The BEST Episodes of Good Bones

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 17, 2021

Network: HGTV

"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.

Permit Nightmares

#1 - Permit Nightmares

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Aug 13, 2019

star 9.25
4 votes
A Condo Brings Family Together

#2 - A Condo Brings Family Together

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired Aug 20, 2019

Mina and Karen are fixing up a condo building and Mina wants to remodel one of the units for her sister and her two girls, who want to be closer to downtown. They work to transform the total gut job into a dream home filled with personalized touches, including a special mural made by Mina, Karen and the kids.

star 9.00
2 votes
Old Doors, New Wall

#3 - Old Doors, New Wall

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Aug 6, 2019

Mina and Karen work on a duplex unit that's riddled with trash and interesting surprises, including a wall made entirely out of old doors. However, further problems arise when Cory discovers a foundation issue no one saw coming.

star 8.50
6 votes
The Greenwich Village Townhome

#4 - The Greenwich Village Townhome

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 30, 2020

Mina and Karen renovate the right side of their duplex townhome.

star 8.42
19 votes
Wide Open Spaces

#5 - Wide Open Spaces

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired May 24, 2016

The next home renovation project for Mina and Karen is far from a flip. They're venturing out of downtown Indianapolis and into the countryside to do a home renovation for new clients Mike and Karen. The couple has a big family but a house that feels very closed-off, and they want help opening it up. Part of Mina and Karen's plan is to add sliding glass doors and big windows to bring in more natural light. Just four weeks later, they're excited to invite the couple back into their new open concept home that feels far more spacious.

star 8.38
13 votes
Decaying Duplex Gets a Transformation

#6 - Decaying Duplex Gets a Transformation

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired May 30, 2017

Mina and Karen snag a four-bedroom, two-bathroom duplex for only $4,000. But with one of the worst foundations they've ever seen combined with unsafe floor joists on the second floor, Mina expects to spend upwards of $200,000 on the renovation. When Tad demos the chimney and puts a hole in the roof, the women grow more concerned about their budget. They hope that their attention to detail in the beautifully finished single-family home will pay off.

star 8.21
71 votes
Big Money in Fountain Square

#7 - Big Money in Fountain Square

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Jul 23, 2019

Mina and Karen take on a massive, partially-constructed house that was abandoned by investors. It's a big investment, and tensions rise when it comes to figuring out the kitchen cabinets' design. Mina decides to take a risk with her own money, which could be the move that sells the house or leaves them over budget.

star 8.20
30 votes
The Little Brick House

#8 - The Little Brick House

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 17, 2018

Mina and Karen are tackling their first renovation of a brick house, and although it has tons of charm and character, it also has problems that need to be fixed. Plus, it's in a new neighborhood for them, which adds to the risk. With the help of the demo crew, Mina and Karen plan to open up this little house and create 3.5 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. They give it a rustic, schoolhouse style by adding grayish wood flooring and two amazing antique farmhouse sinks. From the very beginning, Mina and Karen run into issues with this little brick house and are forced to constantly adjust their budget. But when a problem leads to an order from the city, the women worry that they won't be able to finish the house before their budget runs out.

star 8.18
33 votes
A Stately Home Full of Slithering Surprises

#9 - A Stately Home Full of Slithering Surprises

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 19, 2018

Karen and Mina team up with their friend Josh on a high-stakes property in Fountain Square. What looks promising at first glance quickly turns when during their initial walk-through they find some of the previous owner's pet snakes still slithering throughout the house. The news only goes downhill from there when half the foundation suddenly disappears, but once finished this Fountain Square beauty is worth all the trouble.

star 8.17
35 votes
Budget-Busting Victorian

#10 - Budget-Busting Victorian

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Jun 26, 2018

Mina and Karen purchase a home near the Northside neighborhood that's full of historical features. They do their best to design an open floor plan while preserving as many elements as possible, but structural slow-downs and permitting nightmares threaten their schedule and budget.

star 8.14
7 votes
Nothin's Easy on East Street

#11 - Nothin's Easy on East Street

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Jun 17, 2019

After going underwater on previous East Street investments, Mina and Karen return to the area and hope their third flip is a charm. They plan to give a home more bathrooms and an open floor plan, but when Cory discovers a budget-busting water line issue, the ladies must get creative with their renovation.

star 8.09
33 votes
Shiplap Surprise in Fountain Square

#12 - Shiplap Surprise in Fountain Square

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 10, 2019

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.

star 8.06
33 votes
Saddest Home on Sanders Street

#13 - Saddest Home on Sanders Street

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired May 1, 2018

Mina and Karen purchase a crumbling house in the Bates-Hendricks neighborhood, only to find out it's the first house they can't save. With a clean slate, Mina designs a white beauty with new buyers already in mind. Karen and Mina add unique features and lots of charm to hopefully help their longtime friends find a new home.

star 8.05
38 votes
Townhome of Trouble

#14 - Townhome of Trouble

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Jul 30, 2019

Mina and Karen take on the renovation of a century-old duplex in Indianapolis, Indiana. They decide to keep both units separate and begin the renovation with the North side townhome. The interior is in rough shape and demolition exposes several troublesome issues but the team can still see potential for a unique "Boho Industrial" vibe. With a budget of $150,000 they create an open-concept living space on the main floor and add a second full bathroom for maximum functionality. A bright white kitchen, sleek tile and exposed duct work completes the team's modern vision.

star 8.05
22 votes
Surprise In Fountain Square

#15 - Surprise In Fountain Square

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Aug 6, 2019

star 8.04
26 votes
Risky Reno with Historic Charm

#16 - Risky Reno with Historic Charm

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired May 15, 2018

Despite its odd layout and decrepit state, Mina and Karen are taking on an old house with a ton of historic charm in the Old Southside neighborhood. As framing starts, the crew uncovers a major structural problem that hits the budget hard, and later, Mina gets some bad news that could threaten a huge selling point of the house. But when the renovation is complete, this charmer offers all the comforts of modern living blended with antique pieces like vintage front doors and a restored curved staircase.

star 8.03
29 votes
Small House, Big Problems

#17 - Small House, Big Problems

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 15, 2017

Mina and Karen find that "you get what you pay for" when they buy a bargain house for $5,000. At 730 square feet, it's their smallest home ever, but it's full of big challenges, including holes in the roof, holes in the floor and a rotting foundation supported by nothing more than a dirt pile and a car jack. Mina and Karen's goal is to create value but stay on budget while bringing this dilapidated little home back to a livable condition.

star 8.03
32 votes
A Structure Worth Saving

#18 - A Structure Worth Saving

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired May 10, 2016

Mina and Karen bought their latest house in the Bates-Hendricks neighborhood of Indianapolis for only $4,500. When they see the inside, they realize why it was so inexpensive. From the termite-infested walls to the faulty foundation, the structure is barely standing on its own. Leave it to Mina and Karen to bring this abandoned wreck back to life as they strip the house down to the studs and then build it back up again to create an elegant and spacious home that's ready for new owners.

star 8.00
75 votes
Chop and Pop

#19 - Chop and Pop

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Jun 25, 2019

Mina and Karen are back in the Bates-Hendricks neighborhood and hoping to turn a profit this time around. Since the home is one of the smallest on the street, the ladies plan to chop off a poorly designed addition and pop up a new story addition, adding valuable square footage and opening up the living room and kitchen. Spending a little more money on landscaping and curb appeal rounds out Mina and Karen’s renovation plans but a whopper of a surprise sends the crew into a panic, maybe sending Karen home with a new pet.

star 8.00
25 votes
Down to the Studs: Smelly Shotgun House

#20 - Down to the Studs: Smelly Shotgun House

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired Aug 20, 2019

Featuring insider facts and behind-the-scenes footage, Mina and Karen renovate a super smelly shotgun-style house with a design-inspiring buyer in mind. (extended version of Season 3, Episode 8: Smelly Shotgun House to Chic Downtown Home)

star 8.00
3 votes
The Brickyard Brick House

#21 - The Brickyard Brick House

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Aug 13, 2019

Mina and Karen revamp a historic brick house in a rising area of south Indianapolis. The house is in bad shape. Luckily, they have a healthy budget of $200,000 and they are going to need every dime. The ladies plan to increase the square footage with a two-story addition and create a whole new layout with three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths.

star 8.00
2 votes
Free House, Expensive Reno

#22 - Free House, Expensive Reno

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 28, 2020

star 8.00
21 votes
Tad's Tiny Home

#23 - Tad's Tiny Home

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Aug 25, 2020

Mina and Karen look to turn an old garage on one of their rental properties into a tiny home for Mina's brother, Tad. With foundation issues and a mysterious broken pipe, this tiny home has massive issues that must be resolved before Tad can move in.

star 8.00
16 votes
Battle of the Two Chicks

#24 - Battle of the Two Chicks

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 2, 2019

Mina and Karen take on a massive duplex that was abandoned mid-construction and Mina decides to make it a competition. She renovates one side with a playful "Rose and Cotton Candy" theme while Karen opts for a French country look, and three real estate agents pick the winner.

star 7.95
22 votes
The Half Million Dollar House

#25 - The Half Million Dollar House

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 10, 2018

Mina and Karen have purchased their most expensive house to date, in the most desirable neighborhood in downtown Indianapolis. The size of the house and its great location could mean a selling price close to $500,000 if they play their cards right. After the massive demolition is complete, Mina and Karen get to work designing the new layout, which includes an extra loft space on the second floor and vaulted ceilings in the kitchen. For the design aesthetic, they go with an elegant, bohemian vibe by adding splashes of color to the interior and exterior.

star 7.95
37 votes