The Brady Bunch House Renovation Revealed - Part 2: Mike's Den & the Kids' Rooms

In the second installment of A Very Brady Renovation, Mina and Karen of Good Bones and Jasmine Roth of Hidden Potential join forces with Barry Williams, Mike Lookinland, Eve Plumb and Susan Olsen (aka Greg, Bobby, Jan and Cindy) to re-create Mike Brady's den, the upstairs boys' and girls' bedrooms and the Jack-and-Jill bath.

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Snips and Snails and Puppy Dogs' Tails

Brady Boys' Room. For this phase of the restoration, Mina Starsiak and Karen E Laine of HGTV's Good Bones teamed up with Mike Lookinland (aka Bobby Brady) and Susan Olsen (aka Cindy) to re-create the kids' upstairs bedrooms. Seen here in the completed boys' bedroom are (L to R) Karen, Mike, Mina and Susan.

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

Brady Girls' Room. And the upstairs renovation team Karen, Susan, Mina and Mike — pose for a pic in the completed girls' room.

Bringing Work Home

Blast from the Past. Meanwhile, the downstairs team for this phase of the reno includes HGTV host Jasmine Roth (Hidden Potential), Barry Williams (aka Greg Brady) and Eve Plumb (aka Jan) who worked on demolition of the home's original kitchen to supplant it with a perfect replica of Mike Brady's den and home office. (Does this photo look vaguely familiar? If you're a serious Brady Bunch  fan, it should.)

Warm and Fuzzy

HGTV host Karen Laine can't resist the opportunity of a photo op with the stuffed giraffe that Brady fans will remember from the girls' room.

Divining Design

Jasmine Roth at the Brady Command Center, where the design team formulates strategy for the renovation reproduction of the home's details and furnishings. Jasmine is seen here with the a precise replica of Mike Brady's drafting table, created for the den.

Construction In Progress

Mina, Karen and Susan take a breather from work on the forms for the concrete foundation for a new addition to the home's original floor plan. The new addition at the rear would add about 2000 square feet to the home's floor plan.

Construction In Progress

Mina and Karen work on removing a portion of the old roof to make room for the addition at the rear of the house. The new addition will enable the creation of the full-sized Brady kitchen and family room on the lower level.

Construction In Progress

Mina and Karen, who have no fear when it comes some serious roof work, strike a classic Good Bones pose.

Before the Renovation

Since the home's existing floor plan had to be altered to allow for the open-concept living area of the Brady interiors, the home's existing kitchen would essentially be gutted to allow for the creation of Mike's den.

Before the Renovation

Once completed, the re-created den will actually encompass portions of three existing spaces in the actual home's floor plan — the kitchen, an adjacent hallway and portion of the existing living room.

Kitchen Demo

Prior to the kitchen demo, Barry and Jasmine check out the vintage home-intercom system. Like many of the artifacts from the original home, components of the old intercom system were salvaged and repurposed. The intercom components were used to create a bluetooth speaker system with a vintage mid-century look. Find out more about it and get DIY instructions here.

Kitchen Demo

Eve Plumb (aka Jan Brady) joins Jasmine and Barry to pitch in on the kitchen demolition.

Kitchen Demo

Kitchen Demo

Ground Floor Renovation

Jasmine Roth, Mike Lookinland and Barry Williams begin the re-creation of Mike’s den by framing out the new fireplace.

Ground Floor Renovation

Framing the den fireplace

Ground Floor Renovation

Framing the den fireplace

Ground Floor Renovation

Framing the den fireplace

Creating Mike Brady's Drafting Table

At the command center, Jasmine and Barry work together to refinish a replica of Mike Brady's drafting table.

Creating Mike Brady's Drafting Table

True to '70s form, the tabletop of the drafting table is covered in green linoleum.

Creating Brady Detail

Mina and Karen work at the command center to re-create one of the details in the girls' bedroom — a piece of wall-art likely made by Cindy Brady. Video stills and photos from original Brady Bunch episodes were screened and studied in an effort to locate or create accurate replicas of the home's furnishings and decorative items.

Creating Brady Detail

Creating Brady Detail

Fashioning '70s-Vintage Wallpaper

Karen, Susan and Mina work with graphic designer Brian of Astek Wallcovering of Van Nuys, CA as he attempts to re-create the wallpaper in the Brady girls' room.

Fashioning '70s-Vintage Wallpaper

Karen, Susan and Mina look on as the custom wallpaper comes off the printer at Astek Wallcovering.

Fashioning '70s-Vintage Wallpaper

Mina inspects the '70s-look floral wallpaper prior to installation in the girls' bedroom.

Crafting a Warning

Mike Lookinland and Karen E Laine use a wood-burning set to re-create a wooden sign that adorned one of the bunk beds in the Brady boys' bedroom.

Crafting a Warning

Mike Lookinland and Karen E Laine use a wood-burning set to re-create a wooden sign that adorned one of the bunk beds in the Brady boys' bedroom.

Mike's Den, Before

The home's original kitchen that would now become Mike's den

Mike's Den, After

Mike Brady's den and home office, complete with drafting table, fireplace and free-hanging shelves.

Mike's Den, Before

Mike's Den, After

Because the floor had to be dug down and lowered to create the sunken feel of the den, the existing window would have been conspicuously high in the space. The raised seating area at the end of the den was created to give the overall space better proportion.

Mike's Den, After

At the end of the day, we're rebuilding a set, but we have to make a house that works.
—Jasmine Roth

Mike's Den, After

 Jasmine and Barry worked diligently to re-create Mike's den down to the most minute details. 

Mike's Den, After

The wall-to-wall carpet in the den is actual vintage carpet that had never been used. The designers located the "new old-stock" carpet, which is no longer made, stored away in a warehouse. 

Mike's Den, Detail

Mike Brady was an architect. So this was where he had his drawing table, where he made plans, where he revised plans. This is also where we [Brady kids] got our life lessons.
— Barry Williams (aka Greg Brady)

Mike's Den, Detail

As seen in The Brady Bunch, the den and living room are divided by a two-sided fireplace with stone surround and brick columns.

Mike's Den, Detail

The wood shutters painted in dark green could be closed to create privacy when Mike was working in his den.

Mike's Den, Detail

A replica of the original terra cotta ram figurine decorates the fireplace's stone hearth.

Mike's Den, Detail

Mike's Den, Detail

Mike's Den, Detail

Barry spent a lot of time in here. And he was definitely, of all the Brady kids, the one that had themost life lessons in this room. So, I know this is an important room to him, and I just hope I did it justice.
—Jasmine Roth

Mike's Den, Detail

I can feel Robert Reed [Mike Brady] right now in this room — and he's liking it a lot. I think he would just be both amused and gratified that we went to all this trouble to put it together. 
— Barry Williams

Upstairs Hallway

The upstairs hallway provides access to the girls' and boys' bedrooms and Jack-and-Jill bath. You will notice in the photos that follow that there are no 'before' photos of the upstairs rooms. The actual house was a split-level ranch with no second floor. The upstairs was added on to re-create the layout of the home as depicted in the Brady interiors which were actually shot on sets at Paramount Studios.

Brady Girls' Bedroom

Mina and Karen worked hard to not only recreate the layout of the Brady girls' bedroom, but to decorate and stage it to be an exact visual match to what was seen in the original series.

Brady Girls' Bedroom

"It's so pink," said Susan Olsen when she first saw the girls' bedroom. "It's as vibrant as TV!"

Brady Girls' Bedroom

Brady Girls' Bedroom

Brady Girls' Bedroom

Brady Girls' Bedroom, Detail

I think the sourcing componet is definitely more difficult. [All of the things] have to be exactly
like they were, and that's kind of tricky.

—Mina Starsiak

Brady Girls' Bedroom, Detail

Brady Girls' Bedroom, Detail

Brady Girls' Bedroom, Detail

Brady Girls' Bedroom, Detail

The stuffed giraffe, Daisy, was one of the vintage items crowd-sourced from Brady fans as part of a nationwide scavenger hunt. This one came from a fan named Vicky who had owned it since she was a child.

Brady Girls' Bedroom, Detail

Brady Girls' Bedroom, Detail

Re-Creating Detail

Mina and Karen look at a still from the original series to re-create the piece of wall-art seen in the girls' bedroom

Upstairs Hallway

Brady Boys' Bedroom

Brady Boys' Bedroom

"Hardcore Brady fans will know what season this is from," said Mike Lookinland when he saw the re-created boys' bedroom. The exact decorations seen in the re-creation match up with the early episodes of The Brady Bunch, season 2.

Brady Boys' Bedroom

Brady Boys' Bedroom

Brady Boys' Bedroom

Brady Boys' Bedroom

The bedding was custom made to create an exact visual match to what was on the original Brady Bunch set.

Brady Boys' Bedroom

Brady Boys' Bedroom, Detail

Vintage replacements for the bunk beds in the boys' bedroom could not be located, so replicas were built by carpenters.

Brady Boys' Bedroom, Detail

Even the placement and alignment of the patterns on the wallpaper in the bedrooms is an exact match to the way it was seen in the show.

Brady Boys' Bedroom, Detail

Brady Boys' Bedroom, Detail

Brady Boys' Bedroom, Detail

Brady Boys' Bedroom, Detail

The coloring is so perfect. The furniture is perfect, but I think I'm most impressed by the paneling and wallpaper. 
— Mike Lookinland
 

Brady Boys' Bedroom, Detail

Brady Boys' Bedroom, Detail

Brady Boys' Bedroom, Detail

The gray paneled wall in the boys' room opens onto the Jack-and-Jill bath that the brothers and sisters all shared.

The Jack & Jill Bath

Detail is all Brady-authentic, down to the pink and blue towel sets and the pink sponge-rollers on the girls's side vanity.

The Jack-and-Jill Bath

The vanity cabinetery in the bathroom, because it's unlike any being mass produced today, had to be custom built to create that authentic Brady look.

The Jack-and-Jill Bath

The visual elements seen in the original show are all present, as well as new additions like the tub-shower that make this a functioning bathroom.

The Jack-and-Jill Bath

The mirror above the vanity actually slides to reveal window behind it.

The Jack-and-Jill Bath

The Jack-and-Jill Bath

Team Brady #1

Karen Laine, Mike Lookinland, Susan Olsen and Mina Starsiak in the completed upstairs bath.

Team Brady #2

Jasmine Roth and Barry Williams in the completed downstairs den.

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