When “Property Brothers” stars Jonathan and Drew Scott meet up with Darryl, he’s caught in home-buying limbo. He’s seen over a hundred homes in Las Vegas, but he’s still waiting for a house that, as he says, “speaks” to him.
“He just wants to walk in the doors and he literally wants the house to just hug him,” explains his daughter, Alex, who wants to help her dad finally get settled—that is, if the Scott brothers can persuade him to pick a house!
In the episode “A Home to Hug,” the brothers aim to help Darryl find the home of his dreams. But can they help this picky home buyer find the right place and fix it up to match his eclectic style?
Here’s what Jonathan and Scott do to create Darryl’s dream home, and some lessons we can learn along the way.
A house doesn’t have to be matchy-matchy
When Darryl first sees the house he’s destined to live in, he falls in love with the large arches in the doorways throughout the house. He wants to add even more arches so that the doorways are uniform, but Jonathan doesn’t like the idea.
“You don’t have to have everything matchy-matchy,” Jonathan says.
In the end, they decide to keep just a few feature arches and square off the rest of the doorways—and Jonathan proves himself right. When the house is finished, the doorway design looks modern and clean, while the few arches give the house some added character.
Every house needs a good foundation
When Jonathan first gets to work on the house, he pulls up the carpet in the living room to look at the foundation. Most of the concrete slab looks pretty good—but there is some cracking.
“It’s a little concerning to me when you have this many cracks coming together,” Jonathan says. “Sometimes that’ll mean that there’s a weak spot right there, under the slab.”
Jonathan gets the foundation checked and comes back with some bad news: When they cut open the slab, they discovered there was nothing supporting the load of the house.
He explains that he had to pour new footings to fix the foundation. This extra work cost $2,150, but it’s well worth it to fix a flaw that could cause a home to collapse.
When it comes to kitchen counters, choose a style that’ll last
“My taste is a little bit eclectic,” Darryl explains. “I like a little bit of everything. I like things that are different.” For him, this means color and lots of personality.
The brothers deliver when it comes to adding loads of charm, originality, and color in Darryl’s house, but they don’t go bold with every element.
To balance all that color, the brothers decide on a classic look for the kitchen countertop. They install light-colored quartz made to look like marble, which Jonathan says will “stay in style for years.”
By the time the home is finished, it’s clear the white counters were the right choice. The traditional look makes the more colorful details stand out and balances the louder design elements in the house.
A new stair railing can change the whole look of a home
One great thing about the house Darryl chooses is the grand staircase just off the entryway. It’s a beautiful feature, though a bit outdated, so the Scott brothers improve the look with a custom-welded metal rail. The sleek design of this new stair railing brings a modern, classy aesthetic to the whole home.
The right tub can bring a bathroom together
Darryl knows he wants a luxurious, stand-alone bathtub, but isn’t sure exactly which style tub he likes.
So Darryl, Alex, and Jonathan go shopping. Alex points out some modern tubs with a sleek style, but Darryl gravitates to claw-foot tubs.
When the brothers finally reveal the finished house, the claw-foot tub they chose works perfectly in the space, bringing the look together. It gives the bathroom a classic feel while still keeping with the rest of the home’s fun personality.
Plaid shower tiles are risky, but can pay off
Speaking of bathrooms: When Jonathan redoes the shower in Darryl’s master bedroom, he wants to keep to Darryl’s eclectic style. In the process, he creates a shower unlike any other.
He takes a risk with plaid tiles on the wall and floor, cheekily saying that plaid is his favorite color (he sure wears a lot of it!). And this choice really pays off, adding a dose of originality that works with Darryl’s style.
Do the Scott brothers deliver?
Even with some foundation issues, the brothers come in right on budget, and on time, with this renovation. This home, which they bought for $375,000, required a $125,000 renovation, which fit perfectly into Darryl’s $500,000 budget.
Also on target was the home’s design, which is creative and fun, with just the right amount of color and playfulness to make it the perfect home for Darryl.
“It’s a beautiful thing to have a home that speaks to who I am,” Darryl says as he admires his new house. “And this is all of that.”