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Million Dollar Contractor

Million Dollar Contractor

Photo Credit:  Jack Parker / DIY Network
  • Premiered: 
    October 16, 2011
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  • Network: DIY
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Tags: home improvement

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Plot Synopsis

The "Contractor to the Stars," Stephen Fanuka, operates Fanuka, Inc., which has worked with the world's top designers and architects on jobs for the rich, famous and noteworthy. In this reality series, Fanuka takes viewers behind the scenes as he and his team work in the most amazing spaces of Manhattan's high-end luxury homes. The series focuses on the details, the materials and the insane amount of money clients spend to allow Fanuka to create million dollar projects. Despite the hefty price tag, many of the same issues and problems on-site also occur in the homes of everyday people. Throughout the series, Fanuka shares tips and tricks of the trade for first-time DIYers and home-improvement aficionados, as he works on: turning a massive penthouse condo into the ultimate New York bachelor pad with a top-of-the-line chef's kitchen, a walk-in closet with custom cabinetry and a 700-pound walnut floor-to-ceiling swivel room divider in the theater room; designing and building a room in the prestigious Kips Bay Decorator's Show House, including his transformation of a boring old laundry room into a futuristic, sci-fi masterpiece; creating a custom home theater in a client's Long Island home; renovating a small bathroom for a client's Upper East Side pied-a-terre, when the team discovers the apartment plumbing isn't up to code; redesigning Nate Berkus' Greenwich Village apartment, where the team focuses on the first-floor library, which boasts 11-foot-high bookcases, custom-fabricated steel doors and an antique French fireplace; building a custom study for a Long Island mansion; helping his friends, designers Ed Ku and Etienne Coffinier, as they design and build a room for the 2010 Kips Bay Decorator's Show House; and renovating a huge Upper East Side apartment, where the two living rooms feature handmade Venetian plaster moldings, custom pocket doors, and Fanuka's trademark cabinetry. In the past, Fanuka has worked with Francois Catroux, Jacques Grange, Eric Cohler, Thom Filicia, Christopher Maya and Gordon Kahn, and has completed jobs for well-known celebrities, such as Beyonce, Lindsay Lohan, Rosanna Scotto and Tony Bennett. MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACTOR returned for its third season on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 10pm ET/PT, as Stephen and his crew worked on a sprawling 10,000 square foot vacation home in Connecticut in the season opener. Season 5 of MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACTOR premiered on Friday, October 2, 2015 from 10-11am ET/PT, as DIY Network aired back-to-back new episodes. In the season opener (10am), "West End Gut," Stephen Fanuka updates an apartment in New York by knocking down walls to create a re-imagined space, then he tackles an unfinished basement in the suburbs. Then at 10:30am in "Supermodel Bathroom," Stephen Fanuka begins installing a luxurious bathroom with a Japanese soaking bathtub, a steam shower and a custom vanity in supermodel Erin Heatherton's New York pad, then the building superintendent brings the project to a standstill.
MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACTOR returned for its sixth season on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from Noon-1pm ET/PT on DIY Network. In the season opener (Noon), "House of Fanuka," Stephen Fanuka's latest client is his wife, Lisa, and this project isn't going to be easy. He guts the kitchen and first floor living space to bring to life her vision for better flow, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. With so many decisions to make, will they see eye to eye? Lisa's reaction to the reveal says it all. Then, in the day's second new episode (12:30pm), "Luxury in Lincoln Square," it's a full house when Stephen Fanuka's client is living in the same space as the renovation. Two apartments in Lincoln Square are being consolidated into one for a family of five. When Stephen finds out the master bedroom wall unit was done all wrong, he flips out but recovers and takes steps to make it right. The final look of this big renovation is refined and luxurious.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Departure Films