A scant 12 weeks was the time it took to completely renovate the new honeymoon home of Property Brother, Drew Scott, and fiancée, Linda Phan. Many people participated, including the local Tailored Living® with a custom garage design. Leading the project was twin brother, Jonathan Scott, who confessed that this is the biggest renovation they’ve ever done. Favorites for years on both HGTV in the U.S. and the W Network in Canada with their home improvement shows Property Brothers, Buying and Selling, Brother vs. Brother and Property Brothers at Home, that’s saying a lot!
The 1921 Roaring-20s-era luxury home in the historic Hancock Park/Windsor Square neighborhood of Los Angeles presented both problems and delights due to the home’s age. Drew and Linda kept much of its period charm, along with adding innovative modernization throughout. Aired over five episodes, viewers could experience all the fun and many surprises that always accompany the Property Brothers at work.
Home expansion and total renovation
As a historic home, the front façade had to retain architectural integrity so windows, front door and other features were freshened and repainted. Driveway and walkways converted to pavers, traditional layered plantings in the front yard, new sod and a decorative wrought iron fence added modern elegance to the property while retaining the 20s charm. Brett Waterman, a preservationist and host of DIY Network’s show, Restored, was called in to help and he ended up restoring the solid mahogany front door as a wedding gift to Drew and Linda.
As for the inside, all kinds of demolition and restoration were going on! Here is just a sampling:
- Walls were moved and bumped out and ceilings raised to reconfigure all three floors, expanding the kitchen, adding to the master bedroom and creating a huge rooftop outdoor patio with a hot tub, lots of seating and seamless glass railings for unobstructed views of LA sunsets. (This Parisian-bistro-meets-Hollywood-art-deco space proved to be one of the most popular features.)
- A main focus for this new home was to have plenty of room for family and friends to visit and to feel at home, so the second story became elegant guest suites and bedrooms.
- The second floor original bathroom became an additional laundry room with plenty of storage, stone countertops, and floating shelves.
- “We took useless space and gave it style and function,” said Drew, referring to converting the walk-in closet to the Jack-and-Jill guest bathroom with a big new shower and Glass Shower Doors.
- An existing guestroom was converted into a spa-like master bath with twin vanities, a vintage bathtub, black and white geometric tiles and brass faucets.
- Jonathan says they built the largest closet known to man, with clotheshorse Drew claiming 70% of the closet and giving 30% to Linda.
- A bedroom became Linda’s crafts room, with larger windows for natural light and the closet converted to a bathroom so avid crafter Linda never has to leave. Linda had the old wallpaper designs of flowers and poodles turned into textiles for decorative pillows in her crafts room.
- Drew threw Jonathan a curve by wanting a bigger basement, necessitating digging out an additional 660 square feet to the existing tiny basement to accommodate Drew’s love of storage and a sleek, modern wine rack.
- The backyard redesign was not restricted, so the “overgrown jungle,” including a solid wall of ivy across the back of the house, was pulled down and an outdoor oasis created, including a pool, fire pit and lounging areas with artificial turf and a concrete patio backed up to the house.
Tailored Living creates the perfect garage
Tailored Living was invited to do the garage renovation, having previously done the garages for Drew’s and Jonathan’s Las Vegas home in the 2014 series, Property Brothers at Home. Drew knew exactly what he wanted in his new honeymoon home garage–tons of storage and functional space as well as room to park the cars. Tailored Living created the perfect design with:
- Floor-to-ceiling dark woodgrain melamine garage cabinets in a custom Coruba Pine color, with a specialty “golf cabinet” for Drew’s clubs, shoes and golf accessories.
- Taupe Slatwall panels for efficient wall storage over the workbench, as well as metal Slatwall in the golf cabinet to ensure safe storage for even the heaviest golf bags.
- A generous Butcher Block countertop for convenient work space.
- PremierTrax interlocking garage floor tiles created a durable new floor with a color inset to define parking space.
Scott Barnes of Tailored Living was onsite and explains that many things were always going on at the same time: “The jobsite was a very fluid environment with activity everywhere, with both production and construction crews. There was a lot of energy, movement and noise; probably two-to-three times what you would normally see on a jobsite. When the cabinets arrived, it was all hands on deck, and several guys came over to help load the cabinetry into the garage. Both the contractor and production assistants were great and very helpful. Watching everything come together on a set like this is pretty fun.”
Something beautiful everywhere you look
The final design of the whole house was incredible to behold. Older brother, JD, commented that the end result was “perfection.” Indeed, going room to room is captivating with not only the structural design features but the art deco home furnishings that add interesting textures and metallic finishes.
- Each guestroom has a unique personality; Jonathan’s suite has a rustic feel, with a barn door.
- The guest powder room lost the poodle wallpaper, replaced with a trendy black and white rain drop design. Gold hardwareand a retro toilet with a high tank and pull chain reflect the 20s.
- The master bedroom reflects sanctuary and romance with an electric fireplace, smoldering dark walls, and a velvet headboard.
- The original glass-paned pocket doors leading into the den were refinished and 10” of height added to allow for the raised ceiling. A window seat, framed original blueprints of the house, a big tufted leather chair and many whimsical vintage decor pieces finish the new office.
- A show-stopping curved conservatory added period charm and tons of natural light in the big family kitchen. A well-built conservatory could increase your home’s value by at least 5%. A black range and vent hood create a focal point visible from the dining room and kitchen. Drew declares, “The kitchen is 100% the heart of the home.”
Drew and Linda were hands-on themselves, literally helping to build their new house. But it wasn’t all work and no play. Wedding planning activities interwove with the renovation as the happy couple stole away to sample wedding cake flavors, pick out flowers, and Linda found her perfect wedding dress with her sister and future mother-in-law in tow. Everything was completed in time for the big backyard, pre-wedding party. Linda told soon-to-be brother-in-law Jonathan, “You’re really giving us our dream home that we can call our own.”
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