“Property Brothers” stars Drew and Jonathan Scott are back for Season 3 of their show “Celebrity IOU,” and this time, they’re keeping up with the Kardashians!
In the episode “Kris Jenner’s Backyard Retreat,” Kris Jenner (with the help of daughters Kim Kardashian West and Kendall Jenner) surprises close family friend Lisa with a brand-new back and front yard for her Hidden Hills, CA, home.
Lisa had just moved into this house after tragically losing her husband, and she doesn’t have the funds to redo the exteriors. Luckily, the Kardashian-Jenner bunch wants to give their friend a yard she can relax in so she can make a fresh start.
Here’s how the Scott brothers turn this property into a California oasis, which might inspire some changes around your own yard this summer, too.
When it comes to tree size, you have options
To make Lisa’s front yard look more welcoming, the Scott brothers add a new walkway and plant some olive trees beside the path. However, they’re careful about what kind of olive trees they plant.
“Because we wanted these trees to be a specific height to complement the landscaping, we’ve selected mature trees over saplings,” Drew explains. “These are about 60 years old, and with each one weighing in at about 5,000 pounds, it’s a delicate process that requires patience and a ton of people power.”
The brothers plant a total of 11 trees in the back and front yards, bringing not only beauty but also shade to the property. These mature trees may be more difficult to plant, but in the end they’re well worth the effort.
Lay brick in a unique pattern
An outdoor fireplace is a must-have on cool California nights, so Drew and Jonathan are sure to add a stylish fire feature to the new sitting area. They give this structure a clean look and finish it with a subtle but unique brick detail in the firebox.
“I find sometimes the regular running brick just feels played out,” Jonathan says. “So Drew and I always try to do a herringbone pattern with the stone. That subtle little textural change actually has a pretty big impact.”
They paint the brick a charcoal shade to give it a modern look and, when the fireplace is done, it looks great. The herringbone detail gives this upgrade an extra bit of style.
Think beyond the barbecue
Drew and Jonathan want to make this backyard the ultimate entertaining spot, so while they already have plans to build a new pool and fire pit, they want to top it all off with an outdoor kitchen.
They go all-out, adding a double fridge, burners, sintered stone counters, and a large island with stools. When the kitchen is done, it looks a lot like a kitchen one would find inside the home.
“When you have all the same features outdoors that you would expect to have inside, especially with this L.A. weather, well, then you’ve truly got the best of both worlds,” Jonathan says.
Don’t forget about shade
To top off this gorgeous kitchen space, the brothers add a custom pergola.
“It’s a stunning design element that will not only define the kitchen from the dining and sitting areas, but it will add even more texture with its height and clean lines,” Jonathan says of the pergola. “And it will tie in all the other design features we’ve created in this backyard paradise.”
Plus, this pergola provides a bit of shade for the cook.
“It’s not going to provide total shade,” Jonathan says. “But it’s definitely going to provide a total statement.”
White on white marble will give your pool a spa feel
Drew and Jonathan come up with a plan to rip out Lisa’s small, dated pool and build a new, more luxurious pool in a different spot. They want this pool to be elegant and chic, so they pick light, bright materials that will match Lisa’s style.
“Lisa obviously loves white,” Jonathan says, referring to her white farmhouse-style home. “She loves that clean aesthetic. I think that’s how she wants to bring modern into the ranch house feel.”
The team goes with a white marble color for both the walkway and the area around the pool, giving the entire space a uniform, spa feel.
In the end, this pool looks much more luxurious than the old one thanks to the clean, chic marble. It’s the perfect addition to this marvelous backyard that impresses Lisa as well as the Kardashian-Jenner bunch—setting the stage for many amazing summer parties here for years to come.