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The Property Brothers Reveal The One Room That Can Drag Down The Whole House
"Property Brothers" stars Jonathan and Drew Scott meet plenty of clients who desperately want to move, assuming their house can't be saved. Yet in the latest episode of their HGTV series, we learn that sometimes renovating just a few rooms (or even just one) can go a long way!
In "Mistress of Her Domain," Beverley comes to the Scott brothers with a home she wants to sell. In this case, it's her parents' home, where she'd grown up—a dark, old, tiny bungalow she'd purchased from other family members for $660,000. It's got a lot of love in it, but she wants out.
So, Drew puts on his real estate hunting hat and heeds his client's request to view new properties. Only problem is, to his demanding client, there's something wrong with each one. Some are too small, others are hundreds of thousands above her budget.
After exhausting her possibilities, Beverley decides her best move is to remain right where she is—if Jonathan can turn her ho-hum old house into the home of her dreams.
So how do you do that? With seven weeks and a $150,000 budget, here's how the Scotts pull it off—and the one room that is crying out for a makeover more than any other.
A new bathroom goes a long way
Let's face it: If there's one thing that can make you feel desperate to get out of your home, it's a bathroom that looks like it was designed before you were born. (Because it probably was.) Although it's expensive, a bathroom renovation is significantly cheaper than buying a whole new house.
So Drew replaces everything in this room with bright white, giving Beverley's new bathroom a fresh, clean feel. This is what you want in a bathroom, right?
Use painter's tape to help envision changes
Beverley also knows she needs changes in her kitchen, but when you've lived in a space for a while, it can be hard to see it in a whole new way. Even after Jonathan hands over five different floor plans, she is unable to make a decision because she just can't see it.
To finally help her understand what her kitchen would look like, Jonathan uses painter's tape to mark out where everything would go—from countertops to a center island. This allows Beverley to physically walk around her kitchen and get a sense of the size and placement of each element—and make a decision in seconds.
"Now it makes sense," she says, "seeing it mapped out!"
Outside walls can be knocked down, too
To open up this home, Jonathan suggests knocking down walls—but he isn't just talking about the inside walls (although some of those come down, too).
His idea? Knock down the outside brick wall to create a doorway to the backyard, which would add light to the kitchen, plus make it easier for Beverley to run in and out when she throws her dinner parties. That allows her to be part of the action of the party instead of being cooped up inside all of the time. Coupled with the island/table in the center of the room, her kitchen becomes a space where people want to hang out.
Add an accent wall
The size of Beverley's small bedroom can't be changed, but even a small room can be made inviting. Jonathan suggests buying furniture that is smaller and made to fit the room, rather than using Beverley's older bed that she'd purchased for another space. He also paints the walls white, because the lighter color automatically brings in light and makes a bedroom seem more open.
But his biggest move comes via an accent wall, which Beverley herself helps build. Using pieces of gray wood, the wall behind the bed sets off the white walls and also acts as a focal point.
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