Welcome to Brother Vs. Brother!
Every week, each team will renovate a different property using limited budgets and strict deadlines. The team that adds the most value to their property will be safe from elimination. The team that loses, however, will have one member of their team eliminated by their mentor, either Jonathan or Drew Scott.
Each team is fitted with five talented industry experts, from interior designers and architects to real estate gurus and artists. Team Jonathan (right) is Torche, Mark, Shannon, Inez and Francis. Team Drew (left) is David, Brett, Monica, Christy and Oliver.
First Challenge: Assess the Value
The teams' first challenge is to assess the value of a 1951 ranch-style home located in Northridge, Calif. The home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and is 1,400 square feet. Drew gives the teams a value range of $300,000 to $400,000 for the area on a home of this size. Each team has five minutes to walk through and determine a listing value for the home.
First Challenge: A Close Call
Team Drew estimates $359,000 on the ranch-style home, while Team Jonathan estimates $322,000. The actual listing value is $340,000, making Team Jonathan the winner of the first challenge. Team Jonathan decides to keep this home, while Team Drew heads to a similar home nearby.
Team Jonathan: Advice From Their Mentor
Homeowners Anne and Bill want an updated kitchen with more counter space, new cabinets and an updated master bedroom. Each team member focuses on a particular space in the house except for Inez who decides to float between projects. \"My personal strategy for this house is to help everyone out,\" Inez says.
Team Jonathan: Getting to Work
Homeowners Anne and Bill say, \"We have the world's ugliest countertops.\" The team immediately goes to work gutting the kitchen to prepare for brand-new cabinets and countertops.
Team Jonathan: Living Room Before
Before, the living room was outdated and in need of a cohesive design scheme.
Team Jonathan: Living Room After
A warm gray palette immediately brings the living room into the 21st century. The original white brick fireplace surround was also painted gray for a more contemporary look. A wall was also added to separate the space from the pantry and laundry room.
Team Jonathan: Kitchen Before
A kitchen renovation was a top priority for homeowners Anne and Bill, who desperately needed a more functional, updated space.
Team Jonathan: Kitchen After
Francis took on the kitchen, adding contemporary cabinetry, brand-new appliances, a sleek countertop and a mosaic tile backsplash. According to real estate expert Mike Aubrey during the appraisal, the new range and backsplash add a great deal of value to the home.
Team Jonathan: Kitchen After
Then there's the vibrant wall color, chosen by Francis. \"The color of the wall in the kitchen that is awful! This is not a Caribbean-themed makeover that we're doing here,\" Jonathan says. Mike adds: \"This is the ugliest paint that I've ever seen in my life.\" Luckily, Francis' paint choice won't decrease the value in the kitchen.
Team Jonathan: Backsplash After
Francis spent $300 on the kitchen's new tile backsplash. \"The tile backsplash is phenomenal. I love it,\" Mike says.
Team Jonathan: Laundry Room Before
Before, the laundry room was an open space only separated from the living room by temporary dividers. Jonathan advises that Mark build a dividing wall to create a separate laundry room off the back sunroom and a walk-in pantry in the kitchen.
Team Jonathan: Pantry After
By adding a wall, the home now has dedicated laundry and pantry areas. \"This becomes a huge value-add to the house because it makes it so much more functional,\" Mike says.
Team Jonathan: Laundry Room After
The dividing wall places the laundry room at the back of the house in the sunroom. \"This is a much more functional layout for where you should have the laundry room,\" Jonathan says. Drew adds: \"I will admit, I know this is adding value.\"
Team Jonathan: Bedroom Before
This master suite was anything but a getaway for these homeowners before the renovation. The parquet flooring was popping up in numerous places. Plus, there was a doorway leading to a second bedroom that needed to be closed off.
Team Jonathan: Bedroom After
Shannon devises a smart layout that creates a more spacious flow. She also repairs the floors, conceals the connecting doorway and adds a built-in TV nook.
Team Jonathan: Bedroom After
Shannon turns an awkward closet into a custom entertainment center for the space. \"I see additional value in here, but compared to the rest of the house this room seems very builder-grade to me,\" Mike says.
Team Jonathan: Bathroom After
Before, the bathroom had terrible tile, a tiny mirror and an outdated color palette. Torche installs brand-new tile, adds a contemporary floating vanity with a stainless steel backsplash and a large, framed mirror. \"The work that's been done in here makes a big difference to the space,\" Mike says.
Team Jonathan: The Appraisal
Mike's favorite parts of the renovation: the kitchen cabinets, tile backsplash, pantry and master bathroom. The team's additions brought the value of the home from $340,000 to $380,000 with only $12,163 invested.
Team Drew: Advice From Their Mentor
Homeowners Carlos and Nita have lots of problems to fix in their home. They desire a more efficient bathroom layout, more cabinet space in the kitchen and new flooring throughout. The team's main focus during the three-day renovation is the bathroom and kitchen.
Team Drew: Hitting the Floors
The flooring was falling apart in the current space, so Christy immediately gets to work replacing the old tiles.
Team Drew: Living Room Before
The living room was a mixed bag of design with no true focal point. \"The living room makes the first impression, so I want to make sure that fireplace is spectacular,\" Monica says.
Team Drew: Living Room After
Monica transforms the room by adding a lighter hue to the walls, styling with contemporary furnishings and giving the fireplace a much-needed facelift.
Team Drew: Fireplace After
Monica knows she wants the fireplace to be the showpiece of the space, so she adds a mosaic tile surround and updates the tile in front. \"It really is an incredible transformation from what it was the last time I saw it,\" Mike says.
Team Drew: Dining Room After
Before, the dining room housed an oversized table, making the space feel cramped. A more appropriately-sized table and functional furnishings create a cozy, inviting room. \"It makes me feel like I want to sit down!\" Mike says.
Team Drew: Kitchen Before
The original kitchen was dated, dark and offered very little storage space. Oliver decides to tackle the home's biggest potential for value-add: \"The kitchen is where the family gathers, so I want it to be a functional kitchen first,\" Oliver says.
Team Drew: Kitchen After
Oliver transforms the kitchen with new flooring, wall-to-wall cabinetry, fresh countertops and updated appliances. \"This is a different space. This is a huge dollar-sign difference,\" Mike says.
Team Drew: Built-In Wine Rack
Oliver adds several options for kitchen storage in the new space: open shelving, concealed cabinetry and a built-in wine rack.
Team Drew: Kitchen After
Low-profile, flush-mount lighting makes the galley-style kitchen appear much larger than it did before. \"This room is making me sweat a little,\" Jonathan admits during the walk-through.
Team Drew: Bathroom After
Prior to the renovation, the bathroom was dark, dingy and had worn, outdated tile. Brett adds a lighter palette, updated fixtures, a glass tile bathtub surround and replaces the original floor with peel-and-stick tiles (a decision Jonathan advised against). \"The real value-add in this space is that they did the glass tiles over the bathtub and replaced the vanity. It's not huge, but it's not zero,\" Mike says.
Team Drew: Bathtub After
David installs glass tile above the bathtub, which becomes one of the space's top features.
Team Drew: Bedroom Before
The master bedroom was originally filled with lots of clutter, exercise equipment and an overflowing closet.
Team Drew: Bedroom After
Christy organizes and styles the room, making it feel more comfortable and inviting. She includes a custom closet in the renovation which isn't necessarily a value-add, but makes the space appear more livable.
Team Drew: The Appraisal
Mike's favorite parts of the renovation: the fireplace, the kitchen and the mosaic bathtub tile. The team's additions brought the value of the home from $282,000 to $332,000 with only $11,489 invested.
Team Drew: Challenge Winner
Team Drew added $50,000 in equity compared to Team Jonathan's $40,000 increase, making them the winners of the first challenge and safe from elimination.
Team Jonathan: So Close!
Team Jonathan lost by a $10,000 difference. \"Unfortunately, their kitchen renovation was better than this kitchen renovation and that's why they added more value,\" Mike says.
Elimination: Goodbye, Shannon!
With a loss comes a team elimination. Shannon focused more on selecting colors and textures for the spaces than actually working on projects that would increase the home's value. Because of this, she was sent home. Find out what she has to say about being eliminated.