I didn't really care for any of the front yards/curb appeal. I don't know if they were limited due to the HOA or if they were all just meh because landscaping isn't their forte. If I had to choose though, Mina's was the best.
I was glad to see Jasmine or Mina win - their houses were the most practical, family friendly and appealing to buyers.
In the builder's model home, turning the half bath into a full bath is an upgrade, but Jasmine making it an en suite to the den/4th bedroom and adding the additional powder room definitely put her over the edge.
Alison's brass on the exterior and front door looked tacky! I'm glad the stupid toilet and cheap floors were pointed out as a con as well as the wine room and secondary rooms just being staged. I'm so happy that she didn't win or even come in 2nd place. If Leanne would have kept the baseboards and added flooring in her house, Alison would have come in last. AV's comment about HER knowing more about design than the other ladies was totally snide and obviously completely untrue. I don't see the other designers going hundreds of thousands over budget and having HUGE problems in every episodes of their shows, I don't see the other designers having their work suspended by the city they work in, I don't see the other designers having their homes sit on the market because they are so overpriced and I don't see the other designers having legal issues due to shoddy workmanship. I hope Ari took the first flight home because I'm sure Alison blamed him for EVERYTHING!!
I liked that Mina added the secret office and dual vanity. However, her house looks like an upgraded staged home. On the flip side, her house will definitely be the easiest for a buyer to "put their own stamp" on.
Say what you will about Leanne, but her house does look like it belongs in a magazine. She is the only one that moved walls, made and took extra sq footage and totally went outside the box. When the other ladies walked in, you could tell they were shocked (in a good way) and appreciated and respected Leanne's vision. Her house will sell quickly for two reasons: 1. It looks nothing like the other tract homes in the community and 2. the master bathroom. Flooring, baseboards, and some desert landscaping can easily be installed (pricey, but easy) over a high end custom master bath. As for the secondary bedrooms and bathroom, I can understand why she left them - kitchens and baths sell houses and that's where she spent all her money. However, she could have easily and inexpensively staged them so they didn't look so unfinished. I did like that she added an extra living area, but I wouldn't be able to live in her house unless it was just me and maybe a goldfish.
I hope there is a season 2...without Alison!