If you’re into DIY TV, you’ve definitely heard of the twins that make home dreams come true. FACT’s quick Q&A with the world-renowned design and décor gurus, the Property Brothers, will give you a taste of what’s coming up in Season 9 of the popular show airing on HGTV Arabia, this month. Meet Jonathan and Drew Scott…
The Property Brothers are determined to help couples find, buy and transform extreme fixer-uppers into the ultimate forever home, and since it’s hard to see beyond a dated property’s shortcomings, they’re using state-of-the-art CGI to reveal their vision of the future. Can they convince these hesitant homebuyers to take a radical risk? And can they complete their ambitious project on time and on budget?
Hi guys! Your jobs take you to different cities all over the U.S., how does working in each location differ?
JS: It’s fascinating doing construction in all these different cities because construction in LA is completely different than New Orleans and even different from New York. So you have to understand the local market, the climate, what people want in a home and that’s how you develop your plan.
Where do you draw your design inspiration from?
DS: We travel all over the world and we pull inspiration for our designs and our ideas from anywhere we go, whether it’s a castle in Scotland or an old cathedral or even an industrial park. I mean, we love the fact that we can pull from any aspect of our lives and our travel to put something into a design for our homeowners.
JS: Design is always evolving. Some things come back which is exciting to see, some things we never want to come back, because those things are gone for a purpose. But it’s nice to blend those things together and find something that works for the homeowners that we’re dealing with.
It’s nice when Drew comes to me and says, “Hey you know what? I saw something when I was at some resort” or “I was at a hotel, what about doing something like this in a residential application?” And I’ll take that as a challenge and then I’ll find a way to make it work in a space.
DS: We are always looking for ways to inspire ourselves and everything we do in our lives and in turn that’s going to inspire everybody to watch our shows.
JS: Would you say that I inspire you?
DS: You do. Kind of just a little bit (whispering
Many people around the world live in small abodes. What are some tips for maximising space and increasing efficiency when you don’t have the luxury of room?
DS: You have to be really smart with design when you’re working with a small space. Multifunction pieces are a great way to maximise the use of your space. Even a small space can be stunning and it depends on what sort of features you put into it. It could be your light fixture, it could be the colour palette on your walls, and something simple can go a long way.
JS: The smaller the space, the more cleaver the solutions you have to find. Lighter, brighter and you always want to make sure you’re looking for multi-functioning pieces. Bigger is not always better when it comes to your living space, it’s all about character and what you’re putting in for inspiration.
Season 9 of Property Brothers premieres on November 10 on HGTV channel 357; 8pm local Qatar time. For all the latest in entertaining DIY Programmes, design trends and expert home improvement advice, visit www.HGTVarabia.com