Brady Bunch House – Anyone who grew up in the 60s or 70s will remember Brady Bunch – the famous sitcom directed by Sherwood Schwartz, aired from 1969 to early 1974.
It is widely considered among the last old-style family sitcoms, and it revolves around a family of six children and their curious everyday life, specifically highlighting the fact that they are a mixed family.
The show went into syndication the year following its final air date, and has since gained even more popularity – leading to numerous spin-offs and sequels such as Brady Bunch Hour, The Brady Girls Get Married, A Very Brady Christmas, and many others, all spread from 1976 to 1990. In 1995 and 1996, two sequel films were released, giving the show yet more popularity.
In 2018, almost 50 years since the first episode’s air date, HGTV decided to start a new show, A Very Brady Renovation, where the original cast of Brady Bunch would be visiting their old production house to work with experts in its renovation.
The first thing HGTV would need though, was the house itself, which they bought from Douglas Elliman Real Estate in August 2018 for $3.5 million. In November of the same year, they made it official – the house was getting restored.
At 11222 Dilling Street in Studio City, California, the house’s renovation began quickly. The concept was to make it as similar as possible to the original TV set used for the Brady Bunch series – where all the interior shots had been filmed. They even went out of their way to find the exact type of furniture – everything to make this look as authentic as possible.
The first episode aired in early 2019, and received an enthusiastic response across the States.
The house was originally constructed in the 50s by an architect by the name of Harry M. Londelius. It was a spectacular work, and everyone that’s watched the original show knows just how beautiful the exterior is – but did you know that the interior was completely different from what we saw on TV? The original layout consisted of two bedrooms and three bathrooms, as well as many notable architectural features – which we will now take a look at.
The exterior was pretty much as we all know it from the show – although a brick wall was added outside for decoration purposes in the late 90s.
Before the ‘A Very Brady Renovation’ show, the style of the interior was similar to the set created for the show. It was intended to look like a standard 60s-70s ranch-style dwelling, with lots of wood-paneling and stonework.
In the original layout, the stairs were just on the left when you come from the front entrance. Laid with white stone and bordered with wood railings, they truly give a classical mid 20th century vibe.
Architects and designers were more than happy to assist in this monumental revival, and were joined by the actors who played the six Brady kids – Barry Williams, Maureen McCormick, Eve Plumb, Mike Lookinland, and Susan Olsen.
There was a lot of work to be done! The original two-bedroom house now consists of four bedrooms, and instead of being split-level it is now double story, all made to attain simile to the original house from the show.
A new story and an extra 2000 square feet were added, which, along with the other changes, pretty much meant the house was almost completely rebuilt.
Here’s how it looks now, after over 9000 hours of work.
As it was the exterior that made this house “The Brady Bunch House”, the changes required here were minimal. The landscaping was modified to match that from the original show, as well as a renovation of the exterior walls’ materials and paint.
The living room, along with the rest of the house, underwent massive changes – now with a second story and more rooms, everything feels larger and more spacious, as opposed to what it used to be. Also check out Kliff Kingsbury house, its a very luxurious house.
The stairs and foyer are specifically made from the exact same materials as those from the set – a brick tile floor, and a knee wall, something anyone who liked the original show will recognize immediately.
The kitchen now faces the back of the house as opposed to the front, and looks a lot more modern than before.
The Production Executive of HGTV admitted that they had underestimated the amount of work that needed to be done to accomplish what they were looking for. They bought the house, but the fact was that not many people knew that the interior of the house did not actually match what people were used to seeing on the show.
Not only didn’t it match – it was so different! But the architectural team, along with the original cast, worked hard to give the fans something special for the show’s 50th anniversary, and they succeeded, Something to be proud of!
The entire construction process was covered in detail by the show, “A Very Brady Renovation”, so if you’re interested in learning more about how they did it – recommend you to check it out!