The BEST Episodes of Good Bones
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jan 9, 2021
"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.
#1 - Permit Nightmares
Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Aug 13, 2019
#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.
#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.
#4 - The Greenwich Village Townhome
Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 30, 2020
Mina and Karen renovate the right side of their duplex townhome.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#9 - 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.
#10 - 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.
#11 - 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.
#12 - 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.
#13 - The Cottage Catastrophe
Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 1, 2020
In the Old Southside neighborhood of Indianapolis, hosts Mina and Karen transform an old cottage, which has been empty for years, into a remarkable abode they can flip for a profit, but they must alter their plan when an unforeseen issue arises.
#14 - New House, Old Spirit
Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired May 20, 2019
Mina and Karen venture just east of downtown Indy to take on a two-story, worn-down home that's as risky as it is disgusting. The block hasn't been revitalized yet and between the massive sinkhole, caved-in roof and decomposing animals throughout, their walkthrough is almost impossible. The house has almost no sustainable foundation so the ladies get busy rebuilding from the ground up all while adding features that make it feel like the home has been on the block for decades.
#15 - 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.
#16 - Surprise In Fountain Square
Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Aug 6, 2019
#17 - 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.
#18 - 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.
#19 - 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.
#20 - 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.
#21 - 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.
#22 - 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)
#23 - 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.
#24 - Free House, Expensive Reno
Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 28, 2020
#25 - 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.