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Season 1

1 :01x01 - Initial Steps

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We meet host Tom Tynan and his guests, Guy and Lisa Land, who plan to build their dream house on which this series is based. We get an overview of the project and see the suburban development, West on Lakes, where they will build. We also learn the strange way Guy and Lisa met. We learn more about what they want in a home, and we see the final design of the home. Then the Lands are told, mistakenly, that their loan is approved.

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2 :01x02 - The Builder

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We learn about different types of homebuilders and hear from Guy & Lisa Land about what they want in a builder. We meet the Lands' builder, Sharon Breed, and she talks about her job, how she handles stress, and the process of building the Lands' house.

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3 :01x03 - Financing Facts

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Like most home buyers, Guy and Lisa Land must go through the painful process of obtaining financing. The Lands learn they will need a construction loan as well as a mortgage loan. The process takes months, and the mortgage company puts them under a microscope.

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4 :01x04 - Starting to Build

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Work finally begins on the Land's home. The land is cleared, the foundation poured, and the frame goes up quickly. A few weeks into the process, Guy and Lisa tour the house and argue about windows next to the staircase and the size of some rooms. Guy continues to seek donations to make the house affordable. Heavy rains hit the area and delay the building process.

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5 :01x05 - Cutting Costs

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The Lands are brought up short. Sharon tells them they must cut back on the amenities in their home to keep it within budget. In a meeting with Sharon, Guy and Lisa discuss what they can leave out of the home. Special windows, the curved driveway, some of the wooden floors, and special ceiling treatments are among the cuts. Guy wants to keep the exterior close to his design, so he says he will personally work on getting more donations. They also cut a few more "extras" from the home.

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6 :01x06 - Unexpected Construction Problems

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Problems in the construction process start to slow the progress of the Lands' home. Sharon worries about the NAHB convention target date. The fiber siding requires additional plywood to make it work. Guy points out where an upstairs window and turret are misaligned. Materials arrive late, but the house is "dried in" at last. Sharon talks about the need to watch the details. Guy and Lisa continue to struggle with the possibility that they can't afford this home. Lisa is happy as she tours the house, but is still very worried.

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7 :01x07 - Interior Design, Landscape Design

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We meet the interior designer, who asks the Lands to describe what they want inside the house. Guy is focused on the family room and its entertainment center while Lisa is most interested in the big new kitchen. Guy grants Lisa power of attorney, and has another meeting with the landscaper, who talks about shrubbery, fencing, a basketball court and Guy's desire to have an arch over part of the driveway. Our host explains that the architecture of a house sometimes dictates the direction taken with furniture and finishes. Lisa and Claudia visit a kitchen and bathroom store where we learn about the marvels of plumbing, faucets and tubs.

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8 :01x08 - Subcontractor Interaction

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We see the plumbers, electricians, HVAC workers, roofers and carpenters at work and learn how their schedules must interact to complete the house within a reasonable time.

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9 :01x09 - Interior Planning

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Our host introduces this segment by talking about the myriad of decisions that must be made when building a custom house. Guy and Lisa visit a Pennsylavania House furniture store with Claudia. Claudia and Lisa visit the paint store and the tile store. At the house, our host tells us that some of the Lands' earlier decisions are finally going into the house; the trim carpenters are at work putting in cabinets, etc., and the fireplace goes in. Sharon says the trim people are like artists, and they don't need much supervision.

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10 :01x10 - Snags

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Neighbors are complaining that the Land's future home has siding facing the golf course, which is in violation of the developer's rules. Find out what Sharon and Guy decide to do, and learn how to avoid problems like this one when building a home.

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11 :01x11 - The Plan

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The host explains why a clearly developed plan is so important to everyone--the builder, the subcontractors, the mortgage company and the would-be homeowner. The process includes getting ideas from magazines and keeping a scrapbook, making a wish list, and a must-have list.

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12 :01x12 - The Wheels Come Off

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Our host begins by telling us that the dream house project has taken an unexpected turn. Guy and Sharon have met, and the word from Sharon is that they are still $40-50,000 over budget despite efforts to cut back. Guy says they discussed how to remedy the situation and there seemed to be no easy way out. Sharon tells us in a separate interview the problems came because Guy didn't get the donations required to keep the costs down and that he wasn't realistic in cutting costs, opting for expensive wooden windows, getting the more expensive golf course lot, not putting in as much sweat equity as he agreed to.

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13 :01x13 - The Final Result

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Guy and Lisa walk around the dream house that almost was and discuss many of the unresolved issues they have encountered. Plus, experts explain common pitfalls when building a house.

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Season 2

14 :02x01 - Getting Started

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Meet Rick and Linda Glasgo--we'll see them build their dream home. First, the couple hires Kyle and Laurie Hunt, their good friends, as contractors. The Hunts help them find a lovely wooded lot overlooking a pond in a western Minneapolis suburb. After striking out with house plans in stock plan books, the couple takes the Hunts' advice and looks at an architecturally designed home; they realize they'll need an architect. Finally, we get tips on choosing a lot.

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15 :02x02 - Working With Architects

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In this show, we catch up with our dream house builders, the Glasgows. They have hired two architects, Michaela Mahady and Wayne Branum, who offer two impressive plans, but the price estimate is 30% higher than the budget. The architects say the budget is unrealistic for this type of house, so the Glasgows and their contractors look at ways to cut costs.

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16 :02x03 - Cost Cutting, Working With Interior Designers

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The Glasgows look for ways to cut costs, and decide to raise their budget in some areas and cut back in others. Linda gets a model of the house from Rick as a birthday gift, then they "tour" the spatial representation with their architects. The designers, who helped design the couple's townhouse nine years before, talk to them about mixing new pieces with ones they own now; the budget is mentioned. Then -- tips on hiring and working with interior designers.

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17 :02x04 - The Builders

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Once more, we see the builders and homebuyers try to trim expenses -- the project's cost is now forty percent more than expected. Next, we look at the jobs of Kyle and Laurie Hunt, the building contractors; he's concerned about quality, and she's trying to keep the customers happy. Then, the homebuyers get some great advice from sales associates as they shop for plumbing fixtures and tile. Finally, we get tips on choosing a general or building contractor.

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18 :02x05 - Financing, Construction Contract

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Rick and Linda are trying to obtain financing, but run into a problem. Clearing and excavation begin; the lot is wooded, and the builders and architects want to save some of the trees. The Glasgows select windows and millwork, and we get tips on cleaning up a credit report and saving money on a mortgage.

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19 :02x06 - Winter Construction

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This has turned out to be one of the harshest winters to ever hit Minneapolis, but subcontractors are working on the house anyway. The weather is causing few delays, but the carpenters are learning that this house is more difficult than they thought, and it is taking longer than planned. It doesn't help that the blueprints don't have all the required information for building a house. A dormer is added due to a headroom code violation, and there are problems with the window installation. Rick and Linda visit the site for meetings, but we see that Rick loses interest and walks away, leaving Linda to make the decisions. The Lessons Learned segment offers help for people who can't interpret blueprints. We take a look at the floor plans, 3-D designs and models that professionals use to help their customers make informed decisions.

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20 :02x07 - Common Problems & Delays

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Winter is still severe, lumber is stolen from the site and the neighbors are complaining. The job site is at the end of a shared driveway, and one neighbor has insisted that construction vehicles not be parked anywhere near his home. Lack of parking space makes it difficult for the builders to get the needed number of subcontractors on the site, causing more delays. The friendship between home buyers Rick and Linda Glasgow and builders Kyle and Laurie Hunt is strained.

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21 :02x08 - Quality Control

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The Glasgows meet with their builders and cabinetmaker and discover Linda isn't able to cross her legs under the custom make-up table. Then, there's some tension between Rick and Linda over the tile selection. We follow the builder around the site on a quality control inspection, and discover there is some trouble. The roofer shingled part of the roof, then went on vacation without telling the builder. Rick and Linda go shopping for cabinet hardware and doorknobs. Finally, in the Lessons Learned segment, we get tips for doing your own quality control inspections at the construction site of your future home.

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22 :02x09 - Decision Making

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At the Dream House, Rick and Linda Glasgow meet with their builders and interior designer to discuss their concern that one wall may not be large enough for the artwork. Cabinets are installed, and clearly define the interior spaces. Plus, Linda and Laurie meet with the closet designer to confirm location for shelves and hanging bars in the 570 square foot master bedroom closet. This closet fills the attic space above a two-car garage. Roofers are back to finish more of the roof, but they still don't complete it. They made it to the rounded dormer, but determine that is too difficult a task. The Glasgows also place a time capsule in the house framework. In the Lessons Learned segment, Rick and Linda offer suggestions for making decisions during the exhausting process of building your home.

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23 :02x10 - Rug & Couch Shopping

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The Glasgows and their interior designers shop for rugs; we get the designers' viewpoints. Then, Rick and Linda shop for appliances, and learn some consumer tips. The architects and builders are being paid on a flat fee basis, yet some costs have increased considerably; the architects wish they were getting more. A new roofer finally finishes the rounded dormer; Rick and Linda discuss arguments that occur in the building process. Finally, we learn some appliance shopping tips.

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24 :02x11 - Finishing Touches

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High-quality finishes are getting completed. Corian countertops are expertly installed, and the painters take great care to repair any nicks or dings in the walls before they apply the final coat. One month away from the move-in date, Rick and Linda share their exhausted thoughts.

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25 :02x12 - The Closing

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Subcontractors are doing last-minute construction details: stucco, painting, wood floor finishing. But there's a problem with the carpet installation -- not enough was delivered because the installer didn't know about the 570-square-foot master bedroom closet. Rick and Linda Glasgow have a final walk-through with their builders to learn how the house operates and to make notes of any repairs that need to be taken care of. We follow the couple to the closing, where they sign their names numerous times to become the official owners of their dream house. Finally, we attend an open house that the builders hold at the finished project, marketing to prospective clients.

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26 :02x13 - Moving In

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Rick and Linda finally get to move into their architecturally-designed, custom-built dream house. Rick is quite the traffic officer, directing the movers where to set down his possessions. Then, we reveal the main floor powder room, to the owners and the viewers, for the first time. This room was created by the interior designers, and it was a complete surprise to Rick and Linda. To wrap up the series, we get a final tour of the house and the Glasgows share their final thoughts on the entire process.

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Season 3

27 :03x01 - Meet the Sandbergs

Mar/31/2003
Jim and Dee Sandberg begin the process of renovating their one-story ranch farmhouse for their family of five. Their architect, John Spencer, tours the current home, shares ideas for designs and begins to create the Sandberg's dream house on paper. What started as a simple, minor remodel, has now become a two-story New England style cottage with major remodeling to the kitchen and first floor.

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28 :03x02 - Meet the Builder

Apr/01/2003
Architect John Spencer estimates a budget of $200,000 for the remodeling project, and the Sandbergs get cold feet. However, six months later, after a rough winter and a leaky roof, interest resurfaces. Spencer recommends a builder, Todd Johnson, for the remodeling of the Sandbergs' dream house, and the plans are back on. Although the Sandbergs would like to stay in their home during the construction, Todd has very bad feelings about it, and he expresses his opinion that they should move out. Before construction begins, Dee gives a walking tour of the home. Learn what she loves most about the house, and what she is excited to tear down.

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29 :03x03 - Living with Construction

Apr/02/2003
The Sandbergs agonize over the decision of whether or not to live in their home during the construction. Builder Todd Johnson feels very strongly that there is a safety issue if they stay, and he urges the Sandbergs to leave during the project. Designer John Spencer feels it could be possible to work around the Sandbergs. Dee and Jim go back and forth until they finally come to the decision to stay. Because of the safety issues, Todd sets up a meeting with the neighborhood kids to instruct them of the do's and don'ts of being at a construction site. Then the task begins for Todd to meet with potential subcontractors to get the final budget worked out at the least cost to the Sandbergs.

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30 :03x04 - Contracts, Demolition, Excavation

Apr/03/2003
The Sandbergs meet with builder Todd Johnson to go over the final budget. One look at the bottom line gives the Sandbergs sticker shock. Jim and Dee now try and decide if they are committed enough to the project to continue. Todd helps them find financing, and the Sandbergs decide to sign on the dotted line. Once demolition begins, Dee realizes that living in the home during the project will take a heavy toll on her family. With emotions high, construction on the house begins.

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31 :03x05 - Demolition and Limited Living

Apr/04/2003
After demolishing the back of the Sandberg's house, the inspector has major concerns about the stability of the foundation. New bracing is constructed, and the foundation and cement block wall is put up. Dee is excited to begin the process of choosing products and color for the exterior of her home. Insulation, siding, doors and windows are the major concern. Dee takes time to be sure she gets the look she's been dreaming about. Seeing and touching the samples for the first time brings everything to reality for her.

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32 :03x06 - Exterior Colors, Slow Going, Chaos

Apr/07/2003
The Sandbergs face more remodeling delays as hard rains take over the summer months. The back foundation wall cracks when dirt is dumped and compacted against it. The builder, Todd Johnson, faces finding out who is responsible. The wall now has to be pulled down and the subcontractors start over to build it up. Jim and Dee are also in the process of picking the colors for the siding and shutters. All this takes place while the five family members continue living in three small rooms of the original house. Hot, humid, mosquito-filled days and nights make everday life a struggle.

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33 :03x07 - A Needed Respite and More Frustration

Apr/08/2003
The Sandbergs begin the process of choosing the plumbing supplies for their remodeled home. As they walk the showroom, Dee's tastes begin to change to items more expensive than their modest beginnings. Because of Minnesota's record rainfall, a drainage plan is a high priority. Dee is not happy when builder Todd Johnson says all the bushes on the side must go. Also, the family begins having second thoughts about living in the home during construction. No hot water or oven are a bigger inconvenience than they expected. However, a couple weeks of housesitting for friends gives them a much needed break. More frustrating delays occur when framers discover rotten wood on the old house near the foundation. It has to be torn off and replaced, as it will not hold a new second story.

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34 :03x08 - Roof Design Mixup, Window Install

Apr/09/2003
The Sandbergs have been living in their home during construction throughout the summer, and tension is high. The kids are not getting along, and even Jim and Dee are losing patience with each other. They question whether living in the home to save money was such a good idea. Also, the framing crew is causing delays in progress because of a small two-person crew. Therefore, a decision is made to hire a new crew of 19 to take their place and move things along. The builder and the architect are not getting along, as blame switches back and forth as to whose fault the delays are. Jim and Dee begin to think about moving out.

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35 :03x09 - Moving to a Townhouse

Apr/10/2003
The Sandbergs have come to the end of their rope living in the house as it is reconstructed. Family tensions are high and the children are having trouble with homework. So, the family decides to rent a townhouse for the remainder of the construction. Private rooms, hot water, and heat are going to be a welcome change. The new framing crew has quite a challenge in front of them as they dig through the many plan changes that have occurred during construction.

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36 :03x10 - Roof Troubles for Thanksgiving

Apr/11/2003
As progress on construction picks up speed, Jim and Dee Sandberg visit the home & garden show to see what the latest options for home construction are. The house designer feels things should be farther along. However, the general contractor blames the designer's poorly designed plans for the slow progress. Dee is excited to see the roof near completion along with the arrival of the shingles, but at Thanksgiving a problem is found in the pitch of the front gables and no one is taking responsibility to fix it. Dee ends up spending Thanksgiving weekend worrying about how to remedy the problem.

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37 :03x11 - Six Months Behind Schedule

Apr/14/2003
Jim and Dee Sandberg begin the process of designing the kitchen and family room. They have real concerns about keeping the budget in sight as decisions are made. The Christmas holiday is right around the corner, but spirit is low as the townhouse they are renting is too small to hold a tree. The roofers cause stress as they continue to not show up to work, even in good weather. The cabinet vendor swindles the Sandbergs, and the police must become involved. The biggest stress point is that Jim loses his job just as the holiday season arises and product decisions must be made.

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38 :03x12 - Finishing Touches, Final Budget Review

Apr/15/2003
While construction is complete for the most part, interior work still needs to be done. The budget is tight and they are finding that some allowances weren't enough, so compromises ensue. Dee works with the designer on interior finishing touches, and together the Sandbergs work on landscape design. The house will be completed much later than expected.

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39 :03x13 - Sandbergs Move Back Home

Apr/16/2003
Tension flies between the Sandbergs and the general contractor as the deadline arrives to close the mortgage loan and the house is not yet completed. The Sandbergs have moved into their home but don't feel the joy they think should accompany such an event. Furniture and accessories arrive to complete the home. Dee gives a final tour of her new home. And finally, the house is presented to the public with an open house.

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Season 4

40 :04x01 - Welcome to Controversy

Mar/29/1999
In this episode, we meet with the main characters of thsi dream house series and visit Columbia, Maryland. We get a short history lesson on Bruno's house and on what the controversy is all about

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41 :04x02 - Stone Walls and Windows

Jul/05/1999
In this episode, we meet with some more of the story's main characters, including Bruno's father. We travel back in time to find out how Bruno recovered his home's exterior stucco walls with hand-cut granite. The root of the controversy is uncovered, and Bruno begins replacing the home's 33 windows.

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42 :04x03 - The Inspection

Jul/12/1999
In this episode, the Columbia Association inspects Bruno's house to determine if he'll be sued for not finishing his ongoing remodeling project.

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43 :04x04 - The Squabble

Jul/19/1999
In this episode, we see the beginnings of a squabble between Bruno and his tenant Lara over who gets to sleep in the guest cottage. Work continues on the south side gable, living room, and front bedroom.

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44 :04x05 - Unconventional Choices

Jul/26/1999
In this episode, we see some of the unconventional design choices being implemented by homeowner Bruno Reich. These include using epoxy-based floor finish on his walls, mirrored ceilings, and a master suite in the basement. Bruno also starts construction on two fireplaces, one in the basement and another in the living room.

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45 :04x06 - A Grand Convergence

Aug/02/1999
In this segment, Bruno's roommate Lara Bajema has given notice at her job and decided to work for Bruno, staining woodwork and supervising the crews while he is out of town. A crew of stonemasons continues to work on the living room fireplace that is still growing in size. Lara talks about the difficulty of living in a neighborhood fish bowl, with people stopping to stare at the mess the house is now. The disagreements continue indoors when subcontractors fail to show up to finish Lara's bedroom. The decision is made to hire another crew of carpenters. Bruno admits that as the process unfolds, he is listening more to the experts he hires.

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46 :04x07 - Chimneys and Windows

Aug/09/1999
In this episode, the custom leaded glass windows slide into place and a hole is cut into the roof for chimney. Lara gets to move into her new bedroom and Bruno's mother visits the construction site to see how the house has changed.

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47 :04x08 - A Shorter Chimney

Aug/16/1999
In this episode Bruno compromises with his neighbors after a dispute over the height of the chimney. Melinda enters Bruno's life and shares her thoughts on the design of the kitchen.

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48 :04x09 - The Wedding

Aug/23/1999
In this episode, Bruno makes his final appeal with the Village Board concerning the chimney. His new girlfriend Melinda shares her thoughts on the design of the kitchen which creates friction. Bruno and Melinda select wedding invitations, get married and have a reception. Lara announces she is moving out, the bathroom progress and the newlyweds learn how to live together in the construction site. Bruno's money problems leads him to take a major construction project in New Jersey.

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49 :04x10 - The Honeymoon Is Over

Aug/30/1999
In this episode, Bruno and Melinda clash over the kitchen design. A carpenter's shed is erected off the back of the house which angers the neighbors. Lara moves out, bound for the West Coast. Carpenter, Daniel Rice tries to mediate the dispute between Bruno and Melinda, but the conflict escalates and Melinda announces she is pregnant.

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50 :04x11 - The Conclusion...?

Jun/05/2000
In this episode, Bruno and Melinda continue their disagreements over the kitchen design. The carpenter's shed is demolished, as the house inches towards completion. The kitchen is finally finished just in time for the birth of Anna Vaughn Reich. Each of the rooms in the house are shown in a "before and after" seqence.

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51 :04x12 - The More Things Change...

Jun/12/2000
In this episode Bruno and Melinda reveal several details that have never been finished on the house. Taking care of baby Anna and trying to financially recover from unprofitable jobs has stalled progress. Bruno initiates a new push for completion by fixing an air return grate and hiring a tile crew to finish the kitchen. Bruno also starts work on a brick patio, even though the local Architectural Committee has indicated that the structure is not approved.

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52 :04x13 - World Without End

Jun/19/2000
The work to complete the unfinished details on Bruno's house continues. A representative from the Columbia Association drops by to compare notes about the approval of Bruno's patio. Bruno and Melinda both agree that the house is too small and we fly to another house that Bruno owns in rural Howard County. The conclusion reveals that the end of this story is really the beginning of the next one.

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Season 5

53 :05x01 - Dream House on the Coast of Scituate

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Meet Chuck Cullum, a single man about to embark on building his dream house on the coast of Scituate, Massachusetts. In this episode, Chuck interviews and selects an architect and builder for his project. We also meet Chuck's co-worker and friend Kathy Keenan who will help Chuck build a house that will provide refuge for Chuck's friends and family.

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54 :05x02 - Goodbye Old House, Hello New

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Chuck begins the permit process to build his new dream house on the coast of Scituate, Massachusetts, and a controversy could delay the start. A state of the art septic system is put in, and the house site is prepared for razing. Eventually, Chuck says a fond goodbye to the old house that is on the same spot where the new house will be built. A few tears are shed.

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55 :05x03 - The Phoenix Rises

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The foundation for Chuck Cullum's new dream house on the coast of Scituate, Massachusetts, begins, and a few problems arise with the soil. Chuck decides to leave kitchen decisions to friend Kathy, and he throws a party for his friends and asks them for help in building and decorating his house.

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56 :05x04 - The House on the Water Takes Shape

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The foundation is finally finished on Chuck Cullum's dream house on the coast of Scituate, Massachusetts. The house takes shape as the framing process begins to proceed quickly. Decisions begin to mount up; Chuck needs to order windows soon that are both energy efficient and that meet his criteria for low maintenance. He also has second thoughts about asking his friends for too much help.

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57 :05x05 - Sealing the House for Winter

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Chuck begins to feel the stress of building deadlines. He and his friend Kathy Keenan decide to go to an interesting architectural restoration store in search of some old items that will bring character and history to his new construction. Builder Dave Woodworth races against the clock to get the house sealed up from the cold New England winter.

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58 :05x06 - Finding An Interior Designer

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Chuck Cullum realizes that building his dream house is taking more time than he can devote to the project. He decides to interview interior designers that will help him make the decisions that are necessary to keep the project moving along. Chuck also decides to install a state-of-the-art heating system, but his architect and builder are skeptical.

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59 :05x07 - Decisions, Decisions

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Chuck is becoming more and more occupied with shopping trips and building material supply stores, and he finally hires an interior designer. The exterior of the house is progressing.

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60 :05x08 - Chuck Goes Shopping

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As Chuck Cullum builds his dream house on the coast in Scituate, Massachusetts, he's falling further and further behind on making purchasing decisions. He and friend Kathy Keenan go on a few shopping expeditions, one with their new decorator to the Boston Design Center. Chuck also pays a visit to the shop where he is having a custom cherry wood spiral staircase made.

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61 :05x09 - Artwork for the House

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The finishing work begins on Chuck's dream house in Scituate, Massachusetts. Chuck has recruited his friends to make artwork that will adorn the house. The group has a tile-making party at a local artwork store, and friend Rita Staples shows Chuck her plans for the stained glass window she's making for him.

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62 :05x10 - Missed Schedule

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Delays have forced Chuck Cullum to fall behind on the building of his dream house off the coast of Massachusetts. He moves in with his daughter Lisa temporarily. Finishing of the house continues, and Chuck has to start paying more attention to all the decisions he has put off until now. He travels to a granite countertop store as well as another tile shop. The exterior of the house is painted.

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63 :05x11 - Delays

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In this episode, Chuck Cullum realizes that the project is being jeopardized by the many delays he has caused. Chuck meets with a landscape designer, and his friend Rita Staples finishes up her stained glass window. Decks are finished and the spiral staircase is installed. Chuck's kids pay him a visit, and he obliges with a preview tour.

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64 :05x12 - Chuck Takes Over as Contractor

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Delays have forced Chuck Cullum take over as contractor, and he struggles to manage the flow of subcontractors. He shows his friend Kathy the hand-painted tiles that his friends made for him, which are now prominently featured in the downstairs bathroom. Kathy previews the Italian mosaic that she's keeping a secret from Chuck. Chuck can't decide on using an interior decorator, so he admits that he will move in with no furnishings to speak of. Chuck's daughter gets married at the house.

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65 :05x13 - The Move

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Chuck Cullum finally moves into his new dream house off the coast of Massachusetts. Last-minute items are still being installed. His friends deliver on their promises of gifts to decorate the new house. Chuck gives us a guided tour of his brand new house, but furniture is hard to find. Finally, at a housewarming party, Chucks prediction of "if I build it, they will come " rings true. Chuck settles in to his new life with dog Toby.

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Season 6

66 :06x01 - Meet Dean Henney & House

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In this segment viewers are introduced to Dean Henney, a former Marine captain restoring an 1880 Victorian townhouse in the heart of Washington, D.C. We meet Dean's tenants, Bill Harris and Yarid McBib, and get a sense of the tremendous job in front of him: converting the basement into a one-bedroom apartment and restoring the top three floors to a single-family home.

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67 :06x02 - Challenge of Living in Renovation

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After updating what Dean has already done in the basement apartment of his 4-story 1880 Victorian, Dean gives us a room by room tour of the upper three floors of the house. Dean also explains how his ancestors were settling in northern Minnesota at the same time that his house was being built.

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68 :06x03 - The Threat of Job Loss

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We see how difficult it is for Dean to do the renovation work himself while holding down a full-time job. We also find out that Dean may be losing his job. He has a January 1 deadline on his 203K refinance loan.

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69 :06x04 - Dean's Exhaustion

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The reality of how difficult it is to hold down a full-time job and work as your own general contractor, designer and builder is starting to sink in to Dean Henney. Dean's neighbor, Connie Maffin takes Dean on an historical tour of his neighborhood. Dean comes up with several creative solutions to problems he encountered.

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70 :06x05 - Roof Disaster

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Dean has been put on notice that his job is ending. He claims that will give him more time to work on the house and that's "wonderful." Dean's tenant and friend, Bill Harris has a laundry list of complaints about living in the house. Dean comes home to find his heater off and water spewing from a burst pipe in the basement. We watch as the plumber works to replace the broken pipe.

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71 :06x06 - Help Arrives

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Dean has the roofed replaced, but tenant Bill Harris happily moves out. Carpenters and masons get started on bringing Dean's house back to life.

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72 :06x07 - Moving Ahead

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Dean has reached his limit of experience. His two carpenters make real progress. Dean had not gotten proper construction permits when a city inspector stopped by and stopped work until the permits were in place.

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73 :06x08 - Working Together

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Dean has been waiting three months for his refinancing from his bank. Progress is being made in the basement by carpenters William Armstrong and Lionel Johnson but money is tight, and a battle of wills erupt between Dean and William. Dean gives her a tour of the basement apartment.

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74 :06x09 - Barry to the Rescue

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Delays in getting his refinancing loan caused a work stoppage at the house for over a month. The delays caused tension between Dean and his carpenter William Armstrong, and William leaves the job. To Dean's surprise, his second floor tenant Barry Baron is a skilled carpenter and volunteers to work without pay until Dean can pay him.

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75 :06x10 - To Sell or Not to Sell

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Dean starts thinking about selling the house, but hopes to hold on to it. Everyone hussles to get the basement apartment ready for the bank inspector's final visit. Dean passes inspection with flying colors. Tilemakers and distributors visit Dean's house to advise him on finishing touches for the entryways, backsplash and baths. Dean's friend and financial advisor, Ralph Kruger meets with Dean and lays out options if Dean wants to sell the house. He's very concerned about Dean's financial situation and thinks Dean should hold onto the house if he can. In an attempt to quality for a second mortgage, Dean gets the house appraised again. The appraiser is impressed with Dean's ideas for the house.

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76 :06x11 - Hanging On

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Dean got a small mortgage which enabled him to start construction of the patio. Mason Dino Patrucci underestimated the amount of work it would take to complete the job. In a payment disagreement, Dino left the job. Dean was left putting the apartment on the market with an unfinished patio. Paul Williams, an architectural historian, comes by to discuss the history of the house. Dean and his tenant Barry Baron get into a big argument. Dean wants Barry to move his extra belongings into storage and Barry contends he may as well not live there then.

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77 :06x12 - Upstairs Progress

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Dean continues renovation on his house, beginning with repairing and painting the parlor and second floor bedroom. The parlor fireplace is reopened and a beautiful marble fireplace with plaster mantle is installed. Problems arise in the kitchen when it becomes evident that there isn't enough wall space for the cabinets, and they have difficulty installing the tin ceiling. They do manage to install Brazilian granite on the countertops. Dean concludes that it's more efficient in terms of both time and progress to hire professional help.

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78 :06x13 - Happy Ending

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Dean has put the house on the market with renovations still to be completed. After a couple of weeks, he realizes that in order to get his asking price for the house, he'll have to complete the renovations. Out of tenants and money, he searches for a new equity loan and hires crews to finish work on the upper three floors. Dean takes us on a tour of the unfinished house, and we take a look at the lessons to be learned from Dean's experience.

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Season 7

Dream House Resources

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Click the links below to see a list of products, services and professionals involved with the Smiths' dream house, as well as contact information for the Smith family and a photo gallery of the entire homebuilding process.

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79 :07x01 - Beaufort Bound

Oct/05/2000
In this premier episode, viewers will meet the Smith Family of Douglasville, Georgia, a busy dual-profession couple and their teenage daughter, as they search for a place in the southeastern coastal region. Follow the conflicts and resolutions of this "dreamer-married-to-realist" story. It's only the beginning of a fascinating journey into the Deep South.

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80 :07x02 - B.O.A.R. Meeting

Oct/12/2000
A sudden change of plans leads Larry and Cheryl Smith down a different path. Building a new home in a historic district versus restoring an older home means satisfying the rules and regulations of a very stringent Board of Architectural Review. It proves to be a lengthy and frustrating experience.

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81 :07x03 - Off To Mexico!

Oct/19/2000
There's one hurdle after another for the Smith family. After years (yes, years) of house plan rejections, Beaufort's Board of Architectural Review finally gives the Smiths the go-ahead for construction--but within months they are delayed once again with more problems. And that's not all! Cheryl Smith finds a new job...across the border!

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82 :07x04 - No Room For HVAC?

Oct/26/2000
With Cheryl now working in Mexico, husband Larry has become the primary decision-maker on the house construction in Beaufort, South Carolina. Not an easy task, even if everything is smooth sailing, and unfortunately that's not the case. A major oversight is discovered in the final house plans, and there's no simple solution.

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83 :07x05 - Neighbors Notice

Nov/02/2000
Change isn't easily welcomed in a closely held neighborhood like Beaufort's historic district. But hoping that neighbors will accept the "newcomers" on the block is the least of Larry and Cheryl's concerns; they can't seem to shake the ongoing scrutiny of Beaufort's Board of Architectural Review.

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84 :07x06 - Emily's Indecision

May/13/2003
For builder Robert Long, It's difficult to stay on schedule when the Smiths are falling behind in their decision-making. But lack of information isn't Robert's only problem. Larry and Cheryl have some big ideas for the house...and their daughter Emily has an even BIGGER idea!

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85 :07x07 - Kitchen Choices

May/14/2003
Make no mistake...the Beaufort house is Larry's dream, but Cheryl is the family realist. As changes to the house add cost, Cheryl takes a long hard look at the budget. Builder Robert Long needs a decision on the kitchen, but Larry won't be pushed: he wants a "unique" look.

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86 :07x08 - Cheryl Takes Charge

May/15/2003
She's baaack! Cheryl returns from her temporary job in Mexico, and Larry breathes a sigh of relief. Taking over supervision of the Beaufort project will be Cheryl's next assignment. Unfortunately, builder Robert Long may not be prepared for this major change of command.

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87 :07x09 - The BOAR's Back

May/16/2003
It's Robert's way versus Cheryl's way! As Cheryl pushes to speed up progress at the house, Robert is feeling overwhelmed by the details and the extra work. The last thing anyone needs is more input, but here comes Beaufort's Board of Architectural Review (BOAR)...again!

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88 :07x10 - The Second Year

May/19/2003
Frustrations over delays at the Beaufort house are compounded as construction enters the second year and the approaching holidays promise more slowdowns. Cheryl is concerned about the schedule and budget, Larry is worried about his collectibles and garden, and Robert has other jobs that require his attention.

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89 :07x11 - The Confrontation

Dec/14/2000
While Cheryl Smith pushes builder Robert Long to speed up the schedule, special customizing work required to accommodate Larry's antiques and collectibles continues to cause problems and slow down progress. As the kitchen and living room areas take shape, the tension building between Cheryl and Robert hits an all-time high.

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90 :07x12 - A Missing Person

Dec/21/2000
It was bound to happen: The conflicts between Cheryl and Robert move beyond confrontation. Robert leaves the project and Cheryl tries to regroup and finish the house...without him.

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91 :07x13 - They're Here!

Dec/28/2000
It's a race to the finish! With Beaufort's Annual Spring Garden Tour quickly approaching, the last of Larry's antiques and collectibles are set in place...pictures are hung and the Beaufort house is transformed into a showplace.

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Season 8

92 :08x01 - Meet The Cefai Family

Oct/08/2001
John and Clarice Cefai, young professionals with two small children, have temporarily (or so they think) moved into a tiny duplex while their inner-city Austin, Texas, bungalow is remodeled. When the project's schedule and budget are on the brink of disaster, Terry Whisenhunt (an on-site craftsman who is also a builder) befriends the Cefais and takes over the job.
The resulting two-story craftsman-style beauty brings an attractive offer to sell and, combined with Whisenhunt's commitment to build them an even better home, convinces the Cefais that now is the time to make the move to a more upscale waterfront lifestyle on the shores of nearby Lake Travis. In a quest for the perfect view, the Cefais purchase first one lot and then another in a toney lakeside subdivision. The second lot comes complete with a set of house plans which John is confident can be modified to meet his family's needs. But eight months and thousands of dollars later, the Cefais still do not have plans for a home they can afford and the builder's schedule is filling up. In a panic, the Cefais settle for a set of plans from a book, intending to consult with an architectural firm that specializes in energy-efficient design to modify it. Now the Cefais believe their dream house will soon become a reality...

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93 :08x02 - Neighborly Ways

Oct/15/2001
Now the Cefais are in a jam. Builder Terry Whisenhunt has reluctantly informed them that they cannot afford to build the house plans they've purchased from a book. When John explains that he has neither the time nor the budget for custom plans, architects at Barley + Pfeiffer suggest he choose a house plan from among their many custom designs. The Cefais select a contemporary home loaded with energy-efficient features, which coincidentally was first built in the Cefais' future subdivision. The Cefais close on their construction loan and submit their plans to the Architectural Control Committee (ACC) for approval.
However, fearing that the presence of two such distinctively styled homes in the same subdivision will lend a tract-home appearance to their community, the ACC says no go. Caught between the ACC's conventions and Barley + Pfeiffer's unconventional design style, the Cefais' home undergoes a series of modifications before everyone is happy.

Everyone, that is, except the Cefais' next door neighbor, who fears that the Cefais' new home will block his lake view. Once John and the neighbor work out an amiable compromise, the Cefais are just days away from pouring their foundation. Could those dark clouds mean rain?

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94 :08x03 - In Sickness and In Health

Oct/22/2001
Construction resumes after losing some time to rain. Homeowners John and Clarice Cefai, along with builder Terry Whisenhunt, are optimistic that the foundation will be poured within a week or so. The Cefais focus their attention on decisions needed before the pour, such as how to treat the concrete floors and whether to expand the downstairs bath to accommodate a free-standing tub. All is going well until Terry comes down with pneumonia. Construction comes to an abrupt halt.
John does his best to keep things going. The Cefais use the time to choose windows and make decisions. Finally, Terry's health returns and he comes back to the job site. He readies the foundation for the pour, and the plumbers re-plumb the downstairs bath. John has an air-conditioned portable building installed at the site to give Terry a place to take breaks from the increasingly hot temperatures. Finally, the slab is poured as the entire Cefai family watches.

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95 :08x04 - Heat Wave

Oct/29/2001
Framing is going strong and both John and Clarice are ecstatic to see the progress. Their on-the-fly approach to decision-making is not one builder Terry Whisenhunt would recommend to others; however, it works in this case due to a unique relationship between builder and homeowner. And currently, some decisions are needed in order to avoid delays. John is now thinking about adding a fireplace and mulls over choices for roof material...
Meanwhile, the Cefais have decided to find an interior designer to work with and have a meeting with one candidate. A decision is made about the length of the overhangs and the master bath is redesigned. All is going well until the summer's record-breaking triple-digit heat begins to take its toll and slow progress.

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96 :08x05 - The Missing Piece

Nov/05/2001
As the heat wave finally breaks, the Cefais and their builder are busy making decisions and design changes. Changes are made to the design of the front porch, master bath, and front porch columns. John opts for a different type of metal roofing than the one suggested by their architects. The Cefais still haven't yet found an interior designer to help them with the seemingly mounting list of decisions that are needed now. John reveals that he'd like to do some of the home's wiring himself. The Cefais shop for a fireplace, choosing a gas model with a remote control starter. Things are moving along rather nicely until a late shipment of some seemingly minor plumbing parts--valves--puts the brakes on the whole project, as the valves must be in place before other steps are taken.

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97 :08x06 - Seeing the Light

May/30/2003
Framing of the home is now complete, meaning that a milestone in construction has been reached, but also that there can be no more changes made easily to the floorplan. Some plumbing valves--as yet undelivered due to a shipping snafu--are still holding up the work. Lots of decisions need the Cefais' attention, but the couple at last finds an interior designer to help them speed up their decision making. Shortly after 29 wood-clad windows are delivered and installation begins, the Cefais meet with their new designer, Amy Boykin, as well as a team of lighting designers to talk over lighting design. The couple has a collection of antique lighting fixtures that will be incorporated into the lighting design as decorative rather than practical elements. The roofers start work on a portion of the roof that is unaffected by the missing valves. At last the long awaited valves arrive, so work can resume full swing again. John and Clarice reflect positively on the job so far. Another small delay is encountered when Terry has to take a day away from the job in order to get information on fireplace venting that he needs.

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98 :08x07 - Condomania

Nov/19/2001
Things are moving along on the Cefai home, as builder Terry Whisenhunt attests to when he tours an old friend through the now framed and roofed structure. Numerous decisions are still needed in order to prevent further delays. Homeowner John and Terry talk over some options on exterior window casings and exterior rock, but John delays making a final decision until he's got more information. The Cefais shop for interior room and closet doors and trim, countertops and cabinets, finalizing a few decisions and putting others off--while still others are reversed when new information becomes available. When they realize that they won't be moving in by Christmas, both Terry and John take some responsibility for the slower-than-desirable progress. Then the Cefais get some even more devastating news.

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99 :08x08 - Mondo Condo

Sep/09/2002
The threat of a view-blocking condominium is still looming. The neighborhood association steps in, eventually convincing the developers to consider moving the condos up the hill. But there won't be a final answer for 30 to 60 days. Framework for the second-floor deck is constructed, and builder Terry Whisenhunt urges the couple for more timely decisions, noting that delays cost them money. John addresses the problem that due to changes made to the kitchen layout and lighting design, plumbing and insulation now compete for space with lighting downstairs. Clarice shops for furniture and later the Cefais spend three hours in a tile store, making choices for bathrooms, kitchen, and the concrete floor colors. John finds a type of insulation that not only promises to lower energy costs but also meets the criteria for "green," or environmentally-friendly building. The final answer on the condo project is that it's been cancelled completely. Clarice notes that this news may be a double-edged sword--there's no condo now, but it leaves the Cefais vulnerable to someone building on the same land in the future.

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100 :08x09 - Bulletproof

Sep/09/2002
Due to various setbacks, the house is now six months behind schedule--but construction is in full swing. The Cefais are still living in their tiny duplex as they wait for the home's completion. They feel that by being able to make it as a couple through this process, their marriage is essentially "bulletproof."

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101 :08x10 - St. Clarice's Fire

Sep/16/2002
Work continues on the house as builder Terry Whisenhunt, painter Warren Jolly, and homeowner John Cefai go about their various tasks. The Cefai family takes a break, attending an outdoor spring festival. The Cefais note that they've gotten a loan extension from their lender. The stone mason's work is praised by everyone, and the Cefais meet with a closet planner. Some electrical work needs revision. Then a fire at the job site is spotted by neighbors, who save the Cefais' home from disaster. As a thank you, John and Clarice give fire extinguishers to all their surrounding neighbors for helping them save the home. Terry starts on the cabinets, noting that they are the last really time-consuming task remaining. John's mother, Colette, comes to visit from Michigan and the entire Cefai family tours the house. Clarice notes that cracks in the concrete floor add character to the look. Terry observes that both he and the Cefais are more interested in getting things done correctly than they are in the home's completion schedule. He points out that homeowners often don't realize that seemingly small changes will affect other aspects of a project. Clarice is hoping they'll be moved in before school starts; otherwise, they'll have to drive their children to and from their new school from their current home--a 25 mile trip each way.

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102 :08x11 - Long Day's Journey

Sep/16/2002
Changes continue to hamper progress on the house as first the shower pan and then the kitchen island are modified--each creating its own chain-reaction of other changes and delays. Homeowners John and Clarice Cefai pay a visit to an antique lamp shop for assistance with one of the lamps in their collection. Exterior masonry is almost done, painting is under way, and builder Terry Whisenhunt is working on the time-consuming task of crafting the custom cabinets. With the start of school--and John out of town on a temporary job assignment--Clarice must leave the family's small duplex every morning before dawn to take children Will and Nikki to meet the bus for their new school. Then it's a return drive in morning traffic into town to work. She repeats the drive each afternoon, adding 100 miles a day to her daily commute. Still, the project progresses and eventually tile is installed in the bathrooms--much to the Cefais satisfaction--and countertops are installed on the cabinets that are beginning to take shape. Erik Rivera notes that completion of the home is still as much as a month and half away, even as the extra driving begins to wear on Clarice, making her more anxious than ever to move into the house.

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103 :08x12 - Three-Ring Circus

Jan/07/2002
Homeowners John and Clarice Cefai are excited at nearing the final stages of construction. But things have a way of heating up just as the end comes in sight...

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104 :08x13 - Home at Last

Jan/14/2002
The last steps in construction--driveway, mailbox, carpet and blinds--are completed and the Cefai family is poised to move in. Just after the move, the family is still settling in. But a look around the house proves that many of the rooms are taking shape nicely. The Cefais' recessed programmable lighting system is adjusted, and architects Peter Pfeiffer and Alan Barley pay a visit to the home. The architects are pleasantly surprised with the result, crediting the project's success to the partnership between a very skilled builder, Terry Whisenhunt, a dedicated client in John Cefai, and their own time and effort in helping to support the process.

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Season 9

105 :09x01 - Drawn To The Journey

Oct/01/2002
With a growing business and a baby on the way, homeowners Richard and Tanya have outgrown their current home and set off in search of a new one.

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106 :09x02 - Ground Break

Oct/08/2002
Richard and Tanya finally have the design for their dream home, but the costs seem high. Richard goes in search of alternative ways to build the home and discovers the possibilities of concrete. Now they must obtain a building permit so that construction can begin. But there is one more problem standing between the Landry's and the groundbreaking.

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107 :09x03 - Styrofoam Dreams

Oct/15/2002
Richard and Tanya Landry decide to build their dream home out of insulated concrete forms--a unique design for a residential building, and one that Richard hopes will save time and money. Richard sets a lofty goal to have the house closed in before winter. It's a mammoth project, but spirits are high as the crew prepares for the first concrete pour.

Then the trouble begins.

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108 :09x04 - To Be or Not To Be

Oct/22/2002
With the winter holiday season pending, emotions run high for the Landry family. Problems continue to delay construction causing them to fall farther and farther behind schedule. "Fast tracking" the job (starting before all the design drawings are finished) is the mode of operation for the crew.

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109 :09x05 - A New Beginning

Oct/28/2002
Richard hits rock bottom and decides he needs help with the day-to-day management. He decides to hire a site supervisor and general manager. Nevertheless, construction delays persist. The Landry's still have many design decisions to make--agreeing on any of them seems impossible.

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110 :09x06 - Shift Change

Nov/05/2002
With the completion of the roof, Richard and Tanya Landry's dream house is starting to take shape. They bring on a designer to help them get focused on furniture and finishes, while concrete problems threaten the house's foundation.

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111 :09x07 - Tower of Babble

Nov/12/2002
Richard and Tanya Landry are faced with difficult decisions for the concrete problems. The designer gets a first impression of the house and tries to find a middle ground for design differences. Developing the lighting plan begins and quickly consumes everyone's time and patience.

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112 :09x08 - Control Issues

Nov/19/2002
With exterior finishes underway, Richard and Tanya focus their attention on the interior design and lighting plan. Growing frustrations with the progress of the lighting and conflicting advise from experts cause the Landrys to take matters into their own hands. Now all they need to do is agree with each other.

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113 :09x09 - Train Wreck

Nov/26/2002
Frustrations build as the Landrys are overwhelmed with difficulties and delays. The house begins a welcome transformation and the Landrys learn some hard lessons about the construction process.

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114 :09x10 - The Waiting Game

Dec/03/2002
Richard and Tanya Landry's dream house is inching closer to completion. Finishes begin despite a flood of unexpected delays. The Landrys consider every option to meet their move-in date.

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115 :09x11 - Cuts and Bruises

Dec/10/2002
The Landrys are faced with a tough balancing act between finishing fast and conserving cash. Steven's room transforms and features around the house's exterior are further defined. Richard takes stock of the project's successes while Tanya begins preparations for moving into their new home.

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116 :09x12 - Anticipation

Dec/17/2002
As Richard and Tanya Landry's new home nears completion, the lighting system is now ready for testing. The Landrys anxiously anticipate their permanent power connection while everyone struggles for a passing grade on final inspections. With so much work now behind them, the Landrys prepare for the last steps to living in their new home.

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117 :09x13 - Finally

Dec/31/2002
Years of work and anticipation finally pay off as the Landrys move into the dream house they have been working on for over two years. The house is explored room by room, while architect Douglas Rixey and designer Darryl Carter, examine the successful details of the house's design.

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Season 10

118 :10x01 - The Impossible Lot

Sep/29/2003
Brandon Brown is building his first home on a site considered impossible by contractors and unlivable by most everyone else. The incredibly steep triangular lot poses challenges galore to the architect, engineer and contractors.

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119 :10x02 - Digging In

Oct/06/2003
While waiting for his building permit, Brandon works on his other construction project, a hip restaurant called Tube, built in collaboration with architect Mark Engberg. Work finally begins in earnest at Brandon's site as excavation begins.

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120 :10x03 - Building the Walls

Oct/13/2003
The construction of a massive foundation has many challenges, but the choice of Brandon's site adds another layer of complexity to the project. But at least one of Brandon's projects is completed when the restaurant, Tube, opens.

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121 :10x04 - A House Emerges

Oct/23/2003
Months are passing at Brandon's construction site with each phase more difficult that the last, although everyone expected just the opposite. Slowly, very slowly, but surely, as the framing begins, a house emerges from the concrete foundation.

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122 :10x05 - Three Stories Up, Two Steps Back

Oct/20/2003
The framing on Brandon Brown's home has finally begun with gusto, but with each positive step forward, other problems arise. Design decisions have a negative effect on an already overtaxed budget and the concrete woes continue.

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123 :10x06 - Sealing the House

Nov/03/2003
Mother Nature comes to call and wreaks havoc on Brandon Brown's home-in-progress. The next step to prevent additional damage is getting the roof put on. The trades continue inside the house, while a solution is implemented to get work started outside again. Finally, with window installation, the house is completely sealed.

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124 :10x07 - Wiring the House

Nov/10/2003
Custom design touches and luxury items are at odds with the budget. The level of Colab’s involvement in the continuation of the home construction becomes an issue. Meanwhile at the site, the challenges keep coming.

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125 :10x08 - Dressing the House

Nov/17/2003
Eight months after groundbreaking, countless questions persist, necessitating Colab’s continued involvement in the project. It’s a sticky situation since the design budget was gone long ago. Meanwhile, the unique design effects every decision.

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126 :10x09 - Inspection Blues

Nov/24/2003
Inspections have been a challenge since the beginning of Brandon’s building project. The fun continues in this episode as the construction team tries to get the trades’ inspections approved. Interior work is at a standstill until approval, but exterior work continues fast and furious.

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127 :10x10 - Bring on the Color

Dec/01/2003
Siding is completed and painting begins in earnest. The neighbors are surprised at the choices. While the Brown family takes a vacation in France, the house undergoes a major transformation after the framing inspection milestone is passed. Construction begins on the steel deck.

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128 :10x11 - Grounding Issues

Dec/08/2003
Problems persist on many outstanding issues due to lack of communication at the job site. Brandon and his mother head off to the nursery after consulting with a feng shui expert. The inspector has problems with the home's electrical wiring.

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129 :10x12 - Racing to the Finish

Dec/15/2003
The construction team has many last-minute jobs to get Brandon's house ready for him to move in. Jobs ahead include fixing the stairs, installing the custom cabinetry and nearly everything in between. The crew is going gangbusters until a couple of surprises bring things to a halt.

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130 :10x13 - Brandon's Big Day

Dec/22/2003
Brandon's dream house is finally complete after more than two years of anticipation and effort. Architect Mark Engberg's exceptional design combined with Brown’s unique style created a one-of-a-kind modern comfortable home that suits him perfectly.

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Season 11

131 :11x01 - Meet the Cains

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John and Janan Cain, along with their two daughters currently live in a one-bathroom Victorian house in the Chicago suburb of Riverside, Ill. Riverside is recognized as one of the country’s first planned communities. The Frank Lloyd Wright designed Coonley Estate is a hallmark of the picturesque All-American town. The Cains first priority was to stay in the enchanting small town and they found the perfect spot, but there was just one little problem—it already had a house on it.

The Cains may have an unusual notion as to what a dream house is, but as always, design is all-important. Since Janan is a successful author and illustrator of children’s books, the home must be functional and still incorporate their wants and desires. After working with an architect for six months on a design that went nowhere, Janan takes a drive and ultimately finds a new architect, John Crittenden of Becker Architects, Limited.

To blend the house in, the Cains must walk a fine line between traditional and contemporary in this quaint neighborhood. The architect tweaks the design to respond to his clients’ concerns without losing the entire concept. A few changes signal a breakthrough for the design team and John Cain leaps ahead to a construction schedule.

Custom home building is a scary and sometimes frustrating process. Can the Cains stick it out and end up with a house that makes everyone in the family happy? Tune in weekly to find out!

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132 :11x02 - Sticker Shock

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The Cains are having some trouble visualizing how the new home's exterior will look when it's finished. In a flash of inspiration, they build their own model out of a set of blueprints and Janan comes away with a change of heart. To get a better idea of what the interior will look like, they go on a cyber-tour with their architect.

The couple decides to make some choices in the kitchen, so they go on a shopping expedition with their architect. Another big item on Janan's agenda is to save two old oak trees in the front yard of the new homesite, but it's not an easy task.

A new town ordinance has put a stop to Janan's conservation efforts. It's also added another delay to the construction schedule. In the meantime, construction bids come in, sending the couple into sticker shock. Architect John Crittenden goes back to the drawing board.

The Cain family rings in the New Year with their own kind of fireworks. After the village approves their construction plans, the first step is to tear down the old ranch house on the site. In an unusual move, the local fire department lends a helping hand and starts a fire in the old house for a training exercise.

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133 :11x03 - Weather or Not

Apr/14/2004
The Cain family has lucked out with the Chicago weather. Demolition can begin in January. The couple must keep up with the sudden burst of progress by making many decisions that affect the look of the house, but also the bottom line.

The unheard-of January weather has allowed excavation of the site with a few little challenges along the way. Now, the big question is—will the weather hold long enough to finish the foundation?

Another window of mild weather opens and allows the concrete trucks to roll in and pour the basement walls. The forms are filled past the breaking point. It's a blowout! After a backbreaking delay, the walls cure, steel and wood framing take place.

As the walls go up, anxiety grows as the "look" of the house comes into focus. Early in the design process the couple was worried that the house looked too much like a fortress. Their architect talks them down from the ledge.

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134 :11x04 - Decisions, Decisions

Apr/21/2004
After one of the mildest Chicago winters on record, construction of the Cain family’s new home is leaping ahead of schedule. The speed of the project has caught the couple unawares with a wealth of decisions that must be made or put the project in jeopardy. Framing and roofing zoom ahead and plans for the unusual interior begin. An Amish cabinetmaker arrives to hammer out the details.

On a mild March afternoon, the Cains take of quick tour of progress at their home site. They meet with the builder and the architect for some final design decisions so the project can continue ahead of schedule.

Roofing is the order of the day, but can’t begin until some final lighting decisions are made.

Interior work begins as the Amish cabinetmaker meets with the architect to nail down the specifics for the extensive cabinetry called for in the open, loft-like design. Windows arrive and some problems are discovered with their configuration.

Cabinetry suffers a setback when the cabinetmaker turns down the job. The Cains are under the gun to find another craftsman who’s not only affordable, but available on short notice.

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135 :11x05 - Logistical Nightmares

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The Cain family’s new house is beset by all kinds of logistical problems. Exterior stone is an issue and so is a missing bathtub. Tile orders are another piece of bad news. Despite the setbacks, progress is made in other areas including a colorful mural that Janan is painting at her church.

Window openings that were cut to the wrong size are repaired. The Cains go to downtown Chicago for some tile shopping with their architect, and there’s a issue with the stone that’s supposed to wrap the exterior wall.

The Cains are forced to select a new stone. John orders a bathtub with colored lights in it, but its delivery is delayed. The tile the couple ordered has been discontinued. A tub finally shows up, but there’s another problem.

Progress stops as nothing happens at the house for weeks. Janan relieves stress by painting a mural at her church. She also picks out new tile for the bathroom. New stone arrives for the home’s exterior and is tested. Reviews are mixed.

John Cain is very upset by the lack of progress. Builder John Creber comes up with a potential fix for the stone problem. A new tub arrives, but is it the right one?

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136 :11x06 - Steady Progress

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Tweaking an exterior wall is getting the Cains the look they want but it comes with a cost. The stress shows up in John’s workplace and at home. Progress is being made inside and out as the kitchen gets underway and stucco is applied. Janan relieves her stress by continuing to paint a mural at her church. The budget takes another battering and the couple is having doubts about the size of the home.

Exterior stonework is moving forward, albeit one piece at a time. John Cain is dealing with the pressure that comes from building a custom home and his work has been affected. Janan Cain adds a custom touch to the home's front door by shopping for rondeles.

An electronics expert and John team up for technology day at the house. Cabinetmaker Jim Van Cleave is hired and starts work on the kitchen. The Cains plan an addition for the roof

The Cains decide to finish their basement but the extra costs associated with the stone wall are shrinking the budget. Janan takes her mind off the house by painting a mural at her church. The homeowners are concerned that their house may be too small.

The Cains are encouraged by the progress being made inside and outside the house. Special touches continue to be added including a secret passageway that connects their daughters’ bedrooms.

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137 :11x07 - Tile Shortage

May/12/2004
The Cains are concerned that the new house they’re building may be too small. A shortage of floor tile becomes a major problem as the couple moves forward by picking out counter tops. An industrial flavored steel roof is installed on the home and everybody is waiting to see how Janan will like it. Cabinetwork fleshes out the kitchen and another tile related issue crops up. Everything looks better towards the end, except for the size of the scuppers.

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138 :11x08 - Setting the Deadline

May/19/2004
The Cain family of Riverside, Ill., is building a contemporary 3,500-square-foot home. After some initial problems progress is rolling along, but the Cains are having a hard time getting used to design elements that they decided on two years ago. They’ve also set a deadline, which means that more of those decisions need to be made very quickly.

For the Cain family, seeing their vision come to life is an exciting but sometimes terrifying feeling. Several times during the construction process they’ve discovered that their first impressions can’t be trusted. One of the original ideas, building out the basement, was shelved to cut costs. But now they’ve decided their girls need their own space. Even with the additional work, the general contractor feels as if they can still meet the new deadline.

Exterior work is basically finished and the focus has shifted indoors. Tiling has been chugging along, but once again a missing order sends the tile crew packing. Work continues in the kitchen and dining room as the cabinetmaker and his crew are defining the rooms with cabinets rather than walls.

John Cain’s imagination is working overtime as he decides that his daughters need a climbing wall in the basement. Upstairs, the cabinetmaker has moved on to installing one of the main design features of the house, a two-story bookcase that separates the stairs from Janan’s home studio.

The couple has now started what they hope will be the two-month homestretch. To speed up decision-making wherever he can, the general contractor arranges an unusual way to pick out hardware.

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139 :11x09 - That Sinking Feeling

May/26/2004
The Cains are coming into the home stretch as predictions are made about move-in. New tile problem continue to pop up as cabinet operations take a vertical turn. Sinks also become a problem in two separate locations. Changes have to be made to the landscaping plan as the schedule appears to be sliding backwards.

The architect makes a prediction about when the Cain’s will move in. More tile shows up for the bathroom, but there’s another problem: The front foyer is tiled with an unusual pattern. The cabinetmaker builds a two-story masterpiece and the Cains take issue with the sink in the master bath.

Janan Cain struggles with picking out paint colors. She also shops for bar stools and a kitchen table. The sink in the master bath is tested to see if it will actually hold water, which would be a good thing.

The landscaping plan is laid out, a few questions arise and changes have to be made. Hardscaping finally begins. The master bedroom window has to be replaced in anticipation of a future rooftop deck. Countertops arrive and are installed. The Cains stop by and discover another sink related problem.

The Cains discuss options for resolving the newest sink problem and then go pumpkin shopping.

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140 :11x10 - Walls of Glass

Jun/02/2004
The Cains goal is to move into their new home by Thanksgiving, but small nagging problems continue to haunt them. Between problems with tiling and the sinks, they’ve lost precious momentum.

Although the landscape is moving ahead, there have been a few setbacks due to nature. Inside, new tile problems put the brakes to progress.

The Cains have sold their current house, adding a sense of urgency to the completion of the new house. They’re still shooting for Thanksgiving, but it may not be officially finished and there are lots of details to deal with. Janan goes downtown on a shopping expedition, while the boys tackle the sink problem.

Janan’s reaction to the bathroom sinks was not exactly what her husband was looking for. It’s back to square one on the sink search. General Contractor John Creber works on another sink problem in the kitchen. There’s only one and there should be two.

The couple kills two birds with one stone by using the split granite countertop to add a buffet in the dining room and an edge to the tile on the island countertop. Finally, the sink problems are solved.

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141 :11x11 - House of Many Colors

Jun/16/2004
Landscaping is a big success with the Cains, but complications with appliances surface in the kitchen. Changes to the lighting plan slow the schedule a bit. The house is painted and carpeted in bold colors. Another issue arises in the kitchen and John Cain makes a surprise announcement.

The Cains are happy with landscaping progress. Appliances arrive but the dishwasher and the stove won’t fit. General contractor John Creber is unfazed. Light fixtures are being installed but custom work is impacting the schedule. The homeowners consider moving in early.

Lighting starts in the great room. John Cain takes over the installation in the kitchen. Janan is picking out lots of bright colors for the house in paint and carpet. John critiques some of the choices.

Janan and her two daughters stop by to check out John’s lighting job. Some paint colors appear to be off and changes are made. Landscaping is finished and a move in date is narrowed down. One of the counter tops is off half an inch, but tile is broken while trying to correct it.

The Cains pick a date to move and John makes a surprise announcement.

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142 :11x12 - Home for the Holidays?

Jun/23/2004
Janan has all but taken over the house project since John has started his new job. Stair railings are holding things up and raising tensions. Carpet for the bedrooms is installed and the house becomes even more colorful.

The Cains are two weeks away from moving but railings are still an issue. Two custom closets are finished in the master suite as Janan finds problems with the carpet installation. John Creber's stress level goes up as the deadline gets closer.

Carpet is being re-installed as Janan revisits her career that's been put on hold. The entertainment center and electronics are installed. The home is made ready for the first plumbing inspection.

Moving day is now three days away. The plumbing inspection goes poorly.

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143 :11x13 - A Family's Dream

Jun/23/2004
John Creber is feeling the stress from a failed plumbing inspection. As a re-inspection is about to get started, a plumber cuts through a water line. A certificate of occupancy is finally granted and moving gets underway.

Construction is recapped and now, four months later, the Cains have finally settled in. The architect provides a tour of the exterior. Other highlights include the foyer, powder room, formal dining room, kitchen and living room.

The whole house tour continues with John’s office, Janan’s studio, stair tower, Emily’s room, Isabella’s room, the daughter’s bathroom, master suite and a partially finished basement.

Builder John Creber talks about people’s first impressions of the Cain’s new home. Architect John Crittenden talks about the evolution of the project. The Cains discuss how they feel about the house and John Creber stops by with a gift.

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Season 12

144 :12x01 - Rooms with a View

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Anita and Brad Feder and their two children have outgrown their house in Tucson, Ariz. They find a great site for their new home and purchase two lots. Kevin Howard, a well-known architect in Tucson, signs on to design the Feder’s personalized resort. The final design works around a giant S-curve and features 23 rooms including a home theatre complete with a concession stand and a multi-tiered fountain in the entranceway. Brad reveals there’s a firm budget for the home and refers to it as the prime directive.

Gene Goldstein is hired to build the Feder's house and that of Brad’s business partner down the street. The partners decide to try and bundle some construction costs. Meanwhile, the county wants the Feders to move their house. Cost bundling goes awry as Brad begins site work before getting final cost figures. The architect is shocked but Brad is excited by the progress.

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145 :12x02 - To Beam or Not to Beam

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Final plans for the Feder’s 9,000-square-foot house are built around a giant S-curve. The house will have five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a brain room and a planetarium. Site work continues as exterminators come arrive. The home’s steel skeleton will be very expensive, and adding columns could save some money, but the view would be compromised.

A large cache of boulders is found on the building site. Brad Feder and his son watch as the schedule is buried under tons of rock. Specialized excavating equipment has to be brought in to smash through the substrate. Brad learns to drive an excavator, saves boulders for future landscaping projects and takes a meeting with the power company to curb energy costs.

Brad discovers that the retaining walls around the garage are too tight and adjustments have to be made. He also realizes that there’s a problem with the brick on the same wall. The support columns come in for much discussion.

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146 :12x03 - Cementing Friendships

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Partially due to an abundance of rocks on the site, the Feders are expecting the construction of their new home to take years. Anita Feder works with interior designer Lori Carrol to pick tile on a very tight budget. Since wet concrete attracts termites, the Feders are trying a new system to repel them. Block work begins, which means that the steel beams have to be ordered. A meeting is called to nail down the measurements and costs, but details continue to be elusive.

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147 :12x04 - Construction Commotion

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As the walls rise, the homeowners Anita and Brad Feder become concerned about discrepancies between the drawings and how things actually look. Brad is spending more and more time at the site, which is causing some friction with the builder. Changes in one end of the house result in structural complications.

A desert rainstorm causes an evacuation and there are doubts about the location of the master bedroom and the fireplace. A meeting with interior designer Lori Carroll is called to resolve a problem with floor tiles. Stonemasons and steel crews work simultaneously. The amount of steel being used impacts the schedule and budget. Brad questions equipment rental costs.

Construction moves forward on the custom hillside swimming pool and oversized spa. Stonemasons mark their ninth month on the job. A change order requested by the Feders for the fireplace in the master bedroom has led to some structural issues.

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148 :12x05 - Raising the Roof

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Anita and Brad Feder’s new home in Tucson, Ariz., is being framed in steel. The job is complicated due to curved walls and problems with heat transference. Picking a flooring material that stays within the budget remains a troubling issue. Possible changes to the home’s basic structure raise concerns and the custom-made steel beams show up along with a new challenge.

Curvaceous interior walls are still being framed in steel at the Feder house. A visit from the power company results in re-thinking the insulation. The brain room gets moved while Brad works on his own home automation system.

The Feders have found a flooring material they like but there may be a cost issue. Tile shopping is productive but still not finalized. Framing the round theater room adds a new dimension of complexity and Anita’s giant closet takes shape.

A visit from the architect becomes tense when Brad wants to eliminate a window. The giant steel beams that will complete the home’s skeleton finally arrive but one appears to be crooked. Flooring plans unravel when cost figures come in way over budget. Making things more difficult, the deadline to make a decision is also an issue.

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149 :12x06 - Burnin' Down the House

Nov/03/2004
The budget at Anita and Brad Feder's house is under siege from all sides. Brad has a meets with interior designer Lori Carroll and electricians to discuss home lighting. Cost is already a concern. Sparks from welding cause fiery problems on a nearby hillside.

The Feders go to a plumbing showroom to shop for fixtures with the ever-present budget concerns in mind. An insulation solution may take care of heat transfer problems. Steel work at the home is behind schedule, which is causing a construction bottleneck.

The house gets wired for home automation with Brad's design but a rainstorm puts an end to things. Brad goes to water harvesting class and the budget problem is raised again. Brad has remained heavily involved in construction and general contractor Gene Goldstein is feeling some pressure. Anita has a meeting with designer Lori Carroll, but without Brad, where they make several key decisions on the home’s tile. But costs must still be reviewed.

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150 :12x07 - Blowing the Budget

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The floor tile problem at Anita and Brad Feder's house won’t go away. As the couple moves into selecting their home’s finishes, design changes are discussed. Dry walling begins with a new set of challenges and the Feders decide to fly to North Carolina to pick out furniture. Trying to get the budget under control, the homeowners and the builder come up with some drastic measures.

Wiring for the home automation system continues and the homeowners check out their favorite floor tile, but Anita is not happy with how it looks. On the way out of the store a new tile enters the picture. Appliance shopping begins.

A drywall crew is hired and the curved theater room already has installers scratching their heads. Floor tile is ordered after some complex measurements are taken. Anita considers a cabinetry change in the master bedroom. Furniture plans are hatched and the design team plans a shopping trip to North Carolina.

The budget has been officially blown. The Feders and designer Lori Carroll travel to High Point, N.C., to shop for furniture. Although the couple is building a very contemporary home, they find their taste drifting towards traditional. To cut costs, Brad and construction manager Gene Goldstein make a major change to the home’s roof and to some exterior details. Anita chips in by deciding against buying a new bedroom suite.

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151 :12x08 - Two Years On

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Tradesmen overrun the Anita and Brad Feder's house as they try to simultaneously get the house to the finish line. Drywall installation is having the biggest effect on the overall look of the house. Work also begins on the home theatre as insulation is blown in and the Feders hire an acoustical engineer. As with any house, changes to the initial design are made along the way and tensions mount accordingly.

Stucco work begins in earnest to hopefully lessen interest in the house as a tourist attraction in Tucson. Multiple tradesmen are on site simultaneously, but the drywall contractors are having the biggest effect on the overall look of the house. Tension mounts as architect Kevin Howard arrives and notices a few changes to the plans.

Work begins on insulating and soundproofing the home theatre. The Feders hire an acoustical engineer to help with the unusual round room, which has the worst possible shape for acoustics. As the weather takes a turn for the worst, Brad postpones pouring the floor until the windows are in. Window installation becomes a priority.

Since the windows and doors have been installed, it’s time to pour the flooring. Even though the house is well on its way, there are still many more decisions to make regarding paint colors, baseboards, cabinets, the roof and fascia. Howard makes some suggestions in an attempt to keep the final design as close to the original as possible. It has been almost two years since the Feders broke ground on their Dream House, and they are taking the schedule in stride. The move-in date is still anyone’s guess.

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152 :12x09 - Challenges in the Home Stretch

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Anita and Brad Feder have been building their Tucson, Ariz., dream house for over two years and should be nearing the homestretch. But the trades continue to be challenged by the unusual design of the architectural marvel and by delays in delivery of materials.

Decisions are still being made at the construction site. The first one on today’s agenda is the exterior paint color, then on to the fascia. On a lighter note, the waterfall in the entryway begins to take shape and the first of two shipments of tile from Portugal finally arrives.

Drywall installation is usually a straightforward process, but that isn’t the case with all the curves of the Feder household. Even though the cabinetmaker and his team have been working on the custom made alder cabinets for nearly a year, they are also behind schedule. At least the tile is on schedule.

Even though some of the neighbors aren’t entirely pleased with the look of the house, work continues under Brad’s watchful eye. Plans are made to pour the lanai’s concrete floor and the long-awaited cabinets finally arrive.

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153 :12x10 - Down to the Wire

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Finishing work continues at the home site of Anita and Brad Feder's home as a bevy of tradesmen work away on landscaping and installing cabinets throughout the house. When the final shipment of tile arrives, another crew goes right to work while the Feders go on a field trip to check on granite. The move-in date is up for grabs until general contractor Gene Goldstein issues an ultimatum.

Landscaping is underway at the Feders new home site. At long last, the custom-made cabinets have been installed in the kitchen and Anita Feder is thrilled. Now they have to deal with tension when order furniture.

Exterior work continues with sidewalks being poured while the Feders go on a field trip to finalize the color for the granite. The final shipment of tile arrives, allowing the crews to finish the master shower, master bedroom entry and the porches. And Brad’s custom-designed home automation system is put to the test. Finishing work continues with a specialized painter working on murals, faux finishes and a special gold leaf ceiling.

Tile and granite are going down according to plan, but installing Brad’s spiral staircase in the library is quite a challenge. The move-in date keeps getting pushed back as finishing is taking forever. Brad continues to monitor quality control at the site while Anita begins to pack at the old house. Later on she visits the house and feels as is she’s living a dream when she sees her new kitchen.

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154 :12x11 - So Close and Yet So Far

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So close and yet so far. The Feder family has a number of details that need to be completed before they can get their Certificate of Occupancy and actually move into their new home. Handrail fabrication, tiling and air conditioning installation are just a few of the unfinished activities that cause a cascade of delays.

Floor delays once again plague the project and architect Kevin Howard stops by to see how the house is shaping up. The air conditioning is finally installed and turned on, boosting morale.

It’s one day before the scheduled move-in date, but the punch list is still extremely long. The team determines what tasks are essential to pass inspection and how long it will take to get there. Although the Feders aren’t moving in yet, something else already has. Meanwhile, the air conditioning has finally been turned on—boosting everyone’s morale. Painter Kim Coffman is about to bring the Amazon to Arizona by painting a safari mural in the party room of this palace.

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155 :12x12 - Moving in a Week

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It’s full steam ahead as work continues at the Feder home site. Moving day is a week away, but the house doesn’t have its certificate of occupancy. Landscaping and pool work continues outside while inside there’s a crewman in every corner trying to wraps things up in time for the final inspection. After they pass inspection and move in, the Feders may be home, but they’re not alone. It will be months before they finally have the place all to themselves.

Anita Feder meets with the landscaper Shane Pavolka to choose plants and finalize details for the backyard. As the backyard begins to bloom, inside the house another room is still under wraps. Seamstress Rebecca Urias has an elaborate plan for the elaborate ceiling in the theatre room. General contractor Gene Goldstein is a worrywart when it comes to the final inspection.

After the Feders new home passes inspection, the family moves in but that doesn’t mean the workers have moved out. The general contractor estimates that it will be another two or three months until the family is home alone. The Feders are learning the hard way what it’s like to live in the middle of a construction site.

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156 :12x13 - Worth the Wait

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The Feder family moved into their spacious new home before it was finished. Now they must live with the work-in-progress and are even more anxious for completion. Once the home is complete, however, they decide the labor of love it took to build their castle on a hill was worth the effort.

The workers have moved out and now that things have calmed down, Brad and Anita begin tour their dazzling new dwelling. Highlights include living room and kitchen/family rooms with incredible views.

The master bedroom suite features a cantilevered bath/whirlpool, power shower, a fabulous closet and the cozy master bedroom itself. The kids’ bedrooms are decorated with custom murals. Outside amenities include an oversized infinity pool and outdoor play areas.

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Season 14

157 :14x01 - Groundbreaking

Oct/03/2005
Christopher and Tina Herr are determined to build their home on a very steep hillside in Boulder, Colo. The site is a challenging place to build, but it's also family land. Christopher's grandparents bought the land in 1963 and dreamed of building a retirement home there. Their dreams were never realized and Christopher and Tina believe they are fulfilling that vision by building their home. But just as they are about to break ground, their contractor delivers devastating news. Concrete prices are pushing the cost of their Dream House more than $120,000 over budget.

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158 :14x02 - Foundation Flaws

Oct/10/2005
Tina and Christopher Herr are excited to have finally broken ground on their house in Boulder, Colo. But digging the home’s foundation is burying them deeper and deeper in debt. They’ve already borrowed a half-million dollars to build the home and now they’re being told they might have to come up with as much as $50,000 more to remove problem dirt that’s been uncovered on their building site. As they struggle to find a way to cope with this unexpected expense, they receive some good news that makes finishing the home on time even more critical: They're expecting their first child.

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159 :14x03 - Hauling Concrete

Oct/17/2005
It is the most critical and difficult phase of construction so far on Christopher and Tina’s new house in Boulder, Colo. More than half-a-million pounds of concrete must be hauled up their steep hillside to pour the home’s foundation. With costs already running nearly $200,000 more than expected, and a baby on the way, Tina and Christopher can’t afford any more setbacks or surprises. But when the very first truck cannot climb their driveway, which is steeper than most ski slopes, it’s clear they're facing an uphill battle.

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160 :14x04 - Wall Goes Up, Wall Comes Down

Oct/24/2005
Christopher and Tina Herr are determined to raise the walls of their Dream House before winter weather moves into Boulder, Colo. To speed things along, Christopher joins the crew to work on the house but finds the experience far more dangerous than he imagined. With the work falling behind schedule, the weather turns against them. And they hit an unexpected setback when one of the new walls must be torn down.

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161 :14x05 - Baby on Board

Oct/31/2005
With their Dream House still unfinished, Tina and Christopher Herr face the change of a lifetime: Their baby could arrive at any time. Christopher works with his contractor to speed progress on the house, but mud, snow and cold weather bog down the work. But ready or not, their baby comes and the new family must squeeze into The Herr’s one-bedroom condo until their new house is complete.

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162 :14x06 - Winter Weather and Roofing Woes

Nov/07/2005
Christopher and Tina Herr learn their Dream House is running more than $20,000 over budget just as they are about to make one of the most critical decisions of the entire project. They must choose the siding for their home and the tight budget has priced their first choice out of reach. The news comes just as they are adjusting to the stresses and financial pressures of being new parents. Meanwhile, winter weather delays progress on the roof, which puts the new windows in jeopardy of being destroyed by melting snow.

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163 :14x07 - Pouring the Floors

Nov/14/2005
Contractor James Casanova anxiously prepares for the final appearance by the troublesome concrete pumper truck. The truck will have to navigate the driveway, without disturbing a fiber optic line, to pump concrete inside the house. Crews ready the coils of piping for the radiant heating system. Cold weather leads to fears that the concrete could freeze and not cure properly. The floors survive the frigid weather and homeowner Tina Herr goes shopping for bamboo floor covering.

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164 :14x08 - Trimming the Budget

Nov/21/2005
The Herrs and their construction team continue to face weather-related delays. A shipment of roofing materials has to be turned away due to the treacherous driveway. Meanwhile, they look for ways to save money on materials to help control the escalating costs.

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165 :14x09 - Putting on the Roof

Jun/02/2007
After numerous delays, the roofers finally get started. Erratic weather causes Boulder, Colo., to have a season identity crisis. A snowstorm one day and spring-like temperatures the next creates moisture problems for contractor James Casanova and his crew. Dry wall goes up, homeowners Christopher and Tina Herr try their hand at cabinet assembly and there’s exciting career news from Christopher.

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166 :14x10 - Racing the Loan Deadline

Dec/05/2005
With the expiration of the construction loan looming, Christopher and Tina Herr rush to complete their home. Friends show up to install tile, but progress still falls short. More delays are encountered when the bridge of the home proves too heavy for the crew to install. And the weather continues to be uncooperative as a blizzard hits the day the Herrs have scheduled a painting party.

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167 :14x11 - Concrete Pumping Problems

Dec/12/2005
The race is on to finish the house before the construction loan expires. The already long "to do" list gets even longer while time gets shorter until the inspection day arrives. With all the concrete that is already in the house, there is still more to do in the garage and outside stairs. Pumping problems put a hitch in the garage floor pour. Realizing that there is not enough power to get the concrete pumped up to the home, contractor James Casanova takes a gamble and has the concrete trucks go up the troubled driveway. The installation of the gas stove causes yet another problem. The massive front door finally gets put together and installed. And the recurring driveway nightmare strikes again.

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168 :14x12 - Racing the Clock

Dec/19/2005
Time is up, the budget is spent and there’s a new crisis that just might be the one to crumble Tina and Christopher Herr’s plans to move into their dream house. They have just one week left to get the certificate of occupancy, close on their mortgage and move. The plague of problems caused by the driveway puts the Herrs at the mercy of county inspectors. Christopher and contractor James Casanova race to get plans to the city of Boulder for approval while the crew labors to repair a badly crushed culvert.

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169 :14x13 - Finished But Not Done

Dec/26/2005
Though the Tina and Christopher Herr have passed the final inspection and their dream house is ready to be occupied, a harsh reality check awaits them when they realize that "finished" doesn’t necessarily mean complete. A seemingly endless list of things still needs to be done. Tina takes refuge in the studio while the construction crew works in the house. Christopher works up a sweat finishing the landscaping required by the county. There’s a mad scramble to prepare for the big housewarming party. And Tina and Christopher come face to face with their big new mortgage.

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Season 15

170 :15x01 - Rush Home Demolition Begins

Nov/05/2006
Silene and Geno Rush want to build the home of their dreams in a neighborhood they love by undertaking a radical remodel of their current home. To hold down costs, they handle as much of the demolition as possible by themselves and move in with Silene's parents during the work. Family friend and general contractor Jerry Janeck heads up the project. Geno prepares for the arrival of the track hoe by climbing up on the roof and sawing beams in half, then trying to salvage as much as possible in the kitchen.

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171 :15x02 - Unpleasant Surprises

Nov/12/2006
Demolition and excavation continues and with it some unpleasant surprises for Silene and Geno Rush. Some of the walls they were hoping to save in order to save money may not be salvageable. And an oil tank is found buried outside the kitchen. What it contains may mean much more money out of the Rush’s limited budget. And a freak snowstorm pushes the project behind schedule. Geno's long days at work, at the building site and taking care of baby Jada are beginning wear on his nerves. Tension and tempers flare-up as Geno locks horns with contractor Jerry Janeck over a favorite magnolia tree that has been "pruned" with excavation equipment.

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172 :15x03 - Demolition Dangers

Nov/19/2006
Silene Rush finally gets her chance to pitch in with demo and clean-up, but when she and husband Geno struggle to tear down the back deck, the couple's marriage is put to the test. Contractor Jerry Janeck and his son Chris tackle a very thick, stubborn concrete wall and discover that the Rush family was living in a death-trap. And while the Rush’s think they’re way ahead of the construction schedule, Jerry has a surprise in store for them.

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173 :15x04 - Concrete Pour

Nov/19/2006
Geno and Silene Rush have reached the most expensive day of their extensive home remodel, the day of the concrete pour. But it's also the day they turn the corner from just tearing down their old house to starting construction on the new one. But there is still much more demolition to do as Geno and Silene scramble to stay ahead of contractor Jerry Janeck's tight schedule.

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174 :15x05 - End of Demolition, Begin Construction

Dec/03/2006
With construction scheduled to begin early Monday morning, Silene and Geno Rush are in a mad rush to finish their remaining demolition chores in one short weekend. All goes well with the framing and even the tricky installation of huge beams, until the architect discovers a major error in the concrete foundation. The problem is resolved and the Rush family finally gets to see their dream house begin to take shape.

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175 :15x06 - Unexpected Costs

Dec/03/2006
Silene and Geno Rush are thrilled to see progress on their dream house, but faced with a major hit to their budget, Geno takes matters into his own hands. He and contractor Jerry Janeck lock horns when Geno looks to save money by hiring his own subcontractors. And the heavy workload on Geno and Silene is testing their patience and tempers.

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176 :15x07 - Heating, Cooling and Fixtures

Dec/10/2006
Now that the roof is on and the walls are up, Silene and Geno Rush can focus on the inside. Geno’s attempt to save money by hiring his own electrical and heating/cooling sub-contractors causes more doubts from main contractor Jerry Janeck ? and more work for Geno. A trip to buy bathroom fixtures and a kitchen countertop causes a clash between budget-minded Silene and reach-for-the-sky Geno. Everyone pitches in to clean up before the drywall begins, and a big family development puts even more work on Geno’s shoulders.

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177 :15x08 - Raising the Walls

Dec/10/2006
With the happy news of their second baby on the way, Geno and Silene Rush are more under the gun than ever. Inside and out, the house is ready for a major transformation. The siding can now go on, but a mix-up in the soffit order causes a big delay in the schedule and a big hit to the budget. On the inside, Geno is trying to install a central vacuum system but only has one night to get it done before the insulation and walls go up. After discovering that the sheetrock is too big to carry up the stairs, a crane is used to hoist the huge bundles to the upper levels. And Silene struggles to find just the right paint colors that Geno will like in time for a painting party.

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178 :15x09 - Faulty Floors, Raising the Walls

Dec/17/2006
Silene and Geno Rush are finally seeing their dream house take shape, as the walls and siding go up. But the deadlines are tighter than ever, and Geno is falling further behind. The house is still without doors, forcing Geno to spend his nights at the site on guard duty. And trying to save money by hiring subcontractors backfires when Geno discovers he's got substandard concrete floors. Friends are pitching in to help, but even that leads to a scary moment when a finger gets mangled in a power saw. Silene keeps Geno in check by insisting they hire professionals to install the hardwood floors. And contractor Jerry Janeck piles on the pressure with a long to-do list and a countdown timer.

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179 :15x10 - Finishing the Kitchen, Racing the Load Deadline

Dec/17/2006
Geno and Silene Rush struggle against the clock to complete their dream house before time runs out on their construction loan. If they don’t hit their deadline, they’ll have to pay a penalty and added interest. Their 60 custom-made cabinets and giant granite kitchen island are installed, and Geno tries to finish up the tiling. Geno pulls all-nighters trying to beat the clock, but when he misses his deadline contractor Jerry Janeck loses patience and faith.

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Season 16

180 :16x01 - Groundbreaking in Chattanooga

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Kelli Smith and James Ladd are engaged to be married, and have big dreams about building a big dream house in Chattanooga, Tenn. James has designed the five-story, 6,500-square-foot home himself, but the site they've chosen to build on is a 45-degree slope, making it virtually unbuildable. Kelli's father, B.R. Smith, is a general contractor and has agreed to help get the job done, and her brother Chad Smith is onboard as project manager. After four months of weather delays, the day of the groundbreaking finally arrives.

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181 :16x02 - Foundation Problems and Solutions

Feb/18/2007
Family dynamics are in full swing and tensions are at an all time high while everyone tries to get the foundation work finished. But with the rocky soil and steep slope, this critical portion of the build is taking much longer than anyone expected. James and Chad continue to butt heads, and BR threatens to walk off the job if the fighting continues. Kelli and James try to make a change in their plans for the basement floors, but budget-minded BR lays down the law. Rainy weather forces BR and Chad to make an expensive decision in order to save the trenches. The schedule is threatened when Chad storms off the jobsite after a huge blowout with BR. In spite of being shorthanded on the last day of the foundation pour, the job is completed. After a very long day Kelli, James and BR are delighted when all the footings are in place and construction can finally begin.

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182 :16x03 - Big Expensive Retaining Walls

Feb/25/2007
Kelli and James are excited as the first walls go up on their dream house, but the tough terrain promises to tax their limited budget. Kelli's father and contractor BR drives everyone hard to clear up the site for the massive retaining wall pour of 160,000 pounds of concrete. A huge truck carrying wall materials gets stuck on the hill, but BR comes to the rescue.

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183 :16x04 - Busting the Foundation Budget

Feb/25/2007
Contractor BR's mission to stay under budget is threatened when the staggering amount of foundation materials pushes costs over $20,000. Everyone takes a break for Chad's wedding except James, who can't make it due to a prior commitment. BR is pleased with the progress, until the need for steel support beams adds more unexpected costs.

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184 :16x05 - Upper Level Views

Aug/04/2007
The framing stage of Kelli and James' dream house continues while Chad works at another job site. Work on the upper levels begins, but with the temperature climbing to over 90 degrees progress is slowing down. James and B.R. continue to second-guess decisions and the budget. But B.R. gets his first glimpse of the breathtaking views of the multi-level build and declares that it’s worth all the work and all the money.

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185 :16x06 - Five Floors Up

Mar/25/2007
Progress is well underway on Kelli and James' dream house, with all five levels framed up, but there's still a lot of work to be done if they're going to make their Thanksgiving deadline which is just three months away. The roof almost goes on, but the crane is too short to lift the enormous beams to the top. James scores a surprise victory in his battle with B.R. for a roof deck. But a visit from a zoning official may bring construction to a halt.

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186 :16x07 - Design Decisions

Apr/01/2007
In spite of a soaring budget, family clashes and time quickly running out, Kelli Smith and James Ladd still plan to host Thanksgiving dinner at their dream house. It’s decision-making time, but with Kelli's indecisiveness, a designer is called in to help her focus. What is supposed to be a watertight surface on a deck turns into an expensive mistake that has to be removed. A surprise inspection results in a surprise meeting for contractor B.R. Smith and James at city hall, and more money being spent on a sprinkler system. The one design choice that has been made turns into a big disappointment for Kelli when the exterior stonework she selected turns out looking pink. B.R. gets to show off the build to his wife, who's amazed with the views but alarmed by the cost.

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187 :16x08 - Race to the Finish

Apr/22/2007
Tensions are at an all-time high as Kelli Smith and James Ladd try to get the house ready for a big party that's only a month away. B.R. Smith's patience has run out, and so has the couple's building budget. James is at last appreciating B.R.'s attitude toward saving money and making quicker decisions. B.R.'s frustration peaks when the hasty installment of floor tiles causes a delay in the installation of cabinets. The great elevator debate finally draws to an end. And there's a wake-up call for the young couple, which brings on a dramatic change of heart and priorities.

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Season 17

188 :17x01 - Boss Lady

Sep/23/2007
In suburban Illinois, her first job as a general contractor is also her dream house.

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189 :17x02 - The Big Dig

Sep/30/2007
Excavation begins, but stubborn tree roots cause problems. Will the concrete pour be postponed?

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190 :17x03 - Time to Frame

Oct/07/2007
Framing on the dream house is supposed to start. But will unstable soil spoil these plans?

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191 :17x04 - Problems, Problems Everywhere!

Oct/14/2007
A nailgun accident and bad plumbing are just a few of the headaches plaguing this Dream Home.

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192 :17x05 - Winter Woes

Oct/21/2007
The budget is blown, however they must close the Dream House in before the harsh winter sets in.

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193 :17x06 - Here Come the Rains

Oct/28/2007
In another setback, hard rain floods the basement of the Illinois Dream House.

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194 :17x07 - Strained Budget, Frayed Nerves

Nov/04/2007
Despite a strained budget and numerous delays, they're trying to keep their Wheaton house.

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195 :17x08 - Deadline Looms

Nov/11/2007
With 6 weeks to go and 43 doors to install, can they finish their dream home on time?

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Season 18

196 :18x01 - California Dreamin'

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199 :18x04 - Slow Going

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201 :18x06 - Money Pit

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202 :18x07 - Unexpected Costs

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Season 19

204 :19x01 - Meet The Mackeys

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207 :19x04 - Sweat Equity

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Warning: Dream House guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Reality
Genre: How To/Do It Yourself | Housing/Building
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: HGTV ( USA)
Airs: Sundays at 11:00 pm
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: September 29, 1996
Ended: October 05, 2008
Episode Order: 8
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