Drew and Jonathan Scott brought their sibling rivalry to HGTV in a no holds barred edition of their competition series, “Brother vs. Brother.” After a season of no rules, one of the Property Brothers has been crowned the new champion.
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“Brother vs. Brother,” which debuted in 2013, has pitted the brothers against each other as they flipped houses in hopes of earning the highest profit. To judge weekly challenges, they tapped a star-studded lineup of HGTV talent. Drew was the reigning champion, with HGTV revealing he won season 7.
Season 8, entitled “Brother vs. Brother: No Rules,” premiered on January 11, 2023. As HGTV explained in a press release, “the six-episode season kicks-off with a surprising twist: zero constraints on budgets, renovations or house locations.”
Their older brother J.D. was along for the ride, even subbing in for new dad Drew. After both of the houses were sold, J.D. calculated their profits and revealed Jonathan won by a margin of $115,000.
“This win is extra sweet,” the 44-year-old said in the season finale. “I’ll admit, I was sweating it those first three challenges when Drew was on a winning streak, but who’s laughing now?”
Jonathan bought his oceanside house in Westchester for $1,250,000, he revealed in the season premiere. The 2,000-square-foot property was built in 1951 and features 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
“I brought some fun to my modern cottage while making it an eco-friendly, tech lover’s paradise with solar panels to power the home and a smart security system,” Jonathan explained in the finale of his strategy. “From the new elegant entry addition to the ADU with a mind-blowing ceiling bed to the extra bedrooms and of course that amazing den, I packed a lot of eye-candy in here which I think will result in a sweet win. My strategy was to invest more on a house that needed less work.”
He went over his original $500,000 budget by $15,000, putting in a total investment of $1,765,000. He exceeded the projected listing price, selling the property for $2,040,000 and earning a total profit of $275,000.
Throughout the season, he enlisted the help of Gus Diloretto from his construction team and Lauren Reyes Lim from his design team.
“I sold for a sizeable profit, won back my title and used my earnings to help provide meals to the community,” Jonathan said of his win.
Proceeds from the sale “will go to Turn Up! Fight Hunger who is working with No Kid Hungry to solve childhood hunger, resulting in up to 100,000 meals donated,” HGTV announced in a press release.
Jonathan added, “Giving back to me is more important than the winning.”
Drew Scott Exceeded His Renovation Budget en Route to Season Loss
Despite winning early challenges, Drew’s overspending throughout the season ultimately led to his loss.
“I am so incredibly proud of this house,” he said in the finale, ahead of the sale. “I took risks both outside and inside, with color and really cool pieces everywhere, I can’t imagine buyers not falling in love with it.”
He bought his hillside house in El Sereno for $850,000, he announced in the premiere. The 1,350-square-foot property was built in 1939 and featured 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms. It also originally boasted an additional dwelling unit (ADU), free-standing garage and three-tiered backyard.
The realtor exceeded his $600,000 renovation budget by an additional $100,000, ultimately investing $1,550,000 in the property. He accepted one of two offers in the finale, selling the house for $1,710,000 to earn a total profit of $160,000.
Throughout the season, he enlisted the help of Chris Lumpkin from his construction team and Breeze Giannasio from his design team.
“I guess I might have just overestimated the neighborhood, but I’m proud of what Chris, Breeze and Team Drew accomplished and for me, it was all while being a new dad,” Drew added.
Drew & Jonathan Scott Tapped a Star-Studded Lineup of Judges Throughout the Season
Drew and Jonathan faced off in five challenges on their way to the finale, with Drew edging out his twin with three wins. They turned to an “illustrious” lineup of judges, HGTV announced in a press release.
To kick off the season, Drew won the living rooms and entry areas challenge. The siblings brought in David Bromstad of “My Lottery Dream Home” and Kendra Wilkinson of “Kendra Sells Hollywood” as judges for the premiere.
Drew kept his streak alive by winning the kitchen challenge, despite Jonathan’s history of success. Alex Guarnaschelli of “Alex vs. America” and Veronica Valencia of “Revealed” served as the week’s judges.
For his final win, Drew beat Jonathan in the main bedrooms challenge. They turned to Jasmine Roth of “Help! I Wrecked My House” to decide.
Jonathan gained steam toward the middle of the season. Breegan Jane of “The House My Wedding Bought” and Trixie Mattel of “Trixie Motel” awarded him the win for converting his garage into an additional dwelling unit (ADU).
The twins renovated their extra rooms in the last challenge before the finale. Egypt Sherrod and Mike Jackson of “Married to Real Estate” crowned Jonathan the champion.
Speaking of his season loss, Drew explained, “I won three of five challenges and managed to finally beat Jonathan in the kitchen.”
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