In their latest episode, called “Fostering an Update,” the brothers meet Las Vegas couple Crystal and James, who have eight kids of their own and have fostered over 30 more. Their four youngest children are still at home and others come back to visit frequently, so they’d like a bigger, more efficient, and more comfortable space that they can all enjoy together.
“When you have eight-plus kids in the house, you need function, you need flow to make this your forever home,” says Drew.
Crystal and James have $95,000 to spend on updates. As the brothers attempt to make the most of the budget (and fix the home’s outlaw flaw as well), they come up with some fabulous remodeling tips that can be applied anywhere. Check ’em out!
Down with illegal microwaves!
The microwave in the small kitchen is mounted directly over the stovetop. While Crystal demonstrates how awkward it is to try to stir a pot with a large spoon, Jonathan tells her that not only is the microwave’s placement inconvenient, it’s also illegal. (An over-the-stove microwave needs to be at least 24 inches from the stovetop, depending on the materials used and local building codes.)
Moving the microwave to a legal place is the first thing on their kitchen remodel agenda.
Pot fillers are a must for big families
It’s a simple thing, really, but it makes all the difference: a pot filler! Big families need big meals, which must be cooked all at once, in big pots. Hefting a giant pot of pasta from the sink to the stove can be a backbreaking chore. Crystal practically swoons when she sees a pot filler in a model home, and Drew promises she’ll get one.
Repaint the red room
In the ’80s, bright red rooms in country-style homes were fashionable. So was bright blue carpeting, which gave rooms a patriotic aesthetic. But today? Oy! The four kids remaining at home roll up the red carpet and send it to the trash pile, while Jonathan has the walls painted a lovely taupe. And the floors…
When only midtone flooring will do
Jonathan advises unifying the house with consistent flooring in all of the main rooms, and he suggests that it not be too dark and not too light.
“With all the traffic they have in the house, going with something that’s a little more neutral and not a high-gloss, a midtone, is just going to be easier for wear and tear,” Jonathan says. And he’s right! No scratches will show on this wood.
Arches have fallen from favor
Narrow, arched doorways are “dated,” according to Jonathan, who also points out that by raising the doorway and squaring it off, the room looks much bigger. So true!
Make rooms do double duty
Crystal and James want to convert their family room into a media room/guest room—which seems like a tall order, but the Scott brothers can handle it. For the media room, where the family will gather to watch movies, they include plenty of seating and blackout shades. So it will better accommodate guests (in this case, the grown kids who visit with their families), they include a massive sleeper sofa, and put sliding doors over those formerly arched openings, to give them privacy.
A cure for the country blues
The exterior of James and Crystal’s house is painted a dated, faded pale blue, a color that was popular in the ’80s. Jonathan updates the exterior with a pale gray, and paints the shutters and the porch railings black to match the hardware on the door. It’s a much more contemporary look.
Add flowers for curb appeal
So that the house doesn’t look completely gray, black, and white, the brothers roll up their sleeves and plant multicolored petunias in the front yard.
“Nothing adds to curb appeal like a little color in the front yard,” says Jonathan.
Does the ‘Property Brothers’ crew deliver?
All eight children come home for the big reveal, and it does not disappoint.
“I’m in shock!” cries Crystal. “This is beautiful! I love it! It feels like Christmas!”
James doesn’t say much, because he’s trying to hold back his tears. In fact, there’s barely a dry eye as Jonathan and Drew make their exit.
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