By By Molly Guthrey
ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS
Could a couple of Minnesotans be the next Property Brothers?
The “Property Brothers,” of course, are Jonathan and Drew Scott of HGTV fame, identical twins from Canada who help their clients on television find, buy, remodel and transform homes. Chase and Brock Jurgensen are hipster-bearded brothers from Minnesota who help their clients transform waterfront properties in Minnesota and Wisconsin in the DIY Network’s new series, “Rustic Renovation.”
The pilot first aired in 2016; the series itself premiered July 11 with “Time Capsule Cabin.” In the episode, Chase, a contractor, and Brock, a woodworker and craftsman, update a fourth-generation family cabin on Lake Charlotte in Minnesota, adding features such as a custom barnwood-framed window. The pilot, “Nisswa Cabin,” showed the brothers helping their client update an inherited family cabin to include a more open, “rustic-modern” vibe inside and a gathering area outside that features a handmade barnwood table.
It’s not just for show: In his day job, Chase operates a residential and commercial construction firm, Brand Co., out of Prior Lake, while Brock runs Brand Reserve out of Burnsville, in which he fashions new things out of reclaimed lumber and other materials. The brothers were out of range (in cabin country) at press time, but they chatted with fans on Facebook Live last fall:
“We basically do remodeling using barn wood, reclaimed woods, salvage wood on cabins in Minnesota and Wisconsin,” said Brock.
“More or less, it’s just tracking Brock and I as we go through our builds,” said Chase. “It’s Brock and I working together on projects and the fun we have and process it takes to get the work done.”
The fans weighed in with comments that focused on the brothers’ beards as well as their skills:
“I think that’s so cool and sweet for (you) to work together and I love how you look like loggers and do rustic renovations.”
“How much time do you devote to your beard care?”
“You’re like the hot buff property brothers”
“Why not think about doing something down here in Ecuador!”
“Anytime reclaimed product can be used it is great. I work for an architectural salvage store in Peoria Illinois and absolutely live this business. Can’t wait to check out your show. Keep up the good work bearded brothers!”
To view some of the rustic projects and the behind-the-scenes footage, visit the Rustic Renovation show page at Diynetwork.com/shows/rustic-reno. Viewers can also interact with the brothers via social media using #RusticRenovation.
– Forum News Service
Premieres: 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 11
Where: DIY Network
What: A new, nine-episode television series that follows the Jurgensen brothers of Minnesota — Chase, a contractor, and Brock, a woodworker and artisan — as they help clients transform waterfront properties in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. This season, those properties include a fourth-generation family cabin, a 1990s-looking property and an original, World War II Quonset hut.