EXCLUSIVE: Your First Look at PEOPLE‘s New Home Design Web Series Starring The Novogratz Family

03/23/2016 at 08:00 AM ET

Robert and Cortney Novogratz have been blogging for PEOPLE about their latest dream project—a 1926 renovated castle turned home in the Hollywood Hills—for months. And now viewers will get to see and experience all the ups and downs that come with taking on such a huge project in PEOPLE’s new Web series, The Castle Next Door: The Novogratz Family Take Hollywood.

RELATED: Watch Every Episode of The Castle Next Door: The Novogratz Family Take Hollywood

The design duo—and parents to Wolfgang, 18, Tallulah and Bellamy, 17, Breaker, 15, Five and Holleder, 10, and Major, 7—take you through all the details, from trouble with their plumbers to letting the kids design their own bedrooms.

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RELATED: Meet The Novogratz: The Family Who Bought a Castle

“It took us about eight months start to finish and the kids were involved a lot more than they have ever been because they’re older now,” Cortney tells PEOPLE.

Throughout the series, the family also shares their tricks for updating the “dated and tacky” home with a fresh, new look—and how viewers can apply those tips to their own renovations.

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“Splurge in small doses,” she says. “If you want wallpaper but can’t afford to do the whole room, do an accent wall. If you want an extravagant kitchen countertop, spend on the island and keep the other countertops simple and affordable.”

RELATED: Bob and Cortney Novogratz Blog: How to Combine Your Home Design Style with Your Significant Other’s

And perhaps the most satisfying moment of the 10-epsiode series is seeing the amazing transformation when the castle is complete.

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Staci Marengo

“It was more difficult than we thought,” says Cortney. “But it made us closer and there were all these mini blessings that happened that we wouldn’t have really known about until we lived through it.”

To keep up with the Novogratz family’s most exciting design project yet, visit PEOPLE.com/novogratz.

—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone

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Leslie on

So happy for their success. Beautiful job guys. Goes to show what a little elbow grease,cash and family can do.

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Good luck in LA. I love that you have this series now!

Michelle on

So nice to see such an authentic family. Congrats Novogratz family.

Denise B Heckman on

I am sure it’s a beautiful place but I’m stuck on the fact that their fifth child’s name is Five. Poor kid, couldn’t they think of a name for him/her?

Andrea Ralston on

I’m really confused about how to watch though. I found the first episode after lots of clicking but this article says you can see the whole series…where?

Anonymous on

Wow, what a photo of the family. They look miserable and don’t even want to stand near each other. So inspiring!

Carol on

Wow, what a photo of the family. They don’t even want to stand near each other. How warm and inspiring!

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I can’t wait to see how this turns out. I like what I see so far. Their taste is a little on the wild side so it should be interesting. The kids are beautiful but some of the names-whoa!! If my parents thought along their lines I would be named Four!! Lol

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They had a reality show a few years back, 9byDesign

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They had a show a few years back called 9bydesign.

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Love this talented & creative family!

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