“Property Brothers” stars Jonathan and Drew Scott may impress their clients regularly, but it’s not every day their renovation work brings an adult man to tears. (Thankfully.)
In the episode titled “A Little Bit of Home,” the Scotts meet Nashville, TN, couple Brian and Angie, who have moved 10 times in the past 15 years. At this point, they’re ready for their forever home, and have an all-in budget of $620,000 to pull it off.
The biggest problem is merging their different styles. Mom is a city girl, Dad is a country boy, but their tastes are reversed. He likes modern and contemporary, she likes rustic farmhouse.
“I grew up on a farm. I don’t want to go back to a farm,” says Brian.
Drew finds them a $450,000 home that Jonathan estimates will cost $170,000 to renovate, placing them right at the top of their budget. As the brothers attempt to appease everyone, they reveal some renovation tips so remarkable that Brian loses it in the sweetest way possible.
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Here are the highlights below, and what we learned.
What’s just as good as a kitchen island? A peninsula
People love kitchen islands because they extend storage and in-kitchen dining space, but Jonathan’s clever peninsula design serves the same purpose. He builds an L-shaped bench along the outside of the peninsula and the wall, and adds a dining table, putting chairs along the two exposed sides of the table. Who needs a dining room when you have a peninsula booth with plenty of seating?
A mudroom is a must for kids
It seems like it’s in every kid’s DNA to drop backpacks, shoes, schoolwork, and jackets the second they come through the door. Since Bryan and Angie have three teenagers, a mudroom with storage for their things seems essential. In fact, they’re willing to give up space in their master bathroom (which is thankfully enormous) so Jonathan can create a mudroom with coat hooks, a shoe bench, and plenty of cupboards to catch the detritus before it spreads through the entire house.
Eliminate door No. 3
Jonathan observes one long, narrow room, and notes that on three walls there are big doors that lead outside.
“Door access on all sides restricts furniture placement,” he says, suggesting one door be closed off and replaced with a window. This allows natural light to enter and provides more furniture space.
Pools almost always drain your pocketbook
Brian and Angie are thrilled that the property they’ve bought has an in-ground pool that their kids can enjoy with their friends. They think that’s a bonus, even if the water is dark and murky. Until Jonathan breaks the news: “The pool would not be sludgy green if everything was functioning properly,” he says.
They discover that the pump and filter are an easy fix—their only problem is a cracked gasket. But the pool liner is another story. It has tears in it, so they’ll have to replace the entire liner, to the tune of an extra $4,500!
Not all bathrooms need a bath
A powder room is conveniently located on the first floor, near the public rooms, but there’s one unusual thing about it: It has a pint-size claw-foot tub. It’s cute, but Jonathan immediately suggests removing it. For one, it’s just too small for the average adult; and two, who wants to traipse across the living room with a shower caddy to take a bath in the powder room?
Check the meter even when the water is off
When the plumbers were working inside, they turned the water off, but noticed the meter was still running. This brought up the concern that there might be a leak underground, in the waterline from the street to the house, which could cost thousands to repair. Using special sensors, they find that the waterline is fine, and that the meter was likely moved by a leaky faucet, which is easy to fix.
Whew! Disaster averted. But it’s a good idea to have the plumbers check the meter when the water is off, just in case.
A sinkhole in the lawn could be a septic tank problem
The massive, mostly flat lawn has a grass-covered depression in the front yard, and Jonathan fears that it might indicate the septic tank underneath has collapsed. But on further inspection, he finds that the septic tank is in the backyard, and that hole was probably caused by rainwater from the mostly flat lot collecting there. Bullet dodged!
A little bit of country goes a long way
Jonathan gets the balance of country and contemporary just right when he adds sliding barn doors to close off Brian’s office, and an accent wall inside the office covered with wood from Brian’s dad’s barn. Unknown to Brian, Angie and the kids went and salvaged it. This is what brings Brian (and everyone else) to tears.
Do the Scott brothers deliver?
Jonathan and Drew went the extra mile by chalking in a lacrosse field in the huge backyard, but are still sorry that the pool, as well as a few other unforeseen problems, have caused them to go over budget. The reno expenses come in at $179,100, for a total expenditure of $629,000.
Not to worry, though. The renovation makes a big splash, literally. The kids and their friends jump in the pool all at once, while the parents use adjectives like “beautiful” and “awesome.”
“It was so worth it,” they agree.