If you’ve been watching “Brother vs. Brother,” you know the drill: “Property Brothers” stars Drew and Jonathan Scott have each bought a beach house in Galveston, TX, and are trying to out-renovate the other, room by room. And this week, they’re tackling the be-all and end-all: the master suite!
In this episode, titled “Seaside Master,” the Scott brothers come up with some cool tricks for making a master suite a paradisiacal retreat—and their advice works not just in beach or vacation homes, but also anywhere. Check ’em out below to get the drift, and find out who’s truly master of this domain.
A painted ceiling can make a room seem bigger
This might seem contrary to what you’ve always heard: White ceilings make a place look spacious, colored ones can weigh a room down. But when Jonathan paints the walls and ceilings dark blue, and the accent molding white, it actually brings the eye up, adding the illusion of height and space.
Forget the walk-in closet
You can save all kinds of space in a vacation home master suite by eliminating the walk-in closet.
“This is a second home—it’s not someone’s main home in the city,” says Jonathan. “It’s not like they’re going to have the wedding dress and a million jackets in here.”
That’s right! Bikinis, Speedos, and tank tops don’t take up half as much room as winter gear does. A pocket closet with a sliding door works just fine in a beach house.
Install a water closet
Drew says that putting the toilet in its own small room with a door—aka a water closet—always adds value to a master bath, but you have to make sure that it’s not too small.
“If the water closet makes you feel like you’re in a tiny box when you’re using the toilet, that’s not adding value,” he says. “I’m a tall guy, but I have a booty, so let’s give it the booty check.” Thus, he assesses the framework for the master bath water closet. As he backs up into the space (accompanied by vehicle backup sound effects), he decides the water closet is too small, and tells his contractors to reframe it.
Textured walls add to the wow factor
Gone are the days when a knockout bathroom could be completely done in smooth tile, and a chic bedroom could be done in painted drywall. The Scott brothers are all about texture, everywhere. Jonathan selects dark blue tile with a raised wave pattern for his bathroom to add “the ultimate glam factor.”
Meanwhile, Drew selects white tile with a raised circle motif for the accent wall and fireplace facing in the master suite media nook.
“I could sit here and pet the tile all day,” he jokes. He also selects a light-colored grasscloth wallpaper for the room, partly because it adds much more texture than smooth wallpaper or paint.
A coin scoot test checks tile
Jonathan looks down at his gorgeous marble-tiled bathroom floor, and notices what appears to be a couple of the tiles slightly raised above the others.
“The best way to test your floors is to scoot a coin across them,” he says, whipping a quarter out of his pocket. “And if your coin won’t scoot, it’s uneven.”
Jonathan finds he has to remove a couple of tiles and reset new ones to make the surface completely even. He does this at the very end of the day when all the other work is done, so no one will walk on it before it sets.
Who wins in the end?
Both master suites are stunning, so to reach a verdict, the brothers bring in impartial judges—Eric and Lindsey Bennett of “Desert Flippers.” The Bennetts pick Drew’s, with the fireplace and sitting area, as the winner.
And because a prize and punishment make it more fun, this time the winner (Drew) gets to play with the penguins at Galveston’s Moody Gardens Aquarium. And the loser, Jonathan? He has to pick up after the tuxedoed fowls have fouled their habitat.
“For a bunch of little fellows in tuxedos, they poop a lot,” Jonathan says dryly.
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