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The Expandables

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Overview

The Expandables find space where space seems impossible.

Let’s face it – sometimes your dream house ends up being a nightmare. What might have been the perfect home 10 years ago, barely makes the cut these days. Whether a family grows, in-laws move in or someone starts a home business, sometimes there just simply isn’t enough space. So what do you do when you need more space but it’s impossible to make your house larger? That’s when The Expandables take over. From blowing out an entire second floor to overhauling a basement, The Expandables will design and build new spaces that the homeowners would never have believed possible, without adding one extra square foot! The Expandables will do whatever it takes to increase the area of a home to meet a family’s needs. When you can’t make your house bigger, they make it better.

Episode 01Cramping my Style

Gary and Irina have a small house, two kids and not enough space.  They’re bursting at the seams and crawling all over each other.  They prepare food in the kids’ playroom, do crafts in the kitchen, and eat meals on the couch.  And now, Irina’s Mom is coming to live with them. Mia and Rob present two great design solutions.  They just have to make   one big design decision.  Whose will they choose?

Episode 02My Space

Krista and Vinh love their daughter, but they need an adult space to unwind and call their own. Her toys and clothes have been spilling over to other parts of the house, including their bedroom.  With a tiny master bathroom that can barely fit two people and a sauna that functions as a storage closet, they’ve called upon Rob and Mia to help them build an oasis for adults.  But will a leaky situation sidetrack the team?

Episode 03 – Reno Lullaby 

Alex and Alexie are new parents. The arrival of their beautiful daughter has made their shift work even more of a challenge. With a cramped, squeaky second floor, they can’t shower or get undressed upstairs without waking her up and are now forced to wash and change clothes in the kitchen. A sound sleep for them is now a luxury!   Rob and Mia, will need to solve all their issues, but will a stinky obstacle get in their way?

Episode 04 – From Maze to Masterful

Sasha and Scott love their neighbourhood and their house but the layout is beyond strange.  The master bedroom has a walk in closet INSIDE a bathroom, which also acts as an office area that is only accessible through the master bedroom.  With one child still sleeping in their room and Sasha’s desire to add a third, they are in desperate need of another bedroom, a bathroom and a separate office to manage Sasha’s successful home business.  Rob and Mia vie for bragging rights and create an amazing space.

Episode 05World War Three

Rob and Mia have been contacted by Tessa and Phil; a lovely couple with a son and a daughter who fight non-stop because they share a bedroom.  This house is not big enough for the four of them.  With only two bedrooms and one washroom to share on the floor, this family is stepping all over each other.  Rob and Mia need to find them a solution fast, before world war three breaks out in their house!

Episode 06Bring in the Light

Stacey and Omer feel like prisoners in a dungeon.  Their rooms are gloomy, dark and lack storage.  The kitchen is dysfunctional and with only one bathroom for a family of four, their son has taken to peeing in the back yard.  Mia and Rob are up for the challenge of creating a light filled functional space but will an unexpected discovery run them over budget?

Episode 07 – Everything in its place

When sports enthusiasts Graham and Heather welcomed a second son, they went from a manageable space to a double purpose nursery and triple duty bedroom.  Their master bedroom now includes a workspace for Graham and a play space for their sons.  With bikes in the laundry room, hockey, ski gear and canoes in the basement, they are frustrated by their lack of storage and kid friendly place to play.   Heather and Graham will need to decide between a functional jam packed basement or a separate office and master suite bathroom on the second or third floor.

Episode 08 – Four Storeys and Five Years Ago

Angela and Tavis bought their four-storey Row House five years ago when they were newlyweds.  Five years later, they’ve turned into a family of four and the house is proving to be a challenge for their expanding family.  Now Angela’s parents are moving in.  Where will they sleep? When you have only one shower up three flights of stairs, the options for their aging parents are limited.  Or are they?

Episode 09 – A Happy But A Crowded Life

When Dayana and Steve first moved in, their house felt enormous and spacious.  Then came the wedding, a dog, and a baby. They now resort to a butcher block as their dining room table and their unfinished basement duals as their personal storage locker. Dayana and Steve are left to decide between a working kitchen or a laundry room they are no longer afraid of.

Episode 10 – Up or Down

Sabrina and Daryl once described their house as “cute” and “adorable”, but after two years, their dysfunctional space has left them in disarray.  Cooking out of the garage and midnight bathroom trips to the main floor with their two young children has become tiresome. An unforeseen hazard could derail the whole project and send them running!

Episode 11 – From Hair Salon to Family Home

Four years ago, Kristina and Daniel bought their first home, which turned out to be a repurposed hair salon.  The kitchen is inconveniently on the second floor and their only shower is too gross to use. Mia and Rob take on the challenge as Kristina and Daniel decide between eating at a kids table or baths over showers.

Episode 12 – Chaos Reins  

Two boys and ten years later, Laura and Mike have outgrown their house.  The basement has been taken over by their young boys and Laura now feels trapped in her kitchen. An unexpected structural issue has the entire renovation in limbo.

Episode 13  – One Too Many Walls

Yolanda and Raphael feel like prisoners in their own home. Raphael eats dinner beside their pet bird and Yolanda now works out of the nursery. Can Rob and Mia find a way to overcome the poor layout and restore the home of their dreams?

Episode 14 – A Horror Show

With in the first few days of moving in to their new house, both Bobbie and Christian wanted to move right back out. The basement is a complete horror show and the main floor is like a rabbit maze. Bobbie & Christian can no longer ignore the issues and need Rob and Mia to reconcile their marriage to their dream home.