Brother Vs. Brother: The Dos and Don'ts With Jonathan and Drew
They team up on plenty of renos, but HGTV pros Jonathan and Drew Scott don't always agree on the details. HGTV Magazine asks, whose corner are you in?
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In one corner, licensed contractor Jonathan Scott. In the other corner, his brother, real estate agent Drew Scott.
Round 1: Outdoor Fountains
Jonathan: Do A fountain can make a great addition if it fits in with your overall space. I wouldn’t plop a fancy, carved fountain into a casual yard, but a simple stone version could work. When shopping, keep in mind that inexpensive fountains usually look cheap.
Not everyone has a huge outdoor space, and in most small yards, a fountain sticks out like a sore thumb. Save your money for something more worthwhile, like seasonal flowers or patio furniture.
Round 2: Laminate Counters
I can’t think of a single kitchen design where laminate would look better than stone, butcher block, or a solid surface like Corian. Yes, laminate is cheaper, but in many cases, you can actually take value away from a house by installing it.
It frustrates me to no end when people spend their budget on a product, like laminate, that automatically seems dated—it’s like throwing money away! If you have no other choice, at least get a laminate that’s printed to look like stone. But make it a last resort.
Round 3: Canopy Beds
Canopies make a room feel luxurious, and that’s always a plus. I especially like draping one in a custom fabric that plays off the other patterns and colors in the room. However, keep sizing in mind—you need high ceilings and a pretty big room to accommodate this kind of bed.
People may aim for luxury with a canopy bed, but it usually just ends up looking gaudy and too traditional. Also, because canopies take up so much space, they make a room seem cramped. To fill the space above your bed, try a chandelier. It’ll add interest without the bulk.
Round 4: Painted Brick Indoors
Painting brick can be a great option if you like a rustic style. But the paint isn’t going to hide the brick, so if you don’t like the way brick looks, it won’t help. Instead, consider covering it with tile. Never keep a material you hate just because you think it has character.
Paint lets you freshen up brick the easy and inexpensive way. Try white, off-white, or a pale gray and your room will instantly look bigger and brighter.
Round 5: Open Kitchen Shelving
If you want your kitchen to feel closed in, sure, go with cabinets on all your walls. But if you have a small kitchen and want it to look airy and bigger than it really is, try at least one section of open shelves. They’re the perfect way to show off nice plates and serving pieces.
For the average family, open shelves aren’t all that functional. Unless you’re very careful about what you display, the shelves will end up packed with random dishes and looking messy. For an airy look without the clutter, get cabinet doors with frosted glass panels.
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