Drew and Jonathan Scott’s Beach House Kitchen Makeovers 

The “afters” of the brothers’ Galveston kitchens are nearly unrecognizable from their dark and dated “before.” Tour the new gathering spaces now. 

By: Jessica Galliart
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Brothers + Brett

Preservationist and DIY Network host Brett Waterman (Restored) visits his friends Drew and Jonathan Scott to offer a discerning eye on the new kitchen spaces in their Galveston beach houses. 

Drew’s Renovation

With a budget of $40,000, Drew’s plan to completely gut his dark grotto of a kitchen is ambitious and exciting. His dreams of a high-end rental property with tile-covered walls, top to bottom, and open shelving have to be scaled back a bit after some bumps in renovation, but the finished product more than makes up for it.

Drew’s Kitchen, Before

While the main living area and kitchen were essentially open concept, one might be left thinking, “Open to what?” With stone and wood paneling as far as the eye can see, Drew was determined to take advantage of the light and view from the adjoining patio and bring the space into the 21st Century. 

Drew’s Kitchen, After 

The new kitchen has extensive counter space, a beachy color palette and infinite light streaming in from the exterior wall. 

 

Drew’s Kitchen, Before

Goodbye, retro vinyl bar stools … 

Drew’s Kitchen, After

Hello, porcelain countertops and a spacious island for mealtime gatherings! 

Drew’s Kitchen, Before

The former kitchen area was closed off from the rest of the floor with dark and dated cabinets and an obstructed view of the outside patio.

Drew’s Kitchen, After 

Drew opted to change the entire layout of the kitchen, positioning the counters along the exterior walls to create new space for an expansive island with seating and a separate dining area. 

Drew’s Kitchen, After 

Blues, greens and light woods continue Drew’s beachy color palette from the living room.

Drew’s Kitchen, After

Custom cabinetry extends the storage capabilities from the kitchen’s design-centric open shelving into the dining area. 

Drew’s Kitchen, After

With plenty of seating at the new island, a small dining table with room for six is just what this kitchen needs for an intimate mealtime setting. 

Drew’s Kitchen, After

The original design plan called for a tile backsplash that stretched throughout the entire kitchen, including the exterior wall, and a large collapsible window for letting in that waterfront air. Due to complications with the planned window and cutting the unique tiles to fit, Drew moved to a Plan B that continued the painted shiplap from the living room.

Drew’s Kitchen, After 

Drew’s waterfront home already had excellent high ceilings and eye-catching beams. With a little paint and stain, these features stand out even more. 

Drew’s Kitchen, After 

Final touches like these place settings and cozy seats help buyers picture themselves — or vacation renters — in the home. 

 

Drew’s Kitchen, After

The “mermaid” backsplash tile carries the home’s coastal design into the kitchen, while the open shelving maintains a casual, vacation vibe for the space.

Drew’s Kitchen, After 

Drew loves to use color coordinated appliances and tools in his kitchens to help buyers picture themselves in this high-end vacation rental space.

Drew’s Finished Kitchen 

In the end, Drew went over his $40,000 budget for the kitchen and spent $52,000, thanks to some hiccups during demo and some last-minute design switches. 

Jonathan’s Renovation 

With a comeback on his mind, Jonathan budgeted $30,000 for his revamped kitchen, which he hoped to take from retro and cold to modern and inviting. 

Hello, This is Fish 

Yes, this is a real fish phone that was left behind by the previous owners. No word on its whereabouts post-renovation. 

 

Jonathan’s Kitchen, Before 

Not exactly a home away from home, is it? The dated peninsula, carpet and light fixtures have to go. 

Jonathan’s Kitchen, After

With sleek cabinets, new flooring and a waterfall island, the new kitchen is nearly unrecognizable. 

Jonathan’s Kitchen, Before 

With a dining area already created during the living room challenge in the entrance of the home, the space for the previous one is no longer needed and now available for some much-needed kitchen real estate. 

Jonathan’s Kitchen, After 

The new island may be bigger than the previous kitchen entirely. 

Jonathan’s Kitchen, Before 

The former kitchen was not exactly an ideal gathering space for vacationers.

Jonathan’s Kitchen, After 

The island has ample seating for entertaining, as well as some much-needed standing room.

Jonathan’s Kitchen, Before

While the exterior wall previously had plenty of windows for natural light, the dividing wall between the kitchen and the dining area obstructed the potential view. 

Jonathan’s Kitchen, After 

The new collapsible doors out to the patio were a massive project for Jonathan’s new kitchen that paid off exceptionally to let the outside in. 

Jonathan’s Kitchen, After 

With the dividing walls gone, the living and kitchen areas are now entirely open concept, ideal for vacation entertaining. 

 

Jonathan’s Kitchen, After

The new island has a chic white glass countertop that offsets the dark flooring and light wood grain on the lower cabinets and island. 

Jonathan’s Kitchen, After 

Jonathan opted for two-toned cabinets to create depth and interest. He also had to allocate budget for smoothing out the “humps and bumps” in the flooring throughout. 

Jonathan’s Finished Kitchen 

Modern light fixtures and a few organic design elements add to the sophisticated and sleek space that speaks for itself. 

 

The Judge and Referee

The brothers are at the mercy of guest judge Brett Waterman and referee J.D. Scott.

Fingers Crossed

Will Jonathan settle the score, after Drew’s living room win, for challenge No. 2?

And the Winner Is … 

Jonathan! Brett called Jonathan’s kitchen clean and sophisticated, noting the high-quality materials and workmanship throughout. “I could live here full time,” he said. 

Winner’s Pose

Brett also correctly guessed which brother designed which room, noting Jonathan’s eye as a contractor favoring clean lines and modern touches.

Sorry, Drew

He’s taking it well, we think? 

Until Next Time

Drew and Jonathan are now neck and neck this season in Brother vs. Brother. Who’s going to come out ahead in the third challenge for the master bedrooms? Stay tuned to find out! 

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