9 Design Moves the Property Brothers Always Do—and Why You Should, Too

What home design features do "Property Brothers" stars Jonathan and Drew Scott like best? Find out what looks they love, including in their renovations. The post 9 Design Moves the Property Brothers Always Do—and Why You Should, Too appeared first on Real Estate News & Insights | realtor.com®.

9 Design Moves the Property Brothers Always Do—and Why You Should, Too

It’s been a big year for Drew and Jonathan Scott. They premiered their new HGTV show, “Celebrity IOU,” starred in Season 3 of their hit show “The Property Brothers: Forever Home,” and even have a new season of “Brother vs. Brother”—coming soon!

And while the brothers are always taking risks and trying out new styles, it’s clear that they have some go-to renovation tricks and style choices that give their projects that signature “Property Brothers” style.

Read on to find out which looks the brothers love best, and maybe you’ll be inspired to bring some of these designs into your home.

1. They install two-tone kitchen cabinets

The Scott brothers love designing two-tone kitchens.


Drew and Jonathan love tying bold colors into their kitchen renovations—but they’re careful not to go overboard with too much of a good thing. That’s why they often choose two-tone cabinets.

Light-toned cabinets allow a kitchen to look fresh, while cabinets with bolder tones allow for some contrast and personality.

Sometimes Drew and Jonathan choose to put the accent cabinets on the kitchen island, other times they go with white uppers and dark lowers. Either way, this colorful style always look incredible.

2. They pick bold lighting fixtures

This modern light fixture is perfect for this dining space.


The brothers are known for their light and bright contemporary style. And while the Scotts often accomplish this look by breaking down walls and letting natural light into a home, they also love installing bold lighting fixtures.

Not only does a new light fixture brighten up the home, but the right design can also bring extra style into a living space.

Whether it’s a country-chic pendant light over the island or a modern chandelier over the dining table, the brothers always seem to find just the right fixture to brighten up a home.

3. They choose light hardwood flooring

light floors
Light flooring helps a home feel big and bright.


Drew and Jonathan regularly renovate old family homes, and old homes often have outdated, dark-wood flooring.

Dark floors can make a home feel small and closed off, so the brothers are always keen on replacing them with light, wide-plank hardwood, which can give the whole house a new look.

The light wood color can make even a small space seem bigger, more welcoming, and much more modern. It can make a huge difference.

4. They install fun tile in the entryway

This fun blue tile brings a ton of personality to the entryway.


While the brothers often recommend installing uniform hardwood floors throughout the living space, they often make an exception when it comes to the front entryway.

They recommend installing entryway floors that are easy to clean and durable, which means tile can be a perfect choice. But instead of choosing plain tiles with boring colors, the brothers often pick bright, colorful tiles with fun patterns to give the entryway a little extra personality.

This creative tile gives the home a unique look.


From retro-inspired tiles to one custom penny tile entryway with the word “HOME” printed in pink, Drew and Jonathan always delight their clients with their fun floor designs.

5. They make room for lots of closets in the entryway

This space is both functional and stylish.


While some new tile floors may be enough to bring style to an entryway, the brothers know they also need to add functionality to the front of the house. That’s why they often add storage right off the front door.

These roomy closets take the place of a dedicated mudroom, taking up less space in the house but still offering the convenience of a dedicated place to hang coats and store shoes. As a bonus, sometimes the brothers add a bench by the door, perfect for putting on and taking off shoes with ease.

These closets provide lots of storage.


6. They choose built-in banquettes over formal dining spaces

This built-in banquette is perfect for family meals, plus it comes with lots of storage.


Drew and Jonathan know that formal dining spaces can feel stuffy and outdated. They’ve found that many families prefer a less formal eating space that feels more cozy and comfortable for everyday meals.

That’s why the brothers often install a built-in banquette in place of a formal dining table. A kitchen banquette gives any home a warm and casual feel, making mealtime feel more relaxed.

Plus, the brothers add extra functionality to the banquette by adding plenty of storage with lots of cabinets and drawers. These banquettes are beautiful and convenient, so it’s no wonder the brothers bring this look into so many homes!

7. They use floating shelves in the kitchen

These shelves make this small kitchen seem larger.


Shaker-style cabinets may be all the rage, but the brothers also love to add a different kind of kitchen storage: floating shelves. The brothers know that floating shelves keep a kitchen feeling open, and they provide an opportunity to show off colorful decor and flatware.

8. They pick glass railings for updated decks

Glass railings can give decks a more open feel.


The brothers know that a deck can be an important part of any home. They connect the inside and outside spaces and make for a perfect spot to kick back and relax.

So, it’s important that a deck always look beautiful.

That’s why the brothers love updating decks with elegant glass railings. These railings look great, and they provide great sightlines to the backyard, making the deck feel like a true outside oasis.

9. They install clean, fresh fireplaces

fire place
This clean, white fireplace is perfect for a contemporary living room.


The brothers love installing fireplaces because they add a warm, homey feel to any living space.

While bold, colorful fireplace tiles may be trendy in modern homes, Drew and Jonathan tend to stick to a more clean and classic look. Their fireplaces are timeless, so families can enjoy them for decades. Plus, the light, understated fireplaces allow the rest of the living room decor to shine.

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Stylish and Sleek, This $7.9M Concept Home in Las Vegas Was Made in Japan

Each piece of this home's foundation and framing traveled 4,766 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean in one of 22 shipping containers from Japan. The post Stylish and Sleek, This $7.9M Concept Home in Las Vegas Was Made in Japan appeared first on Real Estate News & Insights | realtor.com®.

Stylish and Sleek, This $7.9M Concept Home in Las Vegas Was Made in Japan

A home at 38 Hawkeye Lane near Las Vegas is a concept home built like no other.

The home measures in at a robust 5,501 square feet and is listed for $7.9 million. The plot twist? Each piece of the foundation and framing traveled 4,766 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean in one of 22 shipping containers from Japan.

The project was conceived by Sekisui House, which is based in Osaka. The company is one of Japan’s largest homebuilders and purchased the American builder Woodside Homes in 2017.

The company now wants to wow American homebuyers with a touch of its signature style. And if you’re going to gamble on a cool concept, Vegas feels like the right venue.

The Chōwa Concept Home brings Sekisui’s unique post-and-beam framing system to the United States for the first time, as the 2020 International Builder Show Concept Home.



All the elements of the home were manufactured in Japanese factories. Once the pieces arrived in the suburb of Summerlin, NV, crews put the house together on site in just over a week.

“Everything from the factory is labeled and numbered on a grid system. So, you start at one corner, and in our case, because the house was so big, we started from two corners and worked our way to the middle with two different crews,” says Kent Ley, the listing agent on the project, who has been involved with it from the beginning.

“We did not have to cut one piece of the lumber that came from the factory, it all fit precisely.”

Just in case, the factory sent extra materials, but the onsite crews didn’t need them.

“A lot of people have said this is like an IKEA kit to build a house. It was very similar to that—in the way it goes together,” Ley said wryly.

The home has four bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms and follows the techniques of “chōwa,” an ancient Japanese concept that emphasizes living in harmony and balance, especially with nature.

Master bedroom


He notes that the home’s orientation is different from the norm.

An American architect would typically design a house in this location to give the master bedroom views of the Las Vegas Strip, since the proximity to the city’s nightlife and gambling center would be deemed important to buyers.

“The views from this house are spectacular,” says Ley. “There are both Strip views and mountain views off different sides of the house.”

However, because the Japanese builders prioritize nature, the master bedroom has beautiful mountain views and a secondary bedroom offers views of the the Strip.



No detail was overlooked, and the finished product hews as closely as possible to its Japanese roots.

“It was very important to Sekisui House that if they were going to build their first house in the United States with their system, that they wanted to showcase as much of a traditional Japanese style house as they could, but still have it livable for the American consumer,” Ley explains.

Americans like high ceilings and big doors. Japanese buyers like floor-to-ceiling windows and clean lines.

“Everything goes without interruption from the inside to the out, and that includes all the steps going into the house,” Ley says. “There are no steps going into the house. Everything is a flat, smooth entry.”



But there are steps inside, and they appear to float out of a stone wall. So does the television near the fireplace.

Everything inside the residence is sleek. Wood ceilings offer a connection with the natural world. Kitchen appliances are hidden, as are the shades for the windows. Other amenities include two garages, covered balconies, and an elevator.







Designers planned the home for the needs of a multigenerational family, which is typical in Japan.

In one wing, you’ll find a typical master bedroom and its large en suite bathroom, with a huge shower and minimalistic features.

The master retreat also offers a private balcony, two walk-in closets, as well as a dressing room. A smaller bedroom is nearby.

Master bathroom


The other wing was designed to offer privacy, should another family member be living under the same roof.

“The other side of the house has two suites ideal for a live-in mother-in-law, or someone like that, who wants their own living room, bathroom, and bedroom and can have their own little suite,” Ley explains.

The ground-level suite has its own one-car garage and a private outdoor area.

There’s plenty of space and a pool, patio, and yard for outdoor entertaining, but no media rooms, game rooms, or other features common in many American-style homes of this size.

“It’s more about openness to the outside and bringing the outdoors in and being able to use the outdoor decks,” Ley says. “There’s even a teahouse that floats on top of the pool.”

Pool with tea house


The home is perfect for entertaining, thanks to a catering kitchen and wide open spaces.

Many people passed through to take a look during parties for the International Builders’ Show and the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which were held earlier this year. Ley says the feedback was positive.

“Every time you walk through, you see something different. It’s so unique.”

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