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Small Talk with HGTV’s Prop­erty Brothers

At the 2017 In­ter­na­tional Builders’ Show (IBS), I had a chance to sit down with two of HGTV’s most pop­u­lar and trusted real es­tate/ren­o­va­tion pros, Jonathan and Drew Scott (aka, the Prop­erty Brothers), and I had one burn­ing ques­tion on my mind: What do they think of the “tiny house” move­ment?

“Be­ing hu­man giants, al­most every house feels tiny to us,” jokes Jonathan (he and his brother tower at 6'5"). “To see how tiny living feels, Drew and I filmed a dig­i­tal piece called ‘Tiny House Ar­rest’ where we spent 24 hours in a tiny house with my two dogs, and we learned it’s re­ally not re­al­is­tic. It’s a fun craze that’s a nov­elty right now, but tiny houses are il­le­gal in most ju­ris­dic­tions be­cause they don’t meet the min­i­mum code.”

“If there were more tiny houses that did meet code, espe­cially with cities get­ting to be more and more ex­pen­sive, that would be great,” adds Drew. “But there are smaller homes that are be­com­ing more func­tional. For ex­am­ple, a space where you have living, kitchen and din­ing all off one space, that makes sense — but it’s the lack of code com­pli­ance in tiny houses that bug me.”

How­ever, the brothers point out that there are lessons to be learned from these bite-sized abodes. “Tak­ing the pos­i­tives from what you see in tiny homes, like multipurpose spa­ces and mul­ti­func­tional fur­ni­ture pieces — that’s the stuff I do like,” says Jonathan.

“I’ve lived in con­dos that are less than 500 square feet that have worked,” Drew ad­mits, “but lay­ing out the space to max­i­mize its use is the key. We took a project that was a 690-square-foot, poorly de­signed house and re­con­fig­ured it so that the rooms were flex­i­ble and it felt very spa­cious.” Drew’s ad­vice: The smaller you go, the more im­por­tant it is to work with a design pro­fes­sional to squeeze out every bit of func­tion­al­ity from your square footage.

In one of the brothers’ spin- off se­ries,

“Prop­erty Brothers: Home on the Ranch,” the duo took a 500-square-foot, run­down log cabin with choppy rooms and a poor floor plan and trans­formed it into a prac­ti­cal, even el­e­gant, one-bed­room, one-bath home. “The project was for a ranch hand work­ing the prop­erty, and now — 2 years later — all the ranch hands ar­gue over who gets to stay in it, they all like it so much,” Drew says with a laugh.

“That cabin had his­tory, too,” in­ter­jects Jonathan. “It was built on in­dige­nous lands but had fallen apart be­cause it wasn’t be­ing used or main­tained. It was go­ing to be de­stroyed, but some fam­ily friends pur­chased it from the First Na­tions folks and brought it to their prop­erty where it sat for about 30 more years. It was fall­ing apart again, so this ren­o­va­tion was us re­build­ing it yet again.”

“We grew up on a ranch and were around log cab­ins all the time, so we have a great ap­pre­ci­a­tion and re­spect for this type of ar­chi­tec­ture. It was great to take that house, re­vi­tal­ize it and make it func­tional.” Drew adds.

If there’s one piece of wisdom the Scott brothers would share it’s that small does not equal dull. “The thing I love about log homes is that you don’t have to elim­i­nate all of the char­ac­ter, whether it’s in the struc­ture it­self or cer­tain fea­tures, when you go small. It’s the way you uti­lize and com­bine the space with new design elements so the house is more func­tional,” shares Drew. “Any­one who feels that a log cabin is ‘a place that’s great for a cou­ple of days but I wouldn’t want to live in it’ hasn’t been in a log house that’s in­cor­po­rated modern func­tion­al­ity. With smart design, a small log cabin can be a fan­tas­tic full-time home.”

That’s me and LHL’s Na­tional Ac­counts Man­ager Mari Camp­bell with Drew (left) and Jonathan Scott at IBS.

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