Drew and Jonathan Scott aren’t just pros at real estate. In case you hadn’t heard, they’re also country singers who debuted their first song in 2015, “Hold On” (which was inspired while filming their hit HGTV show “Property Brothers,” of course).
So perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that they’ve teamed up with another Canadian crooner on the latest episode of their new show, “Celebrity IOU”: Michael Bublé, who’s asked the Scotts for help renovating his grandparents’ house.
On the episode “Michael Buble’s Surprise,” Bublé recounts how his family had hired Minette long ago as a caretaker for his grandparents, who were living in a house in Vancouver. Minette soon became a part of the family. After both grandparents died, the family encouraged Minette to continue living there.
Bublé says they were already planning on keeping their grandparents’ home in the family, so they decided to renovate it as a surprise to Minette so she could live there comfortably for years to come.
It’s a sweet surprise to be sure, but since the house hasn’t been updated in decades, this project will take a lot of work. Read on to find out how the Scotts update the old styles—and get some ideas on refreshing your own home, too.
Go bold with stylish black-frame windows
One of the greatest features in this old house are the big windows overlooking Vancouver. It’s a great view, and it deserves some great windows. Jonathan tells Bublé that black-frame windows will work perfectly in the space, and, of course, Bublé agrees.
When the windows are finally installed, the living room looks beautiful. The black frames bring a sophistication to the space and some dimension to the bright sitting area.
These windows are a perfect choice to frame such a grand view, and they’re sure to be in style for many years to come.
Keep sightlines open with slat walls
While the 1950s look adds to the charm of this old house, Jonathan knows that some things will need to be updated. For one thing, his modern design includes removing the blocky plaster walls around the living room staircase and replacing them with open glass railings.
The design of these new railings is sleek and elegant, but Drew wonders if the glass will make the living area feel too open.
“From here you literally can see right into the bedrooms,” he says.
So the brothers come up with the idea to add a slat wall for extra separation. The 3-inch oak slats keep sightlines somewhat open for a sense of spaciousness, but add a bit more privacy for the bedrooms. It’s the best of both worlds.
Skip the polished counter and go for honed countertops instead
Bublé and the Scotts decide to give the kitchen a clean, modern look with countertops that extend to the backsplash. This can make for a great look, but with so much of one material in the kitchen, it’s important that that material look fantastic.
Since a shiny, polished surface might be too much when used for the counters and backsplash, the Scott brothers choose a honed stone counter instead. Since it’s honed, the surface is softer and more natural than polished counters. It’s more subtle and works perfectly in large doses.
Give the fireplace a modern concrete look (without the concrete)
Bublé tells the brothers that he likes the look of cement, so the brothers decide to give the newly updated fireplace that cement feel Bublé has been asking for.
Instead of using concrete, though, they use a gray version of the same honed stone material they use in the kitchen, which is more durable and less porous than cement.
This feature is certainly sturdy, and it complements the veining in the kitchen counter.
“It’s got a beautiful, modern touch to it,” Drew says.
Wood flooring has a timeless look
Drew and Jonathan aren’t impressed when they see the home’s shag carpet and shiny marble tile at the entrance. These outdated flooring choices make the space feel old, so the brothers decide to upgrade with some medium-tone oak hardwood. This new floor is sophisticated, and when installed all over the living space, it gives the house a good flow.
Is this ‘Celebrity IOU’ a success?
When Bublé finally sees his grandparents’ house updated, he’s thrilled. With a stylish new slat wall in the living room, a completely updated kitchen, and a gorgeous living room, the home looks incredible.
And of course, when Minette finally sees the house, she’s shocked by all the updates.
“I have no words right now,” she tells Bublé. “It hasn’t sunk in yet. It’s beautiful, beautiful.”