Brother Vs. Brother, San Francisco: The Battle of the Master Suites

It's Round 3 in the Scott Brothers' San Francisco showdown, and the subject is master suites. Guest judges Bristol and Aubrey Marunde of HGTV's Flip or Flop Vegas choose between Jonathan's lavish (and risky) renovation and Drew's streamlined transformation that makes the most of a small space. The stakes: the loser gets to spend some time at Alcatraz — locked in solitary.

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Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

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Tie Breakers

As Round 3 in this Brother Vs. Brother challenge gets underway, the score is tied — with the living room challenge having gone to Drew and Jonathan having won the kitchen competition.

Bristol and Aubrey Marunde, hosts of Flip or Flop Las Vegas, are on hand to pick a winner in the battle of the master suites. "Aubrey and Bristol are experts when it comes to flipping houses," said Jonathan. "They flip houses in Las Vegas and I love the fact that they're here to judge our master suites."

Prep Work

Drew visits San Francisco's Fireclay Tile to select a specialized tile that he hopes will give him the edge in the creation of a winning master bath.

Tile Strategist

For his master bath, Drew went with a modified hex floor tile in peacock blue to help create a visually striking design. "Jonathan always tries to one-up me with tile," says Drew, "but this time I think I've got him beat."

Drew's Canyon House

Master Bedroom, Before. Structural constraints prevented Drew from adding square footage to his bedroom suite, but his plan calls for making more efficient use of the existing space.

Drew's Canyon House

Master Bedroom, After. The remodeled master suite features a sliding barn door and wide plank flooring in a light finish that provides contrast with the vivid blue of the bathroom tile.

Drew's Canyon House

Master Bedroom, Before. Prior to the renovation, the master bedroom was drab and dismal, with faded carpet and badly dated furnishings.

Drew's Canyon House

Master Bedroom, After. The showstopper in Drew's completed master bedroom is the black-and-white feature wall with bold stripes, forming a dramatic backdrop for the platform bed furnished with luxurious linens and faux fur comforter. 

Drew's Canyon House

Master Bedroom, Before. A bland, nondescript bedroom is about to become bright and spectacular.

Drew's Canyon House

Master Bedroom, After. A soft, patterned dhurrie rug in varying shades of blue helps anchor the space and coordinates nicely with the upholstered headboard. 

Drew's Canyon House

Master Bath, Before. A design faux pas in the pre-remodel bathroom was the carpeted floor. The closet with mirrored doors would be sacrificed to expand the bathroom's footprint.

Drew's Canyon House

Master Bath, After. The newly renovated master bath is highlighted by the peacock blue floor tile and a large scale vanity backed by a handpainted mural in shades of blue.

Drew's Canyon House

Master Bath, Before. The original vanity was small and awkwardly placed along a wall adjacent to the bedroom.

Drew's Canyon House

Master Bath, After. What had been an awkward space becomes a winning feature in the new master bath — a large shower with glass enclosure, tile surround and inset niche.

Drew's Canyon House

Master Bath, Detail. The new vanity warms up the space with natural wood but maintains the clean, modern lines of the overall design.

Drew's Canyon House

Master Bath, Detail. Drew went with an intricate braided pattern in the installation of the custom tile floor.

Drew's Canyon House

Master Suite, After. The transition from the bedroom to master bath emphasizes the balance of modern with casual and rustic touches.

Drew's Canyon House

In Summary. Like the other spaces renovated thus far by Drew and team, the new master suite evokes a ranch style retreat with a relaxed and distinctly California feel.

Thoughts?

Drew appears confident that his master suite design will wow both potential homebuyers and the judges for this round of the competition.

Heavy Demo

Jonathan's renovation requires demolition of a wall between the existing bedroom and hallway, making way for a more spacious master suite. Jonathan feels confident that the square footage added will give him the edge in the final and most important phase of the competition — the proceeds from the resale.

Color Coordination

Jonathan ponders tile options for his master bath creation.

Jonathan's Hilltop House

Master Suite, Before. Jonathan's design called for essentially remaking the upstairs floor plan to make it less awkward and more open. "I want to simplify things," said Jonathan. "I want it to make sense and I want it to feel spacious."

Jonathan's Hilltop House

Master Suite, After. The upstairs bath gets relocated to the rear of the house to create a more logical flow. In the master bedroom a mint green accent wall behind the bed includes a built-in shelf with integrated lighting and twin reading sconces.

Jonathan's Hilltop House

Master Suite, Before. The upstairs is about to get a completely new design that will transform both the look and function of the space.

Jonathan's Hilltop House

Master Suite, After. The worn wall-to-wall carpeting has been removed and bleached cork flooring installed. The new floors make for a dramatic transformation, contributing to a relaxed vibe and tying in visually with the patterned wallpaper. 

Jonathan's Hilltop House

Master Suite, Before.

Jonathan's Hilltop House

Master Suite, After. A new walk-in closet is created in the location of the old bathroom and a reading nook added just inside the entrance to the master suite.

Jonathan's Hilltop House

Master Suite, Detail. The spacious new walk-in closet, with custom integrated storage, will add substantially to the home's resale value.

Jonathan's Hilltop House

Before. This corner space will be transformed into the new master bath.

Jonathan's Hilltop House

After. In keeping with Jonathan's eco-chic design theme, the new master bath features sleek lines and a striking black-and-white palette with dark tile floors, large white tile and an accent wall in muted green. 

Jonathan's Hilltop House

Master Bath, After. Adding to the spa feel, the bathroom features a large walk-in shower with glass and tile surround and fixtures in brushed bronze finish. 

Jonathan's Hilltop House

Master Bath, Detail. The walk-0in shower also features a wall-mounted teak shower-seat.

Jonathan's Hilltop House

Master Bath, Detail. The floating vanity with double sinks is lit by both recessed lighting and twin pendants with dark metal shades.

Jonathan's Hilltop House

In Summary. With renovations complete, Jonathan's master suite features a completely revised floor plan and a modern aesthetic in keeping with his eco-chic motif designed to appeal to upscale California buyers.

In the Opinion of the Judges

Guest judges and house-flipping pros Aubrey and Bristol Marunde, of Flip or Flop Vegas, meet with Drew and Jonathan prior to the final judging on this round.

In the Opinion of the Judges

Aubrey and Bristol check out the renovated master suite as completed by team Drew. When it comes to preferences in master suite design, Aubrey likes lots of texture, a good flow and plenty of closet space.

In the Opinion of the Judges

Bristol and Aubrey inspect the master suite at the Team Jonathan house. Bristol's tastes in bedroom design are pretty simple and basic. "I just need a bed and a bathroom," he jokes. "That's it."

In the Opinion of the Judges

As the judges prepare to render their final decision, things become heated between contestants Drew and Jonathan... 

The Winner Is...

(And as the decision is about to be announced, Jonathan calls on good luck while Drew shamelessly resorts to pleading.)

...Drew Scott

Drew clinches the master suite round and pulls ahead in the design competition with a second win.

Victory for Team Drew

In the wake of victory, Drew offers his take on the post-touchdown celebration. As winner, Drew gets an exclusive VIP tour of historic Alcatraz — while Jonathan gets to spend some time in solitary.

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