That’s definitely the case in the latest episode, “A Number One Hit,” as the brothers attempt to help singer, songwriter, and guitarist Lee Roy Parnell. He’s converted his entire living room into a music studio, and one of the bedrooms is a giant closet for storing gear. That leaves one bedroom for Parnell and one for his young son.
The problem? That leaves very little room for the love of his life, Lisa, and her son, who currently live elsewhere. But they want to merge their families and start a new life together in a new house.
But first, Jonathan must clear out all the recording gear and make the place sing, which he thinks he can do for $80,000 in four weeks. Drew estimates the house is worth about $550,000 as is, but with Jonathan’s upgrades, they believe they can sell the house for $750,000 or more.
Meanwhile, Drew must find them a new home with space for a recording studio and lots of room for the boys to play. The couple have $800,000 to spend, and since they don’t need to be close to the city (Parnell works from home when he’s not on tour), that amount should be plenty.
As the Scotts get cracking, we learn some great tips on how to make our own homes more harmonious. Check them out!
Clutter misrepresents size
So, the first thing to do is get rid of all of the studio equipment and turn this room back into what it’s meant to be: a living room!
Ditch the dark grout
The kitchen floor is covered with tile that looks like red brick, with black grout in between. Drew has one word for it: “Ewwwww!”
While it doesn’t show grime, it does look dirty and dated. Remember in the ’80s, when white tile and dark grout was a thing? It isn’t anymore, for good reason.
Buyers don’t care about your sentimental pieces
Parnell is having a hard time with Jonathan’s decision to remove the built-in bookcases in the family room. They contain all his beloved books, his dad’s cowboy boots, and other sentimental pieces that mean a great deal to him. But after a lot (and we mean a lot) of prodding, Jonathan convinces him that buyers would prefer to have the open space, rather than those bulky bookcases lining the wall.
A new way to use shiplap
Jonathan borrows from the Chip and Joanna Gaines playbook by installing a shiplap accent wall; however, instead of placing the planks horizontally, he uses them vertically.
“Vertical shiplap makes the ceilings seem higher,” Lisa notes.
A great (and easy) way to refinish a front porch
Jonathan has replaced the old picture window in the front of the house with a new window with black casing as a design element. To tie in the rest of the exterior, Jonathan paints the porch and the steps black, and the red front door also gets a coat of black. It looks modern yet classic, and ultrastylish.
You can write anything into an offer
On the house hunting front, Drew finds the family a lovely home with plenty of room for a studio, on 5 acres of land. Parnell and Lisa are sold. They’re even happy with the elaborate and tidy chicken coup out back, and the adorable chickens in it.
“You can write the chickens into the offer,” Drew jokes with them. But they take him seriously, and ask him to go ahead.
Do the Property Brothers deliver?
Although the new home’s asking price is $799,000, Parnell and Lisa decide to offer $770,000 for the place—chickens included. This makes the sellers laugh out loud, because they were hoping to unload those hens with the house! They happily accept.
Meanwhile, Jonathan has done such an amazing job on Parnell’s old house that they get multiple offers. The highest one turns out to be $812,000!
Parnell is so thrilled, he sits right down at his grand piano and composes a gratitude song, and Lisa (who, it turns out, has a great voice) sings along.
This may well be one of their biggest hits yet!
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