Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Winner of HGTV Brother vs Brother FINAL Episode

The winner of HGTV Brother vs Brother is David Font.

The final episode was very evenly matched after Monica was told she would move to Team Jonathan and join Torche, which they both seemed pleased about. Although I think they were at a disadvantage having never worked together before.

Here is Team Jonathan with Monica Reese and Torche Perkins. Monica has a Masters Degree in Interior Design, and Torche has a Masters Degree in Fine Arts in Sculpture and a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Design. They worked very well together, but it wasn't enough to win the grand prize.
Below is the entry into their home showing the kitchen and flooring before renovation. They spent $29,200 on the renovations and the appraisers came up with a $60,000. increase in value.
They removed all of the existing tile and replaced it with an updated tile flooring.  I think they might need to touch up that ceiling above where the old upper cabinets were attached. Notice this house was painted all white, the new colors look so much better.
I think what probably hurt Team Jonathan the most was the removal of the upper cabinetry leaving the homeowners with only 2 upper cabinets. An island was installed giving them additional counter space and lower cabinetry, but no additional uppers.
 I think we can all agree that this kitchen is vastly improved.
I love the color that was brought into this kitchen by choosing this glass mosaic tile backsplash. Originally Monica had choosen a more neutral backsplash and countertop which Torche agreed to, but Jonathan stepped in and said it was too neutral so she liven it up and it looks great.
By removing the wall that was seperating the kitchen from the eating area it greatly improved the function of this space and it all feels more open and larger. Have you heard, grey is the new beige. I like those small pendant lights over the bar counter.

 Below is the before of the living room with a boring fireplace and all white walls.
Monica was suppose to do the fireplace but Jonathan stated they needed something with more WOW factor, so Torche came up with the idea for the fireplace wall and mantel and Monica agreed. The judges did not the lack of a focal point while sitting on the sofa. We are so accustomed to seeing a tv these days front and center. What did they do with that tv? Designers please stop hiding the tv set.

Here is Team Drew with Brett Karns and the winner of this show, David Font. Brett is a real estate agent and he has flipped more than 12 houses and apartments. David is a landscape architect. Well David's degree is in landscape architecture, but we see he has a full set of skills when it comes to creativity, design, and renovation. Oh, and he can lay some tile.
Below is a photograph of their entry, they removed the tile in the entry and installed hardwood flooring that matched the existing hardwoods. They also removed the wall separating the kitchen from the living room.
Team Drew spent $29,600 on their renovation and increase the value of the home by $75,000.

They also removed the wall that separated the kitchen from the eating area. This space is fully open from one end to the other. I believe having the fireplace on the side wall instead of the rear wall makes this space seem larger. They also installed upper cabinets on both walls and I believe having more upper cabinets was a major factor in them winning this challenge. I also think they did a better job at designing the living room space.
Um, what is going on with those sad drapes?
By making all the floors hardwood, this creates a continuous, uninterrupted flow from one end to the other, which makes this space appear much larger.

I really like the color choices for this space and I find the feature wall with the fireplace charming, but I think they could have improved this space greatly but putting in an actual gas fireplace instead of reusing the small electric fireplace, but remember they only had three days. This room looks great.
This space also has a lot of seating furniture.  I love the mix of the different pieces, no matchy, matchy going on. The fireplace wall with the horizontal lines against the dark color makes your eye move horizontally along the space, and not stop abruptly at the rear wall,making this space appear larger. David was responsible for this wall.

They had four judges for this challenge. Hilary Farr and David Visentin from Love it or List it, Kennon Earl from Selling LA, and Mike Aubrey from Power Broker and Real Estate Intervention.
Team Drew won and David Font was chosen as the first winner ever of Brother vs Brother and he is the winner of $50,000.00 He was a very happy man!
Congratulations to David, may his future be very bright.
Do you think the right team won? If Team Jonathan had won who do you think would have been the winner, Monica or Torche? Remember there is no new show for the winner, at least not yet, but if there was who would you enjoy watching the most?

Of all of the episodes, I have to say I enjoyed watching Torche and Francis the most. They were both very entertaining, innovative and talented. I think we will be seeing something more from them in the near future.

All of the photographs are from HGTV.

Linking to: Savvy Southern Style
Linking to: The Everyday Home




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