Click here to see the before and after of Matt & Marci's house.
Click here to see the before and after of Matt & Marci's house.
Eager to start a family, a couple has become divided over their bungalow’s ability to house their next chapter. The ample space outside no longer makes up for the cramped quarters inside. Can David find them a home that combines the gorgeous land they desire outside with the family ready spaces they need inside, or will Hilary show them that their house is ready for their family filled future by reinventing many of its highly debated spaces?
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Vince and Jennifer bought their home when it perfectly fit their family of five. Since moving in their family has grown to nine, but their house cannot grow with them. In need of a bedroom for their toddler and a space for their teens, Vince is desperate to find more space to accommodate their large brood. Jennifer however cannot entertain the notion of leaving their neighbors and community. Will designer Hilary transform this home to create all the oversized family function Jennifer believes it can have, or will realtor David provide all the hassle free space Vince knows this family needs in a search for a new home?
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Kelly and Eric spent the last two years fixing up their once derelict 2,300 square foot home. Now that some of the minor work is done and the value has increased significantly, the homeowners are divided over its future. With still much to do, Eric wants to list it and profit from their investment where as Kelly sees it as an investment for their family. Will David find them a family ready home at a financially freeing price or will Hilary increase this family’s emotional investment by reinventing many of the home’s hotly debated spaces?
Georgia and Steve are completely split when it comes to the future of their two story centrally located former triplex. With its divided layout, lack of bedrooms and the most dysfunctional kitchen on the planet, Georgia is fed up. Steve however loves the big house and knows it has the potential to be transformed. Can Hilary convince Georgia her home is worth a second look? Or will David convince Steve there’s life beyond this house?
When Janice bought a house without consulting Trevor, only to find he couldn’t stand up fully in its only bathroom, the divide was instantaneous. Now after less than a year of trying to make it work, the combination of tight spaces, insufficient storage and no room for guests has only cemented Trevor’s position: he wants out! Can Hilary maximize the space in this tiny house to make it the long term home Janice hopes it can become? Or will David find the perfect place in their area that Trevor knows they need?
When their five year plan to live in their home turned into a decade, and the family expanded to include kids and a nanny, YJ and Michael became divided over their three bedroom home. YJ wants to trade the never-ending renos and space issues for a house with the finished space her family deserves; while Michael is ready to do whatever it takes to stay in the house and hood he loves. Can Hilary expand this house to fit their ever-changing needs? Or will David find them the house that has it all?
With up to 6 grown adults inhabiting their tiny 1100 square foot home at any given time, to say this ever shrinking house has divided Sue and Bruce is an understatement. Bruce knows they can’t continue to live with the lack of bedrooms, cramped kitchen and zero dining space, while Sue is convinced the only house she’s ever owned can become the only house they’ll ever need. Can Hilary make the most of every overtaxed inch to make Bruce want to stay? Or will David sweep Sue off her feet with the move in ready space her family so desperately needs?
When Christine and her daughter moved in with Rick and his 2 kids she thought it was only temporary. Though the house was on the street he grew up on, still surrounded by family, Christine felt there was no way it could ever truly accommodate their newly blended family. But despite the desperate lack of bedrooms and bathrooms, not to mention a chopped up main floor that can’t accommodate their ever growing extended family, Rick believes his house is where they belong and he’s willing to do anything to prove it. Can Hilary find the space to house this ever growing family? Or will David find the space that allows them to blend seamlessly?
Restaurateurs Becky and Junior have been so busy for the last few years, their family of four has been living in the basement of their three-story centrally located home. Junior see’s nothing but years of headaches to convert what used to be apartments into a functioning single family home, while Becky refuses to walk away from a huge house in the perfect location without seeing it reach it’s true potential. Can Hilary renovate the house enough to get this family finally living above ground? Or will David find them the turnkey, family ready space that keeps them steps away from their popular restaurant?
When Barb and Pete bought their semi detached home it was with a 5 year plan. Over a decade and two active, teenaged kids later, they’re still there and struggling with the tiny cramped spaces more than ever. Can Hilary prove to Pete that this house can work? Or will David find them the home that delivers not only the space they need, but the peace of mind they deserve?
When urban hippies Debra and Jay inherited a large sum of money the fight over whether to keep their crumbling home flared up. With it’s tiny, cut up rooms, a cavernous basement, the smallest upstairs bathroom of all time and next to no space to pursue their artistic and educational endeavors, Deborah is desperate to move, while Jay is clinging to their up and coming neighborhood and the home’s untapped potential. Can Hilary convince Deborah that a top to bottom renovation can keep them at home in their central neighborhood? Or will David lure Jay to a whole new location with an entirely different lifestyle?
When Karine's husband suddenly passed away, she and her son found themselves squeezing back into her former bachelorette pad with her sister Daphna. Can Hilary re imagine their living spaces enough to let this family write their next chapter here? Or will David convince Karine that making a fresh start means buying a new home?
Ultra-organized Pam thinks their 1000 square foot bungalow is more than enough space for her and Brad’s growing family of 6, but Brad completely disagrees. Can Hilary re-imagine the main floor to prove to him this home can work?
The question of whether they can fit more family in their tiny two bedroom home is tearing Danielle and Richard apart. Richard wants a larger home, but Danielle's elderly Aunt lives right next door making moving, for Danielle, unthinkable. Can Hilary create the growing room that would keep Richard in this house? Or will David find a way to give them space without sacrificing their dearly loved location?
2 years, a toddler and an in-home nanny share have turned their 1000 square foot house into a wedge between Jody and Sam. Jody needs space to breathe, while Sam thinks their current home can be made to work. Can Hilary squeeze enough function out of their limited footprint to keep Jody at home? Or will David find the new home that even Sam can't find fault with?
Sachi and Cam purchased their lakeside home sight unseen while living on the other side of the continent. Upon arriving they discovered it was far smaller than the wide-angled real estate photos had suggested. Cam wants out in favour of a house with space, while Sachi thinks the house can be fixed. Can Hilary reinvent this house to make Cam feel good about his impulsive purchase? Or will David coax Sachi into something new?
When Kelly and Robin blended their families under one roof, Kelly's 1100 square foot bungalow was bursting. With a history of flipping houses, Kelly's convinced this house can be made to work, but Robin only wants out. Can Hilary utilize every inch of this house to ease Robin's claustrophobia? Or will David find them the suburban space this family needs to function?
The arrival of a third child and nanny will stretch the limits of Sarah and Andrews' centrally-located home. Sarah knows they need a bigger house while Andrew believes it can be made to fit their new needs. Can Hilary re-imagine this house to make Sarah stay? Or will David coax Andrew away from his cramped quarters?
After 30 years of raising their kids in their 2200 square foot suburban home, the walls are closing in around Irene while husband Marcos believes it can be fixed to accommodate their multi-generational family. Can Hilary create an open concept space large enough for this ever growing family? Or will David convince Marcos to move?
After four years of marriage, police officers Mike and Danny are split on Danny's former bachelor pad. For Mike, it's never felt like home and he finds it to be tight, dark and totally unsuitable for entertaining. Danny knows they have a beautiful home in a sought after central neighborhood and is not giving it up without a fight. Can Hilary redesign this space into a place that finally feels like home to Mike? Or will David find the house that can convince Danny to leave his bachelor pad behind?
John and Brent purchased this 3-storey historic Victorian home 19 years ago and have not had the money to prevent it from slipping into decline. For John, this house is too big, too dark and way too difficult to maintain. After years of scrubbing his massive home he's had it! Can Hilary finally fix the decades of decay and return this home to its former glory? Or will David set them up in a smaller, more maintainable house that will let them both enjoy their golden years?
In just a few short years, Jacqueline's inherited, centrally located home has gone from housing one to a family of seven! Husband Bevin wants to move to the suburbs where he can live like a king! Can Hilary's main floor makeover convince Bevin that this house is worth keeping? Or will David's spacious suburban options sweep Jacqueline right out of town?
Bob loved the century old house he was renting so much that when it came up for sale he bought it, living in the top two floors and renting out the rest. Then along came Lorraine. For the last 16 years she has been living in what still feels like Bob's bachelor pad. Can Hilary complete the transformation needed to make this huge house finally feel like home for Lorraine? Or can David convince Bob to leave his beloved bachelor pad behind?
At first sight, Chelsea and Brian were so blinded by the beauty of lakeside view that they failed to see the obvious flaws of their tiny bungalow. Now Brian feels the view is not enough to keep his family in this "shoe box." Can Hilary transform their basement into bright, functional, family sized spaces or will David whisk them away to a home with more than just views?
A three-way financial stake in this long time family home equals triple the headaches for Katherine, Natalia and Paolo. Grandmother, Katherine cares for the home and her grandkids when daughter Natialia and her husband Paolo travel for work in the Caribbean. Katherine wants out in favor of an easier to manage manor. But she's alone on this. Can Hilary open the main floor that's dividing the family AND this old house? Or can David find the layout that will add up to easy living for all?
Falling for tricky staging, Alison and Robert were charmed into buying the smallest house in their affluent neighborhood. With no main floor living space to speak of, Alison wants out! Can Hilary pull off the mandatory main floor miracle? Or will David show them just how much space their money can buy?
When an influx of family took over Leslie and Michael's tiny townhouse, it went from holding their small family of three to a crowd of seven! Now Michael is really feeling the squeeze. Can Hilary transform their basement to provide the much needed breathing space? Or will David deliver the house that has room for all?
When Siobhan and Duncan bought this 1200 square foot suburban starter home 11 years ago, it was just what they needed. But one decade and 2 growing kids later, Siobhan and Duncan no longer see eye to eye on their tiny home. Duncan, the self- proclaimed handyman, has big ideas about how to make the house work, while Siobhan sees no end to the unfinished projects and daily function-related frustrations. With a tiny kitchen, no entertaining space, an over-used basement and only one decent bathroom, Siobhan is ready to make the move to a home with ready-made space. Can Hilary reinvent their tight basement to provide much needed function? Or will David convince Duncan to leave in favour of modern move-in ready breathing space?
Stephanie and Peter's family has grown unexpectedly in a year's time. The young couple has welcomed a new baby into their house and Stephanie's Dad has moved in for good. Despite renovating his home only four years ago, Peter feels the house can be renovated once more to accommodate everyone in the family, while Stephanie feels it's time to find a home better suited to their new lifestyle. Hilary must create a space for Stephanie's Dad, while undertaking a costly kitchen reno. David must find a home that is modern enough to satisfy Stephanie, but functional enough to tear Peter away from his freshly renovated home.
When Jade sold her champion horse, she was able to invest the money in a new home with her mother Darlene. But it soon became apparent to Jade that the house gave her zero privacy and was too far from the downtown activities she enjoyed. Jade wants to move, but Darlene loves their home's character. Hilary must create a private space for Jade to call her own while David must find a more central location with dedicated spaces for everyone in the family.
Calum and Rachel purchased their three bedroom semi in the city with the clear plan to add a second child to their family. When Mother Nature informed them they were expecting twins Rachel knew they'd made a huge error in their purchase. With terrible main floor sight-lines, only one bathroom and no space for toys or guests, Rachel is convinced they need a much larger home before the babies arrive. Calum is convinced the house can be fixed and finds the idea of moving out of the city in search of bigger homes less than savory. Can Hilary reclaim every inch of their unfinished basement and prove to Rachel this home can accommodate their incoming kids? Or will David convince Calum that suburban sized space is the key to this family’s happiness?
Ron and Mishelle purchased Ron's heritage family home one year ago. Their family is the fifth generation to live in this classic century farmhouse. Unfortunately Mishelle left a bungalow behind which she claims functioned much better for them AND was mortgage free. She is already tired of the rambling "plantation" and feels that it is way too far from the city. David must find a more manageable home that is move-in ready while Hilary is tasked with making this century-old heritage home more functional for this family.
Dave and Wendie thought they had lucked out when a depressed real estate market allowed them to purchase their 2200 square foot home in an affluent suburban neighborhood. But 8 years later, the strange layout of the house is at war with the family's needs, in large part due to the discovery that their eldest daughter has epilepsy. With the master bedroom on the other side of the house from the kids, Wendie is exhausted, spending most nights watching a video monitor for signs of seizures. As well, the kitchen is overloaded from the demands of creating multiple meals every day to cater to everyone's specific needs. Wendie has had it with her home, but Dave believes it can be reconfigured to function well enough to keep them from leaving their beautiful neighborhood. Can Hilary solve the bedroom proximity problem and create a kitchen that will convince Wendie to stay? Or will David find the house with the layout and function that can make Dave leave his precious location?
Sarena and Flare are an active couple whose artistic endeavors (Sarena is a musician, Flare performs as a drag king) fill much of their free time and much of their space in their tiny home. With only two bedrooms in the house, the 2nd bedroom is currently competed over as not only their hobby space, but a guest room and office. Knowing they need more space to accommodate their ever growing creative ventures, guests and office needs, this couple finds themselves at a crossroads. Serena is in love with their first home and feels the energy within it could never be duplicated, while Flare has had it with their cramped main floor, shared creative space and no room to house their family. Can Hilary reclaim the basement to rescue Flare's heart? Or will David coax this couple outside their neighborhood to a home with the perfect combo of heart and function?
Aline and Colin have two active kids enrolled in hockey but no more room in their current house to accommodate their busy family life. Colin has many "brilliant ideas" on how their house can be made to work, but Aileen feels her husband is a "dreamer" and wants to move their family to a larger home with more space for their hockey-centric family. Hilary must create a space for the kids' hockey-related activities and David must find a home with a lot large enough to accommodate a hockey rink.
At four months pregnant, Danielle convinced her husband to buy into a long abused former flop house in a run down neighborhood because it was their best shot at having a house to raise their burgeoning family in. After a decade of battling the homes' former life Danielle has now had it! She is desperate for a life free of renovations while Aaron has grown attached to the space he's poured 10 years of blood, sweat and tears into. Can Hilary overcome years of abuse and overhaul the main floor to make Danielle stay? Or will David deliver the kind of move in ready centrally located home that will coax Aaron to move?
Dave bought his rundown rural bungalow on protected land twelve years ago with a previous girlfriend. Krista moved in and has never felt like it was hers. Seven years of avoiding "Dave's" en suite and closet and fighting the constant cold has pushed Krista over the edge and out the door. Dave on the other hand feels he's made an effort to make this feel like home and knows his unfinished basement is the key to keeping her here. Can Hilary wipe the slate clean and create a master bedroom and renovated basement that could win Krista’s heart? Or will David create a fresh start for the couple in the form of a reno-free home on similarly protected rural property that could coax Dave to move?
Scott has owned this house since he was a young man. He met Catherine when she was a renting tenant, and they fell in love here. Over the past few years, Catherine has dealt with serious health issues and Scott is tired of keeping up with their dysfunctional home. He feels that Catherine deserves better and wants her to have the house of her dreams NOW. But Catherine loves this house—it is where she has fought and won the toughest battle of her life! David has to deliver lakeside luxury with room to grow and no to-do list to coax Catherine to list, while Hilary renovates bathrooms, bedrooms and a third floor surprise all in an effort to get Scott to fall back in love with the home that has come to mean so much to his beloved wife.
Oliver put an offer on a home when his wife Melissa was away on business. Since moving in, the two homeowners are confronted almost daily by their home's dysfunctions. Now with a six month-old, an active social life and two busy careers, Melissa craves a headache free-home that they can BOTH choose, while Oliver is committed to making their starter home last for the rest of their lives. David must find a better-functioning house within their neighborhood, while Hilary is tasked with making the most of an unfinished basement.
Andrea and Brian have a lovely young family and plan to add another baby right away… Unfortunately they have clearly outgrown their small home, and Andrea has had enough of Brian's renovations to make it better. Andrea looks to David to find them a new home that will provide the much needed space for their growing family and an office for Brian. Not wanting to move, Brian needs Hilary's help in convincing Andrea to live through just one more renovation. Hilary will have to completely reconfigure their second floor to make Andrea stay while David will have to find immaculate, family sized space to convince Brian to move.
Angelo and Brigida have lived in their home for fourteen years, but with two active teenagers and Angelo's aging parents moving-in for good, the house has become too crowded. Angelo feels it's time for a more spacious home that can handle a larger family. However, Brigida is too entrenched in her community to feel moving is a possibility. David must find a home within their neighborhood that accommodates all three generations, while Hilary must create a private in-law suite for Angelo's parents and a rec room for the kids.
When Dan and Beth bought their 1200 square foot centrally-located semi, they were on the same page, but a decade, two kids and a home-run business later they could not be further apart. After a successful kitchen renovation, Dan believes in his home's capacity to transform, while Beth is desperate for a space that will allow her kids and business to grow. Can David convince Dan to ditch his beloved neighbourhood in favor of suburban space? Or can Hilary's space saving innovation open Beth's eyes to her home's true potential?
Marisa loves the charm of her old three bedroom house in the neighbourhood she loves. But her husband Chris feels that now that they are a family of five, they are being squeezed-out. No front hall closet makes for a cluttered entranceway, the closed-off-ness of the dining/kitchen area means that their daughter's food allergies cannot be monitored when they are not in the room. And their son and a daughter are having a battle of the sexes sharing a bedroom. All this and a climate control issue that affects the day to day living for the family in this century home. Can David find the house of their dreams in this ideal neighbourhood? Can Hilary still deliver after a design detail the family neglected to inform her of is thrown at her at the 11th hour?
A decade after lawyer Alice and real estate agent Desmond bought their home off of builder's plans, they've become split down the middle. Alice loves the lakeside location, while Desmond is desperate for more space for their family of five. Now David must team up with Desmond to convince Alice to trade her dream location for family-friendly function, while Hilary goes to extremes on their main floor to convince Desmond to stay.
Niru and Alok have been living in their so-called "starter home" for eight years. Niru loves her house and enjoys her urban lifestyle, but Alok feels they need to move closer to the suburbs where his family participates in cultural activities. David must find an affordable home that keeps the homeowners close to the city, while Hilary must manage a kitchen renovation while creating dedicated spaces for in-laws and kids.
Sisters Julie and Sherry bought this three story home because of its potential to give them each their own space as well as an income unit in the basement. However, Julie feels she has the short end of the stick with the main floor and basement as her space; there is no proper bedroom on the main floor so she must sleep in the noisy, dark basement where her bathroom is also located. Sherry wants her sister to see the potential for a great home where they can have all they want but that’s fair to them both. She just needs Hilary to create three completely finished separate spaces that will allow them to rent out the basement, as well as improve the heating throughout the house. The task is a big one for Hilary, while David has the enviable position of just finding them a three unit, finished house in any neighbourhood but their own.
When BJ and Joe discovered they were expecting their first child, the expectation mounted for Joe to trade his beloved condo for a house. So dismayed with his pressured purchase, Joe hasn't even unpacked and less than a year after taking possession, Joe wants out. BJ on the other hand is fully committed to making this a family home despite its laundry list of issues. Can Hilary open up the cramped main floor to create a condo-esque aesthetic for Joe? Or will David convince BJ that condo convenience functions better for their family?
Phil and Kelly are an over-extended couple who are busy rearing their three energetic kids. Life is about to get even more hectic with baby number four on the way, and Phil feels their three-bedroom house can barely contain the family as it is. Kelly, however, feels they can better use the existing space in their home. David must find a larger home within their budget that keeps them in their neighborhood, while Hilary needs to find a way to take some of the pressure off the rooms in their existing home.
Dan and Krista's family of seven is pushing their 1100 square foot home to the brink of bursting. With one baby sleeping in the hallway and the rest of the family stacked on top of each other, Dan is desperate to leave this house behind. Krista, on the other hand, is attached to the house she's brought her babies home to and knows they haven't tapped this homes true potential. Can David make Krista move by finding her brood of seven a bigger space within their neighborhood? Or can Hilary's overhaul of every level of their tiny house win back Dan's heart?
Roxanne and her daughter Dee are outgrowing their tiny bungalow. The close proximity of their bedrooms and the tiny main floor layout has made a lack of privacy and a general lack of space the main issues for Dee. Roxy also uses the basement for her business, which leaves no room for Dee to entertain. David must find an affordable home that gives both women separate spaces to call their own, while Hilary has to find a way to create more useable space within their existing home.
Heidi and Greg knew how many issues they'd need to address to make this first home of theirs more functional. But Heidi is always away on business and Greg has been unable to deal with the home's countless plumbing, electrical, tiling, and structural issues on his own. Hilary must pull off a major kitchen renovation and try to undo some seriously shoddy workmanship, while David must find a character home with a large yard within the same neighborhood.
Several years after purchasing their urban row-house, Matt and Kelly make no bones about becoming completely divided over its future. With three young kids, this fiery couple finds themselves in daily fights over shared bedrooms, frozen kitchens and a rodent infested basement. Matt loves the urban grit and is convinced his home can become as functional as it is attractive, while Kelly is desperate for a way out. David is determined to deliver the perfect marriage of location, style, and family sized function to persuade Matt to leave, while Hilary tackles this house from basement to attic to convince Kelly to stay.
Joe and Linh's ravine-backed home would have been out of reach financially if not for it's location on one of the busiest streets in the city. Several years and two kids later, the dangerous front yard and the death drop of the ravine out back combined with the horrible sight-lines inside have made their home a child safety nightmare for Linh, while an obsessive attachment to his home's green space has Joe's roots dug in deep. Now Hilary must make the most of their cold basement to get Linh to love her home again while David gambles it all on the fusion of function and finishings outside their prestigious neighborhood to get Joe to leave.