By Andy Wang | April 1, 2015 | Home & Real Estate
They’ve renovated and sold strangers’ homes, and now the Property Brothers’ own Las Vegas abode takes center stage.
For their own home, the Property Brothers pulled out all the stops, including an infinity pool and an attached pool house.
Reality TV can get intense when there are hammers involved.
Renovating your home is a huge undertaking, both financially and emotionally. It’s one of the most anxiety-producing things you’ll ever do—because you’ll literally have to live with the consequences, and bad decisions can lower the home’s resale value and thus your net worth. So imagine renovating your home with the added stress of doing it alongside your strong-willed identical twin brother, who also happens to be your business partner. And imagine the whole process being filmed for a national audience.
“We’re used to giving people their dream homes all the time,” says Jonathan Scott, one half of HGTV’s breakout stars the Property Brothers. “It can be hard when the camera is turned back on you. We made a rule that we would never turn off the cameras.”
He’s referring to the massive renovation that he and brother Drew completed on their own Las Vegas home last year, a five-month process that was filmed for the series Property Brothers: At Home. The Scotts quickly realized that working on their own home would be much more difficult than any of the hundreds of properties they had made over for clients.
The backyard basketball court and water slide.
With a 5,000-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bathroom main house and a 1,000-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath guesthouse, all on a half-acre Spring Valley lot, there was a lot to plan. This renovation was something that had been swirling in the brothers’ minds for years. They purchased the property out of foreclosure in late 2010 and had been living in it as-is when they weren’t busy filming. The fact that their own home didn’t live up to their standards irked them. Another problem was that they have vastly different standards.
“Jonathan had quite a few diva moments,” says Drew. Jonathan scoffs at this. In a New York Times interview, Drew described the aesthetic of his brother’s master bathroom as “designer loneliness.”
But the bickering brothers, who are socialmedia stars as well as TV personalities, know that tweaking and needling each other is good for ratings and for business. After dividing up responsibilities for this renovation, they managed to avoid using chainsaws on each other.
“Drew did his courtyard, basketball court, putting green, and garage,” says Jonathan. “Drew’s bedroom has gold and blues. My bedroom is a little softer.” Drew interrupts: “He’s a little more of a softie. I have a courtyard space that’s just outside my bedroom, and I’ve told Jonathan he and his dogs aren’t allowed there. It’s just for me and my girlfriend.”
The living room brings the outdoors inside and vice versa.
It turns out, however, that the two agreed on quite a bit and wound up creating a home they both love and believe could easily fetch $2 million on the open market—if they ever decide to sell. They both wanted a residence designed for entertaining, with a guesthouse for their parents, and both wanted smart-home technology and eco-friendly flourishes. The lighting, the heating, and much more can be controlled remotely and programmed to be as efficient as possible. The brothers also put Sunrun solar panels on the roof. The most showstopping part of the house, though, is the enormous commercial-grade water slide. “The water slide is what I fought for the most, and Drew didn’t want to do it,” Jonathan says. “It’s the very first one like this in Vegas. The city didn’t even have code for it, and they originally denied it.” But now it’s “the first thing everyone comments on when they visit the house.”
The slide is valued at $250,000, and they got a break on the price from the manufacturer, which no doubt realized that the sale would provide good exposure. “The water slide is made by SplashTacular,” Jonathan says. “They do the biggest water parks in the world.” He asked the company if it could get him the slide’s plans in a relatively short time. “The funny thing is, this is as huge a feature as I’ve ever done, [but] the next morning they got us the plans. For them, this was a small project.”
The brothers use their outdoor space yearround, thanks to an overhang at the back of the house and a pergola over their outdoor dining area that provides the ideal amount of shade in the late afternoon. “Dinner parties are great here because we usually have big family dinners,” says Jonathan. “Delicious food, lots of laughs—that’s how we grew up.”
“This whole house was built for entertaining,” Drew adds. “I have friends and family who spend more time here than me.” But their newly renovated home has the brothers planning to spend as much time as they can in Vegas when they’re not off filming.
And even when they’re not here, they’re still keeping an eye on things. “We also put in a security system,” Jonathan says, “so we can catch anybody who hops the fence to use our pool.”
These are the Property Brothers, after all. They never turn off the cameras. Property Brothers: At Home airs Wednesdays at 9 pm.
photography by larry hanna