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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
…and a chic family sitting area on the other.
Adi focused on a complete tear out and replace of the floors, while Stayce had laser-focus on her bathroom project.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
So, which team won out in challenge one? Team Jonathan, who increased the home’s value by $40,000 in just three days.
Watch out Drew…Jonathan’s coming for you!
Check back tomorrow for more competition recaps, behind-the-scenes videos with JD Scott and interviews with the contestants.