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Growing up on her family's Kansas farm, Tamara Day learned the construction trade by helping her father maintain and repair the property's buildings. Years later, she and her husband bought a 5,000-square-foot foreclosed home that required a complete renovation, and Tamara designed every inch of the house herself. Now she buys and overhauls neglected properties in Kansas City, Mo., for a living, and the process and results are documented in "Bargain Mansions." Tamara scoops up the big homes for a fraction of their worth, uncovers distinctive features hidden by years of decay and incorporates modern amenities that attract buyers. Teaming with her dad and mentor, Ward, Tamara redesigns unusual layouts to create desirable open-concept spaces. She also saves and restores authentic features such as pocket doors, stately staircases and exposed brick walls of these historic properties.

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Tamara updates a 1978 Tudor home by brightening up and enlarging the dark kitchen; she then improves the flow in the master bedroom and transforms the basement into an awesome game room where the family can relax.
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Tamara takes on a water-damaged French Provincial in Leawood, Kan., and must completely overhaul the neglected basement; she infuses French flair throughout the house while creating a large open floor plan that's perfect for entertaining.
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Tamara turns a large, old farmhouse into a country living-style home; she creates an open floor plan, transforms the dreary master suite, and adds country charm and character throughout the entire property.
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While working on a French chateau, Tamara overhauls a master suite covered in the tackiest wallpaper she's ever ripped out of a home; to preserve a backyard kitchenette and cobblestone pavers, Tamara will be forced to make budget-wrecking decisions.
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While renovating a French chateau, Tamara Day discovers that a recent renovation left the kitchen looking outdated and tacky; Tamara and her father go shopping for a Dutch door, then she restores plantation shutters.
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Tamara enlarges the master bedroom in the Craftsman-style home and creates a study with a unique light fixture; she cannot salvage enough antique tiles for the bathroom floor but finds a way to reuse the old glass in the master bath.
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After a contractor abandons an 1890s Craftsman-style home, Tamara Day steps in to finish its renovation; she repairs structural damage and tears down a load-bearing wall to enlarge the kitchen; an exterior iron staircase presents problems.
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Tamara renovates a 1908 Shirtwaist home that was abandoned by the previous renovator; she refurbishes original corbels for the walls and builds a custom range hood for the open plan kitchen, then creates a charming den using wainscoting and tile.
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Tamara buys a 1910 Victorian farmhouse and wants to add a half bath to the first floor, but a misplaced staircase may pose a problem; on the second floor, she adds a massive master suite and a large kids' bedroom.
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Tamara uses her design expertise to modernize an outdated 1970s Tudor home; she gives the kitchen a much-needed upgrade and renovates two uninspired living spaces on the first floor into statement rooms.
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Tamara revives a neoclassical Colonial by updating the kitchen, parlor and breakfast nook while preserving its historic charm; a 1,200-square-foot, unfinished attic is converted into an incredible master suite.
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Tamara revives a 100-year-old Shirtwaist home while accenting the original woodwork; she decides the kitchen is too small and moves it to the dining room; later, she uses bold design choices to fit the home into the young, contemporary neighborhood.
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Tamara continues working on an 1892 Craftsman and struggles to add a master bathroom; then, she finds a way to reuse floor boards as a porch swing, but her plan to reuse a claw-foot bathtub hits a snag because of a narrow doorway.
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Tamara seeks to transform a multi-family 1892 brick Craftsman into a single-family dwelling while keeping its original details; she and her father attempt to recover a vintage pocket door trapped inside a wall and update the home's electricity.
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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; her budget takes a hit when she needs to install a new HVAC unit.
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Tamara Day tackles a large 1905 Colonial with seven sun porches; she overhauls an ugly kitchen and a dining room with tacky orange carpet; unsupported floors and a strange noise during demolition slow her plans and may cost her big money.
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Tamara Day struggles to install a full bath and enlarge the master suite as she continues to renovate the 1938 cottage; she creates a hidden playroom in the kids' bedroom but fails to win her father's approval on her plan for the backyard shed.
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Tamara Day sees great potential in a 1938 cottage with an unusual layout, unfinished renovations and no front door; she constructs a cathedral ceiling and creates two massive cedar corbels for the entrance.
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After restoring a fourth bedroom in the 3100-square-foot shirtwaist home, Tamara creates a reading nook and closet to complete the room; the weather creates a problem in the front yard, while two brand new vanities might not fit in the master bath.
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Tamara Day starts on a 1900 Kansas City shirtwaist-style home containing a living room with a catwalk instead of a ceiling; she pulls up linoleum flooring and gives the damaged foyer staircase a facelift.
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Tamara takes on a behemoth 1927 Tudor house; she uses a kitchenette to create a bar, revamps an uneven patio and enlarges the master bathroom to transform the 5,700-square-foot home into a showstopper.

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