If you’re a fan of HGTV’s popular Property Brothers show and have often found yourself day-dreaming about the beautiful homes Jonathan and Drew Scott worked on, we have a treat for you today: a lovely 1920s-built home in Greenwich, CT that got the special Scott brothers treatment a few years back is looking for new owners.
Featured in a season 10 episode titled Character and Closed Concept, the lovely home went through a significant update that brought it to modern standards — while maintaining its early 20th century architectural charm.
Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan focused on revamping the house’s sitting room, dining room, kitchen and powder room on the show, while the home’s owners later took it a step further and added a larger master suite to the property.
Now, the house is being offered for sale at $975,000, and is currently listed with Linna Yuen, sales associate with Coldwell Banker.
The charming colonial has 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1 half-bath, and caps in at 2,412 square feet. On the first floor, there’s an inviting living room, a formal dining room, sitting room, and the kitchen, while the second floor houses the bedrooms (with a master suite fitted with his & hers walk-in closets) and the laundry room.
According to the listing, the home’s garage has been converted into extra living space, and currently serves as a home office (with heating and cooling) — a great addition to the home, particularly these days, when work from home is gaining more traction. And while the conversion wasn’t done by the celebrity house flippers, it fits right in with the house’s general relaxed feel.
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The “Property Brothers” stars know that the coronavirus pandemic has made backyards a premium real estate feature. And, on the latest episode of “Celebrity IOU,” they reveal some prime ways to deck it out.
In the season 2 episode “Justin Hartley’s Bombshell,” actor Justin Hartley enlists Drew and Jonathan Scott to help his friend Mat upgrade his backyard. Mat and his family moved into their Los Angeles house just a year and a half ago, and they spent all of their savings renovating the interior.
While staying home in 2020 in a newly updated house may sound great, this family was still stuck with a run-down backyard and a broken pool. Now, Drew and Jonathan have just three weeks to fix up this outdoor space and make it match the modern look of the house.
See how the Scott brothers give this yard everything it needs to ride out the pandemic—which might inspire a few changes in your own backyard, too.
1. Add indoor luxury to your yard with an outdoor kitchen and bar
Drew and Jonathan know, from the beginning, that they want to give this yard an outdoor kitchen with a grill, fridge, pizza oven, and porcelain counter. But halfway through the project, Hartley requests the extension of the porcelain counter to include a bar.
“Mat hasn’t been able to get around to installing a bar inside, so Justin wants to give him one outside,” Jonathan says. “This stunning porcelain-top bar will not only be a focal feature, but the perfect spot for Justin and Mat to sip on their favorite spirits.”
When the bar is finished, it looks beautiful. Plus, with this extra porcelain bar surface to be used as an eating area or an extra food prep space, this outdoor kitchen is as functional as an indoor kitchen.
2. A pergola provides shade for outdoor dining
With a kitchen and bar ready to go, the brothers know this backyard will need a great dining area. And while setting up a table and chairs is easy enough, Drew and Jonathan realize that the hardest part of outdoor dining in California is planning for the sun.
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This backyard will get warm, especially during the summer, so the Scott brothers add a pergola to the dining space.
While any shade will undoubtedly be appreciated in this space, this pergola comes with Hartley’s touch of star quality because the slats up top can be electronically shifted to let in a little bit of sun (or none at all). It’s a great upgrade that makes this beautiful yard feel ultraluxe.
3. Choose a colorful waterline tile for a modern pool
One of the most important things on Hartley’s list is to fix up the broken pool. Not only does it need to work so Mat and his family can finally go swimming, but it also needs a serious style update.
So, while the Scott brothers handle getting this pool up and running, it’s up to Hartley to help with the style.
Hartley says that Mat likes a modern look, but he doesn’t want to make the backyard feel too stark. So when it’s time to pick out a waterline tile, Hartley chooses a chic blue tile that looks both contemporary and classic.
“It’s cool, like a modern but vintage kind of look,” Hartley says. “It looks like it’s been there for a while.”
4. Set the mood with a dark fire feature
With a beautiful outdoor kitchen and an updated pool, Hartley knows that the only thing this backyard is missing is a spot to hang out and relax. So the brothers design a private fire pit area where Mat and his wife can enjoy quiet nights outside.
The design is great, but when it comes time to choose materials, the pressure is on for Hartley. He likes the idea of using a dark stone to give the space a modern, romantic feel.
“That’s probably something you’re going to use at night,” Hartley says of the fire feature. “Maybe he and his wife want to have a romantic evening, maybe come out here and tell each other how much they love each other. So I don’t know, I’m thinking something darker.”
Hartley goes with his gut and chooses the dark option for the fire feature. It’s a great choice; plus, with light-colored rocks on the ground around it, the dark color really stands out. In the end, this extra sitting space ends up being a standout in this beautiful new yard.
5. Finish the yard with some great foliage
There are many beautiful features in this backyard, but Drew and Jonathan know that they need just one more thing to make this space feel lush: greenery.
“Most people think a water feature in a backyard softens the hard lines of an outdoor design,” Jonathan says, “but the greenery is really what balances the hardscapes, making it feel like an oasis.”
Drew and Jonathan go shopping at a nearby tree nursery, choosing practical plants like lemon and lime trees that Mat can use at the bar, mesquites to provide some shade, as well as plenty of grasses and shrubs.
Of course, the brothers want to find plants that are beautiful but also easy to care for.
“Justin wants this backyard to be a much-needed escape for Mat to maximize time with family, so we want to choose greenery that will minimize watering and yardwork,” Drew says.
At the end of the three weeks, Drew, Jonathan, and Hartley are able to present Mat and his family with a stunning backyard. Mat is shocked to see how much the space has changed, and his wife and two daughters are thrilled to find a luxurious space to hang out together. It looks like Hartley’s project was a big success!
Drew and Jonathan Scott renovate a lot of homes in Las Vegas (after all, they have a house there), but on the latest “Property Brothers: Forever Home,” they’re given the rare opportunity to upgrade a home with true Strip-style glamour!
In the Season 5 episode “A Bit of Vegas Glam,” empty nesters Lisa and Jay ask Drew and Jonathan to take their $125,000 budget and give their home a Vegas lounge feel. This sounds fun, but the brothers know they need to be careful not to go overboard. After all, too much glam can end up looking gaudy.
In the end, the Scott brothers find a balance that makes this house perfect for both a dazzling party or a casual night in. Here’s how they bling up even the most mundane areas of this home, which might inspire a few changes around your own abode, too.
1. Frame your fireplace with molding
When Drew and Jonathan first see Jay and Lisa’s house, they’re unimpressed by the fireplace, which is off-center and sharing the wall with a dated TV nook. Unfortunately, the arrangement throws off the balance of the room and makes the whole living area feel uneven.
So Drew and Jonathan simplify the space by removing the TV nook, centering the fireplace, and mounting the TV. With a centered fireplace, the room already looks much improved.
However, the Scotts want to make this wall even more of a feature, so they add molding on either side of the new fireplace. This molding is an inexpensive but elegant way to pull more attention to this wall, adding extra style to the space.
As Drew and Jonathan install this molding, Jonathan points out how easy it is to add this feature.
“The cool thing, too, is once we caulk all the edges, fill all the corners, it’ll be perfectly seamless and—boom! All of a sudden, we’ve just widened the whole statement,” Jonathan says.
2. Add subtle animal prints
When the Scott brothers first meet Lisa, she tells them that she loves animal prints. In fact, she already has a collection of them in the form of a zebra-print chair and cheetah-print rug. While animal prints can give off an old Las Vegas vibe, they can also overwhelm a space.
“I did warn her that we can’t go overboard with all the wild patterns, textures, color, or bling,” Drew says. “Because if we do, then it’s just going to look overbearing. It’s not going to feel like a home.”
Drew and Jonathan end up using a spotted area rug to satisfy Lisa’s love for animal prints, and luckily, the rug works in the space. The spots add visual texture to the room while the subdued black and gray color keeps the room looking sophisticated.
3. Sliding doors can make a room sparkle
When Drew and Jonathan start the renovation, they offer to remove the windows and put in large, collapsable doors that lead out to their fabulous pool. Lisa and Jay decide to skip the folding doors (and spend their money on other parts of the renovation), but they do decide to install sliders.
Once installed, the doors end up adding lots of Vegas glam to the living room. Not only do these doors let in the sun, making sure all the living room finishes sparkle, but they also provide some fabulous indoor-outdoor living.
“They had already put so much money into their backyard, but the access to it was a little bit limited, kind of closed off,” Jonathan explains. “Now, with this beautiful big slider, you’ve got more light, you’ve got more flow, and you can actually see that beautiful yard and all the work that they did.”
4. Add mirrors in an unexpected place
Drew and Jonathan want to add lots of chic style to the kitchen, but they still want to be careful not to go overboard with shiny finishes or bright colors. Luckily, Jonathan comes up with the idea to use mirrored panels.
“What if we do, like, some panels? We could do it on, like, the pantry, or we could do it on the fridge,” Jonathan tells Drew as they look at design samples. “Aged glass panels [will feel] like some of these really beautiful lounge makeovers that you’re seeing in a lot of the really nice resorts in Vegas.”
Drew knows that Lisa will love this look, so they install aged mirrors with gold veining on the fridge doors.
It’s a unique choice, but the panels end up looking beautiful. It brings that fun Vegas look into the kitchen without taking attention away from the elegant white cabinets or the brass hardware.
5. Use brass to make a space shine
When the Scotts first tour this kitchen, they realize one corner of the room is underused. Lisa and Jay have placed a cabinet in the corner by the window, but Drew and Jonathan know this space could have more functionality.
“Keep in mind, too, this is going to be a statement kitchen,” Jonathan tells Drew during a design meeting. “So why don’t we do brass shelving over the top of the window here? And I do think we need to go brass ’cause then we can match it up with the hardware.”
Sure enough, they add brass hanging shelves that really pull the kitchen’s design together.
Drew and Jonathan Scott of “Property Brothers” know that nearly all of us could use more space (particularly as the pandemic drags on and on). Now that the new year’s first episode of “Celebrity IOU” has arrived, they’ve broken out their top tricks for opening up a small house without breaking the bank.
In the Season 2 episode, “Rainn Wilson’s Surprise,” the Scotts meet the actor Rainn Wilson, of “The Office,” who wants to give his beloved nanny, Leslie, a living-room makeover.
Leslie’s Los Angeles home could definitely use it, given that the space is seriously dated and undeniably cramped. With her kids (and nieces and nephews) often running around the house, Wilson knows that this living space needs to be more kid-friendly, too.
Read on to find out how Drew and Jonathan open up this small living space, which might inspire some upgrades around your own home, too.
Remove kitchen cabinets to open up more space
When Wilson brings Drew and Jonathan to Leslie’s home, one of the first things the brothers notice is the kitchen’s cabinets.
The row of cabinets blocks sightlines to the living space and makes the kitchen feel separated from the rest of the house. Jonathan explains that the style is typical of the era the home was built in, but says it’s not a great feature for those who are making the meals.
“Whoever’s in there, all of a sudden, it feels like a cave,” Jonathan says.
So, the brothers remove some cabinets and, to make up for the missing cabinet space, add smarter storage to the rest of the kitchen (like adding lots of drawers to the island).
In the end, the kitchen is beautiful, functional, and flows with the rest of the living space. Leslie will never miss those cabinets!
Create more storage with built-in benches and hutches
Wilson knows that Leslie and her children could always use more storage.
“One thing is, there’s a lot of kids bouncin’ around in here,” Wilson tells the Scott brothers when they first tour the house.
Luckily, the brothers have a solution to help this family organize its stuff: stylish built-ins.
Drew and Jonathan add some built-in benches under the living room window, providing plenty of storage space under the seats. Then, they expand on the built-in dining room hutch, making it twice as big, for holding twice as much.
These two built-in storage solutions are perfect, because they don’t take up space, as a bulky piece of furniture would, and they leave the whole room open as a kids’ play space. It’s a great workaround for this family’s storage issue.
Brighten beams to make a room seem taller
Jonathan and Drew like the wood beams in Leslie’s living room, but they worry that the dark color makes the room feel more closed in.
“From the moment we walked in, we noticed the dark beams and that high, recessed, rough-ridged ceiling. It was sucking the light out of the space,” Drew says.
But the color isn’t the only problem. The brothers notice that this room doesn’t have any ceiling lights, which makes this room even darker.
So Jonathan and Drew paint the beams white and add white shiplap-style ceiling panels.
“Not only do they add brightness,” Jonathan says of the panels, “but they’re also going to be dropped down to accommodate new recessed lighting.”
In the end, not only does the new color make the space feel brighter, but the added lights literally light up the room.
Large doors make a small house feel bigger
While Leslie’s living room is laid out well, the space is relatively small. Although the brothers can’t add to the square footage of the house, Jonathan has the idea to expand the living space by improving the flow into the back patio.
“We could do something really cool with these sliders,” Jonathan says of the existing doors. “We could swap them out for, like, collapsible glass panels. They could flow in and out. It would be great.”
The brothers open up the walls and install large, collapsible window doors from two sides, making both the family room and dining space open onto the backyard.
To complete the effect, they update the patio by adding new flooring and new furniture. In the end, the living space feels twice as big!
Don’t go overboard with too much white
While the Scotts know that it’s important to brighten up a space, they also know that with the walls, ceiling, and kitchen all in white, the space could use some contrast. So they redo the white fireplace with a unique brown finish.
“This is just made out of marble powder, lime, and sand,” Jonathan says, as he applies a clay mixture to the fireplace face.
Some techniques, he says, come from Italy, and from different regions of Europe, but this one, from Morocco, is called tadelakt.
The light-brown color looks perfect in the space. The finish adds dimension without darkening the area, and the modern fireplace shape is much better suited to children, because there’s no mantel to climb on or base to trip over.
Best of all, this modern fireplace looks clean and elegant.
“I love that it looks like a five-star hotel,” Drew says of the new finish. “That’s the kind of feature you want to have.”
When Wilson finally brings Leslie and her family back to the house, she’s amazed by how spacious and elegant her living room looks. Let this serve as a reminder that just a few small changes can make even small spaces feel huge.