The Property Brothers at Home

What happens when HGTV’s Drew and Jonathan Scott renovate their own place in Las Vegas? HGTV Magazine found out, plenty of dollar-stretching upgrades and guy-friendly design.
By: Kathleen Renda

Photo By: David Tsay

Photo By: David Tsay

Photo By: David Tsay

Photo By: David Tsay

Photo By: David Tsay

Photo By: David Tsay

Photo By: David Tsay

Photo By: David Tsay

Photo By: David Tsay

Photo By: David Tsay

The Property Brothers

Three years ago, as nonstop travel schedules and six-day workweeks became the new norm for Drew and Jonathan Scott, the Property Brothers stars decided they needed a place to decompress. They were looking for a hangout house where they could relax and recharge. They also decided they wanted it in a sunbaked, vacation-y place where their Canadian parents could come for extended visits.

A Family Home

Targeting Las Vegas, NV, for its real estate deals, dry heat, and proximity to older brother JD, who lives in town, the twins pounced when a four-bedroom, 4,000-square-foot home in foreclosure hit the market. It’s just 10 short minutes from the airport, making it easy for mom Joanne, and dad Jim to visit. “We have these chaotic lives pulling us in every direction. Having a place where we can all come together means the world to us,” says Jonathan. “The closeness of our family will never change, no matter what happens,” adds Drew. “If it did, our mother would kick our butts.”

Outdoor Space

The outdoor dining area features a TV, double-sided fireplace, and built-in bench seating. The 2008 property didn’t always look like this. It had its drawbacks—generic tan walls, a mostly dirt backyard—but the pair transformed it in five months. Now tricked out with value-adds like an infinity pool and a two-bedroom casita for spillover guests, it’s a party-ready spot for the entire Scott clan.

Living Room

Swapping three windows and a hollow-core back door for a 10-foot-by-22-foot collapsible windowed wall instantly made the whole house more sociable. “We just open the accordion wall, and the living room and pool area become one enormous entertaining space,” says Drew. The low Bernhardt coffee table and Nathan Anthony sectional don’t obscure the views, and the sofa’s extra-deep cushions allow the 6'5" brothers to stretch out in comfort. Jonathan designed the walnut shelving unit that showcases mementos from family trips to India, Greece, and Scotland. Softening up the travertine-tiled floor: a wool and silk rug from Jaipur Rugs.

Game Room

In addition to a custom wet bar and an espresso-finish Brunswick billiards table, the second-floor loft overlooking the living room and kitchen also has an old-school upright arcade console loaded with 60 classic games. “JD is into all this stuff, so the loft was designed with him in mind,” says Drew. “I love the table’s classic-meets-modern style,” says Jonathan.

Kitchen

Experts at the cost-benefit analysis of remodels, the brothers decided it would be smart to keep most of the kitchen as is. Their biggest change: upgrading the dated cabinets by leaving the boxes intact and swapping out the doors. The new laminate fronts, stained dark walnut in an 11-step glazing process, mimic the graining and depth of wood without the stratospheric price tag. Sleek stainless steel handles and crown molding complete the transformation. Pulled up to the curving granite island, Hickory Chair leather stools let diners chat with the cook—usually the twins’ mom, Joanne.

Jonathan's Bedroom

Although he’s a champion sleeper, Jonathan still wanted a bedroom with restful shades of cocoa, oatmeal, and beige. The art deco lines of the Vanguard Furniture mohair headboard and an eggshell-hued leather bench add luxury. Lots of symmetrical pairs, including the artwork, X-base nightstands, and tufted wingbacks from Hickory Chair, keep the calm going. A chandelier with smoky brown glass that mimics champagne bubbles is the fun finishing touch.

Drew's Bedroom

“My girlfriend loves Paris, I love Paris, and I wanted this bedroom to feel Parisian,” says Drew. To create a City of Light vibe, Drew upholstered the custom Nathan Anthony headboard in fabric with French calligraphy. Navy nightstands from Worlds Away introduce a sophisticated blue into the room, a color echoed by the Patagonia Home settee and the Jaipur Rugs wool rug. An abstract acrylic by artist Destiny Womack shakes up the traditional elements.

Pool Area

Travertine-tiled fire pits cozy up the seating area at night. When they want to watch movies, a motorized screen drops down. The sculpture above the swim-up bar is actually a clock.

Learning to Compromise

Turning the featureless backyard into a mini water park became the Scotts’ version of a sibling rivalry throwdown. Both were gung ho for a hot tub, a swim-up bar, and a pool sized for volleyball. But they disagreed on the waterslide, which is the city’s first and only commercial-grade slide in a residential home. “Drew didn’t want the slide because it was pricey,” says Jonathan. Drew finally agreed to it as long as he got to build a putting green and a basketball court. Rattan rockers offer prime viewing for daredevil maneuvers on the waterslide.