“Property Brothers” stars Drew and Jonathan Scott know that people love homes with unexpected extras—and on the latest episode of “Brother vs. Brother,” they reveal which extras matter most.
In the episode “Super Bonus Spaces,” the Scott brothers are renovating their Los Angeles homes’ bonus areas: nonessential rooms that can be turned into a home office, guest suite, home gym, or whatever they think would make home buyers swoon.
Since Jonathan won the past two challenges, Drew is keen to come out victorious this time! So he goes all out to impress guest judge Breegan Jane of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”
So what upscale extras do the brothers decide to add? Read on for some fun ideas you might be inspired to try in your own home, too.
Turn garage into a guesthouse
Jonathan decides to focus his energies on turning the detached garage into a bonus room/guesthouse. But since he knows that the future homeowners won’t always have guests staying overnight, he must make this space multifunctional.
To do this, he chooses a stylish Murphy bed, which will fold up into a quaint sitting area with storage. This cozy couch looks beautiful on its own, and with the bed hidden, this space is a perfect office or bonus living room.
When Jane inspects the guesthouse, she agrees that the Murphy bed is the right choice.
“These are perfect because it becomes that multifunctional space,” Jane says. “Very L.A. I’m loving this.”
Go big with the coatroom
Jonathan knows that with his garage being turned into a guesthouse, buyers will need a space to put all the things they’d usually store in the garage.
His solution? He goes all out adding cabinets, closets, and even a workbench with tools to another bonus area in the house: the coatroom.
When Jane inspects the space, she fully approves.
“In L.A. you can never have enough storage—storage is important to buyers,” she says.
A powder room should have personality
Jonathan creates a bold bathroom he knows L.A. buyers will love, taking a chance with ornate wallpaper and blue tile that has an old Hollywood look.
Right away, Jane recognizes this bathroom design is something special.
“L.A. buyers are totally going to understand that this is a unique, unusual space,” she says, “and they’re going to want it.”
Make a small guest room feel larger with white paint
While Jonathan works on his garage-turned-guesthouse, Drew is busy building his own guest suite in his house.
Usually homeowners set aside the smallest bedroom to be used as a guest room (that is, if they’re lucky enough to have a guest room at all). While this is practical, it usually means that guests are stuck in a room that feels cramped.
Drew provides a solution to this space issue by designing his guest suite to be all white. He chooses white walls, white furniture, and even a white oven in the kitchenette. The white makes the space seem bright and airy.
“Nothing in there is cramped,” Jane says. “It’s like the perfect hotel room.”
Add value with a dedicated home gym
Drew knows that he has to work hard to impress L.A. buyers, so he decides to build a small addition with lots of windows and turn this space into a home gym.
It’s an expensive addition, but he knows having a dedicated workout room will impress buyers. And since this space has only one purpose, Drew is able to add gym-specific details, like floor-to-ceiling mirrors, and workout gear.
In the end, Jane is impressed by how much Drew has been able to stuff into this small space.
“It takes knowing your L.A. customer to truly understand that we can’t live without our yoga, our spin bikes, and our reformers,” she says.
Which brother’s home is better?
Both brothers impress Jane with their bonus room renovations, but both also go over their budgets.
Jonathan plans to spend $205,000, but ends up spending $218,000, or $13,000 more than planned.
Meanwhile, Drew plans to spend a massive $375,000 on his bonus spaces, but ends up spending more after realizing he has to tear down the back of the house and rebuild it so that his addition will be stable. He spends a whopping $20,000 over budget.
Apparently the extra cash Drew blew is worth it. Once both renovations are done, Jane declares Drew the winner. Finally!
The prize? A custom-made superhero cape, which Drew dons with relish to celebrate his first “Brother vs. Brother” win this season.