Starting a flip with property that has structural damage is quite the risk. At least she was smart enough to get a survey done before the purchase so that these were not surprises. Unfortunately, it was work on some of these changes (replacing the water heater) that produced the leak that again added to her budget busting. This was something that should have been fixed immediately, as even a teeny tiny water leak can do massive damage.
Eleanora also kind of lost it on the kitchen. Her cost quotes seem unreal, I guessing she paid $2000 for her slab of granite, but that would not include installation. I don't know if I would have left those original cabinets in myself, but perhaps I would have bargain shopped a little harder for them. A simpler backslash would have also been just as effective. Also, her insistence on top of the line appliances didn't help.
The bathrooms really didn't match the level of the rest of the house. Unfortunately, enlarging the master bedroom shower probably would have been cost prohibitive, but at the least I would have used a good tile paint on that pink. I actually liked the blue tile in the main bathroom, but the replacement vanity she picked looked too cheap, compared to the case goods she used in the kitchen. Kristen's advice about using a piece of furniture from a second hand store would have given her an opportunity to do something that satified her creativity, looked expensive, yet was cheap.
I have to say that I like the shows that are not from California better. They give a more realistic portrayal of real estate development, because there all you pretty much have to do is replace carpet and paint the walls and you make a profit.