Drew and Jonathan Scott often rely on certain upgrades because they work well in most houses, but on “Property Brothers: Buying and Selling,” we learn that even the most ragingly popular renovations have their limits.
In the episode titled “Moving Outward and Upward,” there’s a wall in the house that you’d think should be knocked down to open up the space. But the brothers leave it standing. Another head-scratcher? Rather than enlarge certain windows, they make them smaller.
Have they lost their marbles? Hardly. Check out some of their most counterintuitive advice as they help Canadian couple Dawn and Terry fix up their three-bedroom home so it sells for top dollar.
Need that wall? Add a window to open it up
In this home, the wall that Drew and Jonathan decide to keep separates the kitchen from the front door. And that’s a good thing: Ideally, you don’t want to step right into the kitchen when you enter a home. The wall also harbors valuable cupboard and counter space.
But the wall can be opened up—a little—by cutting a window into it. That way, the kitchen seems lighter and airier, and whoever is working in it can keep an eye on the front door.
Jonathan comes up with an attractive metal frame for the window, and Drew suggests leaving the glass out, so air and conversation can pass through. It looks really good.
Sometimes smaller windows are better
Although Jonathan adds a window inside, he shrinks the size of the kitchen windows facing the outdoors. This, he explains, gives him room to add even more cabinets and counter space, improving the function of the kitchen overall.
Get that door out of the kitchen!
In the kitchen there’s a door that opens to the outside deck, but Jonathan decides to move the door several feet to the right, so it’s in the dining area instead. The bonus? Sealing up the original spot of the door yields more space for counters and cupboards in the kitchen.
New brick should match old
All this moving of windows and doors could make the exterior look really patchy, but Jonathan remedies this by finding brick that matches the rest of the home’s exterior. It takes time and effort, but it’s a money saver in the long run because they don’t have to refinish the entire rest of the house to make it look right.
Get rid of the ’70s tile
“Holy tile!” cries Jonathan when he sees the hideous gold-and-brown-patterned floor tile. That will be the first thing to go.
“We’ve been meaning to get rid of that for 10 years,” explains Terry apologetically.
Use consistent flooring
Jonathan decides to add beautiful wood flooring throughout the first floor, rather than having smaller spaces defined by varied flooring materials. That gives the rooms continuity, and makes them seem larger because they flow into one another.
Do the Scotts prevail?
While Jonathan is slaving away in the kitchen, Drew is out showing Dawn and Terry new homes that will meet the needs of their family of six. They eventually find a four-bedroom house they love for $1.3 million.
That’s a lot of dough—so the pressure’s on for their old home to sell for a high price. Can Jonathan pull through?
Their old home ends up selling for $1.05 million. This comes as a pleasant surprise, and helps them out big-time toward buying their new place—which they get negotiate down to $1,275,000.
The family is thrilled, and very grateful that the Scott brothers know when to break even their most cherished renovation rules.
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