Leave It to Bryan

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Leave It to Bryan
Starring Bryan Baeumler
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
Running time 30 min.
Original network HGTV Canada
Original release January 5, 2012 – present

Leave It to Bryan is a Canadian home renovation reality series hosted by contractor Bryan Baeumler, which premiered in January 2012 on HGTV.[1]

The show is based around the concept that the renovations most desired by a homeowner aren't necessarily always the ones most urgently needed in the home.[1] Baeumler has described the series as inspired by various past clients who wanted big-ticket renovations, such as kitchen or bathroom upgrades or home theatre spaces, while neglecting or even being entirely unaware of structural deficiencies that were much more critical to the value of their home, or even to their basic physical health and safety.[2] He has suggested in interviews that this issue has become so common that many North American cities will face a major housing crisis within 15 to 20 years, as an increasing number of homes risk becoming entirely uninhabitable, if homeowners continue to emphasize lifestyle luxuries over basic structural improvements.[2]

Episodes typically revolve around homeowners who may not realize that they have neglected a critical structural issue, couples who disagree on which renovation should be the immediate priority within their renovation budget, or other situations where the homeowners' wants and needs may be in conflict.[1] In each episode, Baeumler meets with the homeowner to identify the desired renovation, while also assessing the home to identify whether another renovation is more critical; he subsequently returns to the home and begins the renovation he has identified as the most immediate requirement, and the homeowners only learn which project he has actually chosen after the renovation is already underway.[1] The show is produced by Si Entertainment in Toronto and the GTA.


Season 1 (2012)[edit]

Episode # Title Original air date
1 "Renovation Stand Off" January 5, 2012 (2012-01-05)
A couple who have their heart set on a kitchen renovation must adjust their expectations when Baeumler identifies that their front porch and part of their roof are in potential danger of collapse.
2 "Grounded Reno" January 5, 2012 (2012-01-05)
An older couple who are planning to retire to their family cottage within the next few years can barely agree on any of their desired improvements; Baeumler identifies an overlooked space in the home which can be easily converted into a new living and entertaining space that resolves some of their conflicting desires.
3 "Behind Closed Walls" January 12, 2012 (2012-01-12)
Bryan discovers a toxic mold infestation in the basement of a couple who have requested a bathroom renovation.
4 "Shotgun Reno" January 12, 2012 (2012-01-12)
A young couple cannot agree on whether to spend their current renovation budget on kitchen or bathroom improvements; for structural, value and project management reasons, Baumler identifies the kitchen as the bigger priority.
5 "Reno Under Pressure" January 19, 2012 (2012-01-19)
In a house full of abandoned renovations, Bryan has his work cut out for him. Attempting to tame Cindy’s excitement is as ambitious as this reno.
6 "The DIY Effect" January 19, 2012 (2012-01-19)
Jo-Ann and Brook are reno geeks who love to get their hands dirty. But Bryan is about to frame out a different problem and stop them from making a huge mistake!
7 "Sister Act" January 26, 2012 (2012-01-26)
Rosie bought her first house with the financial help of her sister Amal. With custom and high-end finishes on their reno wish list, Bryan’s about to teach these sisters it’s what’s on the inside – of their walls - that counts!
8 "Banished Bachelor" February 2, 2012 (2012-02-02)
Dennis's bachelor days are numbered. With his wife Ursula making permanent changes to their rental house turned family home, Dennis has to contend with not only his wife, but Bryan driving the decisions.
9 "Space Wars" February 9, 2012 (2012-02-09)
Peter and Sunny want more space in their home. With their sights set on a second bathroom, Bryan has other ideas swirling in his head.
10 "Deal or No Deal" February 16, 2012 (2012-02-16)
When it comes to renovations, Jamie and Tammy know what they want, but have little clue on what to do, or even where to start. Looks like their best move was handing over the reno to Bryan.
11 "Double Trouble" February 23, 2012 (2012-02-23)
When Miranda found out she was having twins, she and Sean knew their house wouldn’t cut it with their family size about to double. Add Bryan into the equation and Miranda may be having more than she bargained for!
12 "Reno Shock" March 1, 2012 (2012-03-01)
Mariam’s frustration with her home and her procrastinating husband have reached a boiling point. Can Bryan keep the waters calm? Or will it be rough sailing when she finds out Bryan’s reno pick!
13 "Reno Apocalypse" March 8, 2012 (2012-03-08)
Ruth and Eric are a young couple who can’t agree on the layout of their basement. Eric’s real plans of putting in a panic shelter are not jiving with Ruth’s practical basement family room. Will Bryan’s decision signal the end of one person’s dream reno, or both?

Season 2 (2012)[edit]

Episode # Title Original air date
1 "Backseat Contractor" August 30, 2012 (2012-08-30)
Sara & Wassim can’t agree on which renovation is next on their giant to do list. Bryan has to choose the reno they need and take on Sara who isn’t used to anyone else taking the wheel.
2 "Reno Rescue" August 30, 2012 (2012-08-30)
Rania and Steve know firsthand the saying, ‘when it rains it pours.’ Their house has been nothing but a money pit since they’ve moved in. The homeowners know which reno they want, but Bryan’s priority is helping them get out of the hole fast!
3 "The Reno Antagonist" September 6, 2012 (2012-09-06)
Laz and Juanita have renovated most of the main areas of their home and are now focused on making their reno dreams come true. But when Bryan chooses the space he thinks needs to be done first, he ends up in a battle with an army.
4 "Curbed Reno" September 6, 2012 (2012-09-06)
Des and Jeannice want their house’s interior to match the exterior curb appeal of their home. With the couple’s heart set on high-end custom finishes, Bryan may have to play the role of heartbreaker.
5 "The Way the Reno Crumbles" September 13, 2012 (2012-09-13)
Renee and Kris live in an aging home with a ton of character. They’re ready to bite the bullet and commit to a big reno project, but when Bryan discovers what lies beneath, they might be wishing for a different house.
6 "The Cold War" September 13, 2012 (2012-09-13)
Andy and Allison bought their first home - the shiny ‘50s wallpaper adorning the inside of their walls was free. They desperately need a modern update on all of their rooms, and Bryan hopes his reno choice doesn’t leave them cold.
7 "Battling Brothers" September 20, 2012 (2012-09-20)
Brothers Raj and Beej have a huge family and space is running out. Little brother Beej’s priorities conflict with his big brother Raj’s. But when Bryan chooses the reno they need, he may ignite a family feud.
8 "The Wall of Blame" September 20, 2012 (2012-09-20)
Carmen and Alex have saved up for their first reno in their modest home. They are thrilled with Bryan’s help, until a particular wall becomes a bigger deal than it’s worth.
9 "Baby Misteps [sic]" September 27, 2012 (2012-09-27)
Stefanie and Mike have hit all of their milestones in one year – marriage, a new home and a new baby on the way. But will Bryan be able to manage this mom to be, when she begins to fight for two.
10 "Looks Are Deceiving" October 4, 2012 (2012-10-04)
Sarah and Chris are all about temporary fixes. A touch of paint here, a quick mend there but it’s just not cutting it anymore. It’s time to Leave it to Bryan to rip off the Band-Aid and fix it the right way.
11 "Reno Rut" October 11, 2012 (2012-10-11)
Chantal and Vince have a long laundry list of projects to do in their house. The good news is that most of them have been started; the bad news is that none are finished! Will Bryan be able to help them get out of this reno rut?
12 "Builders Block" October 18, 2012 (2012-10-18)
Maria and David have 3 spaces that are untouched in their lack-luster subdivision house. They are battling bland, boring and underutilized. That is until Bryan picks a room!
13 "Reno Roadblock" October 25, 2012 (2012-10-25)
Anna and Frank are intimidated by the renovation process. They’ve tried to tackle projects on their own, but backed away once they hit a snag. Will this couple trust Bryan to finally take them to the finish line without hitting any more roadblocks?


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