Drew and Jonathan Scott know that owning a home often comes with some expensive surprises. And in the latest episode of their HGTV show “Property Brothers: Forever Home,” they face a doozy: A huge storm topples a tree right onto the house, in the middle of the pandemic no less!
In this episode, “When Tragedy Strikes,” homeowners Chris and Charlotte are hoping the Scott brothers can bring some retro midcentury style to their Toronto home. They have a $185,000 budget—which seems ample, at least until that wayward tree comes crashing through their roof.
Still, despite delays and added repair costs, the brothers are determined to turn this house into a forever home. Here’s how they pull that off with some design moves you might be inspired to try on your own abode, too.
A wood balcony railing adds a natural look
In the wake of the wayward tree, Jonathan does an amazing job repairing the house. The house looks just like it did before the storm, with a few key changes.
Drew and Jonathan decide to give the home a fresh coat of paint on the exterior, painting the top floor gray instead of brown and darkening the white windows and doors. But perhaps the biggest change is with the old balcony railing.
The old iron railing had made the home look dated, so the brothers replace it with a railing made of wood.
The new railing is a welcome addition to the exterior, adding some dimension and a natural style that complements the trees surrounding the property.
“What started out as a tired, dated-looking house is now a stylish modern home,” Jonathan says of the exterior.
Ditch the large TV in favor of a projector
Charlotte and Chris love their first-floor living room, but they each plan to use the space in different ways. Charlotte sees it as a lounging space with lots of book storage, while Chris wants to use it as a media room.
“Charlotte really wants a quiet place to curl up with her books, while Chris wants the total opposite: a giant home theater screen and projector,” Drew says.
Luckily, the brothers are able to give both Chris and Charlotte what they want. They build a beautiful bookshelf around the fireplace and then install a projector with a screen that comes down from the ceiling.
While many family homes may have a TV above the fireplace, this screen provides a better solution because it gives the space a more classic feel when the projector isn’t being used. Meanwhile, when the family does feel like watching a movie, they have a screen that’s bigger than any TV they’d be able to put over the fireplace.
Dark cabinets can work if the rest of the kitchen is white and bright
Chris and Charlotte want their home to have a midcentury modern look, so Drew and Jonathan decide to go with a retro style in the kitchen: dark cabinets.
Dark cabinets are practically unheard of these days, with most homeowners preferring light cabinets for a brighter, more modern look. However, Drew and Jonathan are careful to avoid making this space seem too dark and dated. They choose a light flooring that makes the space look larger and install a bright backsplash that makes the retro cabinets appear fresh and interesting.
“I love working with statement backsplash tile,” Jonathan says. “An interesting shape or bold color can add a healthy hint of design interest and texture to an otherwise neutral space.”
In the end, the kitchen looks amazing. The midcentury-style cabinets look warm and inviting, and bright kitchen accents keep the space feeling contemporary.
Bathroom tile should be interesting but not overwhelming
Drew and Jonathan do a great job choosing the kitchen backsplash, so the pressure is on to find a bathroom tile that also provides a dramatic look.
Luckily, the tile they settle on is perfect. Made of multicolored triangles, this tile is bright and bold while also keeping with the theme of the house. It’s unique and, since it doesn’t cover the whole bathroom, not overwhelming.
“That pop of color is so nice,” Drew says of the tile. “It’s dramatic, but it’s not too in your face.”
Add some greenery to your backyard
Chris and Charlotte’s house is surrounded by large trees, but their small backyard is boxed in by a cement wall.
The brothers know that they need to improve this space, so they paint the wall white and add a trellis with vines. The paint makes the space look brighter and more open, while the greenery connects the yard space with the surrounding foliage.
“It felt like a prison yard before; it was just all concrete,” Drew says of the revamped yard. “Now it actually has style.”
After dealing with the stress of the storm damage and the frustration of trying to renovate in a pandemic, the Scott brothers know that Charlotte and Chris deserve a special space where they can relax. This stylish yard is now the perfect place to unwind, and it may even be a good place for Charlotte and Chris to reconnect with nature after the stressful tree damage.
“We wanted you guys to replace any bad memories of a tree falling with great memories of an entertaining space,” Jonathan says.
Do the Scott brothers deliver?
While Drew and Jonathan start with a healthy budget of $185,000 to fix up this home, they admit that their budget is blown out of the water when a tree comes crashing down on the roof. Still, they are able to repair the house and give it the stunning midcentury modern style Charlotte and Chris love.
While the project takes three months instead of the estimated seven weeks, the homeowners are thrilled when they finally see their new home.
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