deals. The need to maintain a strict budget and time-lines, while playing landlords to a financially
strapped clientele, seemed to set the stage for their
later caretaker personas on screen.
Property Brothers fans like Gairdner, for exam-
ple, say that the Scotts go out of their way to really
listen to clients, studiously incorporating quirks and
lifestyle preferences, and deciding just how many
walls they’ll knock down and pipes they’ll replace—
all to realize a home-come-true. “They’re very cog-
nizant of the fact that people have set budgets,”
Gairdner says. “To me that’s unreal, because every-
one wants people to spend money.”
Their grounded approach has apparently tapped
into a universal consciousness. While Property
Brothers bases its home hunts in unnamed North
American cities, the show airs in 140 countries
worldwide. The brothers are thrilled to see middle-
class aspirations striking a chord in places like the
Philippines or Peru, where stainless steel appliances
and chic patio furniture are not exactly de rigueur.
“I think on one side people love the brotherly
banter and the way we goof around,” Jonathan says.
“But on the other, they love the before and afters,
and the fact that, regardless of whether you have this
big house or a small apartment, a lot of the design
elements are the same.”
The happy endings hit home as well. Yet, despite
the familiar conclusion to each Property Brothers
episode—dumbfounded clients stumbling tearfully
into show-home-ready living rooms and kitchens—
the satisfaction of a job well done never wavers.
“We’ve done over 500 full-blown renos,” Drew says.
“And I’ve never, ever gotten tired of seeing that smile
on our clients’ faces.”
Besides allowing them to dabble in incidental
passions, like recording country music or refurbish-
ing their shared home in Las Vegas, the twins’ global
brand enables them to support people who other-
wise might never be able to afford what they see on
screen. “It’s helping to give us a bigger voice to sup-
port any of the causes or initiatives that we’re pas-
sionate about,” Drew says. “We work with charities
like World Vision and St. Baldrick’s Foundation, and
that’s something I really love.”
Whether they’re sailing the high seas with
groupies or seeking audience input online, the
brothers say they’re careful to pay their respects to
the people who put them there: the fans. Those won-
dering if last fall’s release of two songs, “Let the
Night Shine In” and “Hold On,” signalled a future in
Nashville needn’t be alarmed; both brothers’ boots
are firmly rooted in the property trade.
“We’re not embarking on a country music career
and hanging up our tool belts,” Jonathan vows. “I
think everybody knows we just like to have a good
time. And anybody else who wants to come along
for that ride—well, they’re more than welcome.” C
Dana Tye Rally is a Richmond, British Columbia–
based writer and editor who still believes a fresh coat
of paint is a home renovation.
BASED ON THEIR experiences
with clients on their hit TV show
Property Brothers, here are the
Scott brothers’ top 10 dream
1. Open living plan with clear
2. Ample kitchen counter space.
3. Separate pantry.
4. Kitchen island.
5. Mega-storage everywhere.
6. Master suite with master
bath and walk-in closets.
7. Deck or patio for outside
8. Energy-efficient fixtures
9. Two-car (minimum) garage.
Excerpted from Dream Home: The
Property Brothers’ Ultimate Guide to
Finding & Fixing Your Perfect House,
by Jonathan and Drew Scott.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 21
Top: One of the brothers’ first projects—
back when they both wore tool belts. Middle:
The “after” bathroom shows the luxury you
can create in a moderate-size room. Bottom:
This table was made from beams that were
removed from the house during renovation.