They are looking for a toddler-friendly place with a big yard, large kitchen and enough space to grow for years to come, so they've decided to focus their search in the trendy area of Eagle Rock, CA. After finding a place to call their own within their budget, Lucho and Annie have one unexpected cost after another, and quickly discover that even the smallest of homes can come with some hefty renovation price tags. But with the help of interior designer Stephanie Leese and contractor Cristian Cruz, they maximize their small place with big design ideas, creating a stunning interior and a paradise of a backyard.
Instead of taking their honeymoon, Austin, Texas, newlyweds Diana and Sean are searching for a new home. They're confident they can find a good value quickly, if only they could see eye-to-eye on their wants and needs. To find the right home, Sean is taking the lead and acting as the couple's agent, and once they find a place they can both agree on, Diana steps in and acts as the contractor to take on the challenge of a complete redo. Along the way, the budget keeps rising as problems come up, not to mention extras in their kitchen and master bath. But in the end, they wind up with a home that truly feels like the perfect start for their lives together.
Cassie and Oliver are tired of living in LA rental properties with their three dogs, so they're looking for a spacious house with a big yard in the San Fernando Valley. Oliver, a former chef, wants a ranch-style home with a huge kitchen, while Cassie, a former swimmer, dreams of a pool and a cottage-style home. After they find their perfect place, Cassie and Oliver find themselves in over their heads and knee-deep in construction problems. They sort out how to handle over-sized appliances and a new layout to create a design they can both agree on.
Chad and Kelsie are eager to buy their first home in Austin, TX, with designated areas for their lifestyles. Once they find a house and start renovations, the couple finds out it's not everything it's cracked up to be.
Now that they have a young son, Lars and Katherine would like to trade their cramped Los Angeles rental for a spacious three-bedroom house with a garage where Lars can store his 11 bicycles, three cars and the boat he recently built. They'd also like their new home to showcase the furniture they've inherited from their families. Sadly, the pricey L.A. market means their million dollar budget won't go far, so they'll have put some sweat equity into their new home to get everything they want and more. Once they find the right house, major renovations begin in the kitchen and the bedrooms, but a costly wall removal bid stops them in their renovation tracks. With the budget skyrocketing and surprise plumbing costs, Lars and Katherine will need to set their priorities in order to get all the work done on time.
After a large natural gas leak forced them out of their rental house, Brigg, his wife Endyia, and their two sons are searching for a home in California they can settle into for years to come. Music producer Brigg wants to find a home with enough room for a music studio, and Endyia insists on an open-concept kitchen with a large island for entertaining. When they finally get the keys, they need to renovate their new house to make it exactly what they want, taking on massive projects in their kitchen, master suite and guest bathroom. Determined to get everything she wants, Endyia rolls up her sleeves to help out while contractor Al provides a rockin' musical backdrop with his guitar.
A family is quickly outgrowing their apartment and complicate their first-time home buying experience by renovating their new kitchen. They hope the renovation results in a home interior that fits both his eclectic taste and her desire for simple style, so they're enlisting the help of a local real estate agent, a designer and a contractor to help them. Will their time, money and effort be worth it in the end?
A newly engaged couple is on the hunt for their first home together near their families in Austin, TX. Despite facing structural and budgetary issues, they find and renovate a place that fits both of their conflicting tastes.
An Austin, TX, family is looking to start over after losing their home during the recession. With the help of their relatives, this family is able to overcome setbacks and put together a beautiful home they can call their own.