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A Very Brady Bunch Renovation
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Post# 1031571   5/2/2019 at 11:56 by Sudsomatic (Indiana)        

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Last year the home used for exterior shots of the famous Brady House went up for sale. There was a lot about it online and even a post here on the forum. It was the first time anyone ever saw what the inside looked like in the 50 years since the show first aired. Turns out not only was the inside nothing like what the show looked like (understandably so as it was never meant to match one to the other) but that it was almost a time capsule home in that the owner hadn't changed much inside from the time it was built. Here's the link to seedub's thread with pictures


There were stories about the bidding war with the Boy Bander  that almost won it but was outbid by HGTV at the last minute. It worked out in a good way because HGTV had a huge project in mind, to save the famous exterior but renovate and rebuild the interior to match the show.


It's an ongoing job and a series based on the project is scheduled to air in the fall. Part of the project involves essentially making the home a living Brady museum set and they are looking for vintage items to fill the home that match what appeared on the show.


Being a big Brady Bunch fan I've visited the site to see updates as they add them. It dawned on me if anyone here might not have seen this it would be interesting to others like myself so I wanted to share the link


Check out their scavenger hunt section, they are looking for viewers that collect mid century artifacts (that were part of the original sets) to add to the house for true authenticity. I like that attention to detail.


Although I collect I have nothing they need, but secretly I've always wanted that horse statue to place at the foot of my staircase.


Post# 1031661 , Reply# 1   5/3/2019 at 07:14 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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A very interesting project. Of course the actual house will never match the studio one, but they can certainly give it the feel. I can get over how, how the original cast looks so, so old. Yeah I know, Bobby should be in his late 50's by now. But still.

Post# 1031665 , Reply# 2   5/3/2019 at 07:31 by jmm63 (Denville, NJ)        

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There are a bunch of snippets on YouTube about this house and the renovation.

My first thoughts stupid! Doesn't everyone know the inside of the house only existed on a sound stage..the outside shot were only that..shots.

Then when I saw what they did to the time capsule house, I was mad. They took a perfectly lovely, well maintained,original home...and GUTTED it right to the studs. All to make it look like a house that never existed. If I were neighbors on that street I would be furious with the attention.

I will not be watching the Property Brother whores when they host this show on HGTV.

Post# 1031680 , Reply# 3   5/3/2019 at 11:26 by RP2813 (Too many people know the way)        

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I agree with Jim.  The brothers have reached their super-saturation point on the airwaves.  The same thing happened to Rachael Ray on the Food Network.  Fingers crossed that it happens to Guy Fieri sooner rather than later.  The brothers will eventually end up on a third rate celebrity reality show.  Well wait -- that's exactly what this renovation is going to be, with washed-up BB cast members included.


I find it amusing that, after all of the renovations under their belt where they ruthlessly rip out MCM kitchens, now they're looking to create an authentic one.   The term "whores" is so spot-on.


I was never a Brady Bunch fan.  Maybe I was too old for it, or simply didn't find the show entertaining.  What happens to the subject house matters little to me, but I predicted that the brothers would end up involved in the project when it was revealed that HGTV had won the bidding war.  The hype leading up to the first installment on HGTV is going to be off the charts and annoying, that's for sure.

Post# 1031938 , Reply# 4   5/6/2019 at 09:24 by Sudsomatic (Indiana)        
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Never been a fan of HGTV or other "home" networks. I hate the uppity buying families that have way too much money to blow and look way too judgemental over everything.  The designers that never listen to the people and just do whatever they want anyway and use waaaaaaay more pillows than any human being could ever need in a lifetime. And especially the construction crew that demolish and destroy (because it makes better TV) rather than try to preserve.


That's one of the things I hated about the renovation of the Brady House (or any old home) when I started watching the short clips. The house inside before was amazing! Not just the inside but the elements outside as well. As I mentioned in my initial post it was more or less a time capsule home of the late 60's early 70's and very cool.


So you start to watch the clips on the site or YouTube and see them do things like sawing away parts of the banister on the short staircase so they could sledgehammer it more easily just for the dramatic effect of seeing Maureen McCormick whack at it a coupla times, it boils your blood. It's sad and ridiculous! I've taken out several old banisters from old homes, the right way, in about the same time it took to saw and hammer and clean up the fastenings after.


As much as I hate how the awesome structure that it was wasn't celebrated for and preserved 'for' what it was I know from reading that most to all potential buyers, outside of the small few who were interested in the Brady angle, only wanted it for the land value solely. The house would most definitely have been completely destroyed and one or multiple modern homes or properties built in it's place. So if losing it's original interior to be renovated as a "TV home come to life" preserves the facade it's not all bad.


I see the "awful" in this project.. don't get me wrong. But the kid that never grew up inside me, that lived on Brady Bunch reruns growing up and still has a vintage mindset in this way too modern world thinks it's quite groovy.

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