Our Favorite Before-and-Afters From HGTV Stars
We can’t stop thinking about these feats of design genius. Bravo, Team HGTV!
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Before: Paradise Lost
Pre-renovation, Drew Scott’s Galveston beach house looked more like a west Texas outlaw’s shack. What could be quirky-cool coastal architecture is all but invisible beneath muddy '70s textures.
Drew peeled away wood, stone and whatever had been climbing the wall above the fireplace and resurfaced his living room in cool, nautical white. The now-graceful staircase gets plenty of light, and the fireplace is a showpiece rather than a time capsule.
Before: Too Many Cooks
This Mississippi kitchen is groaning under the weight of outdated cabinets and appliances, an awkward dropped ceiling and three grotty layers of floor covering. What was wrong with the original pine?
After: Magnificent Makeunder
Erin and Ben Napier rolled back decades of bad decisions to reveal ample ceiling space and a handsome hardwood floor. After knocking out a wall to give the kitchen an open-concept feel, they finished the new backsplash with block-printed custom wallpaper based on Spanish tile.
Before: Simple Addition
While this bonus room provides extra space, it doesn’t offer much in the way of atmosphere... commercial-grade carpet and curiously-quilted window treatments aside.
After: Club Room
Now, this is living. Massive leather Chesterfields meet beneath a billowing, oversized pendant. Leanne Ford has given this Pennsylvania addition the gravitas of a proper gathering spot.
Before: Ghost Story
There’s a good chance any kind of attention would improve this dilapidated Indianapolis bedroom. Unfortunately, there’s also a good chance it’s haunted.
After: Sweet Dreams
Who wouldn’t want to spend the night in this sweet second-floor space? Karen Laine and Mina Starsiak Hawk gave the walls the TLC they deserved, then topped all-new flooring with a patterned area rug and a bohemian mix of traditional and midcentury-inspired bedroom furniture.
Before: Limited Range
Oppressive cabinetry, outdated appliances and vast expanses of carpet(!) mask this kitchen’s potential. It could be the focal point of epic dinner parties, but it’s got a long way to go.
After: A Feast for the Eyes
Leanne Ford demolished the overhead cabinetry and sent milky marble spilling down the backsplash, across the counter, and over a waterfall edge down to the living room floor. New, pale wood plays beautifully with a wicker sofa and quartet of bentwood chairs.
Before: Master of None
Erin and Ben Napier’s clients are hoping for a "dream bathroom," but no one has dreamed of a bathroom like this for quite some time.
After: Spa Suite
Quite literally, the Napiers rebuilt this master bath from the foundation up: From the elegant subway-tiled shower stall and freestanding tub to the wooden bath caddy (a special project for Ben), every last element of this luxurious new space is their creation.
Before: Kitchen Island
This prep area has admirable access to the outdoors, but it’s walled away from the rest of the first floor — and its patch of tile beside a sea of creamy carpet is just plain odd.
After: Loft Space
Who says one can’t export big-city living to the suburbs? Jasmine Roth replaced the interior wall with steel beams spanning a generous eat-in area. While her homeowners have left actual warehouses behind, their open-plan space now teems with industrial chic.
Before: Waiting Room
Instead of welcoming vacationers to the beach, Jonathan Scott’s Galveston house seems to... welcome grandchildren to an assisted-living facility? It’s an awkward first impression.
After: What an Entrance!
Homes on the water are all about the views, and at long last, this one is no exception: You can see straight from the front door to the deck out back, and the dining area flows seamlessly into the living room.
Before: Nothin's in the Kitchen
Beneath ribbons of peeling wallpaper and decades of neglect, a beautiful, multifunctional space is just begging to be uncovered.
After: Gourmet Triumph
Erin and Ben Napier turned two crowded rooms into a single, gracious eat-in kitchen by whisking away an unnecessary island and the wall between them, replacing a window with cabinetry, and giving the walls and built-ins a coat of pale green paint.
Before: Another Brick in the Wall
The bespoke brick lattice in this Pennsylvania home is certainly unusual, but it doesn’t give the space the ethereal feel Leanne Ford is after — and she’s got another focal point in mind.
After: A Nest in the Treetops
This atrium now feels like the aerie it is. A pair of custom couches form an elegant seating area below an organic sculpture, and Leanne has reimagined the walls and floors in heavenly white.
Before: The World's Most Forgettable Kitchen
Bargain-basement cabinetry: Check. Substandard appliances: Check. Generic tile, listless fixtures, function-free wall: Check, check, check. There’s nothing explicitly wrong with this room, but there sure isn’t anything right with it, either.
After: Desert Drama
Eric and Lindsey Bennett demolished the wall between the great room and the kitchen, then replaced each mediocre detail that remained with an upscale touch. New cabinets, countertops, tile and flooring provide an elegant backdrop for a new island and gleaming brass accessories.
Before: Bare-Bones Barracks
A portion of this Mississippi home served as a boarding house for servicemen returning from World War II, and it never quite regained a sense of civilian comfort.
After: Private Getaway
The Napiers created a cozy den for the man of the house by replacing the worn carpet and buttery walls with dark-stained flooring and crisp khaki paneling. Erin created a feature wall with fishing trophies, then let the home’s rich history guide her hand as she chose masculine accessories for the rest of the space.
Before: Fill in the Blank
This home has plenty of history (and is well-preserved), but it boasts little in the way of personality. Erin and Ben Napier resolve to give it the character a building of its age should have.
After: Toast of the Town
Natural wood beams cut from centuries-old lumber draw the eye to a "new" fireplace constructed with vintage bricks. With her clients’ fondness for French Country style in mind, Erin Napier filled their home with quirky, Old World objets from floor to ceiling.
Before: Chamber of Secrets
Why would someone install an extra-low toilet seat, then disguise its height with a booster? What is that purple splotch in the shower? What’s with the random pink tiles around the sink? Palm Springs is full of mysteries, friends.
After: The Big Reveal
This elegant new room isn’t merely an improvement on what Eric and Lindsey Bennett purchased — it could now be the very reason they sell this house. The once-subterranean sink is now exposed to the skylight, modern fixtures and graphic tiles unify the space, and gold accents make it feel downright luxurious.
Before: Blank Stair
Since this staircase is the first thing visitors see as they step through the front door, it’s crucial that said staircase is... both bland and bulky? O, ill-conceived tract homes.
After: Open Sesame!
Jasmine Roth stuck this landing: in carving out the space beneath the stairs, she opened up the first floor and created a one-of-a-kind architectural focal point. Her ombré steps are the warm welcome this home so desperately needed.
Before: Cramping Their Style
In the absence of proper storage, this room holds a little of everything and doesn’t feel dedicated to anything. Its jumble of A/V cables is dominating seating and the hearth, and what’s under that leopard-print cloth?
After: Coordinated Calm
A pair of generous cabinets corral clutter in style (and blend into the background instead of distracting the eye, thanks to a coat of white paint that carries into the walls). With all due respect to her clients’ teeny wooden chair, the plush sofa and chairs Hilary chose for the family room are far more versatile seating options.
Before: Great Wall of Appliances
BEFORE - Gavin and Kate wanted a total overhaul of their 1960s style kitchen. With an entire wall of appliances, lack of counterspace, and no sightline to the dining room, the space was not functional for their family, as seen on Property Brothers: Forever Home.
After: A Complete Overhaul
Jonathan and Drew opened the space between the kitchen and dining room, giving Gavin and Kate an island, updated cabinets, and brand new vintage inspired appliances.
Before: Neglected and Overgrown
The Yeager house was in need of a serious facelift, especially for the exterior.
After: Extraordinary Curb Appeal
Ben and Erin Napier added a new fron porch and completely redid the exterior for a charming, Southern look.
Before: Uninhabitable Cabin
Outdated and unsafe, Dave and Jenny Marrs from Fixer to Fabulous have a lot of work to do on this century old cabin to bring it back to modern day.
After: Natural Assets
Dave and Jenny designed the perfect master bedroom to show off the natural surroundings of the historical cabin.
Before: Chaos Reigns
Between the spiral stairs and a sunken galley kitchen, Alison Victoria had her work cut out for her.
After: Elevated Style
The open bi-level dining and living area is enhanced with wooden beams and modern accents.