A Very Brady Renovation Challenged The Property Brothers In the Most Unexpected Way

Drew and Jonathan Scott are certain The Brady Bunch cast will make history once again.

HGTV "A Very Brady Renovation" with "The Property Brothers" Drew and Jonathan Scott
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Though they may be idolized by millions of American HGTV viewers, it turns out Drew and Jonathan Scott are just like us: They love The Brady Bunch. When speaking about A Very Brady Renovation, The Property Brothers can’t help but reminiscence about their childhoods spent watching the iconic ‘70s show alongside their parents. And when HGTV was revealed as the winning bidder last August, the two were ecstatic.

Premiering on September 9, the limited TV series brings together the remaining Brady Bunch cast members and a star-studded list of HGTV’s finest, including The Property Brothers. The duo partnered up with Maureen McCormick (Marcia), Susan Olsen (Cindy), and Christopher Knight (Peter) to recreate the home’s entrance, living room, and staircase at its famous 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 tells House Beautiful. “I’m glad HGTV bought it because no one would have been able to do what HGTV did with the home.”

But of course, the project didn’t come without its trials, especially considering The Brady Bunch house was the largest residential renovation in Drew and Jonathan’s careers—and it involved quite a bit of creativity.

“Anytime you’re doing a restoration or a reproduction, there’s certain things you need to take into consideration,” Jonathan explains. “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.”

HGTV "A Very Brady Renovation" with "The Property Brothers" Drew and Jonathan Scott
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He continues: “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.”

And when asked if this detail had been noticed, Drew shares that they brought in the experts for the ultimate test. “We asked Maureen and Susan to look at the stairs and tell us what they thought after we adjusted it the second time," he says. “They looked at us and said, ‘This is exactly what we had on set.’ They couldn’t see anything different, so we knew if they were signing off, the rest of the country would too.”

With an average of 45 home renos done each year for their various shows, the Property Brothers admitted this particular project had them questioning whether it was actually going to come together, but they credit HGTV for the dedication to ensure it was all done right.

"We knew if they were signing off, the rest of the country would too."

This thought to detail was incredibly important to Jonathan when it came to the home’s fireplace, which holds a special place in his heart—he used to also perform weekly magic shows for his family just like Bobby did. The 41-year-old went the extra mile for the tiniest stacked stone detail, even using an old-school projector to outline the spaces of all the original stones and then recreating the layout in the living room to look as similar as possible.

And of course, the Property Brothers couldn’t forget about Christopher’s contribution towards the home, which made good use of his Hollywood contacts. “Remember the horse statue that was at the bottom of the stairs?” Jonathan asks. “Well, trying to find that exact horse was hard. We ended up getting into an old storage unit at the Paramount Studios, where we found the original horse in a locker, but the legs were all broken on it. Chris called in some techs through connections he had and he found a company that digitally scanned and made us the legs that were put on the horse.”

HGTV "A Very Brady Renovation" with "The Property Brothers" Drew and Jonathan Scott
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While Chris was described as being detailed-oriented, Maureen and Susan were up for anything and everything, including working power tools for the first time, and this kind of commitment quickly convinced the Property Brothers that A Very Brady Renovation was a TV series unlike any other.

“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 says. “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.

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