Drew and Jonathan Scott, aka the Property Brothers, are about to make history as they set out to renovate one of the most iconic homes in popular culture – The Brady Bunch house.
HGTV’s "A Very Brady Renovation," which will premiere on September 9, will see the Scott’s undertake perhaps their most important renovation to date. Having grown up watching the iconic ‘70s show as children, the brothers were ecstatic when HGTV won the bid last August to revamp the legendary home.
Jonathan and Drew will be joined by the remaining Brady Bunch cast members, including Barry Williams (Greg), Maureen McCormick (Marcia), Christopher Knight (Peter), Eve Plumb (Jan), Mike Lookinland (Bobby) and Susan Olsen (Cindy), to reimagine the home’s entrance, living room, and staircase at its 11222 Dilling Street address in Studio City, California.
“This is an iconic home with such an emotional attachment for most people who grew up in that era, so we thought, ‘Let’s do it the justice it deserves,’” Jonathan told House Beautiful. “I’m glad HGTV bought it because no one would have been able to do what HGTV did with the home.”
The Brady Bunch house is the largest residential renovation that the brothers have ever embarked on, yet the idea wasn’t to simply recreate a sound stage. “Anytime you’re doing a restoration or a reproduction, there are certain things you need to take into consideration,” Jonathan explained. “When we were building the iconic staircase in the real house, it was a different height, different length, so we had to decide what was more important.”
“Originally, we were going to do the same number of stairs and we were going to spread them out over a further distance but then visually it didn’t look right. You could tell it wasn’t the same angle, so we decided instead to flip it and remove one step. If you actually count the steps, it’s one step short of the original Brady stairs,” he added.
When asked, the original Brady Bunch stars saw the home as it was when they started filming the series back in 1969. According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, the San Fernando Valley home was built in 1959 and chosen as the Brady residence because series creator Sherwood Schwartz thought it looked like a home where an architect would live. A fake window was added to the front's A-frame section to give the appearance that the home had two stories. Owned privately for 60 years, the house was for put up for sale last year with an asking price of $1.885 million, and HGTV outbid seven others for it.
The cast proved vital to the project as the brothers wanted to get every detail just right. One example was the horse statue that was at the bottom of the stairs in the series. Unable to find a similar model, the brothers ended up going into an old storage unit at Paramount Studios, where they found the original horse in a locker. Unfortunately, the legs were all broken but Christopher Knight managed to find a company that digitally scanned the legs and made exact recreations.
“We used to watch the show every week with our family, and we saw the drama that happened with all of the love and support. It’s a great thing for all families to see and experience,” Drew said. “It’s also why it’s going to be one of the most epic shows to air on HGTV because it’s a family that everyone knows.”
A Very Brady Renovation premieres on Monday, September 9 at 9 p.m. ET on HGTV.