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If you are a do-it-yourself type of person, you will find Sweat Equity a very appealing television program. No matter what type of remodeling project you may be thinking of undertaking, you can get helpful hints and do's and don't tips from each episode. The program begins with letting us in on the project that the owner of the home wants to do. They might want to remodel a kitchen for a lot less money than hiring the entire project out to professionals. This way they save thousands of dollars, which builds equity in their home when they decide to sell. They may however, choose to hire some of the jobs out, such as spray painting the kitchen cabinets. Someone to help you install concrete countertops might be wise if you've never done anything like it before. Just having a professional around when you try difficult projects can help you from making mistakes that might cost thousands of dollars to undo.

When you receive tips from professionals on Sweat Equity you can count on the advice. Tips like making small changes to your home can create more equity than taking on major projects. Don't put too much personal touch into a project because it won't pay off. The goal is to remodel as if to please the average home buyer. You wouldn't want to put up a red brick wall if red brick walls were not in style for that particular decade. They advise that bathrooms and kitchen remodeling projects usually bring the most equity to your home. Every episode gives different educational tips.

Then the project begins! You get to watch the owners do the project themselves. They initially start out with a budget in mind. Sometimes projects end up costing a bit more than they planned. The Sweat Equity crew help them out as they need it and everything turns out perfect.

The home owners end up with equity in the house, since they saved so much money doing the remodeling project themselves, with the help of Sweat Equity.

Wednesday 9:00 PM et/pt on DIY Network
8 Seasons, 102 Episodes
October 1, 2006
Reality, Home & Garden
6.8/10
Cast: Matt Corboy, Adam Berlin, Amy Matthews
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Sweat Equity Full Episode Guide

  • Monica Moses and John Reinan enjoyed updating their mid-century ranch style house with high contrast contemporary design. Now they must tackle the swamp-like backyard and the chaotic, poorly finished basement space that Monica uses as an art studio.

  • Brittany & David have lived in their home for a year, but their backyard is a jungle. They plan to stay in their home awhile so they'd like to make the backyard a place for them to live - while also boosting their potential equity down the line.

  • Kerry & Kate Hage are newlyweds, and when Kate moved into Kerry's 1960's bachelor pad rambler, she wanted to make it actually feel like a home. Kate has a laundry list of projects for the house... but the main focus is the kitchen.

  • Tom and Constance Campbell love diy projects, which is a good thing because their 1950s ranch style house needed plenty of work. Although they have made big improvements, the pink bathroom and pink-toned exterior still need to go.

  • In 1957, Alcoa Care-free homes designed a 1900 square foot home constructed completely of plate glass, framed by aluminum and supported by posts that were clad in aluminum. Today, only a handful of those homes remain in anywhere near their original form. Unbeknownst to them, Whitney and Robert McChane purchased one of these homes, but now that they did, they're intent on keeping it as close to original as possible.

  • Jared and Jane have created a comfortable vibe in their suburban split-level home. They love to entertain, but their big backyard is desperate for a transformation.

  • Liz & Joe Sheeran were happy to purchase a move-in ready house in a sought after urban neighborhood. The picture perfect two-story house only had one sore spot-the dungeon-like basement. They want to create some livable space in the lower level, but don't want to break the bank.

  • Homeowners Erin and Toby bought the ugliest house in the best neighborhood.

  • Sabrina and Drew Ely went big when they left their 700 square foot downtown condo for a four bedroom home in the suburbs. This new construction home came in great shape, but the unfinished basement and backyard need help.

  • Marc and Lisa Stingley moved into their 1980's rambler six years ago. Lisa's a die hard DIY'er so they've updated almost every room of the home. But now that the family has expanded to include their daughter Langston, the house is starting to feel a little cramped. Now they must choose where they will use their money, for expansion or upgrades.

  • It's a good thing that Jen & Jason Armstrong are handy because their split level house needed some love when they bought it. The plan: To give the entire space a "Hollywood Regency" style to glam it up.

  • Mat & Leslie Edstrom purchased their 1930s home because of the outbuilding that Mat could use as a studio for his photography business and plenty of room to grow. Now that their two young boys are 'tweens', they need more space for the kids and want to turn the tuck under garage into family space with a mudroom/TV area & pool table area.

  • Amy and Tony Carr's 3-level home has an appealing layout and a great location on a cul-de-sac. But its cookie-cutter construction causes buyers to be unimpressed. They don't plan to sell anytime soon, but they want to add value to their home while making the space more comfortable for their large family.

  • Chris and Jen Reynolds have been upgrading their home--a 1970's ex rental unit--piece by piece over the last 3 years. However, with the recent addition of their baby son Jack, they plan on converting their empty basement space into a spa-worthy bathroom.

  • The key to this makeover is to keep it low maintenance but looking good.

  • The 80s style cabinets and traditional rail in this kitchen have to go.

  • Designing around a hot tub could mean disaster for equity building plans.

  • A couple get a spacious structure with a second story dedicated to storage.

  • This backyard needs to be brought up to the standards of the house.

  • Rob's updating his 50's rambler and next up is the maze of pink bathrooms.

  • Steve & Amy Williams want their bland townhouse to stand out in a crowd.

  • The plan is to create a user-friendly area by installing a paver patio.

  • The cramped laundry room and back entry closet don't offer any storage.

  • This couple's plan is to turn an old bed and breakfast into a family home.

  • This couple wants to add an open porch to the flat front of their home.

  • Houseboat owner Dawn wants to modernize the interior of her watercraft.

  • Jesse and Amy have remodeled inside, now they need to remodel the outside.

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