In the Hollywood edition of HGTV’s Brother vs. Brother series, Property Brothers Drew Scott and Jonathan Scott compete in a series of room challenges to see which brother can out-design the other. So when it came time to tackle the heart of the home, the dueling teams went to great lengths to make guest judges Maureen McCormick and Dan Vickery swoon over their kitchen design.
Whether it was twin telepathy or an uncanny coincidence, both brothers unknowingly chose an AGA range to add a competitive edge to their kitchen designs. But like any exciting plot twist, each brother took a different interpretation of an AGA kitchen design, and the results are stunning.
Given the size and scope of the renovations in his Hancock Park mansion, this was Drew’s biggest flipping challenge yet. The vintage Los Angeles home had good bones—albeit worn-down—providing Team Drew with a space of grand proportions and historic architectural features.
Drew decided to embrace the home’s unique details and go for the timeless look of an AGA cast iron range. This British icon has been widely adored since the early 1900s as a culinary masterpiece, and it was the perfect complement to his grandiose kitchen.
He paired a 3-oven AGA Total Control with an integrated dual fuel module. The end result is a dynamic 5-oven AGA with major design impact and equally dynamic culinary prowess. Now his prospective buyers would have every cooking method available: cast iron radiant heat cooking and conventional gas top and convection cooking.
"Everything happens in the kitchen," says guest judge Dan Vickery, "and if it's not connected to the rest of the house, it's not a modern kitchen." For Maureen McCormick, the kitchen has to appeal immediately to her emotions. And Drew's kitchen did not disappoint.
“What a cool stove!” McCormick gushed. Vickery agreed, “So cool! So we're bringing in another layer of some history in an obviously brand-new kitchen.”
Starting with a house lacking historic or stylistic character, Jonathan decided to work with the blank canvas by incorporating big elements of style as part of his design strategy.
At the kitchen’s focal center, he placed a contemporary AGA Mercury Range in a dramatic matte black, framed by ornately patterned Spanish-style tiles and muted blue-gray cabinets.
Other visual highlights like high ceilings, exposed wood beams and new recessed lighting brought more character and impact to the space.
He also expanded the footprint by adding two large kitchen islands with distinct purposes: one with an integrated sink for standard utility and the other with extra prep space and breakfast bar with seating for four. And behind one door of the floor-to-ceiling cabinets is a hidden walk-in pantry for additional storage.
Guest judge Maureen McCormick was thoroughly impressed, "This is unbelievable. It’s so beautiful. It’s going to be a tough choice.”
"There’s an amazing balance that makes it feel open but there are things that draw you in,," Dan Vickery noted.
The brothers battled it out for a close finish, but it was Jonathan’s distinctive AGA kitchen design that ultimately won the judges over.
All proceeds from this season’s Brother vs. Brother competition goes to Turn Up! Fight Hunger to feed children in need. The show’s contribution was able to provide 100,000 meals to hungry children.
Naturally, this kitchen episode was our favorite yet. Hats off to both teams for their unique twist on the AGA portfolio and an exciting final reveal.
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