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In Bargain Mansions, home renovator Tamara Day transforms Kansas City's forgotten centuries-old properties into spacious dream homes on DIY Network's newest series Bargain Mansions. Premiering Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, the 12-episode series showcases Tamara as she scoops up rundown mansions for a fraction of their worth, uncovers distinctive features hidden by years of decay and incorporates the modern amenities that will attract buyers. "These large old homes just need a little more love to bring them back to their former glory," said Tamara. "Restoring homes is my passion and I'm grateful it's my job too." In each episode, Tamara, a mother of four, teams up with her own father and mentor, Ward, as she takes on challenges common to older homes, including water damage and cracked foundations. She also redesigns unusual layouts to create desirable open-concept spaces. With strict timelines and budgets in place, Tamara saves and restores the authentic features such as pocket doors, stately staircases and exposed brick walls of these historic properties. In addition to original charm, the finished homes boast refreshed exteriors, gorgeous kitchens and spa-like bathrooms.

Tuesday 9:00 PM et/pt on DIY Network
2 Seasons, 19 Episodes
November 7, 2017
Reality
6.6/10
Cast: Tamara Day
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Bargain Mansions Full Episode Guide

  • Tamara continues renovations and creates immense spaces for entertaining.

  • Tamara transforms a home on a wooded lot that's devoid of any character.

  • In the second phase of Tamara's 1905 Colonial renovation, she creates a 900-square-foot master suite and converts one of the home's seven sun porches into a closet. However, her budget takes a hit when she needs to install a new HVAC unit and her plan to save a vintage fireplace might have run out of gas.

  • Tamara Day tackles a large 1905 Colonial with seven sun porches. She overhauls an ugly kitchen and a dining room with tacky orange carpet, but unsupported floors and a strange noise during demo slow her plans and may cost her big money.

  • Tamara Day struggles to install a full bath and enlarge the master suite as she continues to renovate the 1938 cottage. She successfully creates a hidden playroom in the kids' bedroom, but fails to win her dad's approval on her plan for the backyard shed.

  • Tamara Day sees great potential in a 1938 cottage with an unusual layout, unfinished renovation and no front door. She constructs a cathedral ceiling and creates two massive cedar corbels for the entrance, but the process of installing an egress window puts a crack in her budget.

  • Tamara tackles the battered kitchen of her new property, an 1897 Craftsman-style bungalow. She enlarges and modernizes the space while preserving traditional elements of a bungalow kitchen.

  • Tamara Day continues renovations on a one-story ranch by creating a new master suite. To enlarge the tiny bath, she must first tear out a wall and move the door. While polishing the copper fireplace hood, Tamara and her dad use a familiar solution that has unusual results. Her plans to create a sunroom and patio then run into problems due to weather.

  • Tamara renovates a single-story ranch and tackles her biggest challenge to date, transforming the former master bedroom into a stunning, open kitchen. However, she and her dad run into problems during demolition.

  • Tamara Day struggles to create a more spacious master suite until she decides to add a second deck to a 1926 English Tudor. Tamara strips off numerous coats of paint to restore original doors in the home. In the backyard, she adds an outdoor living area with a fire pit. Tamara and her dad then realize the height of the garage doors may cause a problem.

  • Tamara Day annexes an oversized dining room to enlarge a tiny kitchen in a 1926 English Tudor. She rips out an outdated and tacky mantel to create a stunning fireplace surround. Using a piece of reclaimed walnut, she then creates a large desktop for an in-home office. Tamara also restores an original mail slot from the home and solves a problem with the old knob-and-tube electrical.

  • Tamara continues working on an 1892 Craftsman and struggles to add a master bathroom. Then, she finds a way to repurpose floor boards into a porch swing, but her plan to reuse a clawfoot tub hits a snag because of a narrow doorway.

  • Tamara takes an 1892 brick Craftsman that was converted into three apartments and tries to restore it back into a single-family dwelling while keeping original details. She and her dad attempt to recover a vintage pocket door that was enclosed inside a wall and update the home's electricity without destroying the brick walls or using conduit.

  • Renovations continue on Tamara Day's 1890s Craftsman home, as she enlarges the master bedroom and creates a beautiful study with a unique light fixture. She runs into a hiccup when she can't salvage enough antique tiles for the bathroom floor, but after needing to replace numerous windows, Tamara finds an uncommon way to reuse the old glass in the master bath.

  • A previous contractor ripped an 1890s Craftsman-style home down to the studs before abandoning it, and Tamara Day is stepping in to finish the renovation and save the house. She repairs substantial structural damage and tears down a load-bearing wall to enlarge the tiny kitchen. An exterior iron staircase presents problems for both the curb appeal and progress on the renovations, and missing spindles from the original staircase send Tamara to the wood shop to create exact replicas.

  • Tamara Day continues work on a French chateau as she overhauls a large master suite covered in the tackiest wallpaper she's ever ripped out of a home. She plans to move an entire bathroom to create an additional bedroom and extend a hallway with floor boards saved from downstairs. But to preserve a backyard kitchenette and cobblestone pavers, she will be forced to make decisions that may wreck her budget.

  • Tamara Day gets the opportunity to renovate a French chateau she's wanted to tackle for years. She finds that a recent renovation left the kitchen looking outdated and tacky, but she's determined to create a home full of authentic details. Tamara and her dad go shopping for a Dutch door, then she restores plantation shutters to preserve the home's vintage French elements.

  • Tamara transforms a bedroom as she continues renovating the 1897 Craftsman-style bungalow. Knowing modern buyers expect a master suite, she annexes a second room to enlarge the tiny closet and add a bathroom.

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