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Monday, July 29, 2013

HGTV Brother vs Brother Episode 2

Okay, I am just going to say it. I was disappointed with this episode of Brother vs Brother. After the first episode there was Team Drew with 5 contestants and Team Jonathan with 4 contestants. This week the teams were given the challenge of, "Weekend Warrior," with the statement made that a lot of homeowners only have a weekend to complete a renovation. This is just such a silly statement. While yes, homeowners doing their own projects probably need to go back to their 9-5 on Monday, guess what, there is another weekend to be had at the end of the next week. Also, most homeowners aren't going to be trying to tackle but so many projects at once.

They were given two very different homes with very different needs.

Team Jonathan with 4 people on his team tackled a sun room renovation with new cork flooring, new furniture and work out equipment. The sun rooms looks great and was very well decorated with defined spaces. Team Jonathan also created a larger master bedroom by removing a wall from an adjoining room and created and overly large master. The new wall in the bedroom was poorly constructed and needed to be redone. That newly constructed wall was suppose to have a fireplace installed but the fireplace that was chosen was deemed unfit and unbecoming and was not installed. The new bedroom looks much improved and well decorated.
 



 


Team Drew with 5 people on his team tacked a kitchen renovation by painting the cabinets, installing a glass mosaic tile and new countertops. They also tackled a master bathroom by adding a new double vanity, new tile flooring and new shower floor tile. They also redid two living spaces and an eating area. The one living space they chose a hideous avocado green paint color to paint the white brick at the fireplace and a dreary color to paint the walls. The other living room was given a fresh coat of paint and was poorly decorated. The eating area got a new horizontal wall paper of beige and green stripes which was poorly installed and needed to be redone.







 




So the point of this show is to increase the value of a home through renovation. What home appears to have the most renovation and which home do you think would have the most increase in value? Well....I think the second home renovation with the 5 people would have the most increased value with a renovated kitchen, renovated bath, new paint in two living space, new wallpaper in eating area and new furniture throughout these spaces. As opposed to Jonathan's team with their updated sun room and an overly large master space without a fireplace. Hey, but that is just my opinion and as they say we all have an opinion.

However, can you imagine if Jonathan's team had lost again then it would have been 5 team members against 3 team members - well now that wouldn't be much of a competition would it, as they would clearly be outnumbered and I guess we could go ahead and eliminate Team Jonathan, but then there wouldn't be a show. Do I think this was done on purpose? Yes, I do and what choice did they really have.

Next week the show will start with 4 against 4 BUT then they will eliminate one person from BOTH of the teams and the remaining contestants will have to complete the renovation. So at the end of the show we should have teams with 2 vs 3 contestants.

I am a bit confused about this show. I built homes for years and as a successful home builder I never once laid tile, painted walls, installed carpet, demolished existing walls, poured concrete, or framed a house. A home renovation expert needs to know about the existing price of a home and whether he can get that home for a low enough price that he can make the necessary changes that will bring about a profit when he goes to sell that home, and that the changes he has made are very marketable and that there will be a nice return on his investment. It is critical that he makes excellent choices and that he keeps his cost low and sells quickly. However, this show seems more about speed than quality workmanship. You can not sell a poorly constructed house and poor workmanship greatly decreases the value of a property.

Are you watching HGTV Brother vs Brother? What is your opinion?

34 comments:

  1. Your last paragraph is correct about knowing the comps in your neighborhood and making sure it is still profitable to fix!!!

    That first one is horrendous. All I could think was that it was going to be too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter unless it was a mild climate. And it still looks like a closed in porch instead of part of the house, because it looks like they kept a slider. And what is up with the sheets?

    The second team is better. I don't like the glass tile. It is dated, because it is everywhere. White, classic subway tile is more ubiquitous even though it probably has been around as long, but its simplicity is more appealing and would of popped against the new white countertops and gray painted cabinets. It's really inexpensive too!

    You really do a great job assessing these programs!!! I have enjoyed reading them.



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    1. I know they are trying to entertain us, and I am still watching so yes I am entertained. I don't have any issues with what materials they have chosen, to each its own. I love subway tile but I also love glass tiles, different material choices for different home styles. I guess I just don't think the show is, well telling the truth, it is a competition and someone has to lose, but did the correct team lose? A sun room makeover and a bedroom enlargement I don't think equates to a kitchen renovation, a bath renovation, two living areas and an eating area repainted, wallpaper installed (which needs repaired) and new furniture. I know it is a show! Lighten up Patty! Enjoy the journey, it's entertainment!!

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