7.7
42 votes
Good Bones

Good Bones

HGTV 2015

"Good Bones'' follows the blueprint of several series on HGTV or DIY Network that showcase revitalization specialists who turn rundown homes into stunning remodels. In this case, it's mother/daughter duo Karen Jensen and Mina Starsiak transforming properties in and around their hometown of Indianapolis. Karen's legal background and Mina's real estate knowledge help them secure diamonds in the rough, and then they enlist demo and construction help from family to get the houses done on time and on budget.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Good Bones

Good Bones - S2E10

#1 - Beautifying a Boring Boxy Home

7.37

Season 2 - Episode 10

Mina has second thoughts that a charmless, boxy house bought from the city for $4,000 might have been a bad idea. But Karen sees the potential and convinces Mina that they'll be able to transform this 'giant cube' into an adorable single family home. Even though it's undesirable at first glance, Mina and Karen strip it down and turn this boring, rectangular house into a beautiful work of art, truly adding value to the neighborhood.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Good Bones from 41 votes.

Good Bones - S5E7

#2 - Old Biker Bar

7.40

Season 5 - Episode 7

Mina and Karen transform a motorcycle biker bar into a single-family home.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Good Bones from 25 votes.

Good Bones - S2E13

#3 - Historical Hot Mess

7.47

Season 2 - Episode 13

Mina and Karen splurge on a corner lot home in the historical neighborhood of Fletcher Place. While struggling to work within the guidelines of the Historical Preservation Commission, Mina and Karen face more problems than they could have ever anticipated. If they can persevere, the women think they can make up for the costs by the time the house goes on the market -- will they have gone too far over budget to make it all worth it?

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Good Bones from 55 votes.

Good Bones - S2E8

#4 - Client Renovation Rescue

7.48

Season 2 - Episode 8

Mina and Karen take on a renovation project for an optimistic client who bought a duplex with intentions of renovating it himself. The home is in a historic and very established neighborhood that would mean easy profit if the job is done right, but challenges with the historical preservation commission and a possible voodoo curse threaten to slow things down. Will the ladies be able to overcome such strange obstacles?

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Good Bones from 52 votes.

Good Bones - S4E9

#5 - First House on the Block

7.50

Season 4 - Episode 9

Mina and Karen renovate the first of several houses they purchased on Talbott Street in Indianapolis. The three-bedroom, one-bath home has a few architectural challenges starting with the bathroom's placement far from the bedrooms and a foundation that sags causing the kitchen floor to slope. The designers add a master suite using attic space, resolve the foundation problems and create an open-concept kitchen that gives the home a modern feel.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Good Bones from 30 votes.

Good Bones - S1E3

#6 - Restoring A Rundown Victorian

7.52

Season 1 - Episode 3

Budgeting is a must when Mina and Karen splurge on an old house they've had their eyes on for a while. Inspired by its Victorian style, they have big plans for a massive makeover on this 2,100-square-foot home. But this house has plenty of surprises in store for this mother-daughter duo. Unlike their usual projects, the downstairs space is actually in decent shape, but it's the upstairs that poses a construction challenge. They want to turn a cramped attic space into a beautiful master suite, and faced with narrow stairs, missing woodwork and hours of wallpaper scraping, they hope their Victorian treasure proves in the end that she has something special worth saving.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Good Bones from 103 votes.

Good Bones - S5E9

#7 - MJ's Dream Home

7.53

Season 5 - Episode 9

Two Chicks and a Hammer's design assistant, MJ, and his husband recently bought their first home, and Mina and Karen want to make MJ's dreams a reality. The duo works to blend traditional and modern styles, but MJ may have to compromise to stay in budget.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Good Bones from 17 votes.

Good Bones - S5E3

#8 - Chelsea Vibes in Old Southside

7.54

Season 5 - Episode 3

Mina and Karen face issues as they tackle one side of a townhouse duplex.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Good Bones from 26 votes.

Good Bones - S1E2

#9 - Tiny House Transformation

7.54

Season 1 - Episode 2

After purchasing a very small house near downtown Indianapolis for only $25,000, Mina and Karen have their work cut out for them as they continue their mission of renovating the city one house at a time. Built in 1880 and totaling only 512 square feet, the tiny house is sure to come with big problems. After the demo team tears it down to the studs, Mina and Karen get to work building it back up again, but bigger and better. Because the house is located in their own neighborhood of Fountain Square, the mother-daughter team wants to ensure it's a solid buy for its next owners, but they need to keep their renovation costs low enough to price the house to attract new buyers.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Good Bones from 118 votes.

Good Bones - S4E4

#10 - Mina's Forever Home

7.58

Season 4 - Episode 4

Mina and Karen revamp a tiny but pricey two-bedroom home on a tight budget. They build additional bedrooms and reconfigure the floor plan to increase functionality. When their contractor mistakenly covers every wall in shiplap the team comes up with some innovative design solutions to create a unique industrial farmhouse style.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Good Bones from 31 votes.

#11 - An Office Becomes a Home
7.58
Season 2 - Episode 3

Mina and Karen purchase a tricky home in a transitional Indianapolis neighborhood. The location is a sizable former office space with no discernable bedrooms so the girls are excited to utilize the blank canvas. The girls quickly fall in love with the project and start bringing out the space's charm with outdoor corbels, a beautiful fireplace, an antique structural column and real wooden floors. While their finished product is beautiful, they may soon realize they've gone too far in that neighborhood -- and maybe too far over their budget.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Good Bones from 77 votes.

#12 - Mom and Daughter Renovators
7.59
Season 1 - Episode 1

Mina and Karen have renovated close to twenty homes in their downtown adjacent community, Fountain Square. They have hand selected their neighbors and raised property values resulting in their dream community. Having affected so much change in Fountain Square, they venture off into the adjacent Bates Hendricks community. Have they taken on more than they bargained for? Mina and Karen have their work cut out for them and have to work as a team to get the house done on time and on budget.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Good Bones from 139 votes.

#13 - Smelly Shotgun House to Chic Downtown Home
7.62
Season 3 - Episode 1

Mina Starsiak and Karen E. Laine take on an old shotgun-style home near downtown Indianapolis, and even though they've been renovating shotgun homes for years, this house is quite the stinker -- literally. Demo day becomes a test of bad smells they will never forget, and Mina's brother, Tad, learns the basics of framing a house and installing decorative wall tiles. Hoping to sell the home to their friend who owns a wedding dress studio, Mina and Karen tailor the decor to match her taste and create a DIY project from wedding dress material. But when they find out their renovated house isn't up to code, there's a chance they won't be able to finish it on time and on budget.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Good Bones from 50 votes.

#14 - A Stately House on Sanders
7.64
Season 4 - Episode 1

Mina and Karen are taking on a sprawling, 2,800-square-foot home with four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a bonus space upstairs. While the three-story home is structurally sound, it needs a lot of work to make it ready to sell, and Mina and Karen have a whopping $275,000 renovation budget. The home has beautiful woodwork, paneling and a majestic staircase, but tensions flare as the women have differing opinions on how to approach its design and style.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Good Bones from 33 votes.

#15 - Tiny House Turns into a Bohemian Bungalow
7.68
Season 1 - Episode 4

The price is high, but the location is prime, so Mina and Karen decide to take a chance and invest in a little house in the Fountain Square neighborhood of Indianapolis. But at only 950 square feet, this small house has some big issues. The mother-daughter team runs into trouble when sagging floors lead to an unsteady structure. Despite the problems, they forge ahead, intending to create a more functional floor plan that will turn the house into a charming bungalow perfect for any first time home buyer.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Good Bones from 87 votes.

#16 - Cottage Becomes Artistic Oasis
7.70
Season 5 - Episode 11

Mina and Karen make over a dilapidated home for the owners of a nonprofit.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Good Bones from 10 votes.

#17 - Eyesore Overhaul
7.70
Season 2 - Episode 9

Mina and Karen are back in the Bates-Hendricks neighborhood with a brand-new project. The home is in a fantastic location, is close to everything and has a ton of square footage. Despite its good qualities, however, the home is dirty, ugly and is going to be a heaping handful of a job. This eyesore has three colors of brown paint coating the outside and is a confusing labyrinth on the inside. A house this size will ultimately require more construction workers, more hammers and ultimately more danger. Will they be able to give this home a new floor plan that's perfect for single-family living?

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Good Bones from 47 votes.

#18 - Starting From Scratch in the Southside Neighborhood
7.73
Season 3 - Episode 5

Mina and Karen take a stab at redeveloping a house that was hit by a car in the Old Southside neighborhood. After some fun demo with a giant water hose, they design their new house with a simple, urban and classic aesthetic. They also create textile artwork to bring into the house, as well as floating side tables made from antique corbels.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Good Bones from 37 votes.

#19 - Bugging Out on Budget
7.73
Season 2 - Episode 12

Mina and Karen reach outside of their comfort zone with a house on the edge of the Bates Hendricks neighborhood. They're concerned about the location, and when they discover that the house is festering with cockroaches, they fear that they may not come out with a profit in the end. But with smart planning, a little love and a lot of hard work, Mina and Karen are hopeful they can bring new life to the neighborhood with a charming renovation.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Good Bones from 49 votes.

#20 - Empty Lot to Home Sweet Home
7.74
Season 3 - Episode 7

Mina and Karen buy a property in one of the most coveted and popular neighborhoods in Indianapolis. The incredible price only means more challenges as they quickly uncover some buried surprises that put the build on hold. When construction can continue, this four-bedroom home with an open floor plan and a bonus living space on the second floor will turn out to be their sweetest home yet ... if they can get past the fire code violations. With a bohemian-meets-modern vibe, Mina and Karen hope to attract a certain cute young couple that they hope will call it home.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Good Bones from 34 votes.

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