Liz Gray

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Jun 8

Brother Vs. Brother: Season 2 Premiere Recap

The brothers are back for another round of Brother Vs. Brother action. Team Drew took the first season, but it’s anyone’s game this time around. Tonight, we met the 10 new contestants competing for the $50,000 prize.  (Get to know Team Jonathan and Team Drew.)

Brother Vs. Brother Season 2 Contestants

This season’s first challenge let Drew and Jonathan hit the reset button on last year’s premiere. It’s a tale of two tired ranch houses. So, which brother’s team nailed the renovation? To decide which team added more value, your other favorite HGTV duo served as this week’s judges: Hilary Farr and David Visentin from Love it or List It.

Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott With Love It or List It Hosts David and Hilary

So, which bro’s home would them, ahem, love to list? Read on for an episode recap (SPOILER ALERT!) or watch the full episode here right now.

Team Jonathan

With real estate agent Stayce on the team, Team Jonathan had the edge in the season’s first appraisal challenge. That left them with a choice: Choose the first house, a 2,000 square foot rancher built in 1951, or a property no one had seen? The team went for the unknown.

Team Jonathan Works on the Appraisal Challenge

The second property was a 1956 ranch house with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Oh, and strange wall and stone floor patch by the front door that clumsy folks like me would be almost guaranteed to trip over. Brothers Rick and Joe decided to tackle this front-of-house renovation to create a better first impression.

Modern Fireplace After - HGTV's Brother Vs. Brother

The brothers maintained the fireplace’s retro shape, but opened up the space and modernized the surface treatment with a textured concrete look.

Design student Peggy was immediately drawn to the home’s bonus room, which the homeowners use as an office and play space for their children.

Office Before - Brother Vs. Brother on

With her design skills (and a few power tool lessons from Adi!) she managed to completely transform this space, creating an office space on one end…

After Office Desk

…and a chic family sitting area on the other.

Living Room After as Seen on HGTV's Brother Vs. Brother

Adi focused on a complete tear out and replace of the floors, while Stayce had laser-focus on her bathroom project.

Team Drew

After Team Jonathan took the first appraisal challenge, Team Drew got another early hit: Drea fell ill and was too sick to compete. One woman down an hour into the competition? Ouch.

Thomas took on the home’s dated laundry room, in addition to the project management role for Team Drew. He did an aesthetically pleasing makeover, but aside from better design, Hilary and David weren’t convinced that the revamped room added much real value.

Laundry Room Makeover - HGTV's Brother Vs. Brother

Eric and Six planned to tackle the troubled master bathroom together, but then…oh, Eric. You might be a construction expert, but tact isn’t necessarily your strong point. After he unceremoniously kicked Six out of the bathroom, he tackled the space alone. Luckily for his pride’s sake, the remodel went off without a hitch.  This was one of Hilary and David’s favorite spaces on tonight’s episode.

Bathroom Makeover  - Brother Vs. Brother on

Six quickly changed courses to work on the home’s front living room and entryway, which featured a dated half-wall and an odd furniture arrangement. Here’s Jonathan’s interpretive dance outlining the new plan:

Jonathan Scott Jokes Around on the Set

Melissa took on a beast of a project when she volunteered to revamp the massive stacked stone fireplace. Whoa, that fireplace was a doozy. Melissa, Six, Jonathan and even Drew took turns with the seemingly endless sledgehammering.

Fireplace Renovation on HGTV's Brother Vs. Brother

After hours of work, another hiccup: The brick layer underneath the stone wasn’t exactly structurally sound. Time for plan B: A new wall and modern fireplace tile treatment.

Fireplace - After - on HGTV's Brother Vs. Brother

So, which team won out in challenge one? Team Jonathan, who increased the home’s value by $40,000 in just three days.

The Winning Moment - Brother Vs. Brother Premiere

Watch out Drew…Jonathan’s coming for you!

Drew and Jonathan Scott from Property Brothers

Check back tomorrow for more competition recaps, behind-the-scenes videos with JD Scott and interviews with the contestants.

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  1. Personable, talented, unique intro to their world and the "amazing" results. Can't watch enough of their episodes. Don't want to judge, just to observe, learn and enjoy. Thanks for opening windows for all of us.

    Tricia on June 9, 2014 at 10:43 am
  2. Great show! The magic of your knowledge, your wonderful interaction with the clients, makes for a very successful show. Really enjoyed the previous show format, chaos and ill feelings are not my zen. Thanks so much for the entertainment.

    Tricia on June 9, 2014 at 10:46 am
  3. Hi my name is Elaine, I love all their shows. I take care of the elderly, and children in the worst house ever, I have been taken advantage of over and over again, hopefully one day soon I can afford the Brothers to make my house a home. But for now I will continue to watch their shows with joy, watching how happy they make people feel. Thanks

    Elaine Davis on June 9, 2014 at 8:42 pm
  4. I enjoyed watching the 1st season of Brother vs. Brother and I hope the second season is just as fun. I thought team Jonathan did a great job but they could've increased their winning amount if that bathroom was done differently. Stacye might be a great realtor, but she certainly didn't do a great reno with the bathroom. That was the only room of both homes that was underwhelming (I even liked the laundry redo with the cabinet problem).

    cam52 on June 14, 2014 at 2:31 pm
  5. Sorry that you've taken the homeowners out of the previous Property Brothers format. Watching Jonathan and Drew interact with the homeowners was half the fun — rather than the new format that's something like waiting to see who gets kicked off the island. Will continue watching Property Brothers, but seeing five amateur contractors working independently on the same house, with not much involvement from either the homeowners or the brothers, is just too fragmented.

    Judie on June 18, 2014 at 10:24 pm
  6. first let me say I love these guys… but this new show brother vs brother is too much like a reality show. I prefer them on the other shows that they do. love HGTV. I watch it all the time. but in my opinion this show is not that interesting. sorry :(

    Terri on June 22, 2014 at 7:38 pm