Brother Vs. Brother, San Francisco: Outdoor Spaces & The Grand Finale

Jonathan and Drew's competition to flip two San Francisco area houses enters the final round as the Brothers tackle their outdoor spaces, elevating each home's curb appeal and creating lavish backyard retreats. Then their flipping expertise is put to the ultimate test when the houses go on the market. Who will win the overall competition?

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

Photo By: Gilles Mingasson

There Can Only Be One Winner

The buyers will make the final call as to which Scott brother is this season's winner. The renovated home that turns the largest profit determines the win, with the proceeds being donated to charity.

Drew's Canyon House

Before. Drew purchased this house sight-unseen for $520,000 and thus far has spent $347,000 renovating the interior. He has $65,000 remaining in his budget for exterior improvements.

Drew's Canyon House

After. The exterior is painted in a soft blue to match the 'California Ranch' interior, and the two dated garage doors are replaced by a single modern one with natural wood and horizontal windows.

Drew's Canyon House

Before. The front exterior had a stone wall topped by wood siding and concrete steps that were worn and damaged.

Drew's Canyon House

After. The front gets a new and much sleeker look with gray stucco, new horizontal siding and raised beds with stone surround. The sustainable landscaping with rain garden was designed by landscape architect Stephanie Shermoen.

Drew's Canyon House

After. The old front railing is replaced with one that has a horizontal, modern design.

Drew's Canyon House

After. This semi-secluded seating area is tucked away at the side of the house and helps make the most of the available outdoor space.

Drew's Canyon House

After. The cedar privacy fence ties in with the wood accents on the home exterior, including the wood framing on the oversized front window.

Drew's Canyon House

Before. The existing back patio was in rough shape and felt uninviting.

Drew's Canyon House

After. The new back patio is a functional extension of the home's interior, with separate outdoor dining and seating areas. "If I'm going to compete with Jonathan and his half-acre lot," said Drew, "then I'm going to need to do something big with my outdoor space."

Drew's Canyon House

Before. The yard was badly overgrown. Shrubs and trees, both in front and in back, were removed to help improve the home's sight lines.

Drew's Canyon House

After. Having an indoor-outdoor flow is considered key in the California real estate market. This backyard helps achieve that, becoming a private personal oasis with hot tub, privacy wall and fire pit.

Drew's Canyon House

Before. The old fountain and concrete seats will be eliminated and replaced with natural landscaping.

Drew's Canyon House

After. The patio gets a clean, linear look with composite decking and a stone fence.

Drew's Canyon House

After. Drew's hope is that by providing outdoor spaces like this that are beautiful, comfortable and relaxing, he'll be able to sell the home for top dollar.

Drew's Canyon House

Drew got assistance creating the outdoor spaces from his design-team member Laura Martin Bovard.

Attention to Detail

Drew applies the finishing touches on the staging prior to his house going on the market.

Attention to Detail

Drew Scott applies finishing touches in the newly renovated living room of his house, as seen on Brother vs Brother.

Heavy Lifting

At the Team Jonathan house, a large and badly overgrown backyard called for bringing in the heavy equipment. With the excessive brush cleared away, Jonathan's renovated home can take full advantage of a highly desirable view.

Heavy Lifting

The exterior renovation at the Hilltop House includes replacing a badly dilapidated backyard deck.

Jonathan's Hilltop House

Before. Jonathan purchased his house for $420,000 and spent $443,000 on interior renovations. His budget for remaking the exterior is $100,000.

Jonathan's Hilltop House

After. The exterior of Jonathan's eco-chic house features a raised roofline, new stucco, wood accents, solar panels and a massive front window.

Jonathan's Hilltop House

After. The striking front guest-room window is installed with a stunning cedar surround that pitches outward.

Jonathan's Hilltop House

Before. Where Drew had only a small yard to contend with, Jonathan's house sits on a half acre. "The only way to get the best possible price is to have the best possible yard," said Jonathan. "I want to make this place amazing."


Jonathan's Hilltop House

After. The front gets fresh landscaping with new trees, sustainable garden spaces and a fence that combines wood and steel cable.

Jonathan's Hilltop House

Before. The front exterior was devoid of curb appeal and the front entry was awkwardly placed off to one side.

Jonathan's Hilltop Home

After. The lower portion of the home's front gets an impressive architectural facade with a centered entry, new doors and concrete patio.

Jonathan's Hilltop House

Before. The backyard is badly overgrown and the existing wood deck and stairs are crumbling.

Jonathan's Hilltop House

After. The updated backyard features a newly planted grass lawn, an the rear exterior is painted in dark gray.

Jonathan's Hilltop House

Before. The newly expanded deck will extend into this section at the rear of the house.

Jonathan's Hilltop House

After. The backyard gets a wide and multilevel composite deck with black iron railing and an outdoor dining and barbecue area.

Jonathan's Hilltop House

Before. The old and weathered siding will get upgraded and painted in modern gray.

Jonathan's Hilltop House

After. The lower portion of the deck includes a second seating area with outdoor furniture and cantilevered shade umbrella.

Jonathan's Hilltop House

Before. The existing porch was aging and poorly constructed. The support posts were inadequate, the ceiling was unpainted particle board, the wood railing and support joists were rotted and the wood flooring had begun to sag.

Jonathan's Hilltop House

After. The roof is eliminated and the newly renovated space features an open design

Jonathan's Hilltop House

After. The new open outdoor lounge area provides the perfect spot to accommodate a backyard party.

Jonathan's Hilltop House

After. The new outdoor dining and grilling area is located just outside the kitchen.

The Final Showdown

Jonathan and Drew strike a classic Brother Vs. Brother pose as the final stage in the competition heats up. With the real estate market in a slight downturn, both brothers are somewhat nervous about the outcome of their respective home sales. Meanwhile, JD Scott crunches the numbers to determine which sale yielded the biggest proceeds.

And the Winning Brother Is...

Jonathan and Drew are transported to the winning house blindfolded. Removal of the blindfolds will reveal the winning house and the victor in the Brother Vs. Brother San Francisco showdown.

...Jonathan Scott

Jonathan revels in victory as Drew endures the throes of defeat.

The Winner

...and the celebration continues at the Team Jonathan house. After a total investment of $986,000, Jonathan's house sold for a cool $1,000,000 yielding a modest — but still adequate for the win — profit of $14,000. For Drew, after an investment of $944,000, his house sold for $950,000, for a final profit of $6,000. The proceeds from both houses go to the charitable organization Rebuilding Together and, as such, will be channeled back into further improving the local community.

Victory Is Sweet

Jonathan collects himself for a serious winner's portrait in front of the living wall, one of the standout custom features in his renovation. "This house embodies everything that I was trying to achieve with sustainability," says Jonathan, "from cork flooring to the bark feature, the living wall, solar energy, the rain gardens outside, bringing down the energy consumption with things like a tankless hot-water system and a fully efficient furnace. All of these things help lower the footprint and you use less energy."

One More Pic

JD documents the moment with a selfie with winning Brother, Jonathan. Drew commits a flagrant photo-bomb.

Brotherly Love

"It doesn't feel good to lose," admitted Drew, "especially to Jonathan, because he's going to rub it in for the next year — just like I did to him last year."

With that, one more round of Brother Vs. Brother is in the history books. Go to www.hgtv.com/brothers to see more galleries featuring all of the spaces from this year's competition and to get Scott Brother updates.

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